The German automotive group has just announced it has opened a new assembly facility in Ningbo, southeast China, tasked to manufacture up to 300,000 cars annually.
The factory will start assembling the mid-sized Skoda Superb first and will rely on a workforce of 5,700 employees. The 16th plant of the German Group in China should later on begin manufacturing of several other Volkswagen brand and Skoda models jointly developed and built on the company’s new MQB modular transverse platform.
“This new, state-of-the-art factory is further proof of the Volkswagen Group’s comprehensive commitment in China,” said Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Group.
The facility will be run by VW’s joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp., which also has assembly facilities in Anting, Nanjing, Yizheng and Urumqi. A sixth assembly plant in Changsha in south central China is due for completion in 2015. Volkswagen also works in China through a joint venture with China’s FAW Group. The automaker’s two Chinese partnerships now expect to increase annual production to 4 million vehicles by 2018.
Via Automotive News Europe