Employees of Volkswagen do Brasil (4 factories): around 24,000
Produced: 48 types of engines
Inauguration date: October 12, 1996
Build area: 74,500 m2
Total area: 730,332.30m2
Launched in October 12, 1996, the Volkswagen do Brasil engine factory in São Carlos reached a record volume of 7.5 million engines since the beginning of its activities. It is the third largest engine plant of Volkswagen Group worldwide. The São Carlos plant is responsible for producing an average of 77 thousand engines per month in 48 different models, 1.0, 1.4 and 1.6 liter, which equips the models New Gol, Fox, New Voyage, CrossFox, SpaceFox, Saveiro, Polo , Polo Sedan, Kombi, Gol G4 and Golf.
While investments of € 126 million, the São Carlos factory is accelerated regarding the works for the new productive building: now in equipment testing phase. Start of operations scheduled to be in 2013 when the production capacity will increase from 3,800 engines/day to 4,800 engines/day.
With modern technology and following the strictest safety and environmental standards, the new building will have a total area of 27,100 m2 and will house three production lines, two lines of machining and one assembly line.
With a focus on sustainability and efficiency, the new building was designed to avail the use of natural lighting that will be provided by greater spacing between support columns that provide increased clearance between each of them.
The unit is currently working in eleven lines of machining / assembly of high technological level, containing 18 robots and 77 automatic stations, which ensures the production of motors with high efficiency, quality and performance.
For the Brazilian market, 100% of the engines receive Total Flex biofuel technology. For the external market gasoline engines are produced that are mounted on vehicles for exportation and partial engines are also exported to Argentina.