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by Anes Alic

SARAJEVO, and Herzegovina—The Volkswagen Golf is a Bosniak—screwed during the war, but to survive—goes a favorite postwar Though the Bosniak and the Golf from the rubble of war, the factory wasn’t so lucky. But 10 long years, on 2 July the postwar Golf rolled off the line, signaling better for the ailing country of Bosnia.

The has been around in Bosnia and since its birth. In the 1970s, began to manufacture the car here. The produced in the Sarajevo suburb of was popular throughout the former because of its relative affordability and durability, a key factor on the region’s roads.

But the car achieved its greatest among Sarajevans during the war. Then, the only cars in the capital city army jeeps, United vehicles, and Golfs.

Golfs diesel engines were the popular, as diesel was the only of fuel that reached the capital in those days, as a part of the international community’s aid.

But drivers also using various forms of not meant for cars, such as gas. As it turned out, the could run on just about Because of its remarkable flexibility, the soon became the country’s postwar car. According to estimates, in the first three following the war, at least 50 of cars in Sarajevo were

Ten years after the war started, on 2 at exactly 10 a.m. the first 4 rolled off the assembly line at the reopened Volkswagen TAS-Vogosca in Sarajevo. The launch date accidental, either. It was also in July 30 years ago that opened its Sarajevo factory, with the manufacture of VW Beetles.

The factory was very important for VW it covered the entire region of as well as parts of southeastern From 1974, when began, until the beginning of the war in around 400,000 cars off the Sarajevo assembly line—making the factory one of the most important facilities outside of Germany. A of years before the war, the began to export its cars with Italy importing 2,000 cars. But the war put a quick end to In 1992, some 20 days war broke out, the Sarajevo produced its first 50 Golf 3

The second coming of Golf in Sarajevo isn’t quite the The new cars are not 100 percent manufactured on and only final assembly is as it was when it began with the 30 years ago. VW executives not say when complete manufacturing begin, but they were it wouldn’t be anytime soon.

Until 1992, the Sarajevo employed around 3,500 The new factory so far has only 80. Most of the are eagerly awaiting for VW to complete its to Sarajevo. Among those at work is Farid Cacan, one of the old employees. Cacan started at the VW factory in 1977, after high school. But when the factory ended up on the front of the war, Cacan’s work shifted from car assembler to In 1996 he returned to the abandoned

Several of my colleagues and I, in 1996, to clean up the factory and repair the that were left in the But it wasn’t until April that I started to work at Volkswagen. I can’t tell you how I was then, Cacan told TOL a visit to the factory on 15 July.


German Lothar one of Sarajevo Volkswagen’s top executives, TOL that conditions have not yet enough and the move to install manufacturing will only when the factory can produce 15,000 and 30,000 Golfs per This complete production new investment of at least 50 million marks ($25 million) in and that will happen when the sale of cars the level that will such an investment. But I’m that without exporting to Balkan markets this not be possible—at least not in the near said Sander.

Sarajevo VW’s commercial Wolfgang Wencel, told TOL the company’s goal is for the Sarajevo to once again win over the European markets. Wencel, said he agrees with that it is still early to about complete car manufacturing in the factory. It is necessary for the Stability [for Southeast Europe] to a free-market zone so we can more approach those markets, Wencel. But that can be achieved, and for we shall work on our goal of 1,000 Golfs per year.

even the final assembly in Sarajevo means a lot for Bosnian Nijaz Hastor, one of VW-Sarajevo’s told TOL. Hastor that for him, this is a moment for Bosnian industry. But it is to expect immediate results. The important aspect is that VW is interested in obtaining this Maybe not the market in Bosnia and as much as the entire region of Europe, in which it is not participating as much as in Western Europe, Hastor. Volkswagen will try to capture that market, and will be the Vogosca factory’s big

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The additional manufacture of car parts support the manufacture of Golfs in The Bosnian auto industry, presently employs around workers, exported over $60 in car parts last year, the buyer being Germany. to Wencel, there are several lined up for next year to 12 additional Volkswagen parts in the factory.

Postwar cooperation Volkswagen and the Sarajevo factory in 1998. Then, in a partially factory, employees started to on the final assembly of Czech Felicias—another VW concern. Today, the car factory produces some Skoda Fabias each advantageous for Bosnians, who now do not have to pay tariffs on the cars and are levied taxes than for other, cars. The same is true for the 4, which is now also being at the plant.

But those benefits are valid for citizens in the Bosniak-Croat Federation. In the four years, authorities in other entity, Republika have refused to take of the free customs and lower the citizens could benefit by buying cars from the factory.

Authorities in Republika are worried that by accepting cars with free duties and lower taxes, Srpska would be denying its as a separate entity. Citizens of Srpska are forced to pay the price for forking out the same amount of for cars produced in Sarajevo as for Wencel told TOL that he wish to be a part of those games. I’m not really in that. This factory has in Sarajevo for decades and it is staying It’s not really relevant attitude authorities in Republika are taking.

During the war, was under the control of the Bosnian army. After reintegration in when Vogosca was taken Republika Srpska and given to the the retreating Bosnian Serb stripped the factory of almost all its It has long been rumored the machinery was taken to the Crvena auto factory in Kragujevac,

Politics aside, everyone that the unveiling of the first domestically manufactured Golf also be the unveiling of what to be a better future for Bosnia. Not does Volkswagen’s optimism in Sarajevo as its southeastern European signal improving economic it also signals postwar And Bosniaks are more than to have their favorite free—in control of the streets more, only this with real gas.

Alic is TOL’s correspondent in

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