VW And SAIC Will Build 15 New EVs And PHEVs In China By 2019

VW and its joint venture partner SAIC Motor Corporation have announced plans to build new plug-in hybrid and fully electric models in China.

The two companies, which operate the Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW) joint venture in China, have signed a key agreement on the automobile future of the Volkswagen Group in China which will see the expansion of the main plant of Anting in order to make it compatible with building electrified models.

“Today’s agreement lays the foundation for the further expansion of our commitment to Chinese society and the environment. We have been at home in China for more than 30 years. Over the next four years, we plan to localize more than 15 different electric vehicle models in China, including plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles,” said Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China.

The plant’s first fully electric vehicle to be built at the plant will be based on the VW Lavida and will arrive in about four years. Additionally, the two partners agreed that a new C-segment model of the Volkswagen brand would be produced at the Anting plant, to the west of Shanghai, from 2016.

Along with the development and local production of EVs and components, VW will also expand its research and development expertise in China in the area of fuel cells and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The agreements are part of the total investment of €22 billion ($24.7 billion) in China planned by the VW Group and its joint ventures by 2019. The investment program, which is the largest in the Chinese automobile industry to date, will be funded from the cash flow of the joint ventures Shanghai Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen.

Note: China market VW Lavida pictured

PHOTO GALLERY

Apple Patents Steer-By-Wire System For Autonomous Cars

While building its own autonomous vehicle seems unlikely, Apple is very interested in developing systems that’ll be used by other manufacturers.

2020 Hyundai Accent Gains New Engine, But Loses Power

While the 2020 Accent is down on power, the model is more fuel-efficient than its predecessor.

Facelifted Mazda2 Bows In Japan With Subtle Styling Changes

The updated hatchback features new fascias, improved seats and a returned suspension.

BMW Appoints Oliver Zipse As Its New Chairman

The 55-year old will succeed Harald Krueger at BMW’s top spot from August 16.

2020 Corvette C8 Interior Makes An Early Appearance In All Its Glory

The Corvette C8 is not out just yet, but an official image of the interior has found its way online.

Toyota Unveils Custom Electric Shuttle For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Toyota’s new Accessible People Mover has been designed to transport athletes, staff and visitors at the 2020 Olympic Games.

This Insane Ford F-150 Raptor Study Makes All Others Seem Bland

With a V8 sticking out of the hood, this Ford F-150 Raptor is far from normal.

McLaren 600LT Coupe By MSO Is One Of The Last Examples To Leave Woking

Commissioned by McLaren London to celebrate its 1,000th delivery, it is loaded with all the extras you might think of.

Ferrari 812 Superfast Spider Tipped To Debut In September

Unlike the 599-based SA Aperta that preceded it, the open-top 812 won’t be a (very) limited run.

Watch Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro (Unofficially) Lap The ‘Ring In 7:06.6

The unofficial run proved that it’s 6 seconds faster on the German track than the AMG GT R.