WOLFSBURG/BEIJING – Volkswagen AG and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd. (JAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Wolfsburg on September 6 to define the next phase of negotiations between the two companies in order to achieve long-term cooperation in the joint development of new energy vehicles in China.
According to the MOU, the parties intend to enter into discussions to evaluate the perspectives and feasibility of a new joint venture company, focusing on NEVs, to carry out full scope cooperation in areas including R&D, manufacture, sales and mobility services in the field of NEV and parts in order to improve fuel efficiency. The top priority will be to develop zero-emission mobility solutions.
“As we aim to be at the forefront of e-mobility, Volkswagen Group is looking forward to explore all options to set up a close and mutually beneficial partnership with JAC. We believe this cooperation would not only benefit our two organizations, but would also be of great value to our customers, a sound environment and the Chinese society in general,” said Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG.
Commenting on the agreement, Mr. An Jin, Chairman of JAC said: “We look forward to a full scope cooperation together with Volkswagen Group, focus on new energy vehicles, to provide Chinese consumers with highly cost-effective battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) products that promote the development of the Chinese NEV sector as well as the Chinese auto industry’s transformation and upgrading. The intended cooperation between JAC and Volkswagen Group can be called a ‘Creating Together’ model, which embodies mutual benefit and a win-win situation. We hope to develop this cooperation into a brand new business model during the process of Chinese auto industry’s opening up.”
“Together, Volkswagen Group and JAC will thoroughly explore all options how to concentrate our resources, including existing and future model platforms, technologies and other expertise, to achieve a competitive product strategy as soon as possible,” said Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft as well as President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China. “We at Volkswagen Group China are enhancing our efforts in terms of e-mobility to meet the demands of the customers.”
As part of its comprehensive new Group Strategy “Together – Strategy 2025” Volkswagen is also intensifying efforts for sustainable mobility worldwide. The Group will be launching a broad-based initiative for electro-mobility and intends to develop more than 30 new, purely BEVs over the next 10 years.
JAC delivered 333,639 vehicles and chassis in the first six months of 2016, up by 14.15 percent, with NEV sales increased by 261 percent compared with last year, while SUV sales maintained stable growth.