Volkswagen has a wide range of electric vehicles coming, and in order to start production, they need to shuffle some of things around.
As a result, one of the vehicles affected by this move is the Euro-spec Passat. The midsize car is currently being put together in Emden, Germany, alongside the Arteon. However, production could shift to the Czech Republic, at Skoda’s Kvasiny facility, reports AutoNews, quoting Handelsblatt.
This is where Skoda is making the Superb, and if the Passat crosses over, the factory will be operating almost at full capacity.
Skoda’s other local plant is also nearing its production limits, so the Volkswagen Group is looking at a third assembly plant for its Czech auto brand. An official decision has yet to be made, but Bulgaria and Turkey are the likely candidates for the investment.
Swapping the ‘Made in Germany’ label for the ‘Made in the Czech Republic’ one probably won’t be embraced by some VW Passat customers. Nonetheless, such a move could turn out to be extremely important for the automaker, which will eventually free up the space at its Emden and Hanover facilities step-by-step.
Full plant allocations will be decided on Friday, but the two facilities will become electric vehicle plants by 2022.
According to JATO Dynamics, sales of the Euro-spec Volkswagen Passat fell by 5 percent to 127,325 in the first nine months of the year. Deliveries of the Arteon, which is the CC’s successor, went up from 12,770 to 17,751 in the same period.