Volkswagen is not scouting for alternative locations as it evaluates plans to build a new car factory in Turkey, Andreas Tostmann, VW’s production chief, told journalists on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, the German carmaker said it had postponed a decision to build a car plant in Turkey in the wake of international criticism of the country’s military operations in Syria.
“We are watching developments. Plans for Turkey are currently on hold. We are not actively looking at alternative locations,” Tostmann said.
The German automaker made this statement a day after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had said that he would again try to bring Volkswagen to Serbia and would discuss the issue with the German Minister of Economy and Energy Peter Atmayer, who visited Belgrade yesterday.
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“We will do our best to bring Volkswagen here. We will fight with all our heart, energy and strength,” Vucic said during his visit to Vranje the day before the German Minister’s visit.
As Radio Free Europe recalls, in March of this year, Vucic visited the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, had himself photographed in the VW museum and then said to the local media: “If we succeed (in bringing VW to Serbia), I will cry (of happiness) knowing that I did my job.”
Previously, the information had emerged that Croatia was also entering the “battle for an investment worth over a billion euro; the amount that the German car manufacturer Volkswagen intends to invest in its new factory”.
The new Volkswagen plant is expected to produce the new Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb with a maximum annual production capacity of over 300,000 vehicles and the employment of 3,000 workers.
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