The Bratislava-based plant of the German carmaker VW will receive 1 billion EUR investment to modernise and build new production lines for the production of the next-generation higher-end models Superb and Passat. The group first planned to invest this amount in a new plant in Turkey but decided to invest in Slovakia instead, as the Slovak plant is the most efficient from all Volkswagen facilities. What is more, is that the Slovak VW plant has well-established production processes as they have been producing cars since the ‘90s. The Passat Variant production started in the Bratislava-based plant in 1992, and it was the first mass-produced Volkswagen vehicle in Slovakia. Almost 30 years later, this model is now returning to the Bratislava’s production plant. Last year the plant produced more than 350,000 vehicles including the Audi Q8, VW Touareg, Porsche Cayenne, and other models. It is estimated that with the two new models, the production is expected to increase to approximately 600,000 vehicles per year. The expansion will also create new jobs. With the start of the new production, the number of employees would increase by 2,000 to approximately 13,000 in the coming years.

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