VW is about to hit a key production milestone – 6 million cars
All things considered, it looks the New Year could be extra happy for Volkswagen. According to the automaker, VW is poised to hit a production milestone before the ball drops in Time Square officially ringing in 2018, its 6 millionth car in 2017. It is the first time the automaker has hit this production plateau.
VW plants near the milestone quickly
Though the automaker said it would take until the weekend to meet the milestone, it is confident that it will hit the number. Leading the way were the automaker’s tried-and-true performers:
- Santana (China)
Also its new models, T-Roc, Tiguan Allspace and Atlas have also helped to lead the automaker to the record-shattering position.
Volkswagen and its subsidiaries, Audi, Bugatti, Bentley, Porsche, VW (brand), SEAT, Skoda, VW Vans, MAN trucks, among others, offer more than 60 models across the board from the top-sellers to others available in different markets. Indeed the record comes at an opportune time for the automaker as it seeks to boost its production to support a significant shift in its output. The automaker says that by 2020 it will have 19 new electric vehicles on sale or 40 percent of all the VW models available.
Among those vehicles will be VW’s ID series which debuted over the last three years as concept vehicles. Those concepts will turn into real models, including the ID hatchback, the ID Crozz, a crossover and the ID Buzz, the automaker’s multipurpose passenger/cargo van that owes more than a little of its design to the famed VW Microbus of the 1960s. VW has high hopes for its new series as the platform it will be using will be employed across the automaker, especially for its electric offerings.
VW has an ambitious electric agenda
Electric vehicles are a key component of VW’s future planning as it hopes to have hit the 1 million electric vehicle plateau yearly by 2030.
Interestingly, since the first VW Beetle rolled off the assembly line 72 years ago, the automaker has produced more than 150 million vehicles. Among other unusual items that are in VW’s near future are a T-Cross to join the T-Roc and a renewal of the automaker’s top-of-the-line Phaeton which has been out of the lineup for the last several years.
Sources: Motor1.com, VW