Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) joined California elected officials and Amports to celebrate the grand opening of the Port of Benicia, VWGoA’s second port in California which will serve dealers in the Northwestern US.
The Port of Benicia marks a $1.3 million investment in the region, and the creation of 38 new jobs. The port will serve 81 Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley and Porsche dealers in Northern California, helping to enhance customer service and vehicle delivery times.
“Californians have long demonstrated a strong support for the Volkswagen Group of America brands, and selecting the Port of Benicia as our Northwestern US port is part of our growth strategy in the North America.” said Anu Goel, Executive Vice President for Group After Sales & Services, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “In utilising the Port of Benicia, we will be able to bring Audi, Bentley and Volkswagen products closer to our California customers and provide enhanced customer service in this key market. We are proud to be joining the state of California and Amports in commemorating this important milestone.”
“California’s port system is an economic driver employing more than a half million people and generating an estimated $9 billion in state and local tax revenue annually,” said Panorea Avdis, Director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. “Today’s announcement highlights California’s strategic importance as an entry point for global commerce, creates good paying jobs, and builds the capacity of the Port of Benicia to serve the Volkswagen Group and all importers and exporters in the Golden State.”
Vehicles imported into the Port of Benicia from Volkswagen include the long wheelbase Tiguan, e-Golf and eventually the all-new 2019 Jetta compact sedan and the Arteon four-door coupe which made its US debut in February. Audi vehicles imported will include the A4, A5 Sportback, Audi Q5 and Audi Q7. Vehicles arriving into the port will be distributed throughout Northern California. The selection of the Port of Benicia adds to VWGoA’s Port of San Diego, which opened in 1990, and supports over 160 Volkswagen and Audi dealers in the Western United States.
VWGoA has already begun to import and distribute Volkswagen, Audi and Bentley vehicles through the 645 acre port which features 140,000 square feet of vehicle processing facilities. VWGoA plans on transporting up to 42,000 vehicles within one year, and approximately 220,000 vehicles over the next five years through the port.