AUTO! - Automotive Industry

With five production sites operated by Volkswagen, Porsche, and BMW as well as about 780 branch suppliers, equipment and service providers, "Autoland Saxony" is one of Germany’s top auto locations today. The automobile industry with its more than 95,000 employees is Saxony’s branch with the highest turnover. It contributes over one quarter of the industrial turnover and more than one third of foreign sales. 


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. Germany’s only EMC research lab and Europe’s two largest R&D centers for lightweight construction are found at Saxony’s universities.

Learn more about the top models in "Autoland Saxony" while reading on. 

Map "Automotive Industry in Saxony" - Company Logos of Selected Firms

Source: Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS)

"Autoland Saxony" at a Glance

Motor vehicles made in „Autoland Saxony“ have been providing people with mobility for more than 100 years now. It was here that such innovations as the first mass-produced left-hand drive and frontwheel drive began their international success story. With five vehicle and engine plants operated by Volkswagen, Porsche, and BMW as well as about 780 branch suppliers, equipment and service providers, Saxony is one of Germany’s top auto locations today. Approximately every eigthth car built in Germany comes from Saxony. 

The automobile industry is also the driving force of Saxony’s manufacturing industry. Its approximately 95,000 employees, of whom more than 80 % work in the supply industry, generate more than one quarter of Saxony’s industrial production. From A like alternator to Z like Z-axle, automotive suppliers in Saxony are capable of developing and manufacturing virtually all the components and parts required for a vehicle as well as the requisite production equipment. 

Saxony is also in the „pole position“ of the second automobile revolution. Today’s innovative fields are modern hybrid and electric mobility solutions, developments for autonomous driving, lightweight construction in an efficient material mix, resource-efficient production technologies as well as new traffic concepts and solutions. In these fields, industry and research work hand-in-hand and advance solutions for sustainable mobility.


From A like alternator to Z like Z-axle, Saxony’s enterprises and institutions working on behalf of the automobile industry are capable of developing and manufacturing all the components and parts required for a vehicle as well as the requisite production equipment.


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In order to ensure that a sufficient pool of skilled employees for Saxony’s automobile industry exists also in the future, more than 3,500 students are currently enrolled in degree programs of the various disciplines of vehicle engineering at the three technical universities and five universities of applied sciences.


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All told, more than 50 very diverse university and non university educational and research facilities focus on automobiles in Saxony. A significant portion of these tasks are carried out on behalf of globally active automobile manufacturers and suppliers.


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Since the competitive conditions have changed, cooperations in automotive networks have become a key factor for the participating stakeholders to maintain their leading position when it comes to innovative capability, quickness, flexibility, and cost reduction. In Saxony, such alliances are working together at different levels in order to meet these objectives even better now and in the future.


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    "Autoland Saxony"

    With five sites of BMW, Porsche, and Volkswagen as well as approximately 780 suppliers, equipment and service providers of the industry sector, “Autoland Saxony” is one of the top locations in Germany.

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Harald Krüger

Chairman of the Board of Management, BMW AG

"Leipzig is an important location within our global production network... Leipzig excel with their superb infrastructure. Here, we also find well educated and highly motivated employees."

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