The last vehicle with a combustion engine left the assembly line on Friday at the Zwickau car factory. The seventh generation Golf R Estate with 2.0-litre petrol engine in Oryx White Pearl Effect was produced for a customer in Germany.
From now on, only electric models of the Volkswagen, Audi, and Seat brands will be produced in Zwickau, Germany.
ICE cars have been built in Zwickau since 1904. Initially, Horch and Trabant cars came off that production plant. In May 1990, Volkswagen started production at this plant and over the past 30 years, a total of 6,049,207 Volkswagen Polos, Golfs, Golf Estates, Passat Saloons, and Passat Variants have been produced there.
Reinhard de Vries, Managing Director of Technology and Logistics at Volkswagen Sachsen » “The trend towards electric mobility will continue to pick up speed. We will meet this demand from Zwickau: we have already created the capacity to build 330,000 vehicles next year.”
1.2 billion euros is being invested in the conversion for electric mobility at this plant. Production of the VW ID.3 1st Edition started at this site in November 2019. Conversion work on the remainder of the plant will allow the the start of production of the VW ID.4 later this summer. Another electric SUV from the sister brand Audi is also planned for Zwickau. By 2021, six different models will be built under the Volkswagen, Audi, and Seat brands in Zwickau by 8,000 employees, all using the modular electric toolkit (MEB) platform which was developed specifically to take maximum advantage the unique characteristics electric vehicles have to offer.
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