VW halts Golf assembly at core plant over technical problems

September 22, 2016 4:57 PM EDT

The logo of a Volkswagen Beetle car is seen at the "Sunshinetour 2016" in Travemuende at the Baltic Sea, August 20, 2016. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen said it will halt production of the Golf hatchback at its core Wolfsburg factory for three days starting on Friday because of technical problems at a stamping plant.

Assembly of VW's top-selling model at the carmaker's largest factory will be suspended on Friday, Monday and Tuesday after a piston rod inside the stamping plant's engine broke, the carmaker said on Thursday.

"Side parts for car body production are currently in short supply in sections of downstream vehicle construction because of this technical problem," VW said in an emailed statement.

Workers at the Wolfsburg plant, which employs 60,000 people and churns out as many as 3,800 cars per day during peak times, have been notified, the carmaker said, adding it's not clear yet when it will be able to make up for the lost shifts.

The disruptions are causing a fresh setback to operating business at Europe's largest automaker one month after a dispute with two suppliers who refused to deliver parts to Wolfsburg and other sites inflicted widespread stoppages at VW's Germany-based operations. [nL8N1B404N]

VW is also struggling to rebuild its reputation and meet billions of dollars of costs for its manipulations of diesel emissions tests uncovered one year ago in the United States.

(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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