Volkswagen (VW) Slovakia launched its car production on Monday morning, January 12. The carmaker did so despite the cut off of Russian natural gas to Slovakia. "We have started production," Miriam Repiská of the company's PR Department told SITA. Both Trnava-based PSA Peugeot Citroen Slovakia and Žilina-based Kia Motors Slovakia postponed the start of their production on January 8 due to the halt in gas supplies. PSA Peugeot confirmed it would not resume the Monday afternoon production shift. Originally, it had planned to only suspend the morning shift. "We definitely will not produce on Monday," the company's spokesman Peter Švec told SITA. Kia Motors announced on Sunday that it also will not start production on January 12.
PSA Peugeot Citroen in Trnava is the most technologically modern plant of the PSA group. The investment by PSA Peugeot Citroen in Slovakia has reached €700 million. Production of the Peugeot 207 model was launched in June 2006 and the carmaker manufactures 700 cars daily. Volkswagen Slovakia makes the Touareg, the Audi Q7, a part of the Porsche Cayenne and the Skoda Octavia in its plant in Bratislava. The German carmaker also operates in Martin, where it produces gearboxes and gearbox components, and in Košice, where it prepares cars for export to Russia, newswire TASR wrote.
12. Jan 2009 at 15:00