|Founded||6 February 1991|
|Headquarters||Changchun, Jilin, China|
FAW Group (60%)|
Volkswagen AG (20%)
Audi AG (10%)
Volkswagen (China) Invest (10%)
|FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd.|
FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd. (FAW-VW) is a joint venture between FAW Group and Volkswagen Group which manufactures Audi and Volkswagen marque passenger cars for sale in China. Ownership of the company is: FAW – 51%, Volkswagen AG – 20%, Audi AG – 10%, and Volkswagen (China) Invest – 19%. FAW-VW was founded on 6 February 1991.
FAW-VW is headquartered in the south-western fringes of Changchun, Jilin Province, where it also has two vehicle assembly plants. It has an additional assembly plant in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, and a fourth plant is under construction in Foshan, Guangdong Province. FAW-VW is capable of producing the cars based on the platforms of PQ34, PQ35, PQ46 and Audis.
On November 20, 1990, the official contract of an annual capacity of 150,000 cars for the joint venture between FAW Group (First Auto World Group) and Volkswagen AG was signed by Geng Zhaojie (耿昭杰), President of FAW and Dr. Carl Hahn, CEO of Volkswagen AG in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. All of the facilities in the first car plant, including the body shop, paint shop and assembly shop came together from the abandoned factory of VW's in Westmoreland, USA the company started its business officially on September 1, 1992.
On December 5, 1991, the first Volkswagen Jetta Mk2 rolled off the line. Two years later, on February 7, 1993, the 10,000th car rolled off the line.
On May 20, 1996, the first Audi 200 rolled off the line.
In 1997 FAW-Volkswagen Sales Company Ltd. was established as a joint venture between FAW-VW and FAW Group with the equity holdings of 50% for each, it was a smart idea of avoiding the Germans to take control of the sales department under the policy of the governing body then. By 2002 FAW-VW took the majority of the equities back from FAW Group.
In 2002 the Jetta became the first mass production passenger car in China to be available with a diesel engine.
On January 7, 2004, the 1,000,000 car (a Bora A4) rolled off the line.
On August 4, 2009, the 3,000,000th car (a Golf A6) rolled off the line in car plant #2.
By 2010 FAW-VW had sold over 1,000,000 Audis (including imported cars) in China. With the celebration, a sculpture named 'Ode to Audi' from Gerry Judah was set at the entrance of the company.
On August 15, 2011, FAW-VW celebrated its twentieth anniversary with its one millionth car in 2011 (a Magotan B7L).
Automobile production started in December 1991, and the current manufactured range includes:
- Audi A3 Type 8V (2014–present)
- Audi A4L Type B8 (2009–present)
- Audi A6L Type C7 (2012–present)
- Audi Q5 (2009–present)
- Audi Q3 (2013–present)
- Volkswagen Bora (2007–present, known as the Volkswagen Bora until 2010)
- Volkswagen Jetta Night (2013–present)
- Volkswagen Sagitar (2012–present)
- Volkswagen Golf Mk. VI (2009–present)
- Volkswagen Golf GTI (2010–present)
- Volkswagen Golf Mk. VII (2013–present)
- Volkswagen Magotan Type B7L (2011–present)
- Volkswagen Magotan CC Type 35 (2010–present)
- Volkswagen Magotan Variant Type B7L (2011–present)
- Audi 100 (1992–1999)
- Audi 200 Lang (1996–1999)
- Audi A4 Type B5 (1998–2003)
- Audi A4 Type B6 (2003–2006)
- Audi A4 Type B7 (2006–2009)
- Audi A6 Type C4 (1998–2003)
- Audi A6 Type C5 (2003–2005)
- Audi A6L Type C6 (2005–2012, facelifted in 2009)
- Volkswagen Bora (2006–2008) / Volkswagen City Golf (2006–2008) / Volkswagen Golf City (2008–2010)
- Volkswagen Bora (2001–2010) / Volkswagen City Jetta (2006–2009) / Volkswagen Jetta TDI/Classic Edition (2006–2010)
- Volkswagen Caddy (2005–2007)
- Volkswagen Golf Mk. IV (2003–2009)
- Volkswagen Jetta Mk. II (1991–1997)
- Volkswagen Jetta König (1997–2010)
- Volkswagen Jetta Pionier (2010–2013)
- Volkswagen Sagitar Type A5 (2006–2012)
- Volkswagen Magotan Type B6L (2007–2011)
- Volkswagen Variant Type B6 (2010–2011)
Current powertrain range
- RSH 1.6L L4 engine
- EA113 1.6L L4 engine (also for Besturn B50 of FCC)
- EA111 1.4T & 1.6L L4 engine
- 02K 5-speed manual gearbox
- MQ250 5-speed manual gearbox
The following figures including VWs and Audis made by FAW-VW:
- FAW Group corporate website (English)
- FAW website with FAW-VW history (English) & (Chinese)
- FAW website with FAW-VW landmarks (English) & (Chinese)
- FAW-Volkswagen (English)