- Volkswagen plants in Russia demonstrates increased productivity
- Kaluga engine plant manufactured 161,000 engines in 2018
- Volkswagen Group Rus annual output reached 200,000 cars in 2018 for the first time since local production was launched
Volkswagen Group Rus has announced production results for 2018: Kaluga plant manufactured 143,500 cars, Nizhniy Novgorod plant produced 56,500 cars. Thus, over 200,000 cars were manufactured, which represents 19.4% growth as compared to 2017 (167,500 cars). This is a new production record for the company.
Volkswagen Group Rus engine plant in Kaluga also sets records: its production output in 2018 grew by 56.3% in 2018 and reached 161,000 engines (103,000 engines in 2017).
The company managed to increase production in 2018 because of growing demand in the Russian market and highly efficient localized production process. This is confirmed by Transformer of the Year award received by Kaluga plant as the most efficient Volkswagen plant in the world. Increased export of cars and engines also donated to increase in the plants’ production capacity utilization: Volkswagen Group Rus exported 20,000 cars to Europe and CIS countries. In 2018 the company delivered 44,000 1.6 MPI gasoline engines (EA211) to various production facilities around the world, including Volkswagen plants located in Spain and Czech Republic.
Markus Ozegovic, CEO, Volkswagen Group Rus, said: “The fact that Volkswagen Group Rus managed to manufacture 200,000 in 2018 is a very important indicator. It demonstrates both high popularity of Volkswagen brands with customers and high efficiency of our localized operations. Increased output of our engine plant, which exported a quarter of all its products abroad, shows that Russian products may be in high demand and very competitive in the global market”.
Dr. Olivier Grunberg, Technical Director, Volkswagen Group Rus, noted: “ Volkswagen Group Rus large team stand behind these outstanding results. I would like to extend my thanks to everyone engaged in our business for dedicated work and commitment to win. We our proud of our performance and high efficiency we managed to ensure”.
Volkswagen Group Rus production facility is located in Grabtsevo industrial park, Kaluga, at a 170-km distance from Moscow. There are a car plant and an engine plant. The car plant manufactures three models, namely Volkswagen Tiguan, Volkswagen Polo and ŠKODA RAPID. Kaluga engine plant produces two variants of 1.6 MPI engines (EA211), 90 hp and 110 hp. Nizhniy Novgorod plant manufactures two ŠKODA models, KODIAQ and OCTAVIA. KODIAQ local production was successfully started in the beginning of 2018. The model became a bestseller among ŠKODA products.