The Multiple Roads to VW’s Audi Brussels in Forest
This chapter examines the winding road that helped create Volkswagen’s (VW’s) present-day Audi Brussels factory in Forest, Belgium. It begins with a review of Citroen Belgium, the Town of Forest’s first car plant, which in 1980 was annexed by an encroaching VW Bruxelles factory. It then reviews the origins of Audi Brussels, from its launch as a D’Ieteren Brothers-Studebaker Plant, to VW’s partnership with D’Ieteren and takeover of the factory in 1971, to its near closure and transfer to VW’s Audi division in 2007. The final sections discuss the plant’s post-2007 highlights and speculate on its near future.
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