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Volkswagen Group in China

The Motor Show Auto Shanghai 2013 starts this weekend. The Volkswagen Group has several plants in China. An overview of production plants and history.


Two production companies, the joint ventures Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Co. Ltd. (SVW) and First Automotive Works – Volkswagen Automobile Co. Ltd. (FAW-VW), produce models of Volkswagen Group brands Volkswagen, Audi und ŜKODA for the Chinese market.

Vehicle production also includes the supply of engines and vehicle components for the models produced. In total, Volkswagen has five vehicle production facilities and six components production plants at eleven locations in China. Furthermore MAN produces turbochargers and compressors.

The new SantanaSVW currently produces the Volkswagen models Santana, Polo, Lavida, Touran, Tiguan and New Passat at its plants in Anting, Nanjing and Yizheng. The ŜKODA models Superb, Octavia, Fabia and Rapid are also produced at these plants. In addition, SVW has a technology center and a design center. In Shanghai SVW also produces engines.

FAW-VW currently produces the Volkswagen models Golf, Jetta, Magotan, Magotan CC, New Bora and Sagitar at two plants in Changchun and Chengdu. The Audi models produced include the A4L and A6L as well as the Q3 and Q5. FAW-VW also produces engines at its plant in Changchun.

An overview you can find here

Shanghai-Volkswagen Automotive Company
Anting plant
Nanjing plant
Yizheng plant

FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company Ltd.
Changchun plant
Chengdu plant

Volkswagen FAW Platform Company Ltd.
Changchun plant
Chengdu plant

Volkswagen FAW Engine Co., Ltd.
Dalian plant

VOLKSWAGEN Transmission Company Ltd.
Jiading/Shanghai plant

Shanghai Volkswagen Powertrain Company Ltd.
Loutang/Shanghai plant

VOLKSWAGEN Automatic Transmission Co., Ltd.
Dalian plant

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In 1978, Volkswagen and representatives of the Chinese government already agreed that Volkswagen brand models should be assembled locally in China. The contract establishing the joint venture SVW that produced the Volkswagen Santana in China was signed in 1985.

In 1988, the Volkswagen Group agreed to cooperate with First Automobile Works (FAW) in Changchun for the production of the Audi 100 under license; this cooperation was a milestone in the introduction of the latest industrial standards to Chinese automobile production.

Santana (China Version, 1986)SVW already celebrated the production of the 100,000th Volkswagen Santana in 1993 – followed by the millionth unit in 1998. As part of its growth strategy, the Volkswagen Group established two further companies, FAWVolkswagen Sales Company (1997) and Volkswagen Beijing Office (1999) to reinforce its presence on the Chinese market. Finally, Volkswagen Group China was founded in 2004. This company unites the production, sales and financial services companies of the Volkswagen Group in China. The Volkswagen Group continuously expanded its production capacities in China over the following years and announced sales of 1,024,008 vehicles in China in 2008, exceeding the target of a million units which it had set itself.

Volkswagen celebrates 20 years of partnership with FAW in China, August 2011Already in June 2012, SVW announced that a total of eight million vehicles had been produced, while FAW-VW celebrated the production of its six millionth vehicle in the same month. Therefore, by 2012, Volkswagen had delivered about 14 million locally produced vehicles to customers in China since its initial market entry. At the end of the 2012 financial year, Volkswagen Group China again reported a new record year with 2.81 million cars delivered to customers in mainland China and Hong Kong. With a growth rate of 24.5 percent compared with last year, VGC again succeeded in defending its leading position in the passenger car market.


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