Volkswagen says non-stop Slovakian output extended
German auto giant Volkswagen said on Thursday it would prolong non-stop production at its Slovak plant to meet strong demand.
"Volkswagen Slovakia will prolong a non-stop car production until the end of 2011 over a continuous demand on the global markets for all car types produced at its Bratislava plant," the company said in a press release.
The nonstop production at the plant was launched in September 2010 and was originally planned until end of June 2011.
The carmaker, which produces the higher-end VW Touareg, Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne models in the Slovak capital Bratislava, turned out 144,500 cars in the local factory last year, marking growth of 36 percent from the figure for 2009.
Volkswagen also expects to launch a line producing small family cars later this year, following the example of its rivals in the former communist country -- South Korea's Kia Motors and France's PSA Peugeot Citroen, which weathered the global crisis by focusing on budget small cars.
Volkswagen exports 99.3 percent of cars produced in the Slovak plant, mostly to Germany, which buys 36 percent of its output, and to China with an 18.9-percent share.
© 2011 AFP