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VW eyes second Wolfsburg manufacturing unit for Challenge Trinity manufacturing | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Printed On Nov 21, 2021 09:00:00 AM

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VW goals to supply one automobile each 10 hours on the new Wolfsburg plant. An official announcement is anticipated in December.

Volkswagen plans to assemble a brand new manufacturing unit close to its Wolfsburg headquarters in Germany, the corporate has revealed. The second plant is ready to supply Volkswagen’s upcoming Trinity sedan – the unconventional EV flagship mannequin set to debut in 2026 – and is geared toward matching the manufacturing effectivity of Tesla’s new gigafactory in Gruenheide, Germany.

  • VW eyes matching Tesla’s manufacturing effectivity at new facility
  • New manufacturing unit website awaiting supervisory board’s approval
  • Facility to supply as much as 2,50,000 items per yr

Volkswagen has indicated that it could be cheaper to assemble the brand new manufacturing unit than to retrofit its present Wolfsburg website.

No value estimate for the brand new plant has been revealed, though Volkswagen says it’s aiming for a manufacturing time of 1 automobile each 10 hours for the Trinity.

Deliberate manufacturing unit website awaiting approval from supervisory board

The deliberate website has been endorsed by the Volkswagen works council, however has but to achieve approval from the carmaker’s supervisory board. The plant is envisioned to supply as much as 2,50,000 vehicles per yr, along with the 5,00,000-unit annual capability of Volkswagen’s present Wolfsburg website.

“We’re in talks with the works council,” stated Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen model, “however the financial situations need to be created.” A proper announcement outlining additional particulars on the precise website of the brand new manufacturing unit is anticipated in December. “We’re planning greenfield development: environment friendly and with out limitations by present buildings,” stated Brandstätter in a press release to media representatives.

Tesla has introduced that its new German gigafactory manufacturing unit will boast an annual output of as much as 5,00,000 vehicles.

The Trinity is described by Volkswagen as “a extremely environment friendly flat-seat idea with an iconic design”. It’s deliberate to be one of many first Volkswagen fashions to be primarily based on the corporate’s new SSP (Scalable Techniques Platform). It’s claimed to own better modularity than Volkswagen’s present MEB construction, whereas aiding degree 4 autonomous driving expertise.

The information has emerged amid uncertainty over management of the VW Group. CEO Herbert Diess, has sparked rigidity with union representatives in current weeks, after his pledge to match Tesla’s manufacturing effectivity was perceived as a sign that job cuts had been incoming. He has since denied these claims, however Reuters experiences VW’s mediation council will meet quickly to debate his future on the agency.

Diess is contracted to function CEO of the VW Group till 2025, however Reuters has recognized Porsche CEO Oliver Blume, Volkswagen boss Ralf Brandstätter and Audi’s Markus Duesmann – amongst others – as potential replacements, ought to Diess step down.

Upcoming VW vehicles and SUVs for India

Coming to the Indian market, VW is ready to launch the facelifted five-seat Tiguan subsequent month. The carmaker had beforehand discontinued the mannequin in favour of the bigger three-row Tiguan Allspace, whereas transferring to BS6 emission norms. The Tiguan might be a petrol-only SUV like the rest of VW’s line-up and use the identical 2.0-litre TSI unit as within the Allspace.

Come 2022, VW’s most vital launch would be the new Vento substitute. The sister mannequin to the just lately revealed Skoda Slavia, the brand new midsize sedan will develop in dimension over the present Vento and is anticipated to share bits with the new Taigun – additionally constructed on the identical platform.

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