The Volkswagen Group and its joint venture FAW-Volkswagen inaugurated the new vehicle production plant in Foshan, Guangdong province. First-stage production capacity is 300,000 vehicles per year. It is planned to double capacity in the medium-term. The first vehicle to leave the assembly line in Foshan is a seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf.
The Foshan facility was the first car factory in China to receive a Triple-Star Green Building Award, the highest state award available for environmentally compatible factory design. 100 percent of the plant’s wastewater is treated and reused, almost 90% of the waste and packaging material from the production process is recycled. Like all Volkswagen plants in China, Foshan has been certified to the ISO 14001 standard. The new factory ranks as one of the most environmentally-friendly car manufacturing plants in China.
The Audi A3 will also be built in Foshan from the end of 2013. The Foshan plant is the first production facility in China based on the modular transverse toolkit (MQB) and can simultaneously build Volkswagen and Audi models. It is planned to double capacity at the plant in the medium term.
China is the Volkswagen Group’s largest sales market worldwide. In 2012, the company delivered more than 2.81 million vehicles to customers in the country. In the first eight months of this year, deliveries rose by 17.9% compared with the comparable prior-year period to 2.05 million vehicles.
FAW-Volkswagen already operates two vehicle production plants, one in Changchun and one in Chengdu. The Volkswagen Group is building four more plants in China this year and over the next few years. By 2018, the number of employees will have increased from the present 75,000 to 100,000, and annual production capacity will have risen from around 2.6 million to more than 4 million.