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Volkswagen Group Rus brings together the work of the seven brands of the Volkswagen Group that are available on the Russian market — Volkswagen, Audi, ŠKODA, Bentley, Lamborghini, Ducati and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. In 2020, the sales volume of Volkswagen Group brands in Russia reached 216 464 vehicles. 182 200 vehicles were produced at the company’s manufacturing sites in 2020: 124 000 cars — at the Volkswagen Group Rus plant in Kaluga, and 58 200 vehicles — at the production site in Nizhny Novgorod. The market share of Volkswagen Group Rus reached 14.1% in 2020. The export volume to CIS countries reached 10 500 vehicles. The volume of engine production reached 111 500 engines, 18 700 of which have been supplied to different locations worldwide, including Poland, Spain and Mexico.

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, ŠKODA KODIAQ and ŠKODA KAROQ 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 of 2 billion euros.

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 around 2 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.

Volkswagen Group Rus Brands

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Management Volkswagen Group Rus

Stefan Mecha
General Director of Volkswagen Group Rus
  • Stefan Mecha studied Economics in FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
  • He holds a Global Executive MBA from Insead Business School
  • In 1995 Stefan Mecha started working for Sixt Leasing AG in Car Mobility Consulting
  • Since 1997 he had been working in Daimler AG: he was a Special Account Manager (Fleet) in MCC smart and then held various management positions in Financial Services. In 2001 he was appointed General Manager of Daimler Fleet Management in Europe
  • In 2002 he joined Board Management of e-Sixt AG as Vice President of International Sales
  • In 2005 Stefan Mecha started his career in Volkswagen AG as Regional Director Sales of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Western Europe
  • After that he held different positions in Sales within the Volkswagen Group in Europe and in the Middle East
  • In 2016 Stefan Mecha was appointed Member of the Volkswagen Board in South Africa and Managing Director of the Sales company
  • Since 2018 he held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing in the South America Region at Volkswagen Brazil
  • Since 2021 Stefan Mecha is appointed as General Director of Volkswagen Group Rus and Managing Director of NSC Moscow with additional responsibility as Volkswagen Group Responsible for Russia and CIS
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