ID.5 in series production: Volkswagen successfully transforms Zwickau site into an electric vehicle production plant
Volkswagen is driving forward the shift to electric vehicle manufacturing with its ACCELERATE strategy. Today’s official start of production of the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX marks the completion of Volkswagen’s successful transformation of its Zwickau plant into a dedicated electric vehicle production facility. The long-established site in western Saxony is the first large-scale facility of any volume manufacturer worldwide to switch over all production from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles. Six models from the Volkswagen, Audi and CUPRA brands will now be manufactured in Zwickau based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). The plants in Emden (ID.4), Hanover (ID. Buzz) and Chattanooga (USA, ID.4) will be added to the electric vehicle production network this year. The Volkswagen brand has thus laid the foundations for building 1.2 million all-electric-vehicles at its sites in Europe, the USA and China in 2022 based on the MEB.
Dr. Christian Vollmer, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Brand responsible for Production: “Volkswagen will continue to increase the pace of e-mobility in 2022 with its ACCELERATE strategy and the expansion of the model portfolio. The Zwickau production plant has paved the way for the Group to do this with six ramp-ups from three brands in just 26 months. The knowledge and experience gained will help us to continue to electrify our production network quickly and efficiently.”
Dr. Stefan Loth, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Saxony: “After Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden, we have now converted a second Volkswagen factory in Saxony to dedicated electric vehicle production. The start of production of the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX marks the successful transformation of the Zwickau plant on the product side. Our focus now – depending on how the semiconductor situation pans out – will be on achieving full capacity. This year we aim to exceed the 180,000 vehicles Volkswagen Saxony built in 2021.”
Jens Rothe, Chairman of the General Works Council at Volkswagen Saxony: “Switching over to electric vehicle production was exactly the right decision for the Zwickau plant. Demand for our models is booming, and our team’s jobs will be safe for years to come. We are a trailblazer of change and have repaid the Group’s trust in us. This is first and foremost a fantastic achievement by our workforce.”
An efficient digital model factory
Since 2018, around 1.2 billion euros has been spent on converting the Zwickau plant from ICE vehicle production into a digital, flexible, highly efficient showcase factory for the manufacture of electric vehicles. Increasing use is being made of technology such as smart Industry 4.0 robots and driverless transportation systems that take components to the assembly line completely autonomously.
Close to 40 percent of the investment volume went into the enhancement and expansion of the body shop alone. This area’s already high level of automation now reaches nearly 90 percent, and the number of state-of-the-art robots has risen from 1,200 to 1,625. Automation in the assembly line has also been almost doubled to 28 percent, and production ergonomics have improved significantly. Only jobs involving monotonous or physically strenuous work have been affected, such as working with one’s hands above one’s shoulders or overhead work.
In total, more than 50,000 square meters of new building space have been created, such as for the expansion of the press shop, which is where all shell body parts for the electric models are now pressed on site – saving 9,000 truck trips per year. Other major projects involved construction of a new logistics building as well as a battery sequencer, which is now the tallest building at the Zwickau site. The volume of investment for these three projects alone is around 115 million euros.
The transformation to electric vehicle production in Zwickau has created enduring, future-proof jobs. The some 9,000 permanent staff working at the site received training in the new technology as part of a major training initiative. For example, all employees attended information events on electric vehicles. A total of 3,000 production workers completed the training center’s e-mobility program to prepare them for the new production requirements. By the end of 2020, the Zwickau team had put in a total of around 20,000 days of training.
Models and production figures
In Zwickau, six models from three brands will leave the production line – the Volkswagen ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5 plus the Audi Q4 e-tron, Q4 Sportback e-tron and CUPRA BornThe production capacity corresponds to an annual output of more than 300,000 vehicles, making the Zwickau plant currently the most efficient electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Europe.
With the models produced in Zwickau, Volkswagen only delivers vehicles to customers that are produced in a carbon-neutral manner throughout the entire supply and production chain. In the manufacturing process, carbon generation is avoided or reduced as far as possible – and any unavoidable emissions are offset through climate action.
The carbon avoidance measures in manufacturing also extend to energy-intensive production of battery cells. Here, it was agreed that suppliers would use green electricity from renewable sources in cell production. The life-cycle assessment of electric vehicles can be improved further with this important tool.
At the Zwickau plant, the external power supply was switched over to 100 percent green electricity as early as 2017. Since production of the ID.3 began in November 2019, any remaining emissions from the site’s highly efficient cogeneration unit and the entire upstream chain have been offset for all models manufactured in Zwickau through certified climate projects implemented in accordance with officially recognized standards.
Target vision of the Volkswagen brand
At the heart of the “Way to ZERO” decarbonization program is the brand’s ACCELERATE strategy aimed at stepping up the pace of the electric offensive. Volkswagen intends to be net carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest. The interim target is to cut CO2 emissions per vehicle by 40 percent in Europe by 2030 (baseline: 2018). The production, including supply chains, and operation of electric cars are to be made net carbon neutral.
Added to this is the systematic recycling of the high-voltage batteries from old electric vehicles. The goal is the full electrification of the new vehicle fleet. By 2030, at least 70 percent of all Volkswagen’s unit sales in Europe will be all-electric vehicles – i.e. substantially more than one million vehicles. In North America and China, the share of electric vehicles in unit sales is expected to reach at least 50 percent. In addition, Volkswagen will be launching at least one new electric car each year.
Available to order now: the new T-Roc R
The T-Roc R has been the powerful flagship of the compact SUVs from Volkswagen since 2019. Pre-sales of the new edition of this performance model are now underway. The new T-Roc R impresses with a 221 kW (300 PS) 4-cylinder TSI engine, 7-speed DSG gearbox and the intelligent 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. This combination and other technical features ensure exceptional agility, which is reflected in both the dynamic exterior design and the high-quality interior. The dynamic crossover model now also features innovative technologies from higher vehicle classes, including the high-output IQ.LIGHT system, new assist systems and advanced digital services.
The new T Roc R is available to order now, with prices starting from 48,445 euros. More than ever, the new edition of the extremely sporty compact SUV guarantees the kind of driving dynamics typical for R models. It completes the sprint from a standing start to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds. This thrilling performance is now combined with an extensive technology update. The new T-Roc R comes with the advanced assist systems Front Assist and Lane Assist as standard. And the new IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist and predictive cruise control enable assisted steering, braking and acceleration at speeds of up to 210 km/h. The choice of digital functions also reaches a new level and includes natural Online Voice Control as well as access to streaming services. We Connect Plus services are available free of charge in Europe for one year as part of the standard package.
Supreme performance. “We have sharpened the design of the T-Roc R and emphasised its athletic personality even more than before. As a result, the new model meets the premium standards of Volkswagen R in every possible way,” explains Reinhold Ivenz, the new Head of the R Business Unit at Volkswagen. With its model-specific drive and running gear technology, the new T-Roc R guarantees a fascinating motorsport feeling. Its powerful 2.0-litre TSI engine delivers a peak output of 221 kW (300 PS) and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. This power is transferred to the road via a 7-speed DSG gearbox (with Launch Control function) and the intelligent 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. Custom sports running gear and progressive steering allow extremely agile handling characteristics. A model-specific button on the newly designed multifunction leather steering wheel (with paddles and touch controls) allows direct access to the driving mode selection, where a Race mode is also available.
10th February 2021
We are proudly to be supporting a charity close to our hearts in 2021, The Joshua Tree.
Founded in 2006, The Joshua Tree works closely with families in the local area who have been affected by childhood cancer, and we'd like to help them with the incredible work they do.
Following our continued business with Enterprise, we were asked to choose a charity for a £1,500 donation made by Enterprise on our behalf, and The Joshua Tree was a fantastic choice.
As we'll be continuing to raise money throughout 2021 for the charity, keep on the lookout on this page for fundraising events we'll be hosting.
You can also make a donation at any time by visiting justgiving.com/thejoshuatree
7th January 2021
Lighting the way, the all-new Tucson has arrived at Corkills Hyundai.
Advanced and experimental, the all-new Tucson is not simply an evolution of its predecessor, but a full-blown design revolution. Leading the way in progressive design, it also offers state-of-the-art smart tech and the most electrified powertrain line-up in its segment.
Simply call 01606 44624 to find out more.
24th December 2020
Our final hamper, from the fabulous team at Corkills Wigan has just been delivered to Wigan & Leigh Hospice.
They do a great job of looking after the terminally ill adults & children as a self funded charity. Our love and best wishes go to all the patients and staff this Christmas.
Thank you all for the generous donations received at our Centre over the past couple of weeks, and to the team who made this happen. You’re a very special bunch.
23rd December 2020
Riki and Jason of our Northwich team delivered two Christmas hampers to local families a little earlier today.
Here are Lynn and her son Daniel who were delighted to receive their hamper full of treats.
Our second hamper went to a lovely local family who was also nominated via our Community email account. We were delighted to help them too.
Our thanks go to everyone who gave so generously to our collection. It was a lovely act of kindness in difficult times.
21st December 2020
Claire Rimmer from our Southport dealership has presented the Christmas hamper we have collected to the winning nominee from our website.
We have also sent hampers of goodies and toiletries to Southport hospital, as well as Christmas cards to local nursing homes, and we have another hamper to go out shortly.
We'd once again like to thank everyone involved for their generosity.
19th December 2020
We strive every day to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction, so after a very difficult year with lockdowns and restrictions imposed on all of us, it is amazing to have recognition for our dedication to our customers by receiving this award from Carwow for our Northwich team.
We would like to say thank you to all our customers, past, present and future as without their feedback we wouldn’t have achieved this.
15th December 2020
Congratulations to Rachel Hilliard, who recently collected her brand new T-Roc from our Corkills WIgan team.
Thank you Rachel, and we hope that you enjoy your new car!
14th December 2020
Santa’s Sleigh is looking good!
Keep on the lookout as Santa and his elves are making their way around Northwich during the lead up to Christmas, helped by our very own Hyundai Santa Fe.
To track Santa’s journey, please visit sleightracker.co.uk.
14th December 2020
With your help, we want to share some kindness this Christmas. Our wonderful teams are donating items to make a fantastic hamper of treats for one local family who need a little help this year.
We're asking you to nominate a family you know by emailing our dedicated address firstname.lastname@example.org before midday Friday 18th December.
We'll then pick the winner at random and make the arrangements to deliver the treats in time for the festive season.
4th December 2020
A new SUV will soon be joining the Hyundai family. Watch this space as we'll bring you more details as and when we get them.
30th October 2020
A huge congratulations to Claire Rimmer of our Southport team receiving her Volkswagen Service Advisor Accreditation from Service Manager, Alison Mitchell!
A truly special achievement after such hard work and dedication, well done Claire.
19th October 2020
Mr & Mrs Hooley were delighted with their new Tesla Model S, which they recently collected from us.
We are able to source pretty much any vehicle, so get in touch with us if you are looking for something specific.
29th September 2020
Thank you to Mr Meehan, who recently collected his Tesla Model X from us!
The Tesla Model X was just one of several specific cars we have sourced for our customers. Thanks to our network of suppliers, we're confident we can find whatever you're looking for. From Range Rovers to MINI's, Tesla's to Toyota's. All fully prepared and guaranteed. Plus, we currently have a fantastic range in stock for you to choose from here.
1st September 2020
A big thank you and congratulations to Hanna Lydiate collecting her brand new ’70 plate Tucson N Line in sunny Northwich!
It’s certainly an impressive car, we’re sure you’ll enjoy every minute of it.
17th September 2020
Congratulations to Mrs Sword, who after her 2 hour journey to us, picked up her new Golf SV in the Wigan sunshine.
Mrs Sword was delighted with the Match Edition specification and we're sure it'll bring her plenty of happiness!
10th September 2020
The next generation of Volkswagen has begun to arrive at Corkills Volkswagen. We'll be bringing you more details and a virtual tour of the 100% electric Volkswagen ID.3 over the coming days - we cannot wait!
10th September 2020
Congratulations and thank you to Mr & Mrs Ormsby collecting their stunning Golf R-Line from Raili today at our Wigan site. It’s certainly a special car, so there's no surprise they were both made up with their choice!
We hope you enjoy it.
1st September 2020
Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Darlington who, along with many others, collected their brand new 70 plate Hyundai from us this morning.
Driving home the KONA Hybrid Premium SE, this is now their 4th Hyundai and it’s an impressive one. We hope you love it!
10th August 2020
Thanks to the continued hard work and focus of our Northwich Aftersales Team, we've continued to achieve the exacting standards of the RMI MOT Quality Control Programme.
The certification displays the continued hard work from Aftersales Manager, Les Randles, and the rest of our team to ensure our customer’s vehicles are in safe hands in the best possible environment.
24th January 2020
The All-New i10 Launch Weekend has begun at our Corkills Northwich!
We’ve already received a number of guesses in our free to enter Crack the Safe competition to win an i10 SE Connect, what will your guess be?
Join us between now and this Sunday to have a go.
Find out more: corkills.com/hyundai/
23rd January 2020
We’re delighted to have raised £238 at last month’s annual Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Joseph's Goal!
A charity close to our hearts, Joseph’s Goal was set up by Joseph Kendrick’s family to increase awareness of Joseph’s incredibly rare life-limiting genetic disorder and to raise funds for research.
Today, our Wigan team were joined by Corkills customer and Joseph’s Grandad, Norman, who collected the funds the cheque from Service Manager, John McFall.
To find out how you can donate, please visit www.josephsgoal.org/how-to-donate.
16th January 2020
Corkills Volkswagen becomes the first motor dealership in Wigan to receive the Electric Vehicle Approved from the NFDA - and we're delighted!
What does this mean to you? Well, following extensive training and assessment, our team are now fully equipped to advise you through a potential switch to an Electric Vehicle. With more of our customers choosing eGolf and with the ID.3 coming later in the year, we're ready and waiting to go electric with you!
You can read the full article here: www.corkills.com/volkswagen/site/corkills-wigan-eva
18th December 2019
Congratulations to Mr Peter Darlington, Mr Bob Price and Mr Marshall Simpson, who each won a Drivers Club Winter Care Kit in our Drivers Club Christmas Draw!
The prizes were presented in our Northwich showroom by our service manager Les Randles.
The Stoke-on-Trent Dance Festival certainly didn’t disappoint last weekend!
Hundreds came together for a Saturday and Sunday action packed with dancers from across the city competing in front of a huge crowd at the prestigious King’s Hall. With experienced adjudicators choosing the winners, the standards were incredibly high, a huge congratulations to all of the winners.
We were delighted to support the event for a third time and it’s safe to say it was the best one yet! A huge thank you to all involved including the event organisers.
We’d like to welcome our new Brand Manager to Corkills Volkswagen, Jason Chisnall!
Starting his journey as Sales Executive, Jason has worked with the Volkswagen brand for an impressive twenty-eight years and for the last ten years as Brand Manager. With enthusiasm for ensuring customer satisfaction, Jason is certain to be a fantastic addition to the Corkills team and we look forward to working alongside him.
Be sure to look out for Jason on your next visit and join us in giving him a huge welcome.
Corkills Motor Group CEO and Honorary Colonel of 33rd Signals Squadron 27th Royal Signals Regiment Adrian Kermode paid his respects at todays Remembrance Service. Lest we forget.
Adrian is pictured front row alongside the Mayer.
The all-new, digitally advanced Volkswagen Golf 8 had its world premiere in Wolfsburg, Germany, last month.
Keep an eye out on here and on social media as we continue to bring you updates.
They finished the Rally 1st Class 5th Overall, and finished the Championship 1st overall (in the 'appendix K' category).
Hugh congratulations to them both, and big thanks to the service team Dave 'Sqeak' Alcock and Tom 'Satnav'!
A fabulous team effort from our Southport team for yesterday's MacMillan Coffee Morning. With a fantastic range of cakes brought in by our staff, we managed to raise a fantastic amount for MacMillan.
A huge thank you to everyone involved, as well as our superb customers who bought their cakes.
Supported by Corkills, local rally driver Calvin Woods recently returned from The Promenade Stages Rally held in Brighton. Taking a third in class after a wet Friday night but a drier Saturday, the lads were over the moon to take away some silverware. Next up, it'll most likely be the Neil Howard Stages at Oulton Park early November. Good luck lads!
Congratulations to our Service Advisor, Emma Bolton, who received a lovely Thank You card from two of our customers.
Proud Volkswagen Beetle owners, Lisa and Gary, thanked Emma ‘For going above and beyond in customer service’.
A huge thank you to Lisa and Gary for their thoughtful card, from Emma and all of the Corkills team.
A huge congratulations to Corkills Hyundai's Technician, Chris Brown (pictured left), on earning certification for achieving the exacting standards of the RMI MOT Quality Control Programme!
The certification displays the continued hard work from Aftersales Manager, Les Randles (pictured right), and the rest of our team to ensure our customer’s vehicles are in safe hands in the best possible environment.
Last week, our Managing Director, Adrian Kermode, took part in the Manx Classic Hill Climb in the Isle of Man in his Porsche 911.
Out of 100 cars that raced, Adrian achieved an incredible 3rd in his class and 6th overall. A terrific achievement, Adrian, well done!
Congratulations Linda Howe who competed in the annual Manx Classic Hill Climb in the Isle of Man last week!
Linda completed the climb in her Volkswagen Golf which we were delighted sponsor with Corkills decals.
Gary (left) and Les (right) were delighted to welcome Amy of Leonard Cheshire to Corkills Hyundai yesterday. Amy presented the team with a framed shirt from the Christmas Carol Service we supported at Arley Hall last December. It'll take pride of place in our reception area!
You can discover more of Leonard Cheshire's incredible work in the community here: www.leonardcheshire.org/