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2017-11-16

Transforming the Future of Mobility: Volkswagen Group China charts course to new world

● Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann: “We are steadily building our new priorities in e-mobility, digitalization, connectivity, autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, and new mobility services.”

● In excess of 20 more NEVs to be introduced between 2020 and 2025, creating a NEV portfolio of almost 40 locally produced models in China in the next 7-8 years.

● Volkswagen Group China and its joint venture partners will invest more than 10 billion euros in the industrialization of e-mobility between now and 2025.

Beijing/Guangzhou, November 16, 2017. Volkswagen Group China opened a window on its view of the exciting new world of mobility at its Group Media Workshop on the eve of the Guangzhou Auto Show today. A multifaceted array of new technologies, new models, new partnerships and new services were presented to a packed audience of media, investors and VIPs. Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft as well as President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China, said: “Our traditional strengths of customer focus, quality, safety, innovation and R&D give us the firm foundation. On that, we are steadily building our new priorities in e-mobility, digitalization, connectivity, autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, and new mobility services.”

Stronger commitment to e-mobility

At Guangzhou last year, Volkswagen Group China announced its strategy to deliver 1.5 million new energy vehicles (NEVs) by 2025 and launch 15 locally produced NEVs in the next 2-3 years. Under TOGETHER – Strategy 2025 and Roadmap E, this commitment to China has been further strengthened. The company will introduce in excess of 20 more NEVs between 2020 and 2025, creating a NEV portfolio of almost 40 locally produced models in China in the next 7-8 years. To meet this enormous requirement for battery capacity, the group has started a global tender process for long-term strategic partnerships – including in China.

Volkswagen Group China and its joint venture partners will invest more than 10 billion euros in the industrialization of e-mobility between now and 2025.

“China is leading the way to the final breakthrough in the adoption of e-mobility and Volkswagen Group China is determined to be at the forefront. Together with our long-term joint venture partners, SAIC VOLKSWAGEN and FAW-Volkswagen, and our new cooperations,we are transforming the future of mobility and, in regard to the needs and demands of our customers, we will deliver,” Heizmann said.

New partners, new services

The event also welcomed Volkswagen Group China’s third vehicle manufacturing joint venture partner, JAC. The new joint venture will help Volkswagen reach its goal of setting up a broad and customer-oriented portfolio of pure battery cars by producing vehicles for the competitive mass market. The first model will hit the market as of next year.

Continuing the group’s rapid expansion into the mobility services area, Volkswagen Group China today also announced the establishment of the brand ezia to provide intelligent mobility services in China. ezia brings together all the activities of Mobility Asia, a member of Volkswagen Group China. It will create an innovative dual ecosystem that provides customers with seamless access to a wide range of smart mobility services.

The event also showcased an impressive line-up of new models as the group continues its SUV strategy to meet the current demands of customers.

Volkswagen Brand: more SUVs, more NEVs, fully connected

Volkswagen Brand is completely renewing and expanding its current model offering. Very visible is the wave of new, freshly-designed SUVs, resulting in a Volkswagen SUV range of at least 10 by 2020. With long-term focus on e-mobility, the brand will already offer a full range of more than 10 NEV vehicles by 2020, based on existing models like the e-Golf, which will come to market in early 2018. This will feature a unique, integrated, China-specific charging app, underlining the actions Volkswagen Brand is taking to ensure all new models leaving showrooms by 2019 will be fully connected. From 2020, the completely new I.D. family of electric-only cars will form the core of Volkswagen’s electric model portfolio in China.

Audi Q8 sport concept demonstrates vision of tomorrow

The Audi Q8 sport concept, with its groundbreaking drive system technology and accentuated sporty look, made its first appearance in China at the Volkswagen Group Media Workshop in Guangzhou. The design study demonstrates the vision Audi’s developers and designers have for the dynamic yet efficient SUV of tomorrow. “By the end of 2020 we will offer six additional SUVs in China including two models with fully electrified drive trains,” said Joachim Wedler, President of Audi China. “All of these six models will tap into new segments. And the new Audi Q8 will be one of them.” The Audi Q8 will further enrich the brand’s product lineup in 2018 with its world premiere, and is a perfect fit to the booming Chinese SUV market.

ŠKODA pushes forward its SUV campaign in China

After kicking of its SUV campaign with the successful launch of the ŠKODA KODIAQ, the Czech auto brand is now making another significant advance with a brand new SUV model. The new compact SUV ŠKODA KAROQ celebrates its national premiere at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

Furthermore, ŠKODA has lined up a whole series of products, including three new SUVs next year, to further strengthen its growth in China in the coming years.

>> Volkswagen Group China sets up ezia: a game-changer in smart mobility


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