The Kaluga-based VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus plant has produced 600,000 vehicles since opening

The Kaluga-based VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus plant has produced 600,000 vehicles since opening 07.06.2013 Kaluga, June 07, 2013 — The Kaluga-based VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus plant celebrates two remarkable events at once: 600,000 vehicles have been manufactured by the plant since its opening, and the 400,000th vehicle has been made using full cycle production. The 600,000th vehicle rolled off the plant’s production line is an Acapulco blue metallic Volkswagen Tiguan. This Tiguan has the TSI 2.0L engine, AWD transmission 4MOTION, RNS 315 navigation system and a rear view camera. Another milestone figure for the Kaluga-based plant is 400,000 vehicles made using full assembly cycle. The 400,000th vehicle was a white ŠKODA Fabia with a 1.6L engine and manual gearbox. “Increasing share of local production is a part of our development strategy for Russia,” says Marcus Osegowitsch, General Director of VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus. "The 600,000 vehicles made by the Kaluga plant testify to the success of its implementation. The next obvious step in this direction will be building and commissioning a new engine plant." “The two jubilee vehicles produced are a very important achievement for the plant. This milestone event brings us closer to the successful completion of our plans for 2013," says Dr. Joseph Baumert, Director of the Kaluga-based VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus plant. "We are going to continue increasing our production because vehicles made at the Kaluga plant are among the most popular in Russia and the demand for them is constantly growing”. The Kaluga-based Volkswagen plant started to operate in 2007, as little as half a year after an investment agreement with the RF Government was signed for the "industrial assembly" regime. When it was opened, the plant produced vehicles using semi knocked down (SKD) assembly and in October 2009 launched the full-cycle production including welding and painting of vehicles. Now the plant produces Volkswagen Polo Sedan, Volkswagen Tiguan and ŠKODA Fabia vehicles and this summer is going to start getting ready for assembling ŠKODA Rapid. 

About VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus 
VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus promotes on the Russian market seven brands of the Volkswagen Concern: Volkswagen, ŠKODA, Audi, Volkswagen Commercial vehicles, SEAT, Bentley и Lamborghini. In 2012, the sales volume of the company in Russia rose by 38 per cent, totaling more than 316,000 vehicles. Of these, more than 180,000 vehicles were produced in Russia. Since November 2007 VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus has produced vehicles in Kaluga, 170 km south-west of Moscow. In October 2009 the plant was visited by Vladimir Putin and other top government officials and held a ceremonious opening of the full-cycle production facility. On June 14, 2011 VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus and Gruppa GAZ signed an agreement for contract assembly of Volkswagen and ŠKODA vehicles at the GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod. Under the agreement, the GAZ plant already started full-cycle production of ŠKODA Yeti, and the production of Volkswagen Jetta and ŠKODA Octavia is soon to be launched. With an investment volume of more than a billion euro, the company is one of the major investors for the Russian automobile industry. In 2013-2015 the concern is to invest another 840 million euro into its plants, new equipment and development of new products for Russia. In 2009, VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus became an official partner of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Vehicles category. The company will provide for the Sochi-2014 Organization Committee about 3,100 vehicles of the Volkswagen, Audi and ŠKODA brands and Volkswagen commercial vehicles for transportation of guests during the preparation for and the course of 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Most of these vehicles will be made by the company’s plants in Russia. 

Natalia Sevostyanova PR Director, VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus Тел.: + 7 499-922-8121 Reception: +7 495 258-39-01 (Internal: 2069)

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