On the 8 March 2019, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles produced its 10 millionth vehicle at its factory in Hannover, Germany, where it has produced vans that have become iconic campervans for exactly 63 years.
Dr Thomas Sedran said: “The ten millionth vehicle from our plant in Hannover is a symbol of a unique success story. And it’s a success that we aim to continue going forward. To this end, we are completely realigning the plant – with new products and business models.” He added that the brand was ensuring a sustainable future for the Hannover site and its employees.
Production of the T1 began at the newly built plant in Hannover-Stöcken on 8 March 1956. In addition to the generations of T-series vehicles, the LT, the Taro pick-up and, for a time, the Beetle were also produced there. Today, the T6 – and soon the T6.1 update – and the Amarok are made in Hannover. Around 14,500 people are employed by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, the brand’s main site.
|Period||Model||Number of vehicles produced|
|1956 to present||T1 – T6||8,940,000|
|1974 – 1975||Beetle (Type 1)||43,000|
|1975 – 1996||LT||812,000|
|1989 – 1995||Taro||61,000|
|2012 to present||Amarok||144,000|
The ten millionth vehicle to come off the production line was a red and white T6 Caravelle. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is donating the nine-seater people-carrier to the “Hannover AUF DER BULT Children’s Hospital” Foundation.
Dr Thomas Sedran commented: “Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has been a part of the city for 63 years. I am therefore delighted that our ten millionth vehicle is also going to be on the roads of Hannover in the future, helping with the important work of the city’s children’s hospital.”
Alongside plant director, Thomas Hahlbohm, and works council chair, Bertina Murkovic, Dr Thomas Sedran, Chairman of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Brand Board of Management, handed over the T6 to the hospital’s chief physician, Professor Olga Kordonouri, hospital board executive assistant, Amelie von Schintling-Horny and hospital clown “Socke”.
Amelie von Schintling-Horny said: “Congratulations to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles on achieving this milestone. What a great pleasure to be able to accept this Bulli on behalf of our patients!” The vehicle will make it possible, she added, for the hospital to take patients on excursions that play an important part in their treatment. It would also facilitate a new programme at the “Auf der Bult” children’s hospital, in which specialists from the dermatology department visit patients with serious skin ailments to provide them with aftercare. “That was previously simply not possible,” said Ms Schintling-Horny.
Thomas Hahlbohm, director of the Hannover plant: “Our employees in Hannover have been building this fantastic vehicle for 63 years as a multi-generational project. Our workforce does this job with pride, passion and loving attention to detail. I thank the men and women of our team for that with all my heart.”
Bertina Murkovic, chair of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles works council, said: “Ten million vehicles from Hannover – that’s an impressive figure. Behind that lie generations of employees who have built these cars and in doing so made a living for themselves and their families. My special thanks to them all!”
As a stand-alone brand within the Volkswagen Group, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is globally responsible for the development, construction and sales of light commercial vehicles, producing the Transporter, Caddy, Crafter, and Amarok ranges. In 2018, the brand sold around 499,700 light commercial vehicles, which were produced at its sites in Hannover (D), Poznań (PL), Września (PL) and Pacheco (ARG). Globally, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles employs over 24,000 people, including around 15,000 at the Hannover site.