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Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd.
Type Joint venture
Founded 1984
Headquarters Anting, Shanghai,  People's Republic of China
Area served China
Industry Automotive industry
Products Cars/Automobiles, engines
Parent 50%: Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation,
40%: Volkswagen AG,
10%: Volkswagen (China) Invest
Website Shanghai Volkswagen

Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd. (SVW,


) is a joint venture company between Volkswagen Group and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) established in 1984. The company is headquartered in Anting International Auto City, northwest of Shanghai city, in China.

The joint venture is made up of equity from (as of 2008) - Volkswagen AG (40%), Volkswagen (China) Invest (10%), SAIC (50%), with a fixed-term venture for 45 years. It will run until 2030.[1] SVW produces cars under the Volkswagen and Škoda[2] marques.

It has an annual production of 500 000 automobiles. In 2009 the production output was nearly 700 000 cars.


SVW was formed in 1984, as a joint venture between Volkswagern and SAIC. This was a 25-year contract to make passenger cars in Shanghai with a limit of 50 per cent foreign ownership.[3]

SVW Shanghai plant was by the far the winner among all new JVs, as it produced cars that could function as taxis, vehicles for government officials and transport for the newly emerging business elite. As car imports fell to some 34,000 in 1990, Shanghai-Volkswagen’s (SVW’s) production of its Santana models reached nearly 19,000 vehicles that year. By 1993, SVW’s output had reached 100,000 vehicles. Volkswagen was aided by some Shanghai municipal efforts. Various restrictions on engine size, as well as incentives to city taxi companies, helped ensure a safe market in the company’s relatively wealthy home arena. Volkswagen also encouraged its foreign parts suppliers to create joint ventures in China, and their resulting product helped SVW achieve an 85 per cent local content rate by 1993.[3]

Car production

Automobile/car production started in 1985, and the current manufactured range includes:

  • Volkswagen Polo Mk5 hatchback[4]
  • Volkswagen Lavida[5]
  • Volkswagen Santana B2 (based on Passat B2 saloon and variant)[6]
  • Volkswagen Santana Vista (based on Brazilian Volkswagen Santana 2000)[7]
  • Volkswagen Passat Lingyu (based on LWB version of original Volkswagen Passat Mk5)[8]
  • Volkswagen Passat NMS
  • Volkswagen Touran Phase III[9] (locally revised with a new front look, but the tail keeps the old design)
  • Volkswagen Tiguan (locally revised)
  • Škoda Octavia Mk2 (sedan and sedan RS version)
  • Škoda Fabia Mk2
  • Škoda Superb B6

Former production includes:

  • Volkswagen Gol G3 [10]
  • Volkswagen Santana 2000
  • Volkswagen Santana 3000
  • Volkswagen Passat B5 (LWB) and Lingyu(Version 2005)
  • Volkswagen Polo Mk4, including 5-door hatchback, sedan and crossover
  • Volkswagen Touran Phase I and II

See also


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  1. Shanghai Volkswagen SVW Introduction
  2. Shanghai Volkswagen Škoda in China
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harwit, Eric (2001), "The Impact of WTO Membership on the Automobile Industry in China", The China Quarterly: 655–670, Retrieved on . 
  4. Shanghai Volkswagen Polo
  5. Shanghai Volkswagen Lavida
  6. Shanghai Volkswagen Santana
  7. Shanghai Volkswagen Santana 3000
  8. Shanghai Volkswagen Passat Lingyu
  9. Shanghai Volkswagen Touran
  10. Shanghai Volkswagen Gol

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