Volkswagen Group Rus celebrates production of the 400,000th car at the Nizhny Novgorod plant

  • The jubilee car is ŠKODA KODIAQ, highly rated by Russian customers
  • The production milestone was reached eight years after the launch of CKD assembly at the GAZ Group plant

Nizhny Novgorod, February 12, 2021 – Volkswagen Group Rus produced the 400,000th car using the completely knocked-down (CKD) method at the GAZ Group plant in Nizhny Novgorod. General Director of Volkswagen Group Rus Stefan Mecha and President of GAZ Group Vadim Sorokin took part in the ceremony marking the production milestone. The jubilee vehicle was a ŠKODA KODIAQ.

Volkswagen Group Rus celebrates production of the 400,000th car at the Nizhny Novgorod plant

The CKD production of Volkswagen Group cars was launched in Nizhny Novgorod in December 2012, only one year after signing the agreement with GAZ Group to start contract manufacturing. At the moment, three ŠKODA models are produced at the location – ŠKODA KODIAQ, OCTAVIA and KAROQ.

Stefan Mecha, General Director of Volkswagen Group Rus, said: "I’m very proud of the products that leave the production line in Nizhny Novgorod – over eight years we have been producing cars that are not only extremely popular among Russian consumers but have been exported to various countries, including European markets, proving compliance with the highest quality standards of the Group. Deep production localization is one of the strategic goals of Volkswagen Group Rus in the Russian market, and we implement it consistently at all our production sites. It helps us to strengthen our position in the market, get production flexibility and also to contribute to the development of the Russian automotive industry.”

Vadim Sorokin, President of GAZ Group, added: "We appreciate the results of our cooperation with Volkswagen Group Rus. The production of ŠKODA passenger cars at GAZ facilities allows us to develop our business and provide jobs to our personnel. We are also happy that GAZ Group has proven to be a reliable partner, which has been consistently delivering cars of high European quality. We are sure that there are many more production milestones and successful joint projects in the years to come.”

The family SUV ŠKODA KODIAQ is the first SUV of the Czech brand and one of its global bestsellers. It is available in the 5- and 7-seater versions with both front and all-wheel drive. The model features traditional advantages of the brand such as lavish equipment, spacious interior, boot capacity and Simply Clever solutions, which makes it a very convenient model for modern families. The recently introduced Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) is also available for this model. The electronic assistant evaluates various driving conditions (braking, acceleration, cornering) and reacts to them by adjusting the damping and handling characteristics. Using the infotainment interface, the driver can choose from six modes: Normal, Comfort, Eco, Sport, Individual or Snow (which is available only for all-wheel drive vehicles).