News Digest: Volkswagen Slovakia to produce all-electric luxury SUV

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Volkswagen will make all-electric versions of the Porsche Cayenne luxury SUV.Volkswagen will make all-electric versions of the Porsche Cayenne luxury SUV. (Source: SME - Marko Erd)

Good afternoon. Here is the Friday, March 24 edition of Today in Slovakia - the main news of the day in less than five minutes

All-electric Porsche Cayenne to be made at VW's Bratislava plant

Volkswagen Slovakia started producing all-electric cars back in 2013. Starting with small city cars like the Volkswagen Up! and its derivatives, it has finaly moved on to making larger electric vehicles.

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The all-electric Porsche Cayenne SUV will be the fourth generation of luxury model to be produced in Bratislava. The Slovak plant originally started producing conventionally-powered Cayenne models 21 years ago, in 2002.

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The all-electric Porsche Cayenne SUV will enter the market in the second half of this decade, Volkswagen Slovakia spokesperson Lucia Kovarovič Makayová told the SITA newswire. The vast majority will be exported: prices for the latest Cayenne models start at more than €75,000, approximately four times the average annual pre-tax salary in Slovakia.

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In other news

  • Poll shows Fico's Smer party is ahead. The party would have received 19.5 percent of the votes if an election had been held in February/March. It would have been followed by Hlas and Progresívne Slovensko (PS), polling agency Median SK reported, citing a survey it conducted among 1,076 respondents between February 1 and March 5. (TASR)
  • The number of cases of dry grass being deliberately burned off has increased. Setting fire to dry grass endangers the surrounding environment, scares away local wildlife and can potentially cause uncontrollable fires. The resulting ash can damage nests, eggs and animals’ pups and cubs. (TASR)
  • The Slovak Chamber of Advocates (SAK) has criticised the continuing imposition of harsh penalties for criminal drug use and petty theft, which it says still don't conform to European standards. The chamber suggests one way to improve the situation would be to allow more discretion in sentencing. (TASR)

Weather forecast

On Saturday warm but rainy weather is expected for the whole country. The temperature will be around 15°C.

Come Sunday, the weather will clear up a bit. Western parts can expect cloudy weather with temperatures between 14°C and 16°C. Central and eastern Slovakia can expects partly sunny weather with temperatures between 10°C and 14°C.

For Monday, rain returns to the whole country. Expect temperatures of 8°C to 11°C in the west and 8°C in central and eastern Slovakia. (SHMÚ)

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