The next generation VW Passat and Skoda Superb will be built in TurkeyOctober 3, 2019
A huge investment of $ 1.09 billion will ensure the safety of the production line.
Updated versions of the Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb are already sold all over Europe, but it is expected that new generations of D-segment cars will appear in the next few years. Apparently, they will be produced at a new plant located in Turkey, according to a new report by Automotive News.
Based on an “internal document,” the publication claims that Volkswagen decided to choose Turkey instead of Bulgaria for its new plant in Eastern Europe. Some of the key factors of this decision are the “positive macroeconomic conditions” in the country and its 80 millionth population with a competitive market for new cars. A VW spokesman confirmed that the company is still in the “final stages of negotiations.”
Last November, Volkswagen made the following announcement: “Volkswagen Passat family production will be relocated to the ŠKODA factory in Kvasiny, Czech Republic, and these models will be built there together with ŠKODA Superb and Kodiaq from 2023. ŠKODA Karoq and SEAT Ateca, which are currently manufactured in Kvasiny, will be transferred to the Group’s new multi-brand factory. The group is looking for a new location in Eastern Europe. ”
A Automotive News report said the new plant will be located approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Izmir. Actual production at a $ 1.09 billion site is expected to begin sometime in 2022, with a potential maximum annual output of around 300,000 units. AutoNews estimates that around 4,000 new jobs will be created at the plant with local employees and surrounding suppliers.
The Volkswagen Passat is currently built in Emden, where the company plans to begin manufacturing electric vehicles in the next few years. Skoda Superb, on the other hand, comes to life at the factory of the Czech company Kvasiny. According to preliminary data, Volkswagen will operate a new Turkish manufactory with approximately two-thirds of the production volume accounted for by Passat.
The online publication reports that during the first seven months of this year, the domestic car market in Turkey fell significantly to 212,605 cars. Just two years ago, 481,982 vehicles were delivered over the same period.
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