Volkswagen not seeking alternatives to site in Turkey


German automotive giant Volkswagen is not actively looking for new locations as an alternative for the production plant in Turkey, a company spokeswoman said on Oct. 22.

“We are watching developments very closely. Our plans for Turkey are currently on hold,” Leslie Bothge told Anadolu Agency.

Volkswagen Turkey Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. was established early October with capital of 943.5 million Turkish liras ($164.5 million), according to the Turkish Trade Registry Gazette.

The company was founded to design, produce, assemble, sell, import and export automobiles, trucks and all sorts of motor and transport vehicles and their parts and components.

The German carmaker was expected to invest more than € 1 billion for the factory and start production in 2022.

The Volkswagen Group, established in 1937, is the owner of several vehicle brands, including Audi, Seat, Skoda, Lamborghini, Porsche, Bentley, Man, Ducati, and Scania.

Other prominent auto manufacturers — including Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes, Renault, and Toyota — have manufacturing operations in Turkey.

Hurriyet Daily News


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