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Volkswagen moving Spanish Polo production to Bratislava

The Volkswagen carmaker plans to move part of its Spanish production of the Polo model from Navarre to its Bratislava factory, according to the Financial Times, in order to consolidate manufacture of the Polo whose sales are falling.

A Madrid business professor quoted by the paper said the move was caused by the fact that Slovak wages are one-fifth what VW pays its Navarre workers, and that the firm, faced with falling demand for the Polo, had preferred to close a Spanish than a German plant after failing to come to a deal with workers on overtime pay.

The move of Polo production follows an announcement two weeks ago by the Seat auto maker that it would be moving production of its Ibiza model from Barcelona to Bratislava.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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