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Volkswagen of America breaks ground on new emissions testing lab

ABR Staff Writer Published 12 May 2011

Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) has broken ground on the new 63,000 sq ft lab on four acres at 201 N. Del Norte Boulevard in California, US.

The lab will be used for auto emissions testing and powertrain development for the Volkswagen Group brands: Volkswagen, Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti

The company said that the $25m lab will replace its existing facility in Westlake Village.

Volkswagen Group of America emissions laboratory and facility manager Matthias Barke said the company is investing heavily in the US market, where its growth strategy centers on making German engineering and technology widely accessible to drivers.

"The testing and development that will take place here will play a large role in helping us achieve that goal," Barke said.

The new facility will also serve as a customer service support center for Bugatti dealers and customers in North and South America.

The company said that the lab will open in phases over the course of 2012.

The facility is being built specially for Volkswagen by developer Quattro-Del Norte, an affiliate of Oxnard-based BLT Enterprises, which signed VWGoA to a long-term lease.