The production of automobiles by the joint venture in Changchun includes the four major areas of car manufacturing: press shop, body shop, paint shop and assembly. Audi’s annual production capacity at FAW-Volkswagen in Changchun has been expanded in recent years to 450,000 automobiles. At present, the plant produces the models Audi A4 L*, Audi A6 L*, Audi Q3* and Audi Q5*. Production at the joint venture meets the standards set by AUDI AG for all of the company’s global plants. Audi had already brought ultra-modern automotive and manufacturing technology such as laser welding and hot-wax flooding to China in the late 1990s. And in 2012, the brand with the Four Rings was the first car manufacturer to integrate lightweight components in local production with the new Audi A6 L.
The FAW-Volkswagen plant completed in Foshan in southern China in late 2013 produces the Audi A3 Sportback* and the Audi A3 Sedan*. It is the first plant in China in which models are built on the basis of the new MQB platform. The Audi facility in Foshan can be ramped up to a capacity of between 150,000 and 200,000 automobiles per annum.
The flexible plant structure allows ongoing gradual capacity expansion. Depending on the market, Audi will be able to expand its total production capacity in China (Changchun and Foshan) to 700,000 automobiles per annum by 2017.