Volkswagen starts production for new Multivan, EV treatment could come
There is a new face at the Volkswagen production facility in Hanover this week when the new Multivan combi and people carrier left the factory hall for the first time. While Volkswagen is preparing to move away from gasoline combustion in the coming years, a fully electric option is still pending.
The Multivan is the first vehicle in the Volkswagen assembly plant in Hanover to be based on the modular cross-mix kit (MQB). This allows for a greater division of parts between a wide range of transverse front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicle platforms.
A milestone for Volkswagen at the start of Multivan production was the impressive 91% automated process in the manufacture of essential body components, compared to 77% for previous VW models. It seems that Volkswagen is considering the launch of the Multivan as something of a gentle opening for its upcoming ID. BUZZ fully electric van in retro style EV that VW hopes to attract consumers simply because of its similarity to the classic VW microbus.
Many European nations and several US states have already committed to banning the sale of new petroleum-powered vehicles by the middle of the next decade. With this in mind, expect the real estate in the factory to move further and further away from the petroleum infrastructure over time.
Volkswagen’s official press release confirmed a starting price for the new Multivan of 44,839.20 euros ($ 51,771.12) before taxes and fees. The Multivan will face tough competition in its market segment. Especially from Ford and their venerable transit van. A van that is so successful that it even became a sales hit in America. Time will tell whether Volkswagen will have similar effects.