FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Volkswagen is looking for volunteers among its work force in Wolfsburg to build its Golf hatchback during next month's three-week plant holiday to keep up with customer orders.
Additional production shifts could point to a gradually improving outlook for Europe's mass market carmakers, after export-heavy luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz already plan to produce throughout the summer.
"Due to the high demand for the Golf, Volkswagen is examining whether to continue manufacturing in parts of the Wolfsburg plant during the summer holidays," a VW spokesman said today.
Earlier on Monday, German daily Braunschweiger Zeitung reported that VW was looking to find enough personnel to form one or two shifts daily, each building up to 300 cars per shift.
The paper also said, however, that because most workers had already planned holidays during the three-week production pause scheduled between July 15 and Aug. 2, interest had not yet been sufficient.