Volkswagen launches R&D center in California

August 23, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
In Oxnard near Los Angeles, Volkswagen of America has opened a research and development center dedicated to emission behavior of vehicles. The second major topic of the facility is testing vehicles under extreme climate conditions – from arctic to desert climate.

The Test Center California (TCC) is equipped, among other things, with an emissions test laboratory, parts analysis capabilities, a vehicle workshop with 16 in-ground lifts for the more than 50 engineers and technicians employed by the TCC. A dealer service and training center as well as office and meeting areas to accommodate approximately more than 250 Volkswagen Group engineers and partners who are expected to make the trip to Oxnard each year rounds off the facilities.

The emission and climate test facilities enable engine and electronics developers to run their vehicles at temperatures as low as -35°C (-31°F).

Volkswagen plans to use the TCC to test all vehicles of the Volkswagen brand at the center, including Audi, Porsche, Bentley and Bugatti.