Volkswagen AG puts the finishing touches to its involvement in the Czech and Slovakian Federal Republic. An agreement concerning cooperation with the automobile manufacturer "Bratislavské automobilové závody" concluded with the Slovakian government on March 12, 1991 leads to the establishment of "Volkswagen Bratislava, spol. s. r. o.". Volkswagen takes over the production complex with a fully developed infrastructure and starts producing Passat models there in December 1991. Sole production of the Golf syncro is transferred to Volkswagen Bratislava in 1995 following expansion of production capacity and construction of a gearbox plant, with the start-up of the Golf 4 production in 1997. On January 1, 1999 the Slovakian subsidiary merges with "Volkswagen Slovakia, a.s." established on December 7, 1998.