Volkswagen can build its plant in SlovakiaOctober 29, 2019
After changing plans for investment in Turkey, the German automaker is considering the next site for the possible construction of a plant in Slovakia.
Until recently, Turkey looked like the most likely site for the construction of a new enterprise, but the automaker was tired of the military operations of the first in Syria. Soon after the company in Emden is transformed into a site intended only for electric vehicles (by October 2022), the Volkswagen Group needs to make a quick decision. One possible solution is to transfer Passat production to a car factory in Bratislava in Slovakia.
The Touareg and Audi Q7 SUVs, as well as the compact Volkswagen Up, Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo are already being built at this plant – although the production of citycars should be discontinued as the segment shrinks, which, in turn, frees up capacity, reports Autonews Europe.
As VW Supervisory Board member Stefan Weil opposes relocating to Turkey, it is likely that the German brand may have to change its mind and create a new production site for Passat.
VW previously selected Manisa, which is 40 km northeast of Izmir on the west coast of Turkey, as the site for the construction of both Passat and Skoda Superb. The planned capacity of the plant is 300 thousand cars.
In addition to Slovakia, other countries in Eastern Europe, such as Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, also hope to qualify for the Volkswagen plant.
It is also rumored that VW has already decided to move part of the Skoda Karoq production to Bratislava instead of a new plant in Turkey.
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