Demand for SUVs increases production at Volkswagen’s Slovak unit

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 8, 2011

Production at Volkswagen AG’s subsidiary in Slovakia has increased by 45 percent in the first six months of 2011 compared to the same period the previous year, thanks to the increasing demand for sports utility vehicles.

Volkswagen Slovakia has disclosed in an email last Thursday from Bratislava, Slovakia, that it had assembled 94,600 units from January to June. The automaker manufactures Audi-brand Q7 and Touareg SUVs at its Bratislava factory.

The company also produces the Porsche Cayenne bodies at the plant. The company further stated that from July to December this year, production will be “positively influenced" by the commencement of the serial assembly of the New Small Family compact cars.

VW intends to launch the Up minicar, the first vehicle in this lineup, at the Frankfurt car show in September. Within the next years, the New Small Family range of vehicle models, which varies from a coupe to a minivan, will be revealed.

A decontented version is also planned for rising markets, and VW's sister brands Seat and Skoda will get their own variants. The new vehicle lineup will be tactically significant to VW, which is aiming to be the bestselling vehicle manufacturer in the world by 2018.

Last year, the group sold 7.14 million vehicles, coming in at third place after GM with 8.39 million and Toyota with 8.42 million. Last Friday, the group recorded an increase in retail sales to 4.75 million in the first seven months.

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