Category Archives: Volkswagen

Spyshots of SAIC-Volkswagen Teramont SUV


To cash in on China’s red hot SUV market, Volkswagen plans to roll out the Teramont through its two local joint ventures, with FAW and SAIC. The version from FAW-Volkswagen, under heavy camouflage, has been spotted several times around its plant in Foshan, Guangdong. Today we get a clear view of the SAIC-Volkswagen version. The […]

Best-selling New Cars in May 2016

According to China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), automakers in the country delivered 1,731,000 sedans (two- or three-box), SUVs, and MPVs last month, 13.6% more than May 2015. In the first five months of 2016, the Chinese passenger car market expanded 9.6% to 8.9 million units. The joint venture of FAW and Volkswagen sold 150,275 units […]

FAW-Volkswagen Showcases Carely EV

carely ev

At the green auto show currently underway at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, Volkswagen and its partner FAW have unveiled the "Carely" EV, derived from the Bora compact sedan (a local version of Jetta). It is the first time that the China-only brand has made a public appearance. We have known since mid-2011 […]

Shanghai Volkswagen launched China-made Skoda Yeti


The joint venture of SAIC and Volkswagen unwrapped the locally-built Skoda Yeti at the 2013 Chengdu Motor Show, which opened on August 30. Compared with the current imported model, the show car has an extended wheelbase of 2638mm and a stance slightly longer and lower. Modifications in exterior styling are largely limited to two places–the […]

Shanghai Volkswagen Opened Xinjiang Plant


On August 29 the SAIC-Volkswagen alliance started production at its first vehicle plant in western China as the inaugural car, a Santana compact, rolled off line in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Located in Urumqi Economic & Technological Development Zone (Touhetun District), the Xinjiang plant is Shanghai-Volkswagen’s sixth production base and the […]

FAW-Volkswagen to Release Bare-bones Jetta

faw-vw jetta with bare essentials

The joint venture of First Auto Works (FAW) and Volkswagen was exposed road-testing a stripped-down version of its Jetta compact (a derivative of the PQ25 platform and not the sixth-gen "Jetta" based on the PQ35), which would lower the starting price of the popular sedan to around 70,000 Yuan (US$11,400). FAW-VW Jetta, an all-time best-seller […]

VW Gran Lavida: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

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Lavida, the best-selling Volkswagen model in China in recent months, is expected to defend its leading position with the release of new variants. The nameplate aims to deliver nearly 400,000 units this year, up from 246,687 in 2012. That increase alone exceeds Shanghai-Volkswagen’s overall target of gaining about 100,000 in 2013 sales. The feat is […]

Skoda Rapid Goes on Sale, Priced from 79,900 Yuan

chinese-made skoda rapid

The collection of Chinese-built Skodas officially increased to four items on April 18 as Shanghai-Volkswagen (SVW) released the Rapid. Available in three trim levels–Active, Ambition, and Elegand, the compact sedan is priced between 79,900-116,900 Yuan (US$12,927-18,927), and thus noticeably cheaper than its two siblings, the re-designed Jetta from FAW-Volkswagen and Santana from SVW. Built on […]

FAW-VW Starts Rolling out EA211 Engines in Chengdu

dr. unser and an tiecheng, from faw-vw, unveil ea211 engine built in chengdu

On April 9 the joint venture of FAW-Volkswagen marked the launch of its new engine plant in Chengdu, Sichuan. Occupying a land of 160,000 square meters in the Chengdu Economic & Technological Development Zone, the plant employs 900 people to build mainly EA211 engines. It has the capacity to roll out 450,000 units a year. […]

FAW-VW Ready to Launch Sagitar GLI

vw sagitar

Two years after its world premiere, the sport variant of the sixth-gen Jetta finally gets ready to meet audiences in China. Built at FAW-VW’s Chengdu factory and called Sagitar GLI, the local sedan version of Golf GTI is scheduled to launch at next month’s Shanghai auto show and go on sale around May/June. While it […]

FAW-VW to Roll out Golf Mk7 and Audi A3 in Foshan


The joint venture between FAW and Volkswagen will open its vehicle plant in Foshan, Guangdong, in August as planned, and the first model to roll off the line there will be the seventh-gen Golf (Golf Mk7), according to An Tiecheng, the company’s General Manager. Towards the year end, the Foshan plant will start producing Audi […]

FAW-VW Jetta Gets First Redesign in 22 Years


Like Shanghai-Volkswagen Santana, the Jetta from FAW-Volkswagen is both a hero and a mark of disgrace for the Chinese auto industry, loved and hated by many. The two accomplished something extraordinary by making cars affordable to millions. And yet, by dominating the market for over 20 years with outdated technology and design from the 1980s, […]

SAIC Sales Rose 12% to 4.49 Million in 2012

The subsidiaries and joint ventures of SAIC (Shanghai Auto) delivered a total of 4,490,211 vehicles last year, 12% more than 2011, data from the auto group show. 90% of the sales were accomplished by three ventures: SAIC-GM-Wuling (1,458,188), Shanghai-GM (1,392,658), and Shanghai-Volkswagen (1,280,008). SAIC’s own passenger car division, which operates the MG and Roewe brands, […]

Heizmann’s PR crisis: VW China vs. Li Anding

By Wayne Xing Reproduced from The newly appointed CEO of Volkswagen Group China ran into a major PR crisis last week after veteran automotive journalist Li Anding published on November 28 a blog titled “Volkswagen’s ‘PR gate’ – a memo for Heizmann.” (see Insert) In his blog on, Li claimed that Heizmann’s decision to […]