History

The history of VDL Nedcar dates back to the 1960s, when the Dutch company DAF started producing passenger cars in Born (Limburg) in the southern Netherlands.

Participation by Volvo Car Corporation meant that in 1975, DAF Car BV became Volvo Car BV. Between then and 2004, a series of Volvo models were manufactured in Born.

In 1992, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation became joint owner, and the name of the company was changed to NedCar. The result was a unique production facility where multiple car marques and models were built simultaneously, on a single production line.

This period was followed by a collaborative venture between Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and DaimlerChrysler. In 2001, Volvo sold its interests and Mitsubishi Motors became 100% owner of NedCar. In 2004, this resulted in a new car concept: the new Mitsubishi Colt and DaimlerChrysler’s Smart Forfour were jointly produced on our production line. More than two years after starting production, DaimlerChrysler decided to halt production of the Smart Forfour.

From July 2006 onwards, NedCar manufactured the Colt (5-doors) and the Colt (3-doors) on behalf of Mitsubishi, and from August 2008, Nedcar was also responsible for producing the Mitsubishi Outlander. At the start of February 2012, Mitsubishi announced its intention to halt production in Born at the end of 2012. On 16 December of that year, VDL Groep acquired the shares from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.

On 1 January 2013, the company again changed its name, to VDL Nedcar. Following the complete redevelopment of our factory, production of the MINI Hatch on behalf of BMW was started in July 2014. This was followed in 2015 by the production of the MINI Convertible, in 2016 the MINI Countryman – of which model we also manufacture the PHEV variant – and since 2017 the BMW X1 has also been manufactured in Born.

50 years of VDL Nedcar
June 2018 saw the fantastic milestone of 50 years of car production in Born. Such a goal can only be achieved through close cooperation. Together with a number of VDL Nedcar employees, we now look back on 50 years of successful car building.

50 years of VDL Nedcar

June 2018 saw the fantastic milestone of 50 years of car production in Born. Such a goal can only be achieved through close cooperation. Together with a number of VDL Nedcar employees, we now look back on 50 years of successful car building.