VOLKSWAGEN AG plans to make its first cars with China’s Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC Motors) by 2018 and hopes the joint venture will get government approval in the first half of this year, its China CEO said yesterday.
Jochem Heizmann made the comments at a media briefing in Beijing. Volkswagen and JAC Motors signed a preliminary deal in September to explore making electric vehicles.
Heizmann also said Volkswagen saw the Chinese auto market to grow at a slower 5 percent in 2017, the same prediction made by China’s automakers association this month, as tax incentives for small-engine cars are rolled back.
Volkswagen delivered 3.98 million vehicles in China last year, up 12.2 percent from 2015, making it the biggest foreign automaker in the country. Heizmann said it will invest 4 billion euros (US$4.3 billion) in China this year via joint ventures.