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Bratislava's VW plant to make Škoda Octavia

CZECH carmaker Škoda Auto is planning to expand production of its successful Octavia model to Bratislava.

"Thanks to the increasing demand for Octavias, we are looking for unused production capacity that will enable us to respond to the enormous interest of our clients," said Detlef Wittig, the chair of the Škoda Auto board of directors.

Škoda is a member of the Volkswagen group and the biggest carmaker in Central Europe. It currently produces Octavias in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic, the SITA newswire wrote.

Škoda Auto spokesman Evžen Kauspopf was not able to specify when Bratislava would start producing Octavias.

"The volume of production will be set on the basis of demand and the capacity of the plant," he said.

But a spokesperson for the Bratislava plant, Vladimír Machalík, said producing Octavias at the Volkswagen plant is not yet a sure thing.

"The final decision about the future production portfolio will be made in November 2007 at the earliest," he told the Sme daily on October 3.

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