Volkswagen Delays Final Decision On New Turkish Car Factory Over Syria Invasion

Volkswagen is postponing their final decision on building a new factory in Turkey as international criticism of the country’s military operations in Syria is growing.

“We are carefully monitoring the current situation and look with concern at current developments,” a Volkswagen spokesman said to Reuters. The VW Group has already established a subsidiary in Turkey, saying they were in the final stages of negotiation and that a final decision on the factory was still pending.

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

VW’s new Turkish factory is planned to produce the next-generation Passat and the Skoda Superb, with a maximum annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles. According to previous reports, production launch was scheduled for 2022.

The current VW Passat is being made in Emden, Germany, but VW plans to convert the facility into an EV factory. Meanwhile, Skoda is in need of some extra capacity in its Kvasiny plant, where the Superb is currently produced.

The German carmaker was considering either Bulgaria or Turkey for its new factory, but reports suggested that the decision to pick the latter came after strong lobbying from one of VW’s major shareholders, the State of Qatar.

Apparently, Qatar pushed for the factory to be built in Turkey, with VW saying that they chose this location due to its “positive macroeconomic conditions”, as well as its location amid emerging markets.

The European Union intends to limit arms exports to Turkey while US President Donald Trump announced heavy sanctions on the country, due to the ongoing military operation in Syria.

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  • Six_Tymes

    so sad, many middle easterners (not all) stuck in the year 622 in their thought process. blame who you will, what I said is fact, look at India, slowly being taken over by barbarism, small thinking brains. Constantinople, Mesopotamia, on and on and on…

    • db

      Until you walk in their shoes, I feel its unfair of you to pass judgement.
      Corruption is corruption regardless of the century or year.

    • Dredd2

      for example, please check syria, they are not in the stone age, as you think ! Oh, but before usa and french bombed them to the ground (khm “west democracy”) and killed thousands of innocent peeps….and thats strange nobody argue with that from the west world.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      look at India, slowly being taken over by barbarism, small thinking brains.

      Sir, if you are from the USA then you clearly don’t understand the concept of irony.
      Apologies if you are from elsewhere in the world. 😉

  • Evo45

    That’s just stupid since the operation for cleaning the area from terrorists, but they don’t care I guess…

    • Rimas Kurtinaitis

      Perfect! When is Erdogan leaving?

      • Evo45

        In 2023, probably. That’s when the elections will happen (unless he changes his mind). Be patient for 3-4 years.

        • Rimas Kurtinaitis

          I would, despite the array of unconstitutional measures he has undertaken. However, the invasion of Kurdistan and the state-sanctioned murder of civilians is one step too much for me.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Pass on Turkey, go elsewhere.

  • Porkopolis

    Interestingly, if they build it in Turkey or Germany it’ll still be built by Turks.

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