Volkswagen group decides on future oriented changes in production system - press release
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP DECIDES ON FUTUREORIENTED CHANGES IN PRODUCTION
● Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to produce successor to Crafter in Poland from 2016
● Optimized plant capacity deployment: new production concept for the Volkswagen
Tiguan at the Wolfsburg and Hanover plants
● Porsche Panamera to be produced in Leipzig in future
Wolfsburg, March 18, 2014 – The Volkswagen Group is reordering major parts of its
international plant capacity deployment. For example, the successor to the Volkswagen Crafter
is to be produced in Poland from 2016. For this purpose, a new plant, which is to be
commissioned in the second half of 2016, will be built at Wrze?nia. With the new plant, the
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand will be creating at least 2,300 new jobs. The
Volkswagen Tiguan is to be assembled in Hanover in addition to Wolfsburg from 2016. The next
generation of the Porsche Panamera is to be produced entirely in Leipzig.
“With the decision to produce the Crafter in Poland, we have laid the foundations for the strategic
reorientation of our light commercial vehicles,” said Dr. Leif Östling, Member of the Board of
Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft responsible for commercial vehicles. He
continued: “The Crafter is outstandingly wellsuited for all the growth markets of the world and
will take Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles a stage forward on its way to becoming a globally
The new plant at Wrze?nia is located about 50 km to the east of Pozna? and will be the second
location of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Poland in addition to the plant at Pozna?, where
Caddy urban delivery vans have already rolled off the production line for more than a decade. Dr.
Eckhard Scholz, Speaker of the Management Board of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles,
commented: “Our experience with the production of the Caddy in Poland has been excellent.
And the region around Wrze?nia offers ideal economic, infrastructure and labor market policy
conditions for us.”
The area of the future plant will be about 220 hectares and the plant will consist of a body shop, a
paint shop and a final assembly unit. Construction is scheduled to start at the end of 2014 with
the start of production following in the fourth quarter of 2016.
From 2016, capacities at the Hanover plant are to be used for the assembly of additional
Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles on the basis of the Modular Transverse Matrix. This reorganization
of the current plant allocation underlines the high flexibility the Volkswagen Group achieves by the
gradual modularization of new and existing plants.
That also applies to Porsche: from 2016, the sports car brand will be producing the complete
nextgeneration Panamera in Leipzig. Since its market introduction in 2009, body shells for the
Panamera have been produced and painted at the Volkswagen plant in Hanover before being
shipped to the Porsche plant in Saxony for preassembly and final assembly. With the
reorganization of the Volkswagen Group production system, body production and painting for
the Panamera is to start in Leipzig from 2016. The company already owns land that can be used
for the expansion of the plant.