Volkswagen has announced it will no longer build the Golf compact model at the company’s Brussels factory, a decision that workers fear will leave many without a job. The Brussels plant, which employs 5,000 people, produces mainly the Golf model, which will continue to be made at two factories in Germany.
Volkswagen blames production overcapacity in Europe, where the market is saturated, the dollar-euro exchange rate and high import duties in some countries. A massive restructuring programme is already underway in Germany where the company plans to cut 20,000 jobs over the next three years. The carmaker has said it aims to maintain as many jobs as possible in Belgium.