The Volkswagen Group is re-ordering major parts of its international plant capacity deployment. The Group is building a new plant at Września, Poland to build the successor to the Volkswagen Crafter van. The new Września plant will be commissioned in the second half of 2016.
The Volkswagen Tiguan is to be assembled in Hanover in addition to Wolfsburg from 2016. The next generation of the Porsche Panamera is to be produced entirely in Leipzig.
With the decision to produce the Crafter in Poland, we have laid the foundations for the strategic reorientation of our light commercial vehicles. The Crafter is outstandingly well-suited for all the growth markets of the world and will take Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles a stage forward on its way to becoming a globally active manufacturer.—Dr. Leif Östling, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft responsible for commercial vehicles
The new plant at Września is located about 50 km to the east of Poznań and will be the second location of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Poland in addition to the plant at Poznań, where Caddy urban delivery vans have already rolled off the production line for more than a decade.
The area of the future plant will be about 220 hectares and the plant will consist of a body shop, a paint shop and a final assembly unit. Construction is scheduled to start at the end of 2014 with the start of production following in the fourth quarter of 2016.
From 2016, capacities at the Hanover plant are to be used for the assembly of additional Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles on the basis of the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). This re-organization of the current plant allocation underlines the high flexibility the Volkswagen Group achieves by the gradual modularization of new and existing plants.
That also applies to Porsche: from 2016, the sports car brand will be producing the complete next-generation Panamera in Leipzig. Since its market introduction in 2009, body shells for the Panamera have been produced and painted at the Volkswagen plant in Hanover before being shipped to the Porsche plant in Saxony for pre-assembly and final assembly. With the re-organization of the Volkswagen Group production system, body production and painting for the Panamera is to start in Leipzig from 2016. The company already owns land that can be used for the expansion of the plant.