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Hello everyone interested in Volkswagens history with JV Partner FAW.
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History from http://www.faw.com/international/volkswagen.jsp

Landmarks from http://www.faw.com/international/volkswagen2.jsp

HISTORY
FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd. is a large-scale joint venture passenger car manufacturer of FAW Group
Corporation and Volkswagen AG, with share investments of 60% and 40% respectively. Volkswagen's 40% investment is divided between Volkswagen AG (20%), Audi AG (10%), and Volkswagen Automobile (China) Investment Co., Ltd. (10%).

FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd. was established in 1991, with the first Jetta automobile rolling off the assembly line on December 5 of that year. Audi AG became a member of the partnership in 1995, and full scale
production commenced in July of 1996. Official government approval for the 150,000 annual unit project was received in 1997.

The company covers an area of 1.16 million square meters with a total investment of 11.13 billion Yuan and
registered capital of 3.71 billion Yuan.

Following 10 years of continuous construction and development, the product offerings of FAW-Volkswagen have extended from the Jetta sedan to include the Bora (Jetta in U.S.), Golf, Audi A4, and A6. Production capability has reached an annual output level of 330,000 vehicles, 300,000 engines, and 180,000 transmissions.

On July 1, 2003, the board of directors of FAW-VW Automobile Co., Ltd. approved the construction of FAW-Volkswagen's Plant II, while simultaneously increasing the total investment from 11.13 billion Yuan to 23.435 billion Yuan (US $2.8 billion) with a registered capital increase from 3.71 billion Yuan to 7.812 billion Yuan (US $945 million). At present, 350,000 square meters of Plant II's 660,000 square meter design has been completed.

Plant II will consist of 4 production areas, including stamping, welding and sub-assembly, painting and sub-assembly, and final assembly. Production will be focused on new PQ35 platform which includes the Bora V,
Golf V, and recently announced Caddy MPV. The first Changchun-produced Caddy prototype was completed on July 1st of 2004, with pre-production commencing October 12, 2004.
 

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FAW-VW History and Landmarks Part 2

Hello everyone interested in Volkswagens history with JV Partner FAW.
I've compiled info from:

History from http://www.faw.com/international/volkswagen.jsp

Landmarks from http://www.faw.com/international/volkswagen2.jsp

LANDMARKS

11/01/1991 The first CKD Volkswagen Model A2 Jetta was assembled on the welding and sub-assembly line of FAW-Volkswagen.

12/05/1991 The first Volkswagen Jetta A2 rolled off the assembly line.

02/17/1992 The ceremony honoring the 10,000th Jetta to drive off the production line was held at Plant I.

07/01/1992 The construction of the final assembly line of FAW-VW Company was completed and put into production, immediately producing the first SKD Jetta sedan.

09/30/1995 FAW-Volkswagen held the ceremony to celebrate the launch of localized body manufacture and painting at Plant I, signifying the beginning of full local production.

10/16/1995 FAW-Volkswagen held a memorial ceremony in honor of SKD production at Plant I.

04/01/1996 The assembly line for the Audi C3V6 car was established in Final Assembly Plant.

05/20/1996 The first Audi 200 car drove off the assembly line.

07/15/1996 The first 20-valve high-performance Volkswagen engines were equipped in trial production Jettas at Plant I.

08/15/1996 The paint shop and final assembly line successfully initiated mix-feed production.

11/28/1996 The newly revised Jetta, know in China as the Jetta King, began regular production.

01/1997 FAW-Volkswagen began the first export of Changchun-produced product to parent Volkswagen AG in the form 15,000 units of 20-valve engine blocks.

05/20/1997 FAW-Volkswagen held a market preview of the new Jetta King in Beijing.

08/19/1997 Government approval for a 150,000 unit per year expansion was received.

02/12/1998 The first revised Jetta King sedan drove off the assembly line.

03/08/1998 FAW-Volkswagen held a ceremony for the official market launch of the new Jetta King in Beijing.

05/20/1998 The first Audi 200 1.8T car drove off the Final Assembly Shop.

06/23/1998 FAW-Volkswagen held a ceremony for the official market launch of the Audi 200 1.8T luxury sedan at the 5th annual Beijing International Automobile Exhibition.

07/02/1998 FAW-Volkswagen celebrated the occasion of the 10,000th new Jetta sedan to roll off the assembly line.

08/14/1998 The first Jetta King equipped with ABS brake system drove off the assembly line, marking the landmark beginning of ABS into China's mass automobile market.

11/19/1998 The first Jetta AT, equipped with automatic transmission, drove off the assembly line.

01/21/1999 FAW-Volkswagen held the official market launch of the Jetta AT in Beijing.

09/06/1999 FAW-Volkswagen held a ceremony to commemorate the first Audi A6 luxury sedan rolling off the assembly line.

10/20/1999 The first Jetta King equipped with the new 2 valve AEG model fuel injected engine rolled off the assembly line.
 

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FAW-VW History & Landmarks Final Part

Hello everyone interested in Volkswagens history with JV Partner FAW.
I've compiled info from:

History from http://www.faw.com/international/volkswagen.jsp

Landmarks from http://www.faw.com/international/volkswagen2.jsp

12/12/1999 FAW-Volkswagen held a ceremony in Beijing to celebrate the production launch of the AEG-equipped Jetta King sedan.

12/20/1999 FAW-Volkswagen held a ceremony to commemorate the domestic market launch of the Audi A6 on beautiful Hainan Island.

06/21/2000 FAW-VW held a ceremony marking the production launch of the Audi A6 luxury sedan equipped with the powerful 1.8T turbocharged engine.

02/07/2001 The first Jetta King with newly revised interior was produced. On April 16, 2001, FAW-Volkswagen held market launch ceremonies in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Zhuhai.

08/23/2001 FAW-Volkswagen held an exciting ceremony to celebrate the first Bora sedan rolling off the assembly line.

10/24/2001The 2001 Audi A6 luxury sedan with technical refinements was put into the market.

2001 FAW-Volkswagen exceeded production and sales quotas for the year with the whole-year production at 133,388 and sales of 130,760.

02/01/2002 FAW-Volkswagen held a ceremony marking the 500,000th automobile to drive off the assembly line.

04/03/2002 FAW-Volkswagen held a market launch ceremony for the new dual-airbag equipped Jetta in Beijing.

05/2002 The monthly sales figure for Bora sedans surpassed 3,000 units while that of the Jetta exceeded 10,000.

05/08/2002 The 1.6L Bora sedan rolled off the assembly line. The l.6L Bora sedan also was center stage on the FAW-Volkswagen display at the 7th annual Beijing International Automobile Exhibition to promote its domestic market launch.

06/06/2002 The prototype FAW-Volkswagen SDI diesel-powered Jetta sedan was prominently displayed at the 7th annual Beijing International Automobile Exhibition.

06/13/2002 The logistics arm of FAW-Volkswagen moved forward with electronic information automation.

07/2002 The monthly sales figure for FAW-Volkswagen exceeded 20,000 units.

08/2002 FAW-Volkswagen vehicles ranked first in private car sales.

09/06/2002 A ceremony was held in the beautiful northern city of Dalian to mark the launch of the multitronic transmission-equipped A6. The multitronic is a revolutionary "stepless" six speed automatic transmission that retains a manual mode for flawless performance with out compromise.

10/12/2002 The Jetta SDI diesel was formally placed into production.

10/25/2002 Production output and retail sales figures for the Jetta surpassed 100,000 units.

11/08/2002 The newly revised Audi A6 began production with no less than 23 improvements to maintain its undisputed lead in China's luxury car market. Simultaneously, the formal market launch ceremony was held on Hainan Island.

12/30/2002 The annual sales figure of FAW-Volkswagen produced automobiles rolled past the 200,000 level.

02/26/2003 The new Durr "RoDip" paint line was installed and put into operation at Plant I.

03/01/2003 The daily output figure of FAW-Volkswagen broke through the 1,000 unit level.

04/08/2003 FAW-Volkswagen held the domestic product launch ceremony for the Audi A4 at Shanghai.

04/09/2003 The first Golf hatchback prototype was produced at FAW-Volkswagen.

04/29/2003 The transmission production of FAW-VW surpassed the 500,000 unit mark.

05/15/2003 The high performance turbocharged Bora 1.8T was market launched.

07/15/2003 FAW-Volkswagen held the stone laying ceremony for Plant II.

07/15/2003 FAW-Volkwagen held a ceremony to commemorate the beginning of Golf hatchback production.

07/30/2003 The daily figure of FAW-Volkswagen broke through the 1,100 unit level.

07/30/2003Monthly Bora sales reached 6,000 units while Audi surpassed the 5,000 level.

11/29/2003 FAW-Volkswagen realized a monthly output level of 30,000 automobiles.

12/19/2003 FAW-Volkswagen held a ceremony to celebrate production of the first new Audi A4 (B6 chassis) to roll off the assembly line.

01/07/2004 The 1,000,000th car drove off theassembly line of FAW-Volkswagen.

02/26/2004 FAW-Volkswagen held a ceremony in Xiamen for the launch of the Bora TDI turbo-diesel sedan into the domestic market.

02/28/2004 The 1,000,000th engine assembly was completed by the engine shop.

03/25/2004 FAW-Volkswagen held the ceremony in Beijing for the launch of the new third generation Jetta car into the domestic market. First quarter of 2004 FAW-Volkswagen produced 78,000 cars and sold 69,000 cars while solidly maintaining second place in domestic sales.

05/11/2004 Two versions of the Audi A4 equipped with the 2.4 V-6 engine and manual or multitronic transmission were launched into the market.

06/09/2004 The multi-functional Caddy and sporty Bora posed on stage at the 8th annual Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

07/01/2004 The prototype Caddy MPV drove off the assembly line at FAW-Volkswagen's Plant II.

07/15/2004 A ceremony was held to mark the first Changchun-produced Caddy body at the welding and subassembly shop of FAW-Volkswagen.

07/2004 The total sales for the month reached 22,155 cars including Jetta sales of 13,542 cars, maintaining first place for a single domestic brand.

08/2004 Thirty Audi A6 luxury sedans were exported to Southeast Asia, setting a record for being the first luxury sedan to be exported from China.

08/20/2004 FAW-Volkswagen held a ceremony in Qinhai Province for the launch of the Audi A6 TDI with the new direct injection turbocharged diesel engine.

08/2004 FAW-Volkswagen maintained a month-to-month sales increase with the sale of 23,319 passenger cars in August.

09/06/2004 In the off road challenge to drive a thousand miles in remote barren countryside with one tank of fuel, sponsored by Sina Network, Automobile Business Affairs Network, Cool Car Zone, and Friends of Automobiles, taxi driver Tong Yunming drove a Jetta SDI diesel from Guayong city to create an impressive record of driving 1,952 kilometers with one tank of fuel.

09/18/2004 FAW-Volkswagen sold 280 Bora TDI diesel sedans into service with the Hanchou taxi fleet.

01-09/2004 FAW-Volkswagen diesel car sales reached 7,000 units.

10/12/2004 Plant II of FAW-Volkswagen initiated serial production of the Caddy MPV.
 
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