CHENGDU, Sichuan – FAW-Volkswagen’s third plant was put into operation here in Chengdu on October 13, Beijing Youth Daily reported.
An Tiecheng, president of the company, said at the plant opening ceremony that the Chengdu plant will mainly produce A-class vehicles in its initial phase. High-end A-class NCS and Jetta NF will be produced first in the new plant, while more models such as A0-class, B-class and new energy vehicles will be assembled in the future.
Initiated on May 8, 2009, FAW-Volkswagen’s Chengdu plant covers an area of 810,000 square meters. The plant’s 3,000 staffs are trained for one year in the company’s Changchun plant, according to the company.
The new plant enjoys techniques in stamping, welding, coating and full assembly with an over-60 percent of integral automation and 60-second takt time.
The production capacity for the first and second phase is 350,000 units, and the third phase, which has been started already, will be finished in 2013. When everything is in place, the Chengdu plant will have an output capacity of 450,000 units, which will provide strong support for FAW-Volkswagen to achieve its goal of 1 million-unit capacity.
In addition, 28 auto parts plants have been located near the Chengdu plant to provide services for FAW-Volkswagen.
FAW-Volkswagen’s Foshan plant is also under construction, said An. The Foshan plant will be finished in May next year and official operation is scheduled to start in August 2013.
As planned, FAW-Volkswagen will introduce micro hybrid cars under Volkswagen and Audi brands, as well as Golf blue motion next year to enrich its product lineups.