Wolfsburg, Germany – Volkswagen has announced that Russian customers can now purchase the Tiguan compact SUV which, like the Passat and Jetta, will be produced at the company’s local plant in Kaluga. Two models will be available, the 1.4-litre TSI for 904,000 rubles and the top-line 2.0 TSI at 1,053,550 rubles (approximately $39,995 and $46,612 CDN, respectively).
“The decision to build the Tiguan locally is an indication of the strategic importance of the Russian market for the Volkswagen brand,” said Frank Wittemann, head of the Volkswagen brand in Russia. “For our customers, the production of the Tiguan in Russia means shorter delivery times, same-quality standards and a very attractive price.”
The dealer network will also be established and extended, Wittemann said. “It is our goal to expand our network from the present 63 active retailers to about 120 over the long term. We will not only be focusing on achieving a good representation in urban centres such as Moscow and St. Petersburg, but we will also be reviewing possible locations in other regions of the country. This year will add another 17 retailers in total to our network.”
The company also operates a “Group Academy” in Moscow, the biggest training centre in the Russian automotive industry, which provides training for employees for employees from the group’s brands of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Audi and Skoda.