Russia Unable to Restart Former Volkswagen Plant, Facility Idled Indefinitely

The recent Russian acquisition has not yet restarted activities at the former Volkswagen automotive plant in Kaluga. According to the trade union organization of LLC Volkswagen Group Rus, the plant will remain inactive indefinitely, as reported by Russian Interfax. “All employees are instructed to report to the plant on March 1, 2024, for an update on the upcoming period of downtime and its organization,” the statement announced.

The duration of this plant’s shutdown is unspecified. Previously, the trade union had indicated that the facility would be inactive until February 29.

In May 2023, the German conglomerate Volkswagen sold its Russian assets to the local dealer group “Avilon.” However, the new owner has not yet been able to resume operations at the Kaluga plant.

Previously  Volkswagen stopped supplying vehicles to Russia and ceased production at the Kaluga plant and the assembly site at GAZ in Nizhny Novgorod following the beginning of full-scale military invasion of Ukraine. These facilities were previously involved in the contract assembly of Skoda Octavia, Skoda Karoq, and Skoda Kodiaq vehicles.

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