FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd. (FAW-VW) is a joint venture between FAW Group and Volkswagen Group which manufactures Audi and Volkswagen marque passenger cars for sale in China. Ownership of the company is: FAW – 51%, Volkswagen AG – 20%, Audi AG – 10%, and Volkswagen (China) Invest – 19%. FAW-VW was founded on 6 February 1991.
FAW-VW is headquartered in the south-western fringes of Changchun, Jilin Province, where it also has two vehicle assembly plants. It has an additional assembly plant in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, and a fourth plant is under construction in Foshan, Guangdong Province. FAW-VW is capable of producing the cars based on the platforms of PQ34, PQ35 and PQ46.
FAW-VW's year-on-year production volume exceeded 513,000 units as of 31 July 2009. In 2011, FAW-VW sold just over 1,000,000 automobiles.
On November 20, 1990, the official contract of an annual capacity of 150,000 cars for the joint venture between FAW Group (First Automotive Works Group) and Volkswagen AG was signed by Geng Zhaojie (耿昭杰), President of FAW and Dr. Carl Hahn, CEO of Volkswagen AG in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. All of the facilities in the first car plant, including the body shop, paint shop and assembly shop came together from the abandoned factory of VW's in Westmoreland, USA. The company started its business officially on September 1, 1992.
By July 1996, the company was capable of producing 150,000 cars, 270,000 engines and 180,000 gearboxes in one year.
In 1997 FAW-Volkswagen Sales Company Ltd. was established as a joint venture between FAW-VW and FAW Group with the equity holdings of 50% for each, it was a smart idea of avoiding the Germans to take control of the sales department under the policy of the governing body then. By 2002 FAW-VW took the majority of the equities back from FAW Group.
In 2002 the Jetta became the first mass production passenger car in China to be available with a diesel engine.
On December 7, 2004, FAW-VW's second car plant began operating.
According to Chinese government policy, foreign auto manufactures should develop domestic brands with their local partners. Thus FAW-VW revealed its own brand 'Kaili (开利)' in May 2011.
November 2016: Changchun FAW-VW agency workers organize and file a report on unfair labor conditions to the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)
December 2016-January 2017: With the intervention of Changchun ACFTU, worker representatives engage in two collective bargaining sessions with FAW-VW and Hongxin Youye (one of the employment agencies). The two CB sessions don’t seem to have yielded any outcomes.
January–February 2017: Over one thousand FAW-VW agency workers present their case to the district’s labor arbitration committee, they get no official reply
February 2017: Agency workers present their cases to court, which rejects their claims. 500 plus agency workers hold a protest in front of the local Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security office.
April 2017: Agency workers organize a May Day protest, but they cancel their plans under police pressure
May 21, 2017: Agency workers gather at the gates of the company and chant slogans during the Changchun International Marathon (FAW-VW is the leading sponsor of the sporting event)
May 26, 2017: Worker representatives Fu Tianbo, Wang Shuai and Ai Zhenyu are detained for “gathering crowds to disrupt public order”. Not long after, Wang and Ai are released, Fu remains in detention.
June 7, 2017: Worker representative Fu Tianbo is officially put under arrest
July 2017: Police harassment of Fu Tianbo’s family increases, Fu’s mother publishes video demanding to see her son, otherwise she will go to Beijing to present her grievances to higher government officials.
July 19, 2017: The three arrested workers sent a letter to Volkswagen, its World Works Council and its European Works Council
August 2, 2017: Officers of IG Metal send a letter to VW China demanding an end to the judicial persecution of the three arrested workers.
On March 26, 2019, FAW-VW launched new Jetta sub-brand, with three new vehicles: Jetta VA3, VS5 and VS7. While VA3 is rebadge of VW Jetta in China, both SUV models, VS5 and VS7, are rebadge of SEAT models. The sales is scheduled to start in the third quarter of this year.
|1991||January 1, 1996||Lin Ganwei (林敢为)|
|January 1, 1996||January 1, 2002||Lu Linkui (陆林奎)|
|January 1, 2002||January 1, 2006||Qin Huanming (秦焕明)|
|January 1, 2006||April 27, 2013||An Tiecheng (安铁成)|
|April 27, 2013||present||ZHANG Pijie (张丕杰)|
Current products (Audi)
Automobile production started in December 1991, and the current manufactured range includes:
Audi A3 8V
Audi A4L B9
Audi A6L C8
Current products (Volkswagen)
Volkswagen Golf Mk7
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan
Volkswagen Magotan B8L
Volkswagen Sagitar A7
The new Jetta marque is scheduled to be on sale in 2019 with three models:
Former products (Audi)
Audi 100 C3
Audi 200 C3
Audi A4 B6
Audi A4 B7
Audi A4L B8
Audi A4L 8K
Audi A6 C4
Audi A6 C5
Audi A6 C6
Audi A6 4F
Audi A6L C7
Former products (Volkswagen)
Volkswagen Bora HS
Volkswagen Caddy 2K
Volkswagen City Golf (rebadged SEAT Cordoba 6K)
Volkswagen Golf 1J
Volkswagen Golf 5K
Volkswagen Golf 5K
Volkswagen Jetta A2
Volkswagen Jetta King
Volkswagen Jetta King
Volkswagen Jetta Pioneer
Volkswagen Magotan B6
Volkswagen Magotan B7
Volkswagen Sagitar A5
Volkswagen Sagitar A6
Volkswagen Variant B6
Current powertrain range
- RSH 1.6L L4 engine
- EA113 1.6L L4 engine (also for Besturn B50 of FCC)
- EA111 1.4T & 1.6L L4 engine
- 02K 5-speed manual gearbox
- MQ250 5-speed manual gearbox
The following figures including VWs and Audis made by FAW-VW:
- "Audi Media Centre Changchun (China)".
- "FAW-VW Company introduction". Archived from the original on 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2011-12-06.
- FAW-VW Sold a Total of 513,000 Units of Vehicles Last Year Archived 2011-07-10 at the Wayback Machine
- "FAW-VW Memorabilia 1991–2011". Archived from the original on 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2011-12-06.
- "FAW-Volkswagen Company history".
- Capitas ode to audi unveiled
- VW-Elektroautos in China: VW erhält Fertigungslizenz
- FAW-VW celebrated its 20th anniversary
- "China Labour Bulletin | Supporting the Workers' Movement in China". www.clb.org.hk. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
- "Jetta: New China-only Volkswagen models shown at Shanghai | Autocar". www.autocar.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
- Torchinsky, Jason. "Jetta Is Its Own Car Brand Now [Update]". Jalopnik.
- "VW launches first models under entry-level China subbrand". Automotive News Europe. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2019.