Audi announced its second plant in China will open in 2013 in Foshan and will build the next generation A3.
The FAW-VW joint venture, in which Audi has an interest together with its Chinese partner FAW and Volkswagen, is currently setting up a full production facility in Foshan, southern China, on a site covering 100 hectares that will include a press shop, body shop, paint shop and assembly line.
Opening in 2013, the factory will employ around 4,000 people and will increase Audi’s production capacity in China to 700,000 units. The FAW-VW joint venture will invest around €3 billion in China in products, production and sales of the Audi brand in the next five years.
The Foshan plant will be Audi’s second facility in China, after the north Chinese city of Changchun where Audi has been present for more than 20 years. Audi builds there long-wheelbase versions of the Audi A4 and Audi A6, as well as the Audi Q5.
Production capacity in Changchun will increase to between 500,000 and 550,000 cars in the next few years, with a production volume of around 150,000 to 200,000 cars planned for Foshan. This means that both plants together will have a potential of up to 700,000 cars a year. The Foshan plant will build a new member of the Audi A3 family, the sedan version.