Volkswagen Group has started building a new plant in Changsha, China that will produce up to 300,000 vehicles every year. According to the carmaker, the new Changsha site is being built in collaboration with its domestic joint-venture partner SAIC Motor. It is also one of the seven plants that VW is constructing in the plant.
VW is investing EUR9.8 billion ($13 billion) in the Chinese vehicle market, which auto association expects new-vehicle sales to reach 20 million units in 2013. Jochem Heizmann, head of Volkswagen's operations in China, remarked during the ground breaking ceremony of the Changsha site that they are expanding their capacity in China to 4 million vehicles annually by 2018 to meet demand in the country.
VW expects to complete the Changsha plant by the end of 2015. VW’s disclosure came after a company spokesman confirmed to Automotive News Europe that the carmaker planned to construct a site in the region. VW considers China as its largest market, selling 2,812,825 vehicles in the country in 2012. VW has 12 car and component production site in the country.