2016 has been a year of amazing growth at Koenigsegg Automotive AB, with significant expansion right across the organisation.
In fact, this year may eventually be seen as one of the most important years in the history of the company, right up there with the delivery of our first customer car in 2002 or the change from the CCR to our first ‘global’ car, the CCX, in 2006.
Let’s take a look through everything that’s happened (so far)……
While the Regera was first shown in 2015, 2016 has been the year during which the car has really taken its final shape. We began the year by showing the production-spec Regera at the Geneva Motor Show, a car that incorporated nearly 3000 changes and improvements compared to our show vehicle from the year before. 2016 is also the year we started building our first customer Regeras at our production facility in Ängelholm.
For the first time in Koenigsegg’s history, we have two completely distinct models being built in our production facility. That’s significant. Adding a new model is a tough task when you’re an automotive giant with thousands of employees and a factory the size of a small city. When you have less than 150 employees and do all of your design, development and testing inside the same four walls, it’s a task of Herculean proportions.
What makes the Regera an even bigger achievement is that it’s such a game-changer in terms of the technology it uses. To have such a small team building and continually improving an existing world-class hypercar is an amazing achievement in itself. To have our team develop a second world-class hypercar and one that throws traditional technology out the window is an achievement on another level completely.
The last few years have seen a mammoth effort by the whole team – our amazing engineers and prototype team, in particular. That effort is now beginning to bear fruit in 2016.
2016 has also seen our dealer network around the world growing at pace.
Koenigsegg has recently gone from having no dealers in the United States to having three in outstanding locations – O’Gara Coach in Los Angeles, Manhattan Motors in New York and Lake Forest Sports Cars in Chicago. This network provides us with representation in some of the most important market cities in America and discussions are ongoing to expand into other key areas.
Our North American expansion continued with the addition of Koenigsegg dealers in Vancouver and Calgary through the Weissach Performance group of dealerships.
Koenigsegg Japan celebrated its inauguration with the delivery of the Agera RSR series of cars in September this year. The Agera RSR is a special, three-car edition with bespoke aerodynamics and part of the 25-car Agera RS range.
We have also expanded our service capability with a number of technicians from our Asian and American dealer networks spending time at the Koenigsegg factory to undergo our factory technician’s training course. Our service manager, Philip Agelmo, also travelled to a number of markets in 2016 to provide training and advice.
The expansion of Koenigsegg’s worldwide performance footprint has only just begun and we look forward to celebrating the opening of other key markets early in 2017.
Koenigsegg Automotive AB had just over 70 staff as at 1 July 2015. Just over a year later, that number has almost doubled, with 130 on the payroll in October 2016. Here’s a few of them, in a photo taken in August 2016.
The additions have been spread throughout the company. We have gone from having one part-time designer, working with Christian, to a team of four. In production, we have added increased resources in interior fabrication, electrics, and chassis assembly/preparation. We have expanded our carbon-fibre manufacturing capacity, which has allowed us to, once again, make our tub chassis in-house.
On the sales and marketing side, we now have additional sales and support staff as well as a communications copywriter and an art director, who works on Koenigsegg branding as well as paint/striping/interior specification for customer cars.
Our engineering group, especially electrical engineering, software development and vehicle homologation, has increased markedly as our cars become more and more sophisticated. We do all of our software development in-house – from engine management to entertainment to traction control. Getting the best talent to join us in Ängelholm has been, and continues to be, a priority.
The expansion in staff has been necessary, primarily due to the expansion in the Koenigsegg vehicle range. Not only do we have the Regera to cater for, we also just started planning a successor to the Agera, which will eventually be built alongside the Regera in our Ängelholm production facility.
There have been a number of significant changes at the Koenigsegg facility in Ängelholm in 2016:
- Koenigsegg’s service department moved out of the factory this year, taking residence in a larger space close to the main factory building. Our PDI team has also migrated to this new building to do final setup work on our customer vehicles prior to delivery.
- The showroom area inside the factory was made redundant when a new showroom was incorporated into our office building during renovations in 2015. The old showroom and our old service department have been rebuilt into a large prototype workshop. The prototype fabrication team has been hard at work on refining solutions for Regera production and the first handful of customer Regeras will be built in the prototype workshop’s miniature production line, before it is moved out to the main line in 2017.
- We have brought tub chassis fabrication back in-house again, which required some reconfiguration of factory space. The entire production line is now going through an optimisation process to allow for faster vehicle construction, resulting in increased output. Our goal is to build 20-25 cars per year when this process is complete, doubling our typical annual production rate.
- Various walkways and work areas have been either built or re-built to provide for better movement through the factory.
- Our office area, which houses administration, sales/marketing and engineering, has doubled in size this year. Koenigsegg took over the second floor of the administration building in the second half of 2016. The additional space provides new offices for our sister company, Freevalve, as well as our expanding engineering and electrical teams.
As you can see, 2016 has been a very exciting year for Koenigsegg. It’s been a year of investment and expansion that will set the company up for continued innovation, development and growth in years to come. Needless to say, we’re very excited about 2017 and beyond.