Volkswagen Group again postponed the opening of a factory in TurkeyFebruary 20, 2020
The German company is in no hurry to open the production of VW and Skoda in Turkey.
Volkswagen Group was planning to launch a car manufacturing plant in the Turkish city of Manisa, located 40 km northeast of Izmir on the west coast of Turkey. It was planned to allocate 1.3 billion euros (1.4 billion dollars) for the construction of the enterprise.
At the new plant, the German brand was going to build the next generation Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb, starting in 2022, with a maximum annual output of 300,000 cars. The final decision on the plant is currently postponed after international criticism of Turkey’s military operations in Syria. In December, the company said it was likely to decide on investments in February.
“We still have time and, of course, we will be able to make this decision by the middle of the year,” said a source familiar with the VW discussions.
According to Czech media reports, Skoda is asking the VW Group bosses to allow the brand to produce their cars at other plants in the group. Skoda is experiencing capacity shortages due to the high demand for new SUVs.
The reports said that the appearance of the fourth-generation compact Skoda Octavia, produced at the Czech plant in Mladá Boleslav, is likely to exacerbate the situation. One possibility is to transfer part of Czech-made Skoda to the VW factory in Bratislava, Slovakia, which already produces the Skoda Citigo minicar, or to the Audi factory in Gyor, Hungary, the reports said.
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