Erdogan ordered members of the same party to transfer to Volkswagen Passat of local assemblyOctober 12, 2019
The German Volkswagen Group is opening a new plant in Turkey, so local officials will be forced to transfer to cars of domestic assembly after Erdogan’s unequivocal order. Now the government uses Audi brand cars.
On October 1, 2019, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the top officials of his party to transfer to the Volkswagen Passat of a new generation and local assembly. Thus, the “local” manufacturer will be supported, as well as a public relations event of Volkswagen and VAG Groupe on the local market. So far, the order concerns only top management and will total only 19 vehicles.
This should happen before the end of 2019, when the Audi rental period expires. According to experts, this will set a precedent, and thousands of officials will follow the example of senior management.
The new VAG Groupe plant in Turkey will specialize in the release of a new generation of Volkswagen Passat. It will account for two-thirds of the total output. Also, cheaper models under the Skoda brand will be produced on it. The estimated capacity is up to 300,000 cars per year. The approximate number of new jobs is 5,000 people.
It is worth noting that now the Turkish automobile market is in decline. In the first 7 months of this year, sales fell almost twofold from 481 982 cars sold, to 212 605 cars.
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