Volkswagen Group Rus Breaks Production Records

  • In 2018, Volkswagen Group Rus annual production volume reached 200,000 vehicles for the first time since the start of local production
  • Over the past year, 161,000 engines were produced at the engine plant in Kaluga
  • Company’s production sites in Russia operate at increased capacity

Moscow, December 25, 2018 - Volkswagen Group Rus has announced production results for 2018: 143,500 vehicles left the production line of the plant in Kaluga, 56,500 vehicles – in Nizhny Novgorod. Thus, a total of 200,000 cars were produced, which is 19,4% more than in 2017 (vs. 167,500 cars). It signifies a new production milestone for the company. Volkswagen Group Rus engine plant in Kaluga has set a record as well: its production in 2018 increased by 57% up to 161,000 engines (103,000 engines in 2017).

“Reaching the mark of 200,000 cars produced in one year is an important indicator for Volkswagen Group Rus, reflecting high demand for cars of our brands among customers and efficiency of the local manufacturing organization. Exceeding the capacity of the engine plant, a quarter of whose products were sent abroad in 2018, proves that Russian production can be highly-demanded and competitive around the world”, noted Marcus Osegowitsch, General Director of Volkswagen Group Rus.

All-electric cars will begin leaving the assembly lines in Emden and Hanover from 2022: going forward, electric small cars and sedans from several brands will be built in Emden, while Hanover will specialize in the production of the ID. BUZZ family in addition to building vehicles with conventional drives. “German plants are particularly well suited to making the transformation to the production of electric vehicles, given the high manufacturing expertise and qualification level of our employees. We are aligning the three plants in Zwickau, Emden and Hanover to our electrification strategy and thereby laying the groundwork for expanding our electric fleet and thus meeting the CO2 targets,” Blume continued.

“The whole Volkswagen Group Rus team stands behind these records, and I thank everyone engaged in our business for scrupulous work and commitment to victories. We are proud for our production results and for the level of efficiency which we managed to reach,” said Oliver Grünberg, Technical Director of Volkswagen Group Rus.

The Volkswagen Group Rus plant is located in the industrial park Grabtsevo in Kaluga, approximately 170 km southwest of Moscow. It includes automotive production and engine production. The automotive factory produces 3 models – Volkswagen Tiguan, Volkswagen Polo and ŠKODA RAPID. The engine plant in Kaluga produces 1.6 MPI EA211gasoline engines, which are available in 2 output variants – of 110 hp and 90 hp. The production site in Nizhny Novgorod manufactures 2 ŠKODA models – KODIAQ and OCTAVIA. The local production of KODIAQ was successfully launched at the beginning of 2018 which let the model become the brand’s bestseller.

Traditional factory holidays will be held from December 26, 2018 to January 8, 2019 at the Kaluga plant, and from January 9 to 25, 2019 at the Nizhny Novgorod production site.