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July 28, 2020

VW expands in Oxnard, California

The Volkswagen Group Test Center California has finished an expansion project called the Oxnard Engineering Campus.

By Olly Wehring

The Volkswagen Group Test Center California has finished an expansion project called the Oxnard Engineering Campus.

Supporting group brands, work at Oxnard focuses on powertrain engineering services which support product development, governmental compliance and emissions testing with an enhanced focus on electric vehicle range testing and analysis.

"The next few years are going to be transformative for the group as we are introducing our first long range battery electric vehicles," said Johan de Nysschen, COO, Volkswagen Group of America.

"The campus has been completely upgraded to further support the successful development, design and testing of products that will be sold in this market."

Established in 1990 in Westlake Village, California, the TCC serves as the group's only emission test laboratory in the US.

The largest technical centre of its kind for the group outside Germany, the TCC plays a pivotal role in the product development chain, acting as a critical stop for many products before they are approved for production.

The renovated campus houses not only the testing team but also the Audi engineering and Volkswagen quality teams, both of which had previously worked alongside the testing team in Oxnard, and the Design Center California (DCC), relocated from Santa Monica.

As part of the North American Region (NAR) structure, the DCC is a dedicated VW brand studio which develops concepts exclusively for North America and ensures effective collaboration within the region and with HQ in Wolfsburg, Germany.

The DCC originally opened in Simi Valley before moving to Santa Monica in 2006.

Now covering nine acres of space, the campus footprint has grown from 65,000 to 150,000 square feet. The original TCC building located next to the newly developed space continues to hold the emissions test laboratory, engineering and prototype fleet operations, the governance team and operations employees.

The expansion includes an advanced shipping and receiving area with loading docks and large visitor workshops equipped with lifts, alignment racks and tyre service capabilities.

The facility also has extensive office, training and meeting areas that can accommodate up to 200 people for hosting powertrain and emissions test groups.

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