Hanover (dpa) – The latest version of the VW bus, the T7 Multivan, is now being mass-produced at the headquarters of the commercial vehicle subsidiary (VWN) in Hanover. Today (9:00 a.m.) the company will provide information about the production details during a factory tour. A trial run has already started. From a technical point of view, the Multivan at VWN is particularly important because it combines the MQB modular system with a plug-in hybrid drive for the first time. Such platforms are increasingly used in the automotive industry to unify standards and reduce costs by using more identical parts.
Production director Josef Baumert also wanted the plans for the reconstruction of the plant in the Lower Saxony state capital, it was said in advance. Volkswagen is gradually converting the site into a factory that will only build electric cars. The fully electric ID.Buzz will start next year. It continues the new series of pure Stromers after the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5 and ID.6. The e-bus WILL also play an important role in the development of autonomous driving and be the first to offer the functions across the group.
In 2020 VWN posted losses due to the corona crisis. This year the brand of lighter commercial vehicles in Europe is hoping for significantly better business in the largest car group. The contract production of the electric D-SUV, which is equipped with its own software, is also expected to be important for the location from 2024. Audi is in charge here. Colleagues from Porsche are also helping to prepare the major project.
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