The coronavirus pandemic and the following financial disaster seem to have put the ultimate nail within the coffin for Volkswagen’s planned multi-brand car factory in Turkey.
The mission, which was put on hold in October last year amongst worldwide criticism about Turkey’s navy operations in Syria, has reportedly been dropped. The Volkswagen Group has determined towards constructing the brand new plant in Turkey as plunging automobile gross sales triggered by the coronavirus panic have left its current crops struggling to function at full capability.
In accordance with sources cited by German publication Automobilwoche, a brand new plant would solely add to VW Group’s extra capability. In a press release emailed to AutoNews Europe, Volkswagen stated it began planning the manufacturing facility when general financial situations, notably in Jap Europe and the Center East, have been constructive. The corporate added that’s not the case now.
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An unnamed Turkish official confirmed the information to Reuters, however stated the automaker “may reassess the matter as soon as the pandemic is contained”. Nevertheless, that doesn’t transpire from different stories.
VW had picked the town of Manisa on Turkey’s western coast for the plant. The plan was for the ability to construct the next-generation VW Passat and the Skoda Excellent, beginning in 2022. The automaker needed to speculate round €1 billion ($1.12 billion) within the plant, wherein 4,000 workers have been to construct 300,000 autos a yr.
In accordance with the identical sources, the upcoming Passat and Excellent will likely be made at the plant in Bratislava, Slovakia. At the moment, the Passat is made for European markets in Emden, Germany, however that plant will likely be transformed to construct a brand new EV from the ID household of battery-powered vehicles. As for the Excellent, it’s presently constructed at Skoda’s manufacturing facility in Kvasiny within the Czech Republic.