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Volkswagen FAW Engine (Dalian) plant begins 1.8TFSI production

DALIAN, Liaoning – Volkswagen FAW Engine (Dalian) Co., Ltd, a joint venture between FAW Group Corp. (FAW) and Volkswagen AG, held a ceremony on March 31 to launch its new 1.8-liter TFSI (Turbocharged FSI), 4-cylinder engine.
This new EA888 series 1.8 TFSI engine has a maximum power of 118 kW, equivalent to that of a conventional normally-aspirated 2.2L to 2.4L gasoline engine. It is able to produce its maximum power and torque over a wide range of engine speeds for improved flexibility. It produces 118 kW between 5,000 and 6,200 rpm, while the 250 Nm peak torque is delivered between 1,500 and 4,200 rpm.
The first batch of Chinese-made 1.8 TFSI engines will be installed in FAW-Volkswage’s Magotan and Shanghai-Volkswage’s Skoda Octavia. The Magotan will enter production in June while the Octavia is scheduled to hit the market around the middle of the year.
Volkswagen FAW Engine (Dalian) Co., Ltd. is a 60:40 joint venture between Volkswagen AG and FAW, with a total investment of ¥1.5 billion ($192.3 million). The JV contract was signed in December 2004 and the plant was officially established in May 2005, with production beginning at the end of 2006. As a leading Chinese engine manufacturer, the engines will not only be used in domestic vehicles but also exported for use in other markets.

The new engine features low fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. Dr. Winfried Vahland, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group China, also announced at the ceremony new environmental goals to cut fuel consumption and emissions of China-built models by more than 20 percent by 2010. To achieve this goal Volkswagen will adopt a new generation of automatic gearboxes and new lightweight components, in addition to the new engine.

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