At the Volkswagen factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a ceremony was held recently to mark the production of their millionth vehicle in the South American country.
At the Volkswagen factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a ceremony was held recently to mark the production of their millionth vehicle in the South American country. Volkswagen's President Dr. Kurt Lotz - who had travelled to Brazil from Germany - presented the millionth "Beetle" as a prize to top medical student Uenis Tannuri.
The German automobile manufacturers opened their first plant in Brazil in 1953 - mainly to assemble Beetles from imported parts and components. Today, they employ 23,000 people (of which only 32 are Germans) and turn out 1,000 vehicles per day - and claim that 130,000 families depend on the Volkswagen works and allied companies for their livelihood in Brazil. Output includes 1300 Sedans, Vans, Pickup trucks, Karmann-Ghias and VW-1600 Variants.
During the ceremony in Sao Paulo, the Company presented a cheque for half a million cruzeiros (about 100,000 dollars) to the local Technical School; ten fully-equipped Volkswagen ambulances to the Ministry of Health; and commemorative medallions to all their workers and people present on the occasion.
Culmination of the day was the presentation of the millionth car itself to 23-year-old Tannuri who received it for being an outstanding student.