FOSHAN, Guangzhou – The newly approved FAW-Volkswagen Nanhai plant will be put into operation in 2013 with its first sedan rolling off the production line in August that year, according to media reports.
The first model produced by the new plant will be a Volkswagen brand car codenamed as the “F-11.” Another Audi brand car codenamed as the “W-66” will also roll off the line in the Nanhai plant by the end of 2013, said the sources.
The Sino-German joint venture will gain a total production capacity of 1.65 million units by 2015, with over 580,000 Audi brand cars and more than 1 million Volkswagen brand cars manufactured in its plants located in Changchun, Chengdu and Nanhai of Foshan.
According to an insider of the joint venture, the all-new Audi A3, which has made its debut at the Geneva auto show in March this year, will be the first model of Audi brand to be launched in the Nanhai plant.
Different from the current Audi A3 hatchback, the new A3 will be a 4-door sedan, revealed the insider.
With a designed production capacity of 300,000 units, the Nanhai plant will also produce the 7th generation of FAW-Volkswagen Golf and the company’s independent EV “Kaili,” said a government official of Nanhai District in Foshan, Guangdong Province.
FAW-Volkswagen held its supplier meeting at Nanhai on June 21, with nearly 300 of its parts suppliers attended. A number of the company’s suppliers will move to the new plant after it is put into operation. An auto parts and logistic industrial zone will also be established near the plant at a later stage, according to media reports.