VW to Make Further Cuts in Passat Production in Germany image

VW plans to make more production halts of the Passat salon vehicles in Germany in the following weeks due to the weak European market.

On February 8th, February 15th, February 22nd and March 1st, VW, Europe’s largest automaker, will stop assembly lines at the Emden plant in Germany. The site, which employs 7,600 workers, was also shut down between December 17th and 21st.

“We’ll keep monitoring the market situation in Europe very closely,” said spokesman Georg Goericke.

The Emden plant manufactures about 1,200 vehicles a day and produces the Passat saloon, the CC coupe and the Passat estate. Earlier this month, VW said it plans to add three Saturday shifts to the Wolfsburg plant to meet increased demand for the new Golf hatchback and for the Tiguan SUV. The additional shifts will help VW manufacture an extra 2,000 Golfs, needed to fill the 100,000 orders for the Golf, which is the top-selling model in Europe.

The seventh generation Golf arrived in showrooms in Germany in November 2012 and orders have surpassed 100,000 vehicles. Although the Golf is the best-selling car in Europe, the tough economical situation on the continent made sales of the model drop 32% to 22,698 units in December and 11% for the year to 485,742 units.