China will play a key role in the Volkswagen group’s global transformation and its accompanying decarbonization program. Thus, this year will see an intensified rollout of new energy models. VW China aims to produce 11.6 million BEVs by 2028—more than half of the group’s global objective of 22 million BEVs by that year.

VW will be offering no less than 14 NEV models in China this year. Initiatives with all three Chinese vehicle production joint ventures—FAW-Volkswagen, SAIC Volkswagen, and JAC Volkswagen—will enable this target to be reached.

With construction progressing on MEB platforms at SAIC Volkswagen in Anting and FAW-Volkswagen in Foshan, the company will have the technical capacity to produce an additional 600,000 pure electric vehicles a year in China when the two plants become operational next year.

To speed up its e-offensive, it will also launch a new joint venture in charging infrastructure. All this will lay the foundation for wide acceptance of e-mobility. Meanwhile, in the area of future technologies, Volkswagen Group China is combining its research power, with Volkswagen brand, Audi and Group R&D working together within the new ONE R&D structure.

Meanwhile, current customer demands for the latest advances in connectivity, efficiency, safety, and comfort will be met with a strong portfolio of new models being released in China this year across all the Group’s brands, including a further eight SUV models—five of them locally produced.

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Manny de los Reyes

Manny de los Reyes has been covering the automotive and technology industries for over 20 years. He is an accomplished driver and a multiple award-winning journalist who writes for and is currently editor of various major broadsheets.