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Coordinates: 43°50′34″N 125°11′48″E / 43.84278°N 125.19667°E / 43.84278; 125.19667 (FAW-Volkswagen Changchun)

FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company Ltd.
Type Joint venture
Founded 6 February 1991
Headquarters Changchun, Jilin, China
Area served China
Industry Automotive
Products Cars/Automobiles, engines, transmissions
Parent 60%: First Automobile Works
20%: Volkswagen AG
10%: Audi AG
10%: Volkswagen (China) Invest
Website FAW-Volkswagen
FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company Ltd.
Traditional Chinese 一汽-大眾汽車有限公司
Simplified Chinese 一汽-大众汽车有限公司

The FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company (informally abbreviated to FAW-VW) was founded on 6 February 1991 as a Chinese joint venture between First Automobile Works (FAW) and Volkswagen Group.[1] Equity holdings are split as follows: Volkswagen AG with 20%, Audi AG has 10%, Volkswagen (China) Invest 10%, and FAW has the remaining 60%.

The headquarters of FAW-VW, which consists of two car plants is located in the south-western fringes of Changchun, Jilin Province, the third car plant has been built in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, the fourth car plant will be built in Foshan, Guangdong Province. FAW-VW is capable of producing the cars based on the platforms of PQ34, PQ35, PQ46 and Audis.

Regarding to the annual production level, FAW-VW announced that the year-on-year production volume exceeded 513,000 units as of 31.07.2009.[2] In 2011, FAW-VW sold just over 1,000,000 automobiles.

HistoryEdit

On November 20, 1990, the official contract of an annual capacity of 150,000 cars for the joint venture between FAW Group (First Auto World Group) and Volkswagen AG was signed by Geng Zhaojie (耿昭杰), President of FAW and Dr.Carl Hahn, CEO of Volkswagen AG in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing.[3] All of the facilities in the first car plant, including the body shop, paint shop and assembly shop came together from the abandoned factory of VW's in Westmoreland, USA the company started its business officially on September 1, 1992.[3]

On December 5, 1991, the first Volkswagen Jetta Mk2 rolled off the line. Two years later, on February 7, 1993, the 10,000th car rolled off the line.[3]

In 1995 FAW Group, Volkswagen AG and Audi AG decided to integrate Audi to the product line of the joint ventures, the equity holdings were also changed with 60% for FAW, 30% for VW and 10% Audi.[3]

On May 20, 1996, the first Audi 200 rolled off the line.[3]

On July 10, 1996, the engine shop started running.[3]

By July 1996, the company was capable of producing 150,000 cars, 270,000 engines and 180,000 gearboxes in one year.[3]

In 1997 FAW-Volkswagen Sales Company Ltd. was established as a joint venture between FAW-VW and FAW Group with the equity holdings of 50% for each, it was a smart idea of avoiding the Germans to take control of the sales department under the policy of the governing body then. By 2002 FAW-VW took the majority of the equities back from FAW Group.

In 1998 the Jetta König became the first car ever equipped with ABS system in Chinese A-class market.[3]

In 1999 the Jetta was registered in FIA Group N category, it entered a lot of Rally events in China with FRD Sport and Qingyang Racing from late 1990s to early 2000s.

In 2002 the Jetta became the first mass production passenger car in China to be available with a diesel engine.

On January 7, 2004, the 1,000,000 car (a Bora A4) rolled off the line.[3]

On December 7, 2004, FAW-VW's second car plant began operating.[3]

On August 4, 2009, the 3,000,000th car (a Golf A6) rolled off the line in car plant #2.[3]

By 2010 FAW-VW had sold over 1,000,000 Audis (including imported cars) in China. With the celebration, a sculpture named 'Ode to Audi' from Gerry Judah was set at the entry of the company.[3][4]

According to the policy from Chinese government, that foreign auto manufactures should develop domestic brands with their local partners, FAW-VW revealed its own brand 'Kaili (开利)' on May 2011.[5]

On August 15, 2011, FAW-VW celebrated its twentieth anniversary with its one millionth car in 2011 (a Magotan B7L).[6]

LeadershipEdit

FAW-Volkswagen Automotive CO., LTD.
FromToPerson
1991January 1, 1996Lin Ganwei (林敢为)[3]
January 1, 1996January 1, 2002Lu Linkui (陆林奎)[3]
January 1, 2002January 1, 2006Qin Huanming (秦焕明)[3]
January 1, 2006presentAn Tiecheng (安铁成)[3]

ProductsEdit

VWJettaPeking2002Fram

A VW Jetta König in Beijing, China.

Automobile production started in December 1991, and the current manufactured range includes:

Current modelsEdit

Former modelsEdit

Upcoming modelsEdit

Current powertrain rangeEdit

  • RSH 1.6L L4 engine
  • EA113 1.6L L4 engine (also for Besturn B50 of FCC)
  • EA111 1.4T & 1.6L L4 engine
  • 02K 5-speed manual gearbox
  • MQ250 5-speed manual gearbox

SalesEdit

The following figures including VWs and Audis made by FAW-VW:

Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Annual Sales - 7,617 12,500 7,179 18,649 25,441 38,586 62,452 78,755 111,049 130,761 207,858 298,006 300,118 277,527 351,347 455,654 490,965 682,374
Year 2010 2011
Annual Sales 858,697 1,018,888

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External linksEdit

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