Vw to Bundle Polo Production

By: Anthony Fontanelle

Volkswagen AG is planning to bundle all productions of its Polo model in Pamplona, Spain and Brussels from spring next year. As a result, the production of the model in Bratislava, Slovakia will be shut. The information was announced by management board member Jochem Heizmann.

The Volkswagen Polo is a supermini car sold mainly in Europe, but available in most export markets. It is most widely seen as a hatchback but there are some saloon, coupe and estate variants.

Heizmann told the Auto Motor und Sport magazine that the move is an effort by the German automaker to cut costs to compete more closely in the global automotive industry. The decision is pending approval by the supervisory board, Heizmann said.

The move will help cut the costs of producing the compact Polo model, he added, and declined to comment on whether the company will in exchange add production of another model in Bratislava. The German automaker also manufactures SUVs Q7 and Touareg in Bratislava, as well as parts of the Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicle, Forbes reported.

Heizmann also said that the company has not yet decided where to build its new compact car based on concept car 'Up!' But it is certain 'that we will need a cheap place to make this vehicle,' Heizmann said, adding that the company is still examining where production would offer competitive costs.

While the model will definitely not be made in China or India for export to Europe as the distances are too great, the company is considering making the model there for regional export, he said.

Walter de Silva, the Chief Designer of the Volkswagen group told, World Car Fans: "The up! is not a car whose form will become obsolete within a very brief period of time. It shines in its cleverness and yet is made with loving care. And so the up! is a clear and strong statement for future Volkswagen design." Additionally, the automaker has envisioned the up! concept car as the first member of an entire model line - other facets are completely feasible.

Ralf-Gerhard Willner, Director of Concept Development, has final responsibility for the technical layout of the up! Willner and Walter de Silva had already achieved a new balance in the mutual interaction between form and function at VW before the inception of the project.

"Absolute harmony of the basic technological concept and the emotional aspects of the design", stressed Willner and de Silva in unison, "can only be achieved in a hard clash of ideas between engineers and designers. That is the only way to produce icons." It seems like are leading the company into a brighter future.

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