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VW breaks record and renounces the daring Trinity plan

Zwickau, the Volkswagen Group’s main electric vehicle factory, where most of the purely battery-powered VWs, Audis and Cupras are built, celebrated new production records, hitting a weekly rate of 7,100 vehicles per week, which points to an annual capacity of 370,000 units. This took place between November 7 and 11, shortly after the group celebrated crossing the 500,000 vehicle threshold in the ID range.

At the same time, VW is also pleased to have produced the 10,000th unit at the Dresden plant since production began in 2021 at the well-known “transparent” plant, since it is made almost entirely of glass. In these cult facilities, customers are invited to follow the manufacture of their vehicles and have their reception there. Dresden was originally conceived to form the Phaeton and later adapted to make the Golf and more recently the ID.3, at the rate of 35 units per day, based on chassis manufactured and painted in Zwickau and then sent for final assembly in Dresden🇧🇷 It should be remembered that the German group also has a second factory in Emden for electric cars and a third in Mladá Boleslav, where the Skoda models come from.

Among the less good news is the desire of the group’s chief executive, Oliver Blume, to suspend the Trinity project. According to the German publication Manager Magazine, the new manager – who until now ran Porsche – intends to reassess the need for Trinity, which would involve an investment of 2,200 million euros🇧🇷 And this is not the first cut from Blume, which weeks before withdrew 1,900 million related to the Argo project, related to autonomous driving.

“Our trams are slow and expensive to produce,” says VW fearful of Tesla and the Chinese

It should be remembered that the Trinity project was presented by former CEO Herbert Diess, as essential for the future of the Volkswagen Group. All because management concluded that Tesla and the Chinese manufacturers needed far fewer hours to produce their battery-powered vehicles. And, as an example, he pointed to the 10 hours it takes Tesla to build a Model Y in Germany, far from the 30 hours it takes VW to build an equivalent tram in Zwickau.

Regardless of the large investment, strategically, it will not make much sense to continue investing in the MEB platform, after the brand has realized that it is too expensive and slow to produce🇧🇷 The Trinity project was supposed to streamline production, in part by using Gigapress, the giant presses that Tesla debuted on the Model 3 and Y.), instead of about 70 small parts, which then need to be soldered together. And there are already several manufacturers who have announced their intention to join Gigapress, a team that produces Idra in Italy.

Source: Observadora

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