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VW: media, Turkey picked for new factory

Balkan countries were rumored to be among candidates

13 July, 16:52
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 13 JUL - Volkswagen Group has reportedly chosen the city of Izmir, in Turkey, for a new multi-brand plant, the specialized magazine Automobilwoche reported.

The plant "will build cars for VW, Skoda and Seat", in order to "ease capacity constraints at Skoda's factories in the Czech Republic", Automotive News Europe informed. The choice" for Turkeym made on Thursday by the Volkswagen management "was pushed by "the state of Qatar, which has a 17 percent stake in VW," Automotive News Europe added.

In spring, the Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic said that Volkswagen was also considering the Balkan country as a possible site for a car manufacturing plant, stressing that "Serbia is the strongest, the most stable, and the best country for Volkswagen compared with all friendly countries interested in this investment - Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and one other country," the portal SeeNews quoted him in March.

There is still no official confirmation from the German carmaker. (ANSA).

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