VW's Kaluga plant in Russia rolls out its 600,000th car
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VW's Kaluga plant in Russia has been playing an instrumental role in the group's operations in the country and the facility has achieved a couple of significant milestones this month.
The plant commenced SKD assembly operations in 2007 and full fledged production started in 2009. The plant assembles the VW Tiguan and manufactures the Polo sedan (Vento in India) and the Skoda Fabia.
Recently, VW Group Russia rolled out the 600,000th car to be assembled at the Kaluga facility and also the 400,000th car to be fully manufactured there. The milestone car to be assembled was a high end VW Tiguan with all wheel drive, painted in blue. A white Skoda Fabia with a 1.6L petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission was the 400,000th car to be manufactured.
Speaking on the occasion, Marcus Ozegovich, CEO of VW Group Russia stated that the next logical step is to incorporate an engine plant and to extend the capacity at Kaluga, to cater to the higher demand.
In addition to current models, the plant will start producing the Skoda Rapid later this year. The VW Group has been consistently scaling up its investments in Russia to become one of the largest investors in the country's automotive industry.