Volkswagen to produce 7th-gen Golf at new plant in Foshan, China

Article by Anita Panait, on September 30, 2013

Volkswagen Group has opened a new plant in Guangdong, China that will be tasked to build the seventh generation of its Golf compact model. The site is part of VW Group’s bid to surpass Toyota Motor Corp. as the largest carmaker in the world in terms of sales. The Guangdong site, which was set up with Chinese partner FAW CAR Co. in Foshan, has an initial production capacity of 300,000 units a year, Volkswagen said in a statement.

The Foshan site will result to 6,500 new jobs in the first phase. In the second phase, the plant’s capacity is expected to double. GM said in March 2013 that it planned to hike its production in China by 60 percent by 2018.

GM saw its deliveries in China grow by almost 50 percent in 2012, allowing it to hike its share of the local passenger vehicle market this year by 3 percentage points to 22 percent by the end of August 2013. The German carmaker posted an 18-percent jump in sales in China in the first eight months to 2.05 million vehicles.

VW disclosed in April plans to expand its model lineup in China by 29 percent by 2015. VW plans to offer 90 cars, SUVs, vans and heavy trucks in China, with target sales of at least 3 million units, according to Jochem Heizmann, head of the carmaker's Chinese operations.

LMC Automotive expects China to account for 37 percent of VW Group’s global volume in 2015. VW chief executive Martin Winterkorn remarked in April that the carmaker’s EUR9.8 billion project to build plants and develop models in China by 2018 will be the country's largest-ever automotive-investment program. During that time, VW will see its workforce grow by 33 percent to over 100,000 employees.

The brand-new Volkswagen Golf has been revealed in Berlin, 36 years after the original model revolutionized the small family vehicle. The seventh generation VW Golf expands on the accomplishment of its ancestors, of which more than 29 million have been purchased, bringing new levels of comfortability, reasonableness, safety and effectiveness to the class.

In spite of offering more space for occupants and more cutting-edge innovative components than ever before, fresh production methods add to the Volkswagen Golf Mk VII being up to 100 kg lighter than the vehicles it replaces, aiding to make it up to 23 per cent more effective than ever. Over this, the all-new Golf is additionally safer than ever, thanks not only to a more robust body structure (which is likewise 23 kg lighter) but also to a pile of standard and optional passive and active safety systems.

The all-new Volkswagen Golf is based on the purported MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform or Modular Transverse Matrix. This standardizes various vehicle component parameters over brands and vehicle classes, and enables access to fresh powertrains and advancements, including state-of-the-art technologies in the areas of safety and infotainment, which as of recently were saved for cars in higher segments.

At 4,255 mm long, the brand-new Volkswagen Golf is 56 mm longer than its forerunner, with a 59 mm elongated wheelbase of 2,637 mm. The front wheels are 43 mm additionally forward, assisting to produce more interior room, while the Golf is likewise 13 mm broader, at 1,799 mm, and 28 mm lower, at 1,452 mm. This makes a 10 percent optimization in the drag co-efficient, which is currently 0.27 Cd.

Topics: vw, vw golf, china, production

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