The German group has just announced it has opened a new assembly plant in Ningbo, in southeast China, which will produce up to 300,000 vehicles annually.
The plant will initially assemble the mid-sized Skoda Superb and will have a workforce of 5,700 employees. The 16th factory of the Group in China should later on add to its production roster the Volkswagen brand and Skoda vehicles built on the company’s 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 plants in Anting, Nanjing, Yizheng and Urumqi. A sixth assembly plant in Changsha in south central China will be completed in 2015.
Volkswagen also has a joint venture with China FAW Group. The automaker’s two Chinese partnerships expect to boost annual production to 4 million vehicles in 2018.
Via Automotive News Europe
by Aurel Niculescu
) - Monday, October 28th, 2013 - filed under Industry
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