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VW Caminhões e Ônibus celebrates 40 years

February 08 2021
  • Year of celebrations begins with an investment of R $ 2 billion
  • More than 1 million vehicles produced in four decades
  • VWCO brand is present in more than 30 countries

Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus starts the celebrations for its 40 years of operation. In February 1981, Brazil and the world got to know this unprecedented brand, that has been making history and leading the market with its trucks and buses tailored to customers. In order to continue this path of success, the company, on its 40th anniversary, starts a new  investment cycle of R$ 2 billion between the years 2021 and 2025, starting the sixth and largest consecutive investment cycle in the country. Last October, VWCO reached the historic number of 1 million vehicles produced.

The automaker started its activities with only two models of trucks: the VW 11,130 and the VW 13,130, both manufactured in São Bernardo do Campo (SP). Today its line for the transportation of cargo ranges from 3.5 to 125 tons of total gross weight, with three VW families - Delivery, Constellation and Meteor -, in addition to the MAN TGX. VWCO has also developed a complete line for passenger transport, with Volksbus chassis for the rural, urban, charter, road and school bus markets. The products are assembled at the modern factory in Resende (RJ), and part of them also at the company's branch in Querétaro, Mexico.

“Celebrating this year the fortieth anniversary is a pride for all of us at VWCO, a brand essentially created by Brazilians for the whole world. Over the years, tailor-made, we have developed and produced vehicles that have become true transport icons, and we have created an innovative production model, the Modular Consortium. We continue to deliver the best to our customers, always with the slogan 'Less, you don't want to; more, you don't need'. And we believe that our future will be bright”, says Roberto Cortes, president and CEO of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus.

Over these four decades, VWCO has produced some of the greatest successes in the Brazilian commercial vehicle market, such as the Delivery and Constellation truck families, leaders in their segments. The Resende plant has also become an export hub for countries in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, taking VWCO products to around 30 international markets. From the beginning, the company already offered what customers recognize as the brand's strengths: the advanced and comfortable cabin, the search for innovative engineering solutions, customized customer service, efficient after-sales and the best cost-benefit ratio.

 Exclusive production model

Created together with the Resende plant, which will complete 25 years of operation next November, the Modular Consortium is VWCO's production model in which the commercial vehicle manufacturer delegates assembly responsibility at its plant to seven suppliers called partners there. This innovation helped the automaker to focus on the development and quality control of its products. Initially designed to produce 150 vehicles per day in two shifts, the factory today has an installed capacity of up to 100 thousand units per year. Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus  focus on customer satisfaction. In addition to product development with its Engineering also located in Resende, the company takes care of quality tests that contemplate safety and compliance with the Volkswagen Group's worldwide standards. A network of dealers and importers with around 350 points of sale spread over two continents distributes its products.

Electric vehicles

VW Caminhões e Ônibus also took a big step in making electric mobility feasible for the production of the first Brazilian electric truck with the creation of the unprecedented e-Consortium. It is the first time in the world that a brand has planned from assembly to the charging infrastructure and battery life cycle management of these trucks, leveraging the commitment of the entire supply chain in such an integrated manner.

Ambev and VW Caminhões e Ônibus signed an agreement to deliver the first 100 e-Delivery electric trucks. As of the second half of this year, vehicles will distribute Ambev's drinks using totally clean energy through the streets of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The deal is part of the company's commitment to have 1,600 Volkswagen electric trucks in its partner fleet by 2023, one of the largest announcements of its kind in the world.