TIANJIAN – Volkswagen started production of the latest generation of dual-clutch gearboxes (DSG) at its Tianjin components plant in North China, according to a company news release.
The new Tianjin plant will produce the modern DQ380 gearbox and will have an annual production capacity of 450,000 units initially, which will be increased to 1.2 million units by 2016. Volkswagen has invested about ¥2.2 billion ($367 million) in the first stage of the plant.
As soon as production at the Tianjin plant is running at full capacity, Volkswagen will be able to provide gearboxes for over one million vehicles on China’s roads.
“Our investment in the new components plant at Tianjin shows that we are pioneers in reducing fuel consumption with our technologies,” said Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG responsible for China as well as President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China. “Today we are celebrating the start of production of a new gearbox generation which stands for fuel efficiency, quality, vehicle dynamics and comfort.”
The new transmission production facility is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. The dual-clutch gearboxes produced especially for the Chinese market will be used in several Group models in China in the future.
The Tianjin facility is the 107th plant of Volkswagen Group and the Group’s 18th production location in China. With its new location at Tianjin, the Volkswagen Group is represented at a total of eight vehicle and 10 component production locations in China.
Next year, the first Volkswagen Component Academy outside Germany is to be established in Tianjin. A test and analysis center for all DSG transmissions produced in China is also to be established at Tianjin from 2016.