VW Awards Turkey New Multi-Brand Factory After Strong Lobbying From Shareholder Qatar

The Volkswagen Group has been trying for months to reach a decision regarding the location of its new multi-brand plant planned for Europe.

From the beginning, the automotive giant said the location of the plant would be somewhere in southeastern Europe, and most recently Turkey and Bulgaria were shortlisted as favorites. In the end, it appears that Turkey got the upper hand on its northwestern neighbor.

According to a report from Germany’s Automobilwoche cited by sister publication Autonews Europe, VW’s supervisory board met on Thursday and picked Turkey’s city of Izmir as the site for the new plant over a location in Bulgaria.

The decision may come as a surprise to some people, given that Bulgaria is a member of the European Union while Turkey is not. In an interesting turn of events, the State of Qatar had a decisive influence on the matter. How, you ask? Well, let us remind you that the Middle Eastern nation is a major VW Group shareholder, owning 14.6 percent of the company and 17.0 percent of voting rights through its Qatar Holding company.

Apparently, Qatar representatives pushed for the factory to be built in Turkey during the board meeting, convincing VW CEO Herbert Diess, among other members. The big question here is why did Qatar tip the balance in Turkey’s favor and the answer is not easy to find as economic interests are probably mixed with geopolitics in this case.

Turkey is a staunch ally of Qatar and was even invited to build a military base in the Persian Gulf country – which it did. Turkey’s economy is not doing great lately and a significant foreign investment such as a brand new VW Group plant is obviously welcome.

Also read: Clash Between US And Turkey Issues Warning Shots For Turkish Auto Factories

The new factory in Izmir will build cars for the Volkswagen, Skoda, and Seat brands, helping ease overcapacity at Skoda factories in the Czech Republic. According to previous reports, production will include the Skoda Karoq and Seat Ateca compact SUVs, in an annual capacity of up to 350,000 units.

Note: Skoda Karoq production in the Czech Republic pictured

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  • EyalN

    The next thing Qatar will do in vw is opening masques in all factories in Europe.
    After that the next Chancellor of Germany will be from Qatar

    • Javed Bustamante

      and what’s wrong with that? Or are you just another dummy who blames the religion instead of the person?

      • ME

        It’s a belief system indoctrinated into their very existence. They will cut your head off if you make fun of their lord. Look at England’s Tommy Robinson.

    • Sovereignty

      PSA Peugeot Citroen’s Aulnay site closed because Muslim employees were constantly taking unscheduled prayer breaks. The site had become so unproductive that they had to close down the factory.

  • Salih Ahzem

    They’ll be using the former Opel plant, located in Izmir, which has been shut down in 2001 as a result of the economic crisis there.

    • Evo45

      Manisa was mentioned before, is it changed?

      • Salih Ahzem

        The latest was Torbali site was already ready to be overhauled since it was an assembly site, so it is too early too tell then.

  • MIL1234

    her majesty’s Muslim Brotherhood

  • khushal ahmad

    Do not indulge politics in it and your xenophobia and Islamophobia. Erdogan is not authoritarian, he has been elected with wide majority and his party has recently lost local elections which shows the elections are free and fair. Turkey has a much better infra than Bulgaria and it has cheap labour.

  • Ari Geldingen

    You know, “Deniz”… You’re full of SH*T!

    Let me add the disclaimer you should’ve put on top of this pile of blatantly vile propaganda.

    “Deniz” is a disciple of a (supposedly) Muslim, homosexual, pervert cleric called Fethullah Gulen (FETO), who is wanted in Turkey for treason and the death of at least 250 people on July 15, 2016. All these perverts do, especially lately, is inflict damage on Turkey in any way, shape, or form they can (including in an unassuming automotive news/blog site).

    Bulgaria is the most pathetic country not only in the EU but in Europe as a whole. Bulgarian’s work ethic is non-existent, the country’s infrastructure is in shambles, qualified workforce nearly impossible to come by. The country is literally run by the mafia. The prime minister is a former “bodyguard” (i.e. mafia footman). The largest FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) into the country is tied to the Italian Mafia. Kid you not! The Bulgarians who beg to differ fled the country long ago. And, they ain’t coming back anytime soon. It didn’t take long for VW to verify the same…

    As to the Qatari influence… Bullsh*t! They have no leverage. VW is a lot bigger (and smarter) than a 17% stake and 2 chairs on the Advisory Board.

    Turkey is the largest light commercial vehicles manufacturer in Europe and one of the leading auto manufacturers of the continent. For instance, Turkey is the exclusive global or regional manufacturing hub for, among others, Toyota’s Corolla and CH-R; Fiat’s Tipo, Doblo, Fiorino; Renault’s Clio; Ford’s Tourneo and Trucks. Excellent infrastructure; efficient, top-notch quality, dedicated, young and vibrant workforce; 55,000 university graduates every year with a degree in automotive related fields, extremely strong public, legal, and legislative support for the investment. Turkey is the oldest and the only true democracy in the Muslim world and one of the only two democracies (together with Israel) in the Middle East. Turks just proved that a couple of weeks ago!!!

    Rest assured! VW made an excellent decision.

  • Sovereignty

    Funny that Volkswagen was established by an evil dictactor and now production is moving to a country with an evil dictactor. History just repeats itself.

    • EyalN

      Actually Major Ivan Hirst from the British army is the man responsible of Volkswagen.
      He did it out of his good hart.
      Then Volkswagen sold shares to Evil Qatar without thinking what that will do to the company.
      People will do anything for few billions.

    • Ari Geldingen

      No worries! By the time VW manufacturing is operational in Turkey your “evil dictator” will no longer be in power. The good people of Turkey have just shown who’s in charge. You think VW doesn’t know that?

      If your “funny” comment is anything to go by, sales of VW Group in Israel should be zero. Are they? Ooops!!! Sales of VW, especially Skoda, are breaking records in Israel. Reason?

      According to your perverted logic, Israelis love the evil dictator/founder of VW therefore the evil dictator of Israel, a country which falsely claims to be a democracy. On top of all that, the evil dictator’s company (i.e. VW) sells to Israel Trojan horses in the form of VW’s, Skoda’s, etc., which will turn into WMD’s once these reach a certain market share in Israel and Turkey. Millions will die and “history will just repeat itself”….

      To all of you SORE LOSERS: Find something new! Your Bullsh*t is so stale that it’s not even “funny” anymore. It’s so old and dry that it doesn’t even stink no more. How sad!

      • Sovereignty

        Erdogan isn’t the leader of my country, but he’s a threat to many surrounding countries, including much of Europe. You may think people will be able to remove him from power, but they won’t, and Turkey will continue being a backward third world country.

        Meanwhile, Volkswagen lied and cheated their way around emissions regulations by fraudulent means while other manufacturers invested heavily in manufacturing cars properly. Volkswagen’s ethics, just like their styling, is so old and stale that many people don’t love them any more.

        • Ari Geldingen

          You’ve just proven with YOUR very own words that you don’t know what you’re talking about. Thank you very much!

          • Sovereignty

            Oh, really? Yet you cannot tell me why? Seems that losers like you don’t like the truth.

          • you are so stupid you can’t hide how racist you are while you are making a moronic comment. You are just upset cause Turkey got the deal.

          • Sovereignty

            Throwing together cars in third-world countries is not the way forward. You may think they are great, but most people do not. We’ve seen FCA move production out of Italy for elsewhere and now Volkswagen will be doing the same with Germany. Let’s hope people hit the companies where it hurts them most.

  • Sovereignty

    Except Bulgaria is a democratic country that is part of the European Union, whereas Turkey is led by a dictator. Cars are only produced in Turkey because it’s cheap.

  • netanya one

    BEWARE: The title is fallacious, manipulative, and malicious. It is masterfully designed to attract hate speech and bigotry in the comments. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. This site is being run by people of a heritage well known for its hate and discrimination against people of (especially) Turkish descent. Turkey won on its merits, not thanks to anything else, as the title and the article suggests. Hate, prejudice, bigotry and racism is still rampant in Europe, just like antisemitism! What a shame!

    • Felix Le Forestier


    • Sovereignty

      You may fool the uneducated and oppressed inside Turkey with that propaganda, but people in the free world won’t believe a word. Your hatred for media companies is unsurprising given that Turkey currently has more journalists in prison than any other country in the world.

      • netanya one

        Here’s another GBS (Grand-Big-Schlong) to you, this time from me:

        “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”
        George Bernard Shaw

        Hence, the warning above!

        • Sovereignty

          When you can’t defend your words, you try to hide in the shadows? How very unsurprising given the fact that all you’ve given us is lies and propaganda.

          “Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose” – George Orwell

          • netanya one

            Bingo! Finally, got ’em to talk about themselves!
            Let’s see who is “hiding in the shadows…given the fact that all given is lies and propaganda.”
            Talk is cheap! Let’s see who you’ve “freely criticized and opposed” behind these cool shades. Then we’ll Deal with it

            What did I tell you… “the pig likes it.” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/de83c9ac840d3b101f3b25534dce0456f885528ae02e5103719abbaf704753e1.png

          • Sovereignty

            Not going to speak about the jailed journalists? Fair enough. You must be truly embarrassed by the situation.

          • netanya one

            Come ooon sweetheart! You can do it! Come oooon!

          • Sovereignty

            You’re so frightened of people having privacy aren’t you? It’s so you can persecute them, which is rife in third-word Turkey. You daren’t speak of the damage your nasty regime is inflicting on mass media, so why don’t you just go ahead and answer my question about the plight of journalists?

          • netanya one

            Lesson 1: Don’t accuse others (the innocent) of exactly what you’re doing.
            So you were really talking about yourself. Ha! Point proven! Look sweetheart:
            When you can’t defend your words, you try to hide in the shadows? How very unsurprising given the fact that all you’ve given us is lies and propaganda.“Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose” – George Orwell

            “Persecute you”, dear? How so, if according to you “Erdogan isn’t your evil dictator. He’s the dictatorial leader of Turkey” sweetheart! What holds you back? What kind of “frightening” things have you done that you can’t share? No one is asking for your ID, just your anonymous comments while “hiding in the shadows”, sugar!

            I have nothing to be embarrassed of or dare not to speak about. I don’t sit around posting 850 POS’s on DISQUS, I have a life and better things to do than wrestling with pigs. My profile is open for all to see. I’m doing this to help expose once and for all, what y’all are all about. Need I say what? For starters, full of hatred, bigotry, racism & filth against Turkey and its people, sorry-ass losers who hide behind some lofty words, media outlets (like this one) and heaps of distortions and political figures. This is a widespread malady in Europe, not only against Turks but also Jews, for example.


          • Sovereignty

            If you are unable to stand criticism of your country and it’s leaders then I suggest you get off the internet. I know you hate free speech and want to replace it with your backward propaganda, but it just doesn’t work that way here in the free world. All you’ve done is call me names and not answered my questions.

            Why does you leader insist on jailing so many journalists?

          • netanya one

            To get an answer, you need to ask a valid question. I don’t see a valid question here.
            Another 178 POS in the past 3 hours to a total of a 1051 POS posted on Disqus. WOW!
            A LOW-LIFE TROLL
            Just like I warned to begin with.

          • Sovereignty

            You set up an account specifically to comment on this article. Your pro-Turkish stance is both hilarious and dangerous. We can see you exactly for what you are.

  • netanya one

    Jolly Big Schlong

  • Incog Nito

    Deniz, How many vehicle producers are in Bulgaria?

  • Incog Nito

    The answer was quite simple actually. None.

  • Incog Nito

    Deniz mate, I am not going after a provacation. Just talking about a huge, desicion changing / making fact.

  • Incog Nito

    Well now you are provocating aren’t you? Really, Qatar? Erdogan? Continue believing that.

  • netanya one

    DENIZ, do yourself a favor and go on a diet. Soon, will make you eat all that vomit you’ve been throwing up in here. Too bad there’s no time right now. Plus, there’s so much of it – one wouldn’t know where to start. Well, will start with the garbage link above (and probably a new account; comments with this one get bumped to moderator for hours/days at a time).

    BY THE WAY: You really are FULL OF SH’T! Seriously! Really! Honest to God!

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