Volkswagen Group Rus Celebrates Production of the 400,000th Engine at the Kaluga Plant
- The production milestone has been reached in three and a half years since the opening of Volkswagen Group Rus engine plant in Kaluga
- In 2018 the production capacity of the plant reached a record value and amounted to 161,000 engines
- Engines and engine components produced in Kaluga are actively exported abroad
Kaluga, February 15, 2019 — Volkswagen Group Rus announces a new production record: the 400,000th 1.6 MPI engine of EA211 series was produced at the company’s own engine plant in Kaluga.
Stefan Depka, Technical Director of Volkswagen Group Rus, said: “We are pleased to announce a significant milestone in the history of Volkswagen Group Rus. 400,000 engines produced is an excellent indicator that demonstrates the potential of local production and is the result of impressive work of great number of specialists. We are constantly extending our production in Russia and supply our customers all over the world with products of the highest quality that meet the strictest standards”.
The record of 400,000 engines produced was achieved in a very short time — in 3,5 years since the opening of Volkswagen Group Rus engine plant in Kaluga. Earlier it took two years to produce 200,000 engines. This became possible due to the growing demand on the Russian market and the high level of local assembly efficiency. In 2018 alone, 161,000 engines left the production site conveyor, that is 56,3% more than in 2017. Exports also influenced the capacity utilization: in 2018, 44,000 engines produced in Kaluga were delivered to various production sites all over the world, including plants in Spain and the Czech Republic.
The 1.6 MPI engine of EA211 series is the embodiment of the Group’s most advanced engine building technologies which meets all the international standards of Volkswagen AG. Full product quality control is performed and numerous trials and tests are carried out at the production site in Kaluga. The engine is fully compliant with the Euro-5 environmental standard, which is focused on better environmental protection from harmful emissions, and can be installed in cars produced on the MQB modular platform.
The engine has two versions with 90 and 110 hp. and is currently being installed in 11 models of the Group, including 3 Russian-made models — Volkswagen Polo, ŠKODA Rapid and ŠKODA Octavia. In 2019, it is planned to export Russian-made engines and engine components to the plants in the Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Mexico and South Africa.