Audi has opened a semi-knocked-down (SKD) facility at its new production site in Kaluga, Russia. Employees of Volkswagen Group Russia assemble the A6, A7, A8L, Q5 and Q7 for Audi in Kaluga. The SKD process entails vehicles being completely assembled at key Audi plants. They are then transported to a VW Commercial Vehicles site in Wedemark, Germany. Vehicles are disassembled in Wedemark and packaged as assembly kits, which in turn are shipped to Kaluga. Audi opened its SKD facility there to meet rising demand in Russia. During the first half of 2013 alone, Audi sold 18,181 vehicles in Russia – which equates to year-on-year growth of 9.8 percent. Audi Q models are especially sought after in Russia’s wide open spaces. The Volkswagen plant in Kaluga is some 170 kilometers southwest of Moscow. VW and Škoda vehicles have been assembled in Kaluga since 2007. Volvo, Renault, the PSA Group (Peugeot and Citroën) and Mitsubishi also have production sites in Kaluga.