Turkey’s Erdoğan orders party officials to shift to Volkswagen Passat cars - Bloomberg

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered senior officials in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to shift to Volkswagen’s Passat model after the German car maker chose Turkey as the location of its new factory, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

Erdoğan ordered top party officials on Tuesday to move to the Passat model after their current rental contracts expire, Bloomberg cited two unnamed AKP officials as saying.

The order will affect just 19 Audis currently used by AKP executives at party headquarters, whose rental contracts for most of those cars will expire in about two months, Bloomberg said. 

But the Turkish president’s choice will likely set a precedent for thousands of party officials and state institutions, according to Bloomberg.

Turkey’s Trade Register Gazette published a notice on Wednesday that Volkswagen had officially registered a subsidiary in the western province of Manisa. 

Automotive News Europe reported on Wednesday that the Volkswagen Group would build the next-generation VW Passat and Skoda Superb midsize model lines in its $1.1 billion factory in Manisa, citing an internal document from the company. 

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