Volkswagen to manufacture Bentley Falcon bodywork at new $760m factory

By Glen White
The German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) will participate in the production of luxury SUV Bentley Falcons by manufacturing the vehicle bodywork in Bratislava...

The German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) will participate in the production of luxury SUV Bentley Falcons by manufacturing the vehicle bodywork in Bratislava.

Bratislava Volkswagen spokesman Vladimir Machalik said the bodywork would be subsequently transported to the company's plant in Crewe in the UK, where a hand-made interior will be installed.

The new automobiles will be available for markets in 2016. The Bratislava factory is currently focusing on completing the construction of its bodywork production facilities, which will cost in the region of 600 million euros ($760 million) and involve 1,000 robots.

The new facilities can also be used to produce the bodywork for new generations of cars, including the Audi Q7, the Porsche Cayenne and the Volkswagen Touareg.

The challenges involved in assembling Bentley SUVs will require dozens of highly qualified experts. The new business is set to create 500 new jobs.

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