VW is already China's largest automaker.

Volkswagen Group and China’s Anhui Jianghuai Automobile, commonly known as JAC, now have a memorandum of understanding that could lead to a future joint venture building electric vehicles. The new agreement doesn’t yet guarantee these models coming to market, but it represents a major step towards future cooperation. The final deal could happen in about five months, Automotive News Europe reports.

According to the two automakers, the potential joint venture company would develop, build, and sell future electric vehicles for the Chinese market. “Together, Volkswagen Group and JAC will thoroughly explore all options how to concentrate our resources, including existing and future model platforms, technologies and other expertise, to achieve a competitive product strategy as soon as possible," said Jochem Heizmann, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China.

JAC operates the Jianghuai and Ankai brands in China, and the company has a volume of 333,639 vehicles and chassis through the first half of the year. The business builds commercial models like trucks and buses but also makes products for consumers. According to Automotive New Europe, JAC is China’s ninth-largest automaker and one of the nation's biggest EV makers.

A finalized deal could help VW Group extend its lead over General Motors as the largest automaker in China. Through July, deliveries totaled 2.148 million vehicles, which was up 8 percent from last year. The market has been so important for the company that it created several exclusive vehicles there, like various long-wheelbase models and the recent Phideon flagship sedan. 

Electric vehicles are also increasingly popular in China because government incentives push consumers towards buying them. The country’s regulations already have brands offering exclusive EV and plug-in hybrid models there like the BMW X1 PHEV and Denza 400 by Daimler and BYD. Bentley is even considering an electric Mulsanne because offering a zero-emissions powertrain might be the only way to sell the luxury sedan in some cities in the future.

Source: Volkswagen Group, Automotive News Europe

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Volkswagen Group and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) aim for joint development of electric vehicles in China

 

Memorandum of understanding on long-term partnership for joint development of innovative battery-powered electric vehicles in China

Discussions on the establishment of a new joint venture company have started

Zero-emission mobility solutions crucial for the sustainable development of China's environment and society

Volkswagen AG and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd. (JAC) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Wolfsburg to define the next phase of negotiations between the two companies in order to achieve long-term cooperation in the joint development of all-electric vehicles  in China.

"As we aim to be at the forefront of e-mobility, Volkswagen Group is looking forward to explore all options to set up a close and mutually beneficial partnership with JAC. We believe this cooperation would not only benefit our two organizations, but would also be of great value to our customers, a sound environment and the Chinese society in general," said Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG.

According to the MoU the parties intend to enter into discussions to evaluate the perspectives and feasibility of a new joint venture company ("JV"), focusing on new energy vehicles (NEV), to carry out full scope cooperation in areas including research and development, manufacture, sales and mobility services in the field of NEV and parts in order to improve fuel efficiency. The top priority will be to develop zero-emission mobility solutions.

Commenting on the agreement, Mr. An Jin, Chairman of the Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd, said, "We look forward to a full scope cooperation together with Volkswagen Group, focus on new energy vehicles, to provide Chinese consumers with highly cost-effective battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) products that promote the development of the Chinese new energy vehicle sector as well as the Chinese auto industry's transformation and upgrading. The intended cooperation between JAC and Volkswagen Group can be called a ‘Creating Together' model, which embodies mutual benefit and a win-win situation. We hope to develop this cooperation into a brand new business model during the process of Chinese auto industry's opening up."

"Together, Volkswagen Group and JAC will thoroughly explore all options how to concentrate our resources, including existing and future model platforms, technologies and other expertise, to achieve a competitive product strategy as soon as possible," said Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft as well as President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China. "We at Volkswagen Group China are enhancing our efforts in terms of e-mobility to meet the demands of the customers."

As part of its comprehensive new Group Strategy "Together – Strategy 2025" Volkswagen is also intensifying efforts for sustainable mobility worldwide. The Group will be launching a broad-based initiative for electro-mobility and intends to develop more than 30 new, purely battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) over the next ten years.

Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd (JAC) is a comprehensive automobile company encompassing R&D, production, sales and service and other businesses related to the production and sale of commercial and passenger vehicles, including powertrains. It has two vehicle brands, "Jianghuai" and "Ankai".

JAC delivered 333,639 vehicles and chassis in the first six months of 2016 (+14.15%), with new energy vehicle sales increased massively compared with last year (+261%), while SUV sales maintained stable growth (+30%).

JAC's main products include: heavy, medium, light and miniature trucks, multi-function commercial vehicles, SUVs, sedans, buses, and core components such as chassis, gearboxes, engines and axle assemblies.