Official opening of the new car-making factory in São Bernardo do Campo. The former assembly plant is now an independent manufacturing unit with a press shop, body shop, paint shop, an engine construction line, assembly and an electroplating line. Once the shed for mechanical production is put into operation in 1960, the share of Brazilian parts used in the sedan production increases to 90%. One year later, Volkswagen of Brazil leads the Brazilian car industry, selling a total of 47,320 vehicles and with a 67% increase in sales over the previous year. The market share grows to 41% and the workforce of more than 8,000 now produces nearly 220 vehicles each working-day.
São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil