Volkswagen makes modal shift happen: rail dominates road in 2020

Volkswagen Navarra reached its historical record for the distribution of cars by rail in 2020. For the first time, the rail transport volumes exceeded those moved by road, with a 56 per cent share of shipments done by train. The cars of the Spanish manufacturer were transported to Barcelona, ​​Santander, Tarragona and Zuera (Zaragoza), and abroad to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

This was announced by Transfesa Logistics, which handles the shipments of the car factory. In total, it facilitated the shipment of 110,116 vehicles by rail on 14 routes. In these trips, 1,046 tonnes of CO2 were omitted, compared to the 5,858 tonnes that would have been released by truck. Therefore, an annual saving of 4,812 tons of CO2 has been achieved.

Keeping the share

“This has been made possible thanks to the work and involvement of many people from both the Volkswagen Group and our own organisation, which has been very committed to the customer needs, especially from this factory. Our goal for this year is to maintain this transport share and work on new projects related to rail transport”, said Igone Lecea Lacunza, Volkswagen Group account manager at Transfesa Logistics.

Isabel Núñez, environmental manager of Transfesa Logistics added: “Volkswagen Navarra’s commitment to rail is a sign of the awareness of our customers to carry out a more responsible business and contribute as much as possible to reducing the footprint of carbon derived from its activity.”

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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