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Volkswagen Group: could build a gigafactory in Italy

The Volkswagen group has also set its sights on Italy as regards the territories where the six gigafactories in the program are to be built.

The Volkswagen Group plans to build six gigafactories in the Old Continent. And one of this could arise in Italy . The hypothesis is put forward by Markus Duesmann, CEO of Audi, during a meeting with the Italian press.

The executive of the House of the Four Rings said: “ We are evaluating locations in Hungary, Germany, Spain, France and even Italy. Wherever we make cars, we should have a battery factory. In short, we haven’t made a decision yet, but the choice of Italy would make sense for the whole group ” . The reference goes to the network of Italian suppliers and the direct presence of the brand in our peninsula. In fact, the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer is the parent company of Lamborghini and Ducati.

The contribution of Lamborghini and Audi

Speaking of the two Emilian manufacturers, the Audi CEO underlined the commitment and the utmost attention of the German company, also in the light of a synergies consolidation plan also concerning Bentley. The four realities, making up the premium sector of the VW conglomerate, aim to intensify industrial cooperation on products, Research and Development or technology transfer, in order to obtain “synergies in the order of several million euros” and to give impetus to their respective brands. in the race to electrification. “Lamborghini and Bentley will clearly benefit from Audi in the transition to electric mobility: these brands would struggle to make the huge investments themselves” crucial for the ecological transition, Duesmann pointed out.

On the other hand, Audi has already defined a strictly zero-impact future. “This year we will begin the next phase of our transformation journey until 2030, which involves the phasing out of combustion engine technology,” Duesmann pointed out, recalling how Audi will launch exclusively 100 percent electric models starting in 2026.