Because of the declining European market, Volkswagen is planning to have more temporary suspensions in Passat production in Germany in the upcoming weeks. VW said that it will stop the assembly lines at the Emden plant on February 8, February 15, February 22 and March 1.
VW spokesman Georg Goericke said the company will continue to closely monitor the market situation in Europe. He declined to say if the automaker was preparing for another series of interruptions in March and April.
VW produces around 1,200 units a day at Emden, where workers build the Passat sedan, the Passat wagon and the CC coupe. VW has already stopped the output there from December 17 to 21, 2012.
Last year in Europe, VW sold 207,273 Passats, standing for a 15.5% drop compared to 2011, according to market researchers JATO Dynamics.
Last week, VW said that it will add three Saturday shifts to its main Wolfsburg manufacturing plant to cope with the excessive demand for the new version of its Golf hatchback and for the Tiguan compact SUV.
The extra shifts will permit VW to produce an additional 2,000 Golfs, helping to fill approximately 100,000 orders for the best-selling model from Europe.