BERLIN -- Future Volkswagen factories, including the automakers new plants in India and the US, will have the flexibility to produce nearly every model of the VW group.
VW hopes a standard layout for new factories will cut production costs and help the company to reach its target to overtake Toyota, the worlds largest carmaker, by 2018.
Flexibility is key for our plan to catch Toyota, said VW group production head Jochem Heizmann at a recent press event here late last year.
To increase its group global sales to 11.2 million units by 2018 from 6.2 million in 2007, VW is building factories in regions where it has no local production or currently only builds cars on a small scale.
VW is the least efficient manufacturer among European volume auto-makers, according to a confidential Harbour Report quoted in the German business magazine Capital.
The report, which analyzes automotive factory efficiency, said VW takes an average of 35 hours to assemble a car. Top of the list is Nissan, which at its two European plants averages 14 hours.