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Volkswagen Celebrates 150 Million Cars Produced

August 31, 2017

VW Celebrates 150M Cars Produced
Volkswagen Celebrates 150 Million Cars Produced

On Thursday, a blue Golf GTE rolled off the line at Wolfsburg. Usually, that wouldn’t be cause for celebration, but this GTE was the 150,000,000th car ever produced by VW. If the cars are put bumper-to-bumper behind each other, it will form a line that will go around the globe 16 times!

VW Celebrates 150M Cars Produced
Volkswagen Production Plant at Wolfsburg

VW has over 50 production locations worldwide, however 44 Million (close to 30%) of these were produced at Wolfsburg alone.

Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen brand, addressed the team in Assembly Hall 12: “150 million vehicles – that means we have made the dream of owning a car come true 150 million times for customers all over the world. You and your day-to-day work are the basis for this success. My colleagues on the Board of Management join me in thanking all Volkswagen employees – at all our sites. This anniversary would not have been possible without your commitment.”

VW Celebrates 150M Cars Produced
Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen brand

In 2017 alone, Volkswagen is launching over 10 new models worldwide. There will be 19 new SUVs in total by 2020. The I.D. family with the new electric architecture (MEB) then marks the start of the Volkswagen brand’s electric offensive from 2020. One million electric Volkswagens are to hit the road by 2025.

Technological digitalization, increasing connectivity and sensor technology bring entirely new perspectives. “In the present phase, it is vital that Volkswagen continues to develop successfully. Because we are a strong team, we get the job done, and we have a good plan for the future. We must consistently work on our performance in order to remain successful. Past success is no guarantee for the future”, Diess went on to say.

VW Celebrates 150M Cars Produced
Volkswagen Celebrates 150 Million Cars Produced

The series production of the Volkswagen brand began on December 27, 1945 with the Type 1 Käfer. In the post-war era, it was the Volkswagen Beetle that initially shaped the automobile industry. All in all, 21.5 million of this much-loved small car were built before production finally came to an end in Mexico in 2003.

The Volkswagen Golf topped the Beetle record. The 25 millionth Volkswagen Golf left the assembly line in Wolfsburg in 2007, by 2013 the number had already risen to 30 million. Today, Volkswagen produces the bestselling Golf in the seventh generation and has already built more than 34 million worldwide. For decades, the Golf has been the yardstick in the compact segment.
The Volkswagen brand’s product portfolio currently includes more than 60 models worldwide. Apart from the Beetle and the Golf, more than 20 million Passat, some 19.5 million Jetta and almost 17 million Polo have been produced.

VW Celebrates 150M Cars Produced
Volkswagen | Production Line

The workforce at the main plant in Wolfsburg in particular has made a key contribution to this special anniversary, building over 44 million vehicles since production began some 72 years ago.

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