Volkswagen Group Rus brings together the work of the six brands of the Volkswagen Group that are available on the Russian market — Volkswagen, ŠKODA, Audi, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Bentley and Lamborghini. In 2017, the company’s sales in Russia reached 175,600 vehicles. 167,500 vehicles were produced at the company’s manufacturing sites in 2017: 118,500 cars — at the Volkswagen Group Rus plant in Kaluga, and 49,000 vehicles — at the production site in Nizhny Novgorod. The market share of Volkswagen Group Rus reached 11% in 2017.
Starting from November 2007, Volkswagen Group Rus has been manufacturing automobiles in Kaluga, 170 km southwest of Moscow. In October 2009, the plant celebrated the official launch of its full cycle production in a ceremony attended by top government officials. At the moment, Volkswagen Tiguan, Volkswagen Polo and ŠKODA RAPID are being produced at the plant in Kaluga. On June 14, 2011, Volkswagen Group Rus and GAZ Group signed an agreement for the contract assembly of Volkswagen and ŠKODA automobiles at the GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod. In accordance with that agreement, a full cycle production of ŠKODA OCTAVIA and ŠKODA KODIAQ has already begun at GAZ.
In 2015 the new engine plant was launched in Kaluga. In February 2016 Volkswagen Group Rus has produced 1 000 000th vehicle at Kaluga plant — Volkswagen Polo Allstar equipped with locally manufactured engine. In March 2016 Volkswagen Group Rus opened a new spare parts and accessories warehouse in Chekhov (Moscow region).
In November 2016 at the Volkswagen Group Rus plant in Kaluga a new body shop with total area of 12 000 sq.m was opened. The additional facilities have allowed the company to organize the production of the new Volkswagen Tiguan. Volkswagen Group’s total investment in the production of this model reached 180 million euro.
In June 2017 production of the renewed ŠKODA Rapid was started at the Kaluga plant. Also this month Volkswagen Group and GAZ Group signed an agreement on cooperation in three areas:
— Prolongation of the contract assembly of cars at the plant in Nizhny Novgorod;
— Supply of Volkswagen engines for light commercial vehicles of GAZ brand;
— Agreement on intentions to consider the possibilities of a strategic partnership between Volkswagen Truck & Bus and GAZ Group.
Volkswagen Group is committed to the Russian market and is consecutively fulfilling its investment program in Russia. With a total investment of 1.83 billion euros in its business in Russia, Volkswagen Group became one of the largest foreign investors in the Russian automotive industry.
Volkswagen Group Rus was the official automobile partner for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The company provided the Sochi-2014 Organizing Committee with more than 3,000 cars from the Volkswagen, Audi, ŠKODA and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands in order to transport guests during the preparations for the 2014 Games and over the course of the Games themselves. The majority of the cars were manufactured at the company’s plants in Russia.