Located in the interior of the state of São Paulo and inaugurated on January 14, 1976, the Taubaté plant is one of the most advanced of the Volkswagen Group in the world, in terms of technology, and is the second largest unit of Volkswagen in Brazil.
Since February 2019, Vilque Rojas has been the plant manager of the Taubaté. The executive has 32 years of experience in the automotive industry, 22 years at Volkswagen itself, having held several positions at the Anchieta plant, mainly in the areas of Press Shop and Final Assembly.
Taubaté is currently responsible for the exclusive production of the Gol, Voyage and up! Models, serving the national market and the countries of the South American, Central and Caribbean region (Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Honduras, Mexico and Curacao) Manufactured exclusively at the Taubaté plant since June 2017, the Gol is the most produced, most exported and best-selling car in the history of the Brazilian automotive industry.
With investments of R$ 1.2 billion in innovative production process technologies focused on environmental protection, in addition to the professional qualification of employees, in 2014 the factory inaugurated its new production line for Volkswagen up !. More than 200 thousand units of the model have already been produced. Among the technological innovations that the factory received in its production processes are two new lines of presses, 296 state-of-the-art robots in the Body Shop, a New Paint Shop unit that combines equipment and processes of high performance and low energy consumption, 25 new sets equipment in Final Assembly, high precision equipment for measuring vehicles and certification of quality standards, in addition to the construction of three training centers in line with the Volkswagen Group's global model.
The Taubaté plant started to operate making injected plastic parts for the production of the Kombi and the Beetle in São Bernardo do Campo. Soon after, the unit also produced prints and tapestry pieces, until it started manufacturing entire cars in December 1978.
Over these 44 years, Volkswagen has gone through two other processes of complete technological updating. At the beginning of the 90s, with the arrival of the first robots, for the production of GolGeneration II, and in the 2007/2008 biennium, to receive the New Goland Voyage models, which are a benchmark for quality, innovation and technology in their segments.
In addition to the production of up!, Goland Voyage, the factory has already produced the Passat, Saveiroand Paratimodels.