Volkswagen produces millions of vehicles around the globe every year. In spring 2021, the Group's production network will comprise 118 locations worldwide, of which 70 plants manufacture cars - around 40,000 units per day. The Volkswagen brand is a strong base in this global network, with 49 manufacturing plants for vehicles and components.
Out of the 49 plants, 15 plants (excluding China) are responsible for the "Production and Logistics" division of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand. Here, the well-known models such as the Golf, Tiguan, Touareg, Passat and the new all-electric ID. family roll off the production line. The factories in China are run by the two joint ventures FAW-Volkswagen and SAIC Volkswagen.
Components such as engines, transmissions, batteries or steering systems are also manufactured at many of the sites. These areas of production belong to Volkswagen Group Components, which has been an independent business unit under the umbrella of Volkswagen AG since the beginning of 2019.
The entire automotive industry is currently undergoing a fundamental transformation - towards electro mobility. At Volkswagen, the transformation is in full swing already. After Zwickau with the production of the ID.3 and ID.4, the Emden site is currently being converted into the brand's pure e-production plant in Germany. Also Chattanooga is preparing for the start-up of the ID.4. In addition, more and more locations are becoming multi-brand plants within the Group.
Managing and developing this innovative, global Volkswagen production network is one of the most complex tasks in the automotive industry. In order to ensure a smooth operation, the main challenges are improving productivity, sustainability and increasing digitalization - i.e. areas such as big data, 3D printing and smart networking.
With its "Produce.Together" strategy, the Volkswagen brand's vehicle production has already begun this reorientation towards the future of mobility. With the TRINITY project, the main plant in Wolfsburg is set to become the flagship for state-of-the-art, fully networked and intelligent car production by 2026.