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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BMW AG, LEIPZIG PLANT

With its Leipzig Plant, the BMW AG Group has revolutionized automobile production. A distinctive feature of the patented factory layout is the so-called „finger“ or „comb“ structure in the assembly area. Specifically designed building expansions permit material deliveries by trucks to every assembly site in the plant. The integration of new assembly steps is also possible by expanding individual „fingers.“ The plant layout has successfully passed its field test every year since production launch in 2005. Currently, five types of the BMW 1 and 2 model series are all built flexibly on one production line. This is complemented by the BMW i3, Germany’s first mass produced electric vehicle, and the plug-in hybrid sports vehicle BMW i8 which come from a separate assembly line with alternative drive and propulsion technologies and CFRP car body construction.

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

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Porsche Leipzig Plant

Since 2002, most of the Porsche vehicles have been bearing the label of origin „Made in Saxony.“ In addition to the sports utility vehicle Cayenne and the sports sedan Panamera, the compact SUV Macan has also been built in the Porsche Leipzig Plant since 2014. The approximately 4,000 employees are truly dedicated to the principle of a „lean“ factory. Its exceptionally flexible labor organization, its logistic concept with a maximum materials lead time of one day as well as the sophisticated assembly processes all permit an ultramodern mixed production where three model series can be manufactured in one production line. State-of-the-art car body construction and a high tech paint shop complement the fully operational production site.

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