News on the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture in China

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Volkswagen Golf is a shiny green low rider in China

July 28, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen Golf is a shiny green low rider in China

A very flashy Volkswagen Golf MK4, Spotted in China in central Beijing just outside the eastern section of the Third Ring Road. The good Volkswagen is wrapped in an eye murdering shiny green wrap, and further sexed up by low riding suspension, a hefty body kit, a black grille, chromed mirrors, and very sporty slick-like tires with five-spoke white alloys.

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Volkswagen Passat CC is white, matte black, an orange in China

July 9, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen Passat CC is white, matte black, an orange in China

A very hip Volkswagen Passat CC, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in Beijing. The good Volkswagen was painted in white and wrapped in carbon-fiber black and gray, and further dressed up with black windows, an orange strip around the windows, an orange strip over the doors, an orange strip under the headlights and grille, a black grille, an orange Volkswagen logo on the grille, and matte gray 10-spoke alloys.

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Audi sales in China up 17.8%

July 8, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Audi sales in China up 17.8%

Audi has achieved new record sales figures in the Chinese car market in the first half of 2014, selling a grand total of 268.666 automobiles. That is an increase of 17.8 percent year on year, making Audi the largest premium car maker in China yet again.

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Volkswagen Golf GTI is a white low rider in China

June 17, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen Golf GTI is a white low rider in China

A very speedy Volkswagen Golf GTI, Spotted in China on a car market just outside the north-eastern section of the Fourth Ring Road in Beijing. The good Volkswagen was painted in virgin white and further porned up with lowered suspension for low riding, a hefty body kit, darkened windows, a partially black grille, a black Volkswagen logo, black mirrors, a black rood, and racy tires with black 7-spoke alloys with red brake pads.

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Volkswagen to add 300.000 cars per year to Foshan plant in China

May 19, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen to add 300.000 cars per year to Foshan plant in China

Volkswagen has started construction of Phase II of the car factory in Foshan city in Guangdong Province. The project will be completed in 2017 and add 300.000 cars to the plant’s production capacity, bringing the total to 600.000 cars per year. Total investment is 15.3 billion yuan or 2.45 billion USD.

The plant is owned and operated by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture and currently manufactures the Volkswagen Golf and the Audi A3 Sportback, soon to be joined by the Audi A3 sedan.

The additional 300.000 cars will bring the total annual production capacity of FAW-Volkswagen to just over two million cars. The factory in Changchun in northeast China has a capacity of 900.000 cars, and the factory in Chengdu can make 540.000 cars per year.

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Volkswagen’s “low-cost” line coming to China in 2017. Branded how?

May 14, 2014 by Bertel Schmitt

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Volkswagen’s supervisory board approved plans for a range of low cost models, and they will be launched in 2017 onto the Chinese market, The Nikkei reports from Volkswagen’s shareholder meeting in Hanover, Germany. CEO Martin Winterkorn said the car will be targeted at first-time car buyers. At a rate of around 60 cars per thousand people in China (USA: more than 800), there is no shortage of first-time buyers in the Middle Kingdom. According to the Nikkei, Winterkorn “did not touch on specifics, such as pricing, he hinted a final decision will be soon made.”

Volkswagen has been thinking more or less aloud about a lower priced brand for several years now, so the decision does not come as a big surprise. The Nikkei, along with the better informed parts of the industry, expect Volkswagen “to keep the price under 7,000 euros ($9,643) and to use a different brand name.”

It will be interesting to see what brand name is used, and the choice will indicate how serious the company is about the budget range. Read more »

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Spy Shots: 2015 Volkswagen Passat B8 is Naked in China

April 29, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: 2015 Volkswagen Passat B8 is Naked in China

The first spy shots in the world showing the 2015 Volkswagen Passat B8 completely naked without any camouflage. The 2015 Volkswagen Passat B8 will have its worldwide debut on the Paris Auto Show in October. The vehicle on the photos is the Chinese version with a ten centimeter longer wheelbase.

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Volkswagen MNC Concept debuts on the Beijing Auto Show

April 22, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Volkswagen MNC Concept debuts on the Beijing Auto Show

The Volkswagen NMC Concept debuted on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, looking like a chili pepper dying to explode. NMC stands for New Midsize Coupe, previewing a new CC model to attack to popular Mercedes-Benz CLA. The production version will be based on the Volkswagen Jetta (called Sagitar in China), standing on the MQB platform.

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Audi A4L is matte blue green in China

April 15, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Audi A4L is matte blue green in China

A very cool Audi A4L sedan, Spotted in China near Terminal 1 of the Beijing Capital Airport. The good Audi is wrapped in a matte blue green wrap and sexed up much further by lowered suspension, racy tires, matte gray ten-spoke alloys, , side skirts, and…

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China-made Audi A3 sedan will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show

April 7, 2014 by Joey Wang

China-made Audi A3 sedan will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show

The China-made Audi A3 sedan will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show later this month and launch on the Chinese auto market in the second half of this year. The Audi A3 sedan is manufactured in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture, alongside the Audi A3 Sportback which was launched last month.

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