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VW Ag., Europe’s largest automaker on Tuesday said it plans to increase output capacity of sport-utility vehicles at its Slovak plant to meet rising demand, Bloomberg reports.

The German automaker will invest $65.23 million at its plant located near Slovak capital Bratislava to boost its capacity by 25 percent next year.

Volkswagen, which said in August it wants to produce 400,000 cars at its Slovak site next year to reach the assembly plant’s anticipated full annual capacity, plans to invest around 1 billion euros in the country by 2015.

The Assembly hall, the largest hall of Volkswagen Slovakia with an area of 21 football fields, houses the important process of uniting the painted body with the underbody. It is also the hall where the finishing touches get put on the car including the wiring, wheels, seats, the steering wheel just to name a few.

Back in 2012, the factory produced almost 145,000 vehicles, with SUVs accounting for 93 percent of output.

The approximately 7,500 employees in the Bratislava plant manufacture gearboxes and corresponding components as well as the VW Touareg, Polo models, the Audi Q7 and the Porsche Cayenne.