Category Archives: Volkswagen

VW Seeks 49% of Foshan Factory, to Build Audi Q3, Golf 7, and Kaili EV

With construction underway on FAW-VW’s vehicle factory in the Nanhai district of Foshan, Guangdong, the German side of the joint venture is looking to increase its holding in the new manufacturing enterprise to 49% from 40%, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The 8-billion-Yuan factory, designed to open in 2014 and […]

FAW-VW to Launch “Kaili” Brand EV

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The latest bulletin of upcoming new vehicles from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology reveals that FAW-Volkswagen is preparing to release an all-electric car, coded FV7002, under the new, China-only brand "Kaili." Several sino-foreign joint ventures (GAC-Honda, Dongfeng-Honda, Dongfeng-Nissan, SGMW, etc.) have launched or plan to launch marques specifically for the Chinese market, partly […]

Shanghai-VW New Passat (NMS) Goes on Sale for $33,500-$47,600

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The joint venture of SAIC and Volkswagen announced today the release of "New Passat," previously known as New Midsize Sedan (NMS), available in six versions of three engines options: 1.8TSI, 2.0TSI, and 3.0 V6. Priced between 218,800 Yuan ($33,500) and 310,800 Yuan ($47,600), it will be on the new car market alongside the Shanghai-VW Passat-Lingyu, […]

Owner Smashes Lamborghini Gallardo to Get Service

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The Jasmine Revolution has failed to blossom in China, but March 15, the "Consumer Rights Day" here, saw some real street action. A dissatisfied Lamborghini Gallardo owner in Qingdao, Shandong, vented his angry by having the luxury car publicly pulverized. And thanks to "Weibo" ("microblog" in Chinese), he is quickly gaining the attention he had […]

FAW Besturn Changes Logo, Road Tests B30, B90

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Realigning products from its sprawling divisions, FAW (First Auto Works) replaces the "1"-number logo (seen in the first picture below) on Besturn sedans with the "eagle" emblem (in the second picture below) found on other small FAW cars like those from Tianjin Xiali and FAW Jilin. So now vehicles of FAW’s own brands are re-grouped […]

China Accounted for 1/3 of Global Sales of Volkswagen-brand Vehicles in 2010

Volkswagen AG (VOW.XE) reports today that consumers in mainland China and Hong Kong bought over 1.51 million Volkswagen-brand vehicles last year, 35% more than 2009, as global deliveries grew 14% to 4.5 million units. China Sales of vehicles of all the marques owned by Volkswagen AG gained 37% to 1.92 million units, including 227,938 Audis […]

SAIC Sold Record 3.58 Million Vehicles in 2010

Shanghai Automotive Industry Co. (SAIC) reports today record annual sales of 3.58 million new vehicles for 2010, up 31.5% from 2009. The number includes 2.279 million passenger cars (up 41.9%) and 1.304 million commercial vehicles (up 16.6%). Deliveries of the brands it fully owns, including Roewe and MG, increased 77% to 160,000 units, but still […]

“Hall of Shame 2010”

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Posting world-record annual sales of over 18 million new vehicles, the auto industry in China is in a self-congratulatory mood looking back at 2010. Yet signs abound that this rapid growth in size is not equal to progress in strength or health. 1. Shanghai GM, which sold most cars among all automakers in China, tops […]

2010 Sales of Shanghai-Volkswagen Topped 1 Million Units, Skoda 200,000

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Sales of Shanghai-VW, one of VW’s two main ventures in China, topped 1 million units in 2010, including over 800,000 VW-brand and 200,089 Skoda-brand cars. In 2009, the company sold 728,000 units, of which 600,000 are of the VW-brand, 123,456 of Skoda. The joint venture’s best selling model, Lavida, delivered about 250,000 units; the Tiguan […]

Shanghai-VW to Roll Out Skoda Yeti in 2013

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Skoda Auto and Shanghai-Volkswagen jointly announced on Dec. 10 that the Chinese-built Yeti compact SUV will be launched in 2013. It will be the fourth Skoda model to roll out of Volkswagen’s Shanghai factory, following Octavia, Fabia and Superb. With a 2578mm wheelbase, Yeti shares the PQ35 platform with VW Tiguan, Skoda Superb, and VW […]

CPCA: Nov. Passenger Vehicle Sales Jumped 27% to 1.28 Million, Shanghai-GM and -VW Continuing to Lead

China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) reports on Tuesday that consumers in mainland China bought 1,281,145 passenger vehicles last month, 10.5% more than October and 27% more than a year earlier. The number includes 888,870 sedans, 220,704 microvans, 129,962 SUVs, and 41,609 MPVs. SUV and MPV markets continued to outperform, gaining 77.3% and 50.9%, respectively, on […]

China Became Skoda’s Largest Market

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Three short years after Shanghai-Volkswagen released the first Skoda car in China, an Octavia, the country has become the Czech automaker’s largest market, accounting for over 23% of its worldwide sales so far this year. The three Skoda models currently built in China–Octavia, Superb, and Fabia–delivered a total of 83,234 units in the first half […]