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History of Volkswagen Slovakia

THE HISTORY OF VOLKSWAGEN SLOVAKIA IN NUMBERS
1991

12 Mar: Signing of a basic agreement in Bratislava on the establishment of a new company and the business plan between Volkswagen AG, Bratislavské Automobilové Závody, a.s. (BAZ) and the Slovak Government

30 May: Establishment of Volkswagen Bratislava, s.r.o. (VW BA), with an 80% share for VW AG and 20% share for BAZ, a.s.

1992

14 Feb: Start of mass production 

9 Jun: 1000 vehicles

1993

Sep: Operations in new paint shop with a capacity of 150 bodies per day

1994

Jan: Production of the Volkswagen Golf A3

Aug: Start of mass production of gearboxes

1997

Sep: VW BA has 3000 employees.

Sep: New body shop with laser welding machines

1998

DOUBLE JUBILEE: 100,000th car produced and 100,000th gearbox produced

Jul: The number of employees exceeds 5000

1999

1 Jan: Change of legal form and name to Volkswagen Slovakia, a.s.

2000

29 May 2000: Opening of plant to produce components in Martin

500 000 vehicles

2001

The largest investment project in the history of VW SK: start of production of the SUV Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne

2002

30 Jun: Start of mass production for Volkswagen Touareg

Nov: Launch of cable car to transport all manufactured cars from the H3 assembly hall to the test track

2003

Jan: Start of production of the SEAT Ibiza 

28 May: The number of cars produced exceeds the one million mark, Volkswagen Slovakia is the biggest car manufacturer in the country’s history

3 Nov: Launch of a new paint shop with capacity for 1200 bodies per day

2004

25 Aug: Production of 3 million gearboxes

2005

Nov: Start of production of the Audi Q7

2006

21 Apr: 250,000th Volkswagen Touareg produced

2007

Mar: Production of 4 million gearboxes

25 May: 2 million cars produced at Volkswagen Slovakia

2008

Škoda Octavia production launch

2009

Foundation stone laid for production of New Small Family models for the

Volkswagen, SEAT and Škoda

2010

8 Apr: Start of production of the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Mar: Production of 5 million gearboxes

May: 2.5 million cars produced

1 Jun: Martin plant celebrates 10 years and 200 million components

Dec: the 500,000th  Volkswagen Touareg is produced

2011

20 years of Volkswagen Slovakia

Start of production for the New Small Family – the Volkswagen up!, ŠKODA Citigo and SEAT Mii

2013

Start of operation of a press shop with the most powerful press in the Volkswagen group

Volkswagen Slovakia becomes factory of the year

Start of production of the first electric car from Volkswagen – the Volkswagen e-up!

7 Mar: Production of 6 million gearboxes

2014

Jul: Felix Baumgartner lands helicopter at the Bratislava plant to accept the special Touareg V8 TDI 340 PS.

The 250,000th Volkswagen up! is produced

2015

Start of production of the 2nd generation Audi Q7 in one of the most advanced body shops in the world

23 Jan: 1 000 000 hubs at the press shop

Ice hockey player Marián Hossa with the Stanley Cup at Volkswagen Slovakia

The “Chairless Chair” is a new technology for ergonomics improvement in the Bratislava plant introduced as the first of its kind in any industrial production in Slovakia

Sep: 500,000th Volkswagen up! and 750,000th New Small Family car produced

Dec: Foundation stone laid for new Porsche assembly hall

2016

Volkswagen Slovakia becomes the most attractive employer in Slovakia

25th anniversary of Volkswagen Slovakia in Slovakia