Volkswagen proves just how big of an automotive company it is as it is celebrating a very important milestone on the last day of the year. It is set to roll out its 6 millionth car on Sunday, the 31st of December. Most of the cars that were built this year were familiar nameplates, but of course, new members of the family like the T-Roc, Tiguan Allspace, and Atlas also played an important role as their production numbers have increased significantly as well. It should be mentioned though that for this calculation, the Arteon has been excluded because it is considered as the CC’s successor.
As mentioned earlier, it was the more popular models like the Polo, Golf, Jetta and Passat that took up the majority of the percentage of cars produced this year. Alongside those models, the Santana that is available in several versions in China, had an impact too.
The automaker has a total of about 60 models in their lineup globally, and this will still increase as models like the T-Cross and the Phaeton are currently being developed. Apart from all that, Volkswagen also has plans of expanding their current electric vehicle lineup, so we wouldn’t be surprised if they easily break the 6 million record by next year.
All in all, if VW adds up the total number of cars they have produced since 1945, this number would go up to 150 million cars since the very first Beetle rolled off the production line.
Looking forward, their current portfolio not only will be renewed, but also extended. Having said that, the automaker’s top priority would be to expand their SUV offerings by the end of the decade, where they plan to offer a total of 19 models. That should translate into a 40-percent share of VW’s entire model range.
Following the release of the SUVs, the German automaker’s next plan is to move on to the production of the I.D. concepts that boast zero-emissions. These models include the I.D. hatchback, I.D. Crozz crossover, and I.D. Buzz microbus.
This is the key for the company to achieve their goal of having no less than one million cars without combustion engines on the road, during the middle of the next decade. This means that they have to start moving fast for this to happen on time, considering all the tests they will need to do, as well as the number of cars they plan to launch by then.