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Tiguan, made in Malaysia

The number of models manufactured by Volkswagen in the Southeast Asian state has reached five.

The Tiguan is produced locally for the Malaysian market at the Volkswagen plant in Pekan.

With cars manufactured locally in Malaysia, Volkswagen is ­expanding its offering in this Southeast Asian market. The local market launch of the Tiguan is only days away.

“We are proud of our ‘made in Malaysia’ Tiguan.
Production got off to a great start at the beginning of the year,” says Danny Auerswald (34), who became head of the Volkswagen plant in Southeast Asia six months ago.

» State-of-the-art German technology comes to Malaysia. «

Promising markets, such as Malaysia with its growing economy, are of increasing
focus for the brand. That’s why the eighth-generation Passat has been produced in Malaysia since last fall. And now the new Tiguan has been added to the SUV segment, which is enjoying a massive boom in Malaysia. As Auerswald puts it: “It’s another case of state-of-the-art German technology coming to Malaysia.”

Country and plant

In the east of Malaysia, with its 30 million inhabitants, is the Pekan plant. The site is run by contract manufacturer DRB Hicom, and is the workplace for around 435 staff, including 35 from Volkswagen. Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur lies in the west of the country, and boasts 1.6 million inhabitants.   

Tiguan and Passat production in Malaysia takes the MKD route. MKD stands for “Medium Knocked Down” which, for the Tiguan, means the ­following process: Wolfsburg ships ready-painted bodies out to Southeast Asia. At Port Klang, the bodies are unloaded and driven 300 kilometers to the plant in Pekan. Staff at the Pekan plant then fit everything else, from the powertrain assembly through to the cockpit.

The Tiguan increases to five the number of models produced in Malaysia. As well as the Passat, employees have been working with staff from contract manufacturer DRB Hicom to produce the Polo, Vento, and Jetta for over three years, using the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) procedure. This means Volkswagen ships parts and modules for the Polo, Vento and Jetta from Pune, Puebla, and Wolfsburg to Southeast Asia, where they go through bodybuilding, paint shop and assembly.