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Platforms, modules and kits are used in model ranges to create synergies between the vehicles to achieve a significant cost reduction. In addition, customers around the world have different requirements of our model ranges, so the products have to be adapted to the relevant market and we have to work closely with the regions.
As a result, there are various areas of work in model ranges:
The model ranges
The Volkswagen brand subdivides its vehicle projects into four model ranges.
The core responsibility in the model ranges division is to manage product emergence – from concept to finished vehicle. Products are nurtured and matured here right through to their end of life. The division is responsible for content, adherence to deadlines and the economic efficiency of vehicle projects. What's more, this is also where collaboration between the divisions, regions and brands is coordinated.
Model series involves the overall project management of multiple vehicle projects within a model range. You are responsible for achieving targets in relation to content, finance and scheduling of the associated vehicle projects. You monitor the status of the project, manage the departments involved and intervene if targets are being missed or there are conflicting objectives. The key product decisions are prepared and taken in model series meetings.
Platforms, construction kits and modules create synergies between Volkswagen vehicles and other brands. The project management platform is the interface for all users of a vehicle platform. Employees determine the product requirements with users, control the levels of development in the vehicle projects and ensure the close integration of content.
Project managers for the overall vehicle are responsible for the interdisciplinary planning and control of all activities related to the overall vehicle throughout the product life cycle, for instance technology, costs and tests. They are responsible for resolving conflicting interests and goals between the technical departments involved in the product development process and are responsible for the functioning of the “overall system” of the vehicle.
The project managers for assemblies, construction, electrics and chassis manage activities in their technical division throughout the life cycle of the vehicle for all models in a series. They are responsible for certain areas of a vehicle, managing their targets and also ensuring that the vehicle’s sub-systems are fully functioning.
The project and process managers are responsible for planning and managing current and future projects. They work closely with the relevant offices in relation to controlling and central planning. They also monitor cost and schedule compliance, provide a centralised reporting system and ensure that decision deadlines are met within the model range.
The project managers for production, sales, procurement, finance and quality manage all activities in their business division throughout the life cycle of the vehicle for all models in a range. For instance, they plan factory production, sales figures and tool investment. They ensure compliance with the product objectives in their respective areas.