Coordinates: 43°50′34″N 125°11′48″E / 43.84278°N 125.19667°E / 43.84278; 125.19667 (FAW-Volkswagen Changchun)

FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd.
Native name
Joint venture
Industry Automotive
Founded 6 February 1991
Headquarters Changchun, Jilin, China
Area served
Products Automobiles
Parent FAW Group (60%)
Volkswagen AG (20%)
Audi AG (10%)
Volkswagen (China) Invest (10%)
Website FAW-Volkswagen
FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd.
Simplified Chinese 一汽-大众汽车有限公司
Traditional Chinese 一汽-大眾汽車有限公司

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.[1] 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.

FAW-VW's year-on-year production volume exceeded 513,000 units as of 31.07.2009.[2] In 2011, FAW-VW sold just over 1,000,000 automobiles.


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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[3]

In 1995 FAW Group, Volkswagen AG and Audi AG decided to integrate Audi to the product line of the joint ventures, the equity holdings were also changed with 60% for FAW, 30% for VW and 10% Audi.[3]

On May 20, 1996, the first Audi 200 rolled off the line.[3]

On July 10, 1996, the engine shop started running.[3]

By July 1996, the company was capable of producing 150,000 cars, 270,000 engines and 180,000 gearboxes in one year.[3]

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 1998 the Jetta König became the first car ever equipped with ABS system in the Chinese A-class market.[3]

In 1999 the Jetta was registered in FIA Group N category, it entered a lot of Rally events in China with FRD Sport and Qingyang Racing from the late 1990s to early 2000s.

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.[3]

On December 7, 2004, FAW-VW's second car plant began operating.[3]

On August 4, 2009, the 3,000,000th car (a Golf A6) rolled off the line in car plant #2.[3]

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.[3][4]

According to Chinese government policy, foreign auto manufactures should develop domestic brands with their local partners. Thus FAW-VW revealed its own brand 'Kaili (开利)' in May 2011.[5]

On August 15, 2011, FAW-VW celebrated its twentieth anniversary with its one millionth car in 2011 (a Magotan B7L).[6]


FAW-Volkswagen Automotive CO., LTD.
1991January 1, 1996Lin Ganwei (林敢为)[3]
January 1, 1996January 1, 2002Lu Linkui (陆林奎)[3]
January 1, 2002January 1, 2006Qin Huanming (秦焕明)[3]
January 1, 2006April 27, 2013An Tiecheng (安铁成)[3]
April 27, 2013presentZHANG Pijie (张丕杰)[3]


Automobile production started in December 1991, and the current manufactured range includes:

Current models

Audi A4L B8 facelift 
Audi A6L C7 
Audi Q5 
Volkswagen Jetta Night 
Volkswagen Bora facelift 
Volkswagen Sagitar II 
Volkswagen Golf VI 
Volkswagen Golf VI GTI 
Volkswagen Magotan B7L 
Volkswagen CC 

Former models

Audi 100 
Audi 200 
Audi A6L C6 facelift 
Volkswagen Jetta König 
Volkswagen Jetta Pionier 
Volkswagen Bora HS 
Volkswagen Bora facelift 
Volkswagen Sagitar 
Volkswagen Magotan 
Volkswagen Caddy 

Current powertrain range


The following figures including VWs and Audis made by FAW-VW:

Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Annual Sales 7,617 12,500 7,179 18,649 25,441 38,586 62,452 78,755 111,049 130,761 207,858 298,006
Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Annual Sales 300,118 277,527 351,347 455,654 490,965 682,374 858,697 1,018,888


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