China is largest VW Group market with sales expected to exceed 3M in 2013
Shanghai-Volkswagen, a joint venture of Volkswagen and SAIC Motor Corporation celebrated its 10 millionth vehicle production milestone on November 15, 2013 with a Volkswagen Tiguan rolling off the line.
The momentous occasion was witnessed by Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China, together with government representatives and managers from Shanghai-Volkswagen and SAIC.
“This milestone is a sign of the tremendous enthusiasm with which millions of customers in China have welcomed vehicles and services from the Volkswagen Group over the course of our successful partnership,” said Prof. Dr. Heizmann in Shanghai.
The achievement comes 30 years after the company rolled produced their first vehicle in Shanghai, a Volkswagen Santana, in April of 1983. More than 4.2 million units of the Santana were produced, comprising nearly half of the total vehicles rolled off the plant. The Santana is a prominent feature on Chinese motorways until this day.
The joint venture Shanghai-Volkswagen currently operates vehicle plants in Anting, Nanjing, Ningbo and Yizheng, Jiangsu province. In addition, production at the plant in Urumqi, Xinjiang region, commenced a few months ago. A further plant in Changsha, south central China, is scheduled for completion in 2015.
China is now the largest sales market for the Volkswagen Group. In 2012, the Group, together with its joint ventures Shanghai-Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, delivered 2.81 million vehicles to customers in China. In the first nine months of this year, sales grew by 18 percent compared with the corresponding period of the previous year, reaching about 2.36 million vehicles.