Europe’s largest car manufacturer is set to increase its staff numbers from 550,000 to 600,000 around the world by the year 2018. They also have another major target for 2018, becoming the world’s undisputed number one best seller. Both targets will work hand in hand, according to Volkswagen.
Council Chief Bernd Osterloh was speaking to a German newspaper saying that as the company grows, so does the staff count. He stated “Volkswagen is growing, and is therefore continuing to hire in production,”
The company was running close to reaching their world no1 target already. Just last year, they sold a tremendous 9.1 million vehicles around the world. They hope that they would catch Toyota by the year 2018. Even in 2011 they were close to finishing first, some have even disputed that technically they had beaten General Motors. If the company continues as they are then they are almost guaranteed to reach their goal of 2018.
To do this they are counting on growth within the Chinese market to counter the decline of the European market. The company is planning to double car production in China over the next half a decade. The company’s employee numbers have already represent this sentiment with a lot of them being based outside Germany. Mr Osterloh would rather hire less staff in Europe and more where the company are doing more business.
How are the company doing so well? Osterloh revealed all by saying “The secret of success at Volkswagen lies in the culture of participation.” He also mentioned that Volkswagen have entered previously untapped markets.
Volkswagen wins World car of the year
In other news The Volkswagen Golf has won the title of “World car of the year”. The ceremony took place in New York, managing to beat the likes of the Toyota GT-86, the Mercedes A-Class, the Porsche Boxter and the Porsche Cayman.
Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen’s chief spoke upon winning the award saying “To win shows that the VW Golf is in a class of its own around the world. And soon the Golf will be launched as a plug-in hybrid and full electric car”