Volkswagen Group Rus received Best Exporter Award at Russian Automotive Forum. The official ceremony was held on March 13, 2018 in Moscow.
Volkswagen Group Rus was one of the largest automotive exporters in Russia in 2017. The company efficiently used its export opportunities. In 2017 it exported about 25,100 cars, which represent a 70% increase as compared to 2016. 15,600 ŠKODA YETI cars were exported to the countries of Central Europe, which is more than any other car in Russia. Apart from that Volkswagen Group Rus exported 7,000 cylinder barrels manufactured in Russia to its engine plant located in Mlada Boleslaw, Czech Republic, in 2017.
Volkswagen Group Rus plans to expand its export opportunities in 2018. For instance, 1.6 MPI engines manufactured in Kaluga are to be delivered to the company’s production facilities throughout the world, including European plants. The company plans to export 40,000 engines per annum. Furthermore, Volkswagen Group Rus is to start supplying ŠKODA OCTAVIA cars produced in Nizhny Novgorod to EU countries. Initially 10,000 cars are to be exported.
Marcus Ozegovic, CEO, Volkswagen Group Rus, noted: “The award represents a well-deserved recognition of Volkswagen’s contribution to the development of the Russian automotive industry and, the development of its export capabilities in particular. We face even more ambitious challenges in 2018: an agreement which has been recently signed with the Federal Customs Service allows us to increase the amount of exported cars and automotive components”.
Russian Automotive Forum Award is a professional award to mark success and contribution of companies and their top managers to the development of the Russian automotive industry. In 2016 Volkswagen Group Rus received the award in Investment Project of the Year nomination as it implemented a project expanding is Kaluga production site and launching production of new Volkswagen Tiguan based on MQB platform.
About Volkswagen Group Rus
Volkswagen Group Rus represent six Volkswagen brands in the Russian market, namely: Volkswagen – Cars, ŠKODA, Audi, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Bentley and Lamborghini. Volkswagen Group Rus has been manufacturing cars in Kaluga since November 2007. In 2009 the company launched a full-cycle production scheme at its plant. In 2011 Volkswagen Group Rus and GAZ Group concluded an agreement on assembly of Volkswagen and ŠKODA vehicles at GAZ production facility in Nizhny Novgorod under a contract. Currently Volkswagen Tiguan, Volkswagen Polo and ŠKODA RAPID are manufactured in Kaluga, and Volkswagen Jetta, ŠKODA OCTAVIA and ŠKODA KODIAQ are produced at GAZ plant. In 2015 a new engine plant was launched at Volkswagen Kaluga site. The new plant’s capacity equals 150,000 engines per annum. Volkswagen Group sticks to its investment program for the Russian market. The company has invested EUR1.75 billion in its business assets in Russia. It is one of the largest foreign investors in the Russian automotive industry.