Volkswagen Trucks and Buses reaches the milestone of one million vehicles produced

23 October 2020

In addition to the definitive entry into the extra-heavy segment, the production of the VW Meteor represents another milestone in the history of VW Trucks and Buses: the millionth vehicle produced by the automaker is a unit of the 29,520 model . Of this total, more than 850 thousand units were manufactured by the VWCO industrial complex in Resende (RJ), which celebrates 25 years since its first installations in the city and houses the brand's worldwide development center, in addition to the company's most modern assembly lines. , which received recent investments of more than R $ 500 million.

"This production record is now the result of our constant efforts since the beginning of our operations in 1981, but above all from our installation in Resende, which started in 1995 with a laboratory factory. Over the past 25 years, we have continuously invested to guarantee a production process with the latest technology. R $ 5.5 billion was allocated to the company's growth, with the most recent investment cycle expected to end in 2021 and which has a large part of its resources focused on the launch of the new extra-heavy VW " , says Roberto Cortes , president and CEO of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus.

For the new line of these recently launched vehicles, the company has invested in modern 4.0 manufacturing at the automation level, with advanced robotics and data connectivity, from the frame to the cabin finish. The VW Caminhões e Ônibus plant now has more than 70 robots, one third of which are dedicated to the Meteor line. The launches also have an exclusive area: a total of 18 thousand square meters, including parts logistics to production.

The new family will add to VWCO's extensive list of successes. The largest volume models produced to date were the Worker, with around 434 thousand units since their first versions. Constellation products, launched in 2006, already exceed 253 thousand vehicles manufactured. Meanwhile, the Volksbus family of buses accumulates 160 thousand chassis and Delivery light trucks surpass the 142 thousand vehicles in circulation. The MAN TGX also makes its contribution to the milestone: around 11,000 bhp of the Bavarian brand have already passed the Resende assembly line.

Excellence in products and production

Volkswagen Trucks and Buses' new extra-heavy family debuts to revolutionize cargo transport and expand the company's portfolio with the largest Volkswagen trucks of all time. The new giants are Meteor 29,520 6x4, Meteor 28,460 6x2 and Constellation 33,460 6x4, all equipped with a 13-liter engine that provides high durability and fuel economy.

Produced with the highest quality standard of the entire Volkswagen Group, they are the most powerful trucks in the line that bears the VW logo throughout their trajectory, reaching the range of 460 and 520 horsepower. The new giants now enable the manufacturer in new categories, with solutions to meet the complete range of trucks from 3.5 tonnes to 125 tonnes, the widest on the market.

The VW Meteor 29.520 is already 100% connected from the production line. The model is equipped, as standard, with the RIO system - the brand of digital logistics and telemetry solutions of the TRATON Group -, taking all Volks | Care services to the customer, such as the specialist consultancy for Tailored Service Management (GSSM) and with numerous digital facilities, always seeking to offer VWCO customers the best total operating cost (TCO) on the market.

Twenty-five years of the Modular Consortium

Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus celebrates, in 2020, 25 years since the announcement of the choice of Resende to receive its factory, which would house the innovative production process of the Modular Consortium. In this system, VWCO shares responsibility for the assembly of both trucks and bus chassis with seven suppliers.

The partner company Maxion supplies chassis and wheels and is responsible for the assembly of the brake, electric and fuel systems, independent front suspension and other assemblies and supports in the chassis, in addition to recently incorporating Remon's activities, with the assembly of wheels and tires. . Meritor is responsible for the set of metal suspensions and axles. The novelty is in this stage, which now has Suspensys for air suspensions.

Powertrain, a joint venture formed by Cummins and MWM International, supplies engines and assembles transmission and clutch assemblies. Aethra supplies the prints and assembles the cabins, making the whole process of welding and finishing in sheet metal. Carese carries out surface preparation and painting. And finally, Kroschu installs its electronic components, internal and external cabin coating.

Volkswagen Trucks and Buses focus on customer satisfaction. In addition to product development with its Engineering also located in Resende, the company takes care of quality tests that include safety, compliance with the brand standards and finish. A network of dealers and importers spread over two continents distributes its products worldwide.

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About VW Trucks and Buses

Manufacturer of the commercial vehicles Volkswagen and MAN, VW Caminhões e Ônibus is one of the largest automakers of trucks and buses in Latin America. Since 1981, when it started its operations, reaching the top of the market, respecting and satisfying customers' needs, has always been the focus of the automaker. And that is exactly what it offers its customers: tailored products and excellent after-sales service. The company is also a reference in technological innovations. The company always seeks solutions that reduce the environmental impact and help to preserve the environment. For more than 35 years, the manufacturer has maintained its commitment to develop vehicles that exceed customer requirements - wherever they run, whether on Brazilian, Latin American or African roads.

About TRATON GROUP

TRATON SE is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and one of the world's leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles under the MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus and RIO brands. In 2019, the brands of GRUPO TRATON sold a total of around 242,000 vehicles. Its products include light commercial vehicles, trucks and buses manufactured at 29 production and assembly sites in 17 countries. The company had a workforce of around 82,700 employees worldwide on its commercial vehicle brands, as of December 31, 2019. The group's goal is to transform the transportation system through products, services and partnering with its customers.

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