The corona crisis has economically damaged the VW Group. The company is now halting plans to build a new plant in Turkey. As a result of the slump in global automotive demand, it is said.

The project for the factory in Manisa near Izmir was almost as good as decided, but it was already suspended in bordering Syria in autumn due to the military offensive and the decision was postponed several times later. The group originally wanted to reach a multi-brand plant with an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles and around 4,000 employees for around one billion Euroin Manisa. Construction should begin at the end of 2020 and production would have been scheduled for 2022.

The Automobilwoche also reported that VW now wanted to build the Passat mid-range car and the identical Skoda Superb in the Slovakian factory in Bratislava. VW wants to provide additional investments of half a billion euros for this, and the group has not commented. According to earlier information, the previous production locations of these models in Emden and Kvasiny are to be given new models: Emden will be converted to electric cars, and the Czech Skoda plant will build SUVs in the future.