In China – and even all over the world – there is strengthening demand for SUVs in the market. To meet growing demands, Volkswagen has opened a new plant located in Tianjin, China. The new production facility will produce SUV models not only for the Volkswagen brand but also for Audi, expanding the VW Group's production capability in the region. They will also be producing plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) variants of these SUVs.
“Together with the Volkswagen FAW Platform Tianjin Branch, the FAW-Volkswagen Tianjin plant is an important cornerstone of Volkswagen Group China’s localization strategy in China. I am also very proud of our great progress in green production and synergy processes, for which these two new facilities stand,” said Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, president and CEO of VW Group China.
The FAW-Volkswagen plant is said to have a daily production capacity of 1,200 units. Annually, Volkswagen's latest plant can churn out 300,000 SUVs. It is also located near the Volkswagen FAW Platform Tianjin branch and Volkswagen Automatic Transmission Plant Tianjin to reduce delivery times.
“With 23 months completion time, the factory has set a new construction record. Efficient cost and investment management before and during development was a key factor. This success is also based on our diversity: Chinese managers and Volkswagen colleagues from six different countries ensured expertise with a global and local perspective in the plant management,” said Dr. Jürgen Unser, Vice President and Board Member of FAW-Volkswagen.
Some of the SUVs currently being produced by the VW Group in China include the Audi Q3, Q5, and the Volkswagen T-Roc, Tiguan (both old and new models are still offered in country), and the Teramont (Atlas in the USA). Currently, almost all of Volkswagen Philippines' model line up come from China as well. It is possible that the China-produced T-Roc and other SUV could also be offered locally.