VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus, General Partner of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, has handed over the keys to the final lot of the Sochi 2014 fleet vehicles to the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. The first fleet lot (564 vehicles) was transferred in the presence of Russian Prime Minister D.A. Medvedev at the Sochi-2013 XII International Investment Forum. The rest of the vehicles were delivered to the Organizing Committee over the period from October 2013 to January 2014.
“We are proud that we have fulfilled all our commitments assumed as the Automobile Partner of the Sochi Games," says Marcus Osegowitsch, General Director of VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus. "We are sure that while athletes from across the globe will be demonstrating their sports achievements, the Sochi 2014 fleet will showcase Russia’s automobile industry attainments as most of the fleet was manufactured in this country.”.
“The Sochi 2014 fleet shall be a vital component of the highly complicated transport system for the 2014 Games. A well organized and comfortable transport support shall allow guests and athletes to appreciate fully the compactness of the Sochi Games and the speed of transportation across the Olympic facilities," – noted Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.
The Sochi 2014 fleet to be used for transportation of athletes and guests at the Games comprises more than 3,000 vehicles of Volkswagen, Audi, ŠKODA and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands. During the pre-Olympic period the fleet was used for preparations for the Sochi Games but its most active involvement shall be during the Games.
The Sochi 2014 fleet includes three segments and demonstrates a wide range of Volkswagen Group’s models. Sedans and hatchbacks make up about 25 percent of all vehicles, including the Volkswagen Polo Sedan, the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, the Audi A4, the Audi A6, the Audi Allroad, the ŠKODA Octavia and the ŠKODA Superb. SUVs comprise nearly 40 percent of the fleet, including the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Volkswagen Touareg, the Audi Q5, the Audi Q7 and the ŠKODA Yeti. The other 35 percent of the fleet are Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles intended for collective transportation, including the Volkswagen Multivan, the Volkswagen Caravelle and the Volkswagen Crafter.
About 60 percent of the Sochi 2014 fleet was manufactured at the VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus plants in Kaluga and Nizhny Novgorod. All fleet vehicles meet the Euro 4 or Euro 5 standards, exceeding the Euro 3 standard required in Russia. In addition, the fleet has vehicles using Bluemotion technology, diesel and gas engines, also minimizing their ecological impact on the region’s unique nature.
The Sochi 2014 partners shall be able to rent vehicles from a dedicated fleet comprising more than 500 Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial vehicles. These vehicles are to be used by the Sochi 2014 partners, mass media, broadcasters, representatives of National Olympic Committees, and other visitors.
About VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus
Volkswagen Group Rus brings together the work of the seven brands in the Volkswagen Group that are available on the Russian market — Volkswagen, ŠKODA, Audi, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, SEAT, Bentley, and Lamborghini. In 2013, the company's sales in Russia reached almost 300,000 vehicles, of which 188,000 were produced in that country.
Beginning in November 2007, Volkswagen Group Rus has been manufacturing automobiles in Kaluga, 170 km southwest of Moscow. In October 2009, the plant celebrated the official launch of its full cycle production in a ceremony attended by Vladimir Putin and other top government officials. On June 14, 2011, Volkswagen Group Rus and GAZ Group signed an agreement for the contract assembly of Volkswagen and ŠKODA automobiles at the GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod. In accordance with that agreement, a full cycle production of ŠKODA Yeti, Volkswagen Jetta and ŠKODA Octavia has already begun at GAZ.
With total investment of some 1.3 billion euros, the company has become one of the largest investors in the Russian automotive industry. The Group will be investing a further €1.2 billion in Russia up to the end of 2018.
In 2009 Volkswagen Group Rus became the official automobile partner for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The company will provide the Sochi-2014 Organizing Committee with more than 3,000 cars from the Volkswagen, Audi, ŠKODA, and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands in order to transport guests during the preparations for the 2014 Games and over the course of the Games themselves. The majority of the cars will be manufactured at the company's plants in Russia.