FAW-VW Chengdu Expects to Make 600,000 Sedans This Year

Authors: Go Chengdu

2014-09-05

The Chengdu base is now using its full capacity and aims to produce 600,000 vehicles this year, according to Zhang Pijie, general manager of FAW-Volkswagen.
On July 5, German chancellor Angela Merkel started her latest three-day China visit in Chengdu. On the next day, Merkel visited the FAW-Volkswagen Chengdu production plant, a joint venture between China FAW Group Corporation and Volkswagen AG, which is located in eastern Chengdu’s Longquanyi District and 12 km away from the city’s downtown. “Chancellor Merkel's visit is helpful for the long-term development of both Chinese and German companies. We are confident in deepening the cooperation between the China FAW Group Corporation and Volkswagen AG and creating a bright future for the partnership," said Xu Jianyi, Chairman of the China FAW Group Corporation.
In the plant, Merkel noticed the “made-in-Chengdu ” new Jatta and Sagitar sedans, which are the factory's star products. She sat in a Jetta sedan and asked questions about the car. Jochem Heizmann, a Volkswagen Group board member and president and CEO of the Volkswagen Group China, introduced the new car to Merkel beside the car.
"Compared with the cars from Garman factories, she gave a high praise to the quality of the cars manufactured in Chengdu,” said Mr. Heizmann.
FAW-Volkswagen has opened three production bases in China, including those respectively in northeastern region’s Changchun, southern region’s Foshan and western region’s Chengdu.
Sichuan Province is attracting more automakers to manufacture and assemble vehicles in order to meet the growing demand in China's western market. The Chengdu Economic and Technological Development Zone in Longquanyi District has become an important production base for FAW-Volkswagen, FAW-Toyota, Volvo and Geely.
The output of finished vehicles in FAW-Volkswagen's Chengdu base hit 1 million units in April.
Juergan Unser, vice-president and board member of FAW-Volkswagen, called the fact that the Chengdu factory had produced 1 million vehicles within three years "another China miracle".
The FAW-Volkswagen joint venture was established in Chengdu in 2009. Its first car rolled off the assembly line in 2011. As FAW-Volkswagen’s third base after its headquarters in Changchun and production base in Foshan, the Chengdu plant is now in full operation after its third phase was completed in 2013. It primarily produces A-class high-end vehicles, new Jatta sedans and new Sagitar sedans.
The Chengdu base is now using its full capacity and aims to produce 600,000 vehicles this year, according to Zhang Pijie, general manager of FAW-Volkswagen.

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