CHONGQING – Chang’an-Suzuki will begin the construction of its second plant in Chongqing this year, according to a report in Jinghua Times citing sources close to the matter.
As revealed on the official website of Ba’nan District of Chongqing, the plant’s first phase will reach a production capacity of 150,000 units of whole vehicles and engines respectively. With investment of ¥5 billion ($735 million), the first phase of the plant will be completed and put into operation in 2013. The second phase will be able to manufacture 250,000 vehicles and 300,000 engines per year, and the whole plant will see its completion in 2015.
Chang’an-Suzuki, the joint venture between China’s Chang’an Auto and Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp., now owns a production capacity of 200,000 units in Chongqing. With sales exceeded 200,000 units in 2010, the Sino-Japanese JV has considered building a second plant in the same location due to capacity strain.