So why the heck do they want to build Bentleys in Bratislava?
HOT in from the Mail we have the news that VW are thinking of building their new Bentley SUV in Bratislava in Slovakia. And why in Buggery would anyone want to do that?
Bentley may build its new luxury off-roader in Bratislava rather than Britain, the firm’s bosses have revealed.
In a dramatic blow to its 4,000-strong British work-force – and to Chancellor George Osborne ahead of today’s Budget – the firm’s German chiefs announced at their annual results conference in London that they were considering manufacturing the £150,000 4X4 in the Slovakian capital in Eastern Europe.
Hmm. That Bentleys are now (well, maybe) being going to be built by bands of roaming gypsies might upset the traditionalists. But why is it that this measure is being discussed?
Cheaper labour rates in Slovakia and ‘uncertainty’ over whether Britain will remain in the European Union if there is a referendum were counting against the British case, bosses said.
Well, sorta. Maybe. But that’s not the real reason. That real one being one that they really don’t want people talking about which is why they’re not being open and obvious about it:
If production is moved to Bratislava, the new Bentley 4X4 will be built alongside other cars belonging to the Volkswagen Group such as the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and Volkswagen Touareg.