In 2012, Volkswagen had doubled the volume of the cars being produced at the Slovak plant to record figures as the launch of the new Up minicar and its Skoda and Seat siblings made up for the sluggish demand for vehicles throughout Europe. The unit's chief Albrecht Reimold told reporters that the Bratislava factory produced 419,888 vehicles, compared with 210,441 units in 2011.
The Up and its sister models, the Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii, made up nearly one-half of production. Furthermore, Bratislava assembles the Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7 SUVs, as well as the bodies for the Porsche Cayenne.
According to Bentley CEO Wolfgang Schreiber, the British ultraluxury brand's new SU, which will use the same platform as the one used with the Touareg, Q7 and Cayenne, may be manufactured at the Slovak factory. Reimold said that the plant will aim to maintain the record production volume, depending on the conditions in the market.
He said that last year, the company operated on the boundary of its production capacities. He said that the global market is “developing positively” and that it has had a good performance to date this year. Over a third of SUVs built in Slovakia were sent to non-European markets, led by China and the U.S.
The exports outside Europe help Volkswagen to offset the declining sales in the region. JATO Dynamics revealed information that VW brand's Up was the top-selling model of the group's three minicars in 2012 with sales of 113,662 units. Skoda sold 27,660 units of the Citigo while Seat's Mii reported sales of 18,810 in the same period.