A new Volkswagen (VW) assembly plant in Russia stated operations this week.
Officials from the country, including deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin, were on-hand for proceedings at the site in Kaluga, Russia.
More than 600 guests saw the VW Passat and Skoda Octavia models leave the assembly line on Wednesday, with the company expecting 66,000 units from both brands to be put together there over the course of 2008.
Professor Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the board of management at VW, stated that he was pleased to announce the firm’s arrival in Russia.
"Local production of VW and Skoda brand vehicles in the up-and-coming city of Kaluga now gives us the chance to increasingly profit from rapid growth on Russias automotive market," he said.
Meanwhile, the company has announced that its new VW minivan will be on display to the public at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show in February.