Volkswagen starts full Russian production

Posted on Thursday, 22 October 2009 , 09:10:33 byEmil

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Volkswagen starts full Russian production

Volkswagen Group announced today that it will start the complete production in Kaluga at the Russian factory, having the facility making about 150,000 cars yearly. The factory has rolled already off the assembly path, line 100,000 models belonging to Skoda and VW, as part of a 1st stage project. The production commenced in 2007 November, having all units addressed to markets in Russia.

Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, the Chairman of Board in Management of VW AG stated recently 'Russia is set to become one of the world’s leading automotive nations and the Volkswagen Group will be involved in shaping this successful future as a reliable partner. Today, we have well and truly become a Russian automaker'.

Prof. Jochem Heizmann, the Member of Board - Management of VW AG with the Group Production responsibility affirmed 'Volkswagen is backing sustainable growth on the important Russian auto market. Here, the Group with its strong brands and convincing technology now ranks among the top 3 manufacturer groups in terms of vehicle deliveries. Our highly flexible plant in Kaluga has been a decisive factor in this success. My special thanks go to the Volkswagen Group Rus team'.

The factory with its production boost, will add brand new jobs also, VW stated for the press. The plant employs at the moment 1,800 workers but the firm is expecting to raise its workforce by next year up to 3,000 employees. Since 2007's November when the Kaluga factory started its operations officially, VW doubled (at least) its Russian market share in 6.6% (from 3.2 % in that period). This group from Germany invested 570 million Euro in total, for the Kaluga factory construction.