GM are not going to let VW take the leadership so easily, you will see more models from both marques and possibly more discounting.
source: Gasgoo.comJanuary 11, 2008 – Volkswagen has sold 910,491 vehicles in Chinese market in 2007, up 28 percent from the previous year’s 700,000, Volkswagen China announced yesterday.
In 2007, Volkswagen sold 780,784 units of VW-badge vehicles, including 9,067 imported VW vehicles, up 24 percent from one year earlier. Volkswagen also sold 101,996 units of Audi-badge vehicles, which includes 8,828 imported units, up 25 percent from one year earlier.
FAW-VW sold 459,359 vehicles in 2007, of which Jetta alone accounts for 43.49 percent of the total volume. Despite the rising sales, Jetta and Audi were also the main contributors to FAW-VW's profit gains.
Shanghai VW comes as the third biggest seller in Chinese market, which sold 436,343 vehicles in 2007. Four models, Passat, Santana, Santana 3000, Polo represent 91.07 percent of its total sales.
"VW is confident to sell one million vehicles in 2008,” said Dr. Winfried Vahland, President and CEO of Volkswagen China.
source: Gasgoo.comJanuary 16, 2008 - German auto giant Volkswagen announced recently its sales in China mainland hit a record high of 910,491 vehicles in 2007, up 28 percent from 2006, Xinhua News Agency reported.
Volkwagen's sales in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) has exceed its sales in home market, which means China has become the largest market for Volkswagen worldwide, the report said.
VW China president Winfried Vahland said VW aims to sell one million vehicles in China in 2008. Currently, the German automaker holds 18 percent of Chinese passenger market.
Winfried Vahland also promised the Chinese government that all the major models produced by its two joint ventures, Shanghai VW and FAW-VW, will reduce fuel consumptions and tailpipe emissions by at least 20 percent by the end of 2010.
Globally Volkswagen's unit sales for 2007 rose 7.9 pct year-on-year to 6.189 million. In Germany, it sold 1.06 mln vehicles, down 4.8 pct year-on-year.
source: Gasgoo.comMarch 17, 2008 - The world's fourth-largest carmaker Volkswagen said that its annual profit reached 294 million euros ($458 million) in China last year, up 172.22 percent compared with 108 million euros achieved one year earlier.
"We will continue to expand our product line and launch more models that can meet varying demands from different markets," said Martin Winterkorn, CEO of VW.
Volkswagen, through its joint venture with FAW and SAIC, sold a total of 920,489 vehicles in the Chinese market in 2007, up 33 percent from the previous year.
http://news.chinacars.com/kuaixun/kuaixun/367138.shtmlJuly 18, 2008 - As 2008 Beijing Olympic Games automobile partners, the Volkswagen Group (China) and Shanghai Volkswagen Co., Ltd., FAW-VW Automobile Co., Ltd. jointly announced on July 16 in Beijing that 5,000 official Olympic vehicles have been delivered to the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee.
The 5,000 official Olympic vehicles are all carry the unique Olympics car sticker that has been especially designed for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Plans for the official Olympic vehicle were launched in January 2007. In order to ensure efficient and secure vehicles, Volkswagen has implemented rigorous monitoring and service standards in every aspect of production, logistics and transfer; and has tested every vehicle.
Source: ReutersFRANKFURT, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Volkswagen VOWG.DE commercial vehicles head Stephan Schaller:
* Says to raise prices in Europe due to raw material costs, timing unclear
* Says aims to sell more units in 2009, difficult to give specific forecast
* Says seeking partner to enter Chinese market
* Says discussing purchasing synergies with Scania SCVb.ST sees industrial logic to cooperating with MAN MANG.DE too
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February 27, 2009 - from Gasgoo.com
As part of its newly issued 10-year China market strategy, Volkswagen AG said its two Chinese ventures Shanghai VW and FAW VW will produce at least 10 new models in the 2009-2010 period, and will launch four models each year by 2018, xinhuanet.com reported today.
By the end of 2010, FAW VW will launch four all-new models including the 6th-generation Golf model and Magotan 1.4TSI model, and its long-awaited Audi Q5 will come to the market by November this year.
Meanwhile, Shanghai VW will release its new Passat, Tiguan SUV and VW NMS (Volkswagen New Midsize Sedan). As the youngest Volkswagen brand in China, Skoda will have its Superb and new Octavia models made in Shanghai VW and put to market by 2010.
The power-train strategy driven by Volkswagen's world-leading TSI and DSG technologies will also be applied to the new models made in FAW VW and Shanghai VW, aiming to cut the fuel consumption of all China-made VW cars by at least 20%.
German auto giant Volkswagen AG announced in Beijing yesterday that it has planned to double its annual vehicle sales in China to 2 million units by 2018 and also to double its Chinese dealerships to 2,000 in the same period.
Volkswagen has 19% market share in China now, compared to 12% for GM and 7% for Toyota. Volkswagen and Toyota have bigger potential in the Chinese market than other global carmakers, experts said.