Volkswagen CEO Professor Dr Winterkorn has been full of praise for the company’s staff at their main plant in Wolfsburg for their fantastic achievements throughout 2011.
This comes after the company’s staff in the German City of Wolfsburg had worked over 38 extra shifts and produced a tremendous 50,000 more cars than originally forecast. Mr Winterkorn said “it is this identification that makes Volkswagen so strong and successful today”.
German sites are naturally at the forefront of the company’s success, according to Winterkorn. The Wolfsburg plant is currently being converted to work under a modular transverse toolkit (MQB). Winterkorn outlined “Going forward, all Group vehicles in the Polo, Golf and Passat segments will be based on the MQB. That is more than 40 models and 3.5 million units per year,”
Bernd Osterloh, the Chairman of the Group Works Council explained how the current workforce putting in that extra bit of effort to ensure that the MQB process is executed in a smooth manner. He said “Very many of our colleagues have been working flat out for months now to makes sure the MQB roll-out goes smoothly. And this pace will catch up with the entire team after Christmas. It’s full speed ahead until the launch of the MQB.”
A great year for Volkswagen
2011 has been overall a fantastic year for Volkswagen. 6.8 million Cars have been delivered from January to October, with an expected annual figure of 8 million cars expected. The month of November resulted in “respectable” sales figures, according to Winterkorn.
As mentioned in many other previous blogs, Volkswagen is attempting to overtake Toyota as the world’s leading car manufacturer by 2018. Some have even predicted that the company will achieve that feat before the end of this year.
Is there any stopping Volkswagen at the moment? In some of the world’s largest car markets such as China, India, America and even Brazil, the company are performing brilliantly on all fronts. They are cleverly taken advantage of Toyota’s misfortunes of natural disasters in Japan and Thailand and have pushed production figures to higher than they have ever been before.
Europe’s biggest car producer seems to be on the right track to be exactly where they want to be.