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VW produces four millionth gearbox

VOLKSWAGEN SLOVAKIA, the Slovak branch of the German carmaker, has manufactured its four millionth gearbox, Silvia Nosálová of Volkswagen Slovakia told the TASR news wire on April 2.

The company began to produce gearboxes in 1994. In 2006, they produced a record number of gearboxes - more than 376,548. Volkswagen Slovakia plans to keep the same level this year.

Production is managed by around 200 people from the fields of production, logistics, quality and planning. Gearbox components are supplied by plants in Germany and Martin in central Slovakia.

Most of the gearboxes manufactured in Slovakia are for export and are used in cars such as the VW Tourang, Golf A5, Passat, Audi A3 and A2, Toledo, Leon, Arosa and Škoda's Octavias.

Volkswagen Slovakia now manufactures 22 different gearbox models.

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