Following three years of construction, the Volkswagen Group today inaugurated its new engine plant at Kaluga in the presence of the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Thomas Schmall, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand responsible for Components, and the Governor of Kaluga Region Anatoly Artamonov. In future, the plant will produce the newly developed 1.6-litre EA211 gasoline engine, representing the most modern engine technology of the Volkswagen Group. The engines are to be used for the Volkswagen Polo and the ŠKODA Rapid produced in Kaluga, as well as for the Volkswagen Jetta and the ŠKODA Octavia and Yeti, built jointly with GAZ in Nizhny Novgorod. The annual production capacity of the engine plant will be about 150,000 units. The total investment in the plant has been about €250 million and 400 jobs in the region have been created. Volkswagen is the first foreign automaker to operate its own engine plant in Russia.