Volkswagen Starts Building DSG Transmissions in China
“The start of DSG production in China is another important step for Volkswagen Group China. We can progress towards our goal of further extending our market share while at the same time achieving a greater reduction in the fuel consumption and emissions of our vehicles by fostering progressive powertrain technologies,” stated Dr. Winfried Vahland, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China.
In 2007, Volkswagen Group China set itself the goal of achieving a 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption and emissions for the locally-produced vehicle fleet by 2010. In this context, Volkswagen Group China launched the efficient TSI engines in China in 2007, and gradually began domestic component production at its sites in the country.
The locally-produced DSG transmissions will be installed in vehicles for the Chinese market. “For Volkswagen, TSI and DSG are key technologies for becoming the most environmentally-friendly automaker in China,” Vahland commented.
In the first phase, the newly-founded Volkswagen Automatic Transmission Co, Ltd. in Dalian will produce 300,000 units of the 7-speed DSG transmission per year, and capacity will then gradually be expanded to a maximum of 600,000 units. A total of €400 million (4 billion RMB) is being invested in expanding component production capacity at the Dalian plant. This sum is part of the €6 billion investment package to expand production capacity and develop new vehicles in China for the period to 2012.
Apart from Volkswagen Kassel, the leading plant for transmission production in Europe, the Dalian facility is the second plant worldwide to build DSG transmissions.