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|Founded||6 February 1991|
|Headquarters||Changchun, Jilin, China|
|Products||Cars/Automobiles, engines, transmissions|
|Parent||60%: First Automobile Works
20%: Volkswagen AG
10%: Audi AG
10%: Volkswagen (China) Invest
|FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company Ltd.|
The FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company (informally abbreviated to FAW-VW) was founded on 6 February 1991 as a Chinese joint venture between First Automobile Works (FAW) and Volkswagen Group. Equity holdings are split as follows: Volkswagen AG with 20%, Audi AG has 10%, Volkswagen (China) Invest 10%, and FAW has the remaining 60%.
The headquarters of FAW-VW, which consists of two car plants is located in the south-western fringes of Changchun, Jilin Province, the third car plant has been built in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, the fourth car plant will be built in Foshan, Guangdong Province. FAW-VW is capable of producing the cars based on the platforms of PQ34, PQ35, PQ46 and Audis.
Regarding to the annual production level, FAW-VW announced that the year-on-year production volume exceeded 513,000 units as of 31.07.2009. In 2011, FAW-VW sold just over 1,000,000 automobiles.
On November 20, 1990, the official contract of an annual capacity of 150,000 cars for the joint venture between FAW Group (First Auto World Group) and Volkswagen AG was signed by Geng Zhaojie (耿昭杰), President of FAW and Dr.Carl Hahn, CEO of Volkswagen AG in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. All of the facilities in the first car plant, including the body shop, paint shop and assembly shop came together from the abandoned factory of VW's in Westmoreland, USA the company started its business officially on September 1, 1992.
On July 10, 1996, the engine shop started running.
By July 1996, the company was capable of producing 150,000 cars, 270,000 engines and 180,000 gearboxes in one year.
In 1997 FAW-Volkswagen Sales Company Ltd. was established as a joint venture between FAW-VW and FAW Group with the equity holdings of 50% for each, it was a smart idea of avoiding the Germans to take control of the sales department under the policy of the governing body then. By 2002 FAW-VW took the majority of the equities back from FAW Group.
In 2002 the Jetta became the first mass production passenger car in China to be available with a diesel engine.
On December 7, 2004, FAW-VW's second car plant began operating.
According to the policy from Chinese government, that foreign auto manufactures should develop domestic brands with their local partners, FAW-VW revealed its own brand 'Kaili (开利)' on May 2011.
|1991||January 1, 1996||Lin Ganwei (林敢为)|
|January 1, 1996||January 1, 2002||Lu Linkui (陆林奎)|
|January 1, 2002||January 1, 2006||Qin Huanming (秦焕明)|
|January 1, 2006||present||An Tiecheng (安铁成)|
Automobile production started in December 1991, and the current manufactured range includes:
- Audi A4L Type B8 (2009–present)
- Audi A6L Type C7 (2012–present)
- Audi Q5 (2009–present)
- Audi Q3 (2013–present)
- Volkswagen Bora (2007–present, known as the Volkswagen New Bora until 2010)
- Volkswagen Jetta Night (2013–present)
- Volkswagen Sagitar (2012–present)
- Volkswagen Golf Mk. VI (2009–present)
- Volkswagen Golf GTI (2010–present)
- Volkswagen Magotan Type B7L (2011–present)
- Volkswagen Magotan CC Type 35 (2010–present)
- Volkswagen Magotan Variant Type B7L (2011–present)
- Audi 100 (1992–1999)
- Audi 200 Lang (1996–1999)
- Audi A4 Type B5 (1998–2003)
- Audi A4 Type B6 (2003–2006)
- Audi A4 Type B7 (2006–2009)
- Audi A6 Type C4 (1998–2003)
- Audi A6 Type C5 (2003–2005)
- Audi A6L Type C6 (2005–2012, facelifted in 2009)
- Volkswagen Bora HS (2006–2008) / Volkswagen City Golf (2006–2008) / Volkswagen Golf City (2008–2010)
- Volkswagen Bora (2002–2010) / Volkswagen City Jetta (2006–2009) / Volkswagen Jetta TDI/Classic Edition (2006–2010)
- Volkswagen Caddy (2005–2007)
- Volkswagen Golf Mk. IV (2003–2009)
- Volkswagen Jetta Mk. II (1991–1997)
- Volkswagen Jetta König (1997–2010)
- Volkswagen Jetta Pionier (2010–2013)
- Volkswagen Sagitar Type A5 (2006–2012)
- Volkswagen Magotan Type B6L (2007–2011)
- Volkswagen Variant Type B6 (2010–2011)
Current powertrain range
- RSH 1.6L L4 engine
- EA113 1.6L L4 engine (also for Besturn B50 of FCC)
- EA111 1.4T & 1.6L L4 engine
- 02K 5-speed manual gearbox
- MQ250 5-speed manual gearbox
The following figures including VWs and Audis made by FAW-VW:
- FAW Group corporate website (English)
- FAW website with FAW-VW history (English) & (Chinese)
- FAW website with FAW-VW landmarks (English) & (Chinese)
- FAW-Volkswagen (English)