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Volkswagen not to go ahead with additional plant in Wolfsburg

The Volkswagen brand is preparing its Germany-based production network for the future. The Group Board of Management informed the Supervisory Board of the Volkswagen Group about its vehicle allocation plans for the brand through 2028. In taking this step, the company has set its sites up for profitable capacity utilization. The economic perspective of the coming years. Efficient vehicle allocation and increased productivity are key aspects of the performance program ACCELERATE forward. The road to 6.5 initiated by the brand.

Thomas Schäfer, CEO of the Volkswagen brand: “The industry faces complex challenges as it undergoes a transformation amid challenging business conditions. It is all the more important that we prepare our individual plants and the Volkswagen production network in Germany for the future. Within the context of our performance program, this newly approved vehicle allocation plan will make a substantial contribution. It will contribute to a strong, competitive VW brand.”

Christian Vollmer, the Volkswagen brand Board of Management member for Production and a member of the Extended Executive Committee for Production, added: “We are using the transition to electromobility as an opportunity to reduce the complexity of our production operations. We increase the efficiency of our plants even further. We are systematically bundling vehicles based on the same architecture across all brands in our plants. By doing so, we will save significant investments in the integration of different vehicle architectures. Rather, we want our plants to produce several different models on the technical basis of one vehicle architecture.”

General Works Council Chairwoman Daniela Cavallo said: “With the decisions for our domestic vehicle manufacturing VW plants, we have now taken an important step in the planning round. In doing so, even in difficult times, the company and the Works Council are demonstrating their ability to work together. They aim to find solid solutions that combine the best possible economic utilization of the factories. Additionally, they seek clear prospects for our workforces. With that we are now moving on to the next stages for the planning round and the performance program.”

Apart from the ID.3, which is being ramped up in 2023, the plant in Wolfsburg will produce a second electric model. Scheduled to begin in 2026, assembly lines will produce a substantial quantity of all-electric SUVs for the high-volume A segment. Its production of the best-selling Golf and the new Tiguan generation will also ensure the plant’s robust utilization.

Starting in 2025, the successor model of the Tiguan Allspace will be produced at the main plant as well. During the plant allocation planning, the team decided that there was no need to build an additional plant in Wolfsburg Warmenau. Instead, the end of the decade will see the introduction of new electric models based on the SSP architecture (scalable systems platform). These models will be integrated into existing and modernized structures at the main plant. The high-volume VW icon Golf is also to be led into the electric future here on an SSP basis. As things stand today, the Trinity vehicle project originally planned for Wolfsburg will go to the Zwickau plant.

The Osnabrück plant is also scheduled to continue the partnership with Porsche. In addition, it will produce the combustion vehicles Arteon and T-Roc convertible.

The previous planning will remain in effect for all other German and international locations of the Volkswagen brand.

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