Volkswagen announced new environmental goals for China during the inauguration of its new engine plant in Dalian. These goals envisage a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of more than 20% for models built at the plants operated by the two joint ventures—FAW-Volkswagen and Shanghai Volkswagen—by 2010. The new engine plant is designed for an annual production capacity of 300,000 units.
Volkswagen said it intends to become the most environmentally friendly automaker in China with the help of TFSI (Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection) engines (earlier post), new transmissions, lightweight design and unspecified further initiatives.
In addition, the company is currently arranging for the certification of all production sites in China to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.
Shanghai Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen have already been complying with the standard for several years, the FAW-Volkswagen powertrain components plant was certified in February. The company has undertaken to recognize the ISO 14001 environmental management standard and plans to complete certification of all productions plants in China by the end of 2007
As the market leader in China we have an obligation to ensure that growth is compatible with the environment while also keeping ahead of government regulations.—Dr. Winfried Vahland, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China
Audi began making a 1.8-liter version of the direct-injection TFSI engine available in the A3 in January 2007.