40 years of Volkswagen in China: Group accelerates its realignment with 'In China, for China' strategy

  • The Volkswagen Group has been a pioneer in the development of China's automotive industry for 40 years and is now taking over a leading role in the new era of intelligent connected vehicles (ICV)
  • Strong foundation: With 39 plants, 90,000 employees and around 50 million customers who drive a Group brand vehicle today, Volkswagen is an integral part of the Chinese industrial ecosystem – and is harnessing the market's innovative power for the next technological leap forward
  • With a consistent 'In China, for China' approach, Volkswagen continues to drive localisation and strengthens the alignment of its products with the needs of Chinese customers
  • Volkswagen is expanding local development expertise and investing 2.5 billion EUR in its innovation hub in Hefei, Anhui Province, to further increase the pace of innovation in China
  • Investments also include the production of two Volkswagen brand vehicles, which are currently being developed jointly with Chinese manufacturer XPENG

Beijing. The Volkswagen Group has been a pioneer for individual mobility in China for 40 years. Today, Volkswagen's network in China features 39 plants, 90,000 employees and around 50 million customers who drive a Group brand vehicle. Together with its Joint Venture partners, Volkswagen is an integral part of China's industrial ecosystem and has created strong foundations. With its rapid transformation towards fully connected electric mobility, the Group is consistently realigning its activities in the region. Through the consistent implementation of its 'In China, for China' strategy, Volkswagen is driving forward the localisation of development and aligning its products with changing customer needs. In the latest strategic milestone, Volkswagen is further expanding its production and innovation hub in Hefei, Anhui Province, with investments totaling 2.5 billion EUR. In addition to the expansion of R&D capacity, preparations are also being made for the production of two Volkswagen brand models, which are currently being developed together with Chinese partner XPENG. Production of the first model, an SUV in the mid-size segment, will begin as early as 2026.

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