Volkswagen to Manufacture 1 Million Vehicles at Wolfsburg

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German manufacturer Volkswagen announced on Friday the first of a series of steps meant to overhaul the manufacturing hubs and processes for the company’s main brands.
This first step represents the increase of importance for the group’s main production facility, that in Wolfsburg. The Germans announced plans to manufacture one million vehicles per year there, and suffle production at some of the other plants.

The increase in production at Wolfsburg will be supported by the relocation of the next generation Volkswagen Golf from Zwickau and Puebla to Wolfsburg. No details as to what models will be replacing the Golf at the two facilities were provided.

The Wolfsburg facility will also become a production hub for the new SEAT Tarraco.

“We are planning to increase productivity by 25 percent at all German factories by 2020 as agreed. Further efforts are needed at Volkswagen in future to remain competitive, particularly post-2020,” said in a statement Andreas Tostmann, the Volkswagen executive in charge with production and logistics.

The decision announced on Friday is part of a larger set of measures to be taken over the following months concerning manufacturing and logistics efforts. Volkswagen says there are eight areas that would see changes - to be detailed later -, all meant to provide improved production efficiency.

“A competent, globally leading production network is one of the biggest levers for value enhancement in the Volkswagen Group,” added Tostmann.

“The Volkswagen brand has made substantial progress in recent years. We are on the right track. In an industry comparison, we are mid-range, we intend to catch up and become one of the best.”

More details about this new strategy envisioned by the giant auto group and called Transform.Together will be announced by Volkswagen at the end of next month.

Last year, although still battling the effects of the Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen still managed to fight for the title of world’s largest automaker. The Germans sold a total of 10,74 million vehicles worldwide in 2017, including over 200,000 Scania and MAN heavy trucks.
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