Inside The Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden

Some of you may recall I was in Germany last month for the Society of American Travel Writers convention. As part of the convention, I took a tour of the Volkswagen Transparent factory. The factory is one of the most impressive I have ever toured. However, I was there on a Saturday and and the plant doesn’t built cars during the weekends. That was too bad because I really wanted to film the car making process.

While I wasn’t able to get a video of VW making cars, the crew over at Discovery’s MegaWorld managed to secure exclusive workday access to the no cameras allowed floor to show what goes into the making of Volkswagen’s top of the line Phaeton. Volkswagen developed a number of brilliant technologies for use in the factory, from the moving wood floor and electronically-tracked nuts and bolts to the magnet-driven robots that shuttle the parts around the facility and the cargo tram that delivers them there. All of this and more is on display to visitors as well as customers coming to take delivery directly on premises. The next time I’m in Dresden, I’ll have to remember to visit the factory on a weekday so I can see the place in action.


24 thoughts on “Inside The Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden”

  1. Gerri says:

    It would have been pretty cool to see the cars being made. That is something I wouldn’t have minded to experience even though I am not a fan of VW.

    1. Fernando says:

      I love VW, The first car I’ve ever had was a VW Golf. 🙂

      1. dotCOMreport says:

        The Golf wow! That’s quite a car. I think the new Bug is a nice one from VW.

        Would have been pretty awesome to see cars being made.

        1. VW Golf is my current car, haha

          1. Robin Gupta says:

            This one is simply superb.

            Less man power and perfection work. I am impressed.

            Do they use similar technology in their all factory or only at Germany.

  2. Edgar says:

    Hey John did you see me in the backgroud? lol that was me.

  3. It’s always interesting to see how these things are done. Damn, the place is huge.

    1. Fernando says:

      Yeah, that makes me remember that one TV Show where they showed all the factories starting from a spoon to Ships!

    2. John Chow says:

      By car factory standards, it’s pretty small. But still extremely impressive.

      1. Yes you are right, if you compare it to other car manufactures it is small but very beautiful.

        1. Fernando says:

          I’ve never really been to a car factory, so I can’t tell.

          1. Robin Gupta says:

            So which car manufacturers using latest technology.

            Its nice to see that they are getting Government support and their tools can be deliver directly to their factory.

  4. PPC Ian says:

    That’s a great video, thanks for sharing John. VW makes great cars, but I’m more of a BMW fan.

    1. Fernando says:

      You can’t really compare. BMW is so much better 🙂

  5. Wow, that’s a pretty amazing factory. I’d love to tour it.

    1. Fernando says:

      Someday I will! 🙂

      1. I will also like to go with you, will you allow me ?

        1. Fernando says:

          If you got the money 🙂

          1. If I was alive till then, I must have the money.

          2. Robin Gupta says:

            I do not think that to visit this factory you will require money …

            Simply go their like you are interested buyer … 😉

  6. To see the making of such a big brand was a different experience I have seen for the second time here and the first was from a program on discovery channel .

  7. Car Covers says:

    Very cool factory!!!

  8. Alston says:

    Now that’s what I call creativity to the nth degree!

    Good going Volkswagen!

  9. I have a VW and it’s honestly the best car I have ever had. The Germans know how to step it up a notch, and it defintiely shows when you own a V-dub.

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