AUTO! - Modern Vehicle Assembly

Volkswagen has three sites in Saxony. The majority of all Porsche automobiles are "Made in Saxony". The BMW Plant Leipzig is the Group’s competence center for electromobility.

VW Golf in der Endkontrolle in der Fahrzeugfertigung Zwickau der Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH

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Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH, Vehicle Plant Zwickau

With the Golf, Golf Variant, and Passat Variant, the essential volume models of the Volkswagen brand are produced in Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH’s Vehicle Plant Zwickau. Every day, up to 1,350 vehicles of these models leave the plant in a flexible mix. The Golf Variant, which is exclusively produced in Zwickau, is the first model ever for which the corporate site assumed responsibility as a lead plant in 2013. A high-performance pilot center specializes in preparing and monitoring mass production.

In addition to vehicle assembly, Zwickau also possesses core competences in the production of high-quality car bodies. Currently, painted car bodies are manufactured in Saxony on behalf of Bentley and then delivered to the British city of Crewe for final assembly. The pressing plant also produces sheet metal parts for the entire Volkswagen Group.

With a service spectrum that has seen considerable expansion, the special-purpose vehicle construction team has been working at its new location in St. Egidien near the Zwickau plant since 2014. The portfolio of this competence service center encompasses small batches and unique items of all corporate brands as well as sample vehicle construction and special conversions in the e mobility sector. Its major clients include the police and emergency medical services. And with the production of gas racks for corporate vehicles, a new business segment is emerging at this venue.

BMW i8 in der Produktion, Werk Leipzig der BMW AG

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The BMW Plant Leipzig (opened in 2005), is one of the most modern and sustainable automobile factories worldwide – with a current staff of approx. 5,300 employees. More than 980 cars roll off the assembly line every day, of which 120 are vehicles of the BMW i3 and i8 model series. The latter excel not only with their alternative drive systems, but also with their car bodies made of the lightweight material CFRP. For the first time ever, a large-batch production was implemented for passenger compartments made of CFRP which is revolutionizing automobile production of the next generation. 

In der Fertigung im Porsche-Werk Leipzig: Zwei Baureihen in einer Produktionslinie

Source: Dr. Ing. h.c. F Porsche AG

Porsche Leipzig Plant

50 percent of the Porsche vehicles bear the label of origin “Made in Saxony”. In addition to the sports sedan Panamera, the compact SUV Macan – Porsche’s top-selling model – is also manufactured in the Porsche Factory Leipzig which was inaugurated in 2002. In so doing, the about 4,100 employees truly pursue the principle of a “lean” factory: A flexible work organization, a logistics concept with a maximum materials lead time of one day as well as a high assembling complexity permit the assembly of three model series in a single production line. 

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