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Volkswagen inaugurates components plant in North China

At its Tianjin components plant in North China, Volkswagen today started production of the latest generation of highly advanced dual-clutch gearboxes, celebrating a world premiere. Initially, the new Volkswagen plant will have an annual production capacity of 450,000 units, which will be increased to 1.2 million units by 2016. By 2019, 5,500 new jobs are to be created in the region. Volkswagen has invested about US$330m in the first stage of the plant. This investment will boost economic growth in Northern China.


“Our investment in the new components plant at Tianjin shows that we are pioneers in reducing fuel consumption with our technologies,” says 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 Tianjin plant will produce the modern DQ380 gearbox. In combination with the third generation of the new EA888 engine, which is produced at the engine plants in Changchun and Shanghai, Volkswagen will achieve a consumption reduction of 0.5l/100km and therefore a CO2 reduction of 12g/km compared with the previous generation.


As soon as production at Tianjin is running at full capacity, Volkswagen will be able to provide over 1 million vehicles on China’s roads with gearboxes optimized for fuel efficiency in combination with the advanced engines and thus make a significant additional contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions. With about 5,500 new jobs, Volkswagen Automatic Transmission Tianjin is currently the largest investment project in the region. The new transmission production company 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 new generation of DSG gearboxes will help Volkswagen become the most sustainable automaker in China by 2018.

5 November 2014


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