Volkswagen completes first test body-in-white for Tiguan long wheel base

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Volkswagen de México has reached an early production milestone with the assembly of the first test body-in-white for the upcoming Tiguan long wheel base (LWB), with production scheduled for Q1 2017.

After construction of the new building for the body shop was concluded at the end of 2015, equipment and machinery installation is now nearing completion. The first test body was built to check the calibration of body shop equipment and processes.

The new body shop facility has an extension of 70,800m². So far, nearly 700 containers with more than 50,000 tons of equipment have arrived at the Puebla plant to be installed in the new building. The core of the highly automated production process are 800 Fanuc welding robots. Training programs for the personnel responsible for the programming of the robots and the automation controls are ongoing.

June 20, 2016

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