May 29, 2012 by Joey Wang
Shanghai-Volkswagen started work on a new factory in Xinjiang Province. The central Chinese government wants to develop the far and barren area and the one thing they need most is work for the restive local population. For work, they need investment but many private Chinese companies don’t want to go, fearing obstacles ranging from security issues to language-problems.
State-owned companies however can be forced to go, and this is where Shanghai-Volkswagen comes in. Rumors-that-are-likely-to-be-true say the joint venture didn’t have a choice than to built the factory. Well, let’s say it was a politically smart idea to do it… Capacity will be only 50.000 cars a year in 2014. Read on for a report from China’s state media:
August 7, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
Automakers find out they can sell cars in the remote and barren Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, better known as ‘Xinjiang Province’. They indeed go very far for profits. Read on:
URUMQI – Both domestic and foreign auto brands are expanding their sales networks in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region to meet increasing demand locally and to make Urumqi, the region’s capital, a key future market for auto companies.On Aug 3, the first day of the Xinjiang International Auto Expo, more than 1,200 cars were either sold or ordered.