"China is our most important market" -- An exclusive interview with the Chairman of the Management Board of Volkswagen Group


Volkswagen Group is one of the first foreign auto companies to enter the Chinese auto market, and has many partners in China, such as FAW. Recently, the chairman of the management board of Volkswagen Group, Obermou, came to Changchun, Jilin Province, which is known as the "cradle of the automobile industry of the new China". He revealed that China is the most important market for Volkswagen Group. Volkswagen Group owns many well-known brands such as Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Porsche, and has invested in joint ventures such as FAW-Volkswagen, SAIC-Volkswagen and Volkswagen Anhui in China. In 2022, Volkswagen Group (China) will deliver more than 3.18 million vehicles in mainland China and Hong Kong. Among them, the delivery of new energy vehicles reached 206500, up 37.1% year on year, and the delivery of pure electric vehicles increased 68.2% year on year. "It is very important for me to be able to come to China after the Spring Festival. We have nearly 40 years of development history in China. We hope to continue to develop together with partners and joint venture partners." Obermo said that for a long time, Jilin Province and FAW China are both important partners of Volkswagen and important production bases of Volkswagen. In the future, we will continue to work together to deepen cooperation in relevant fields and jointly face challenges, To achieve win-win cooperation. In Obom's view, not only the Chinese market is very important, but also the cooperation opportunities in China are very important, especially in the fields of high-tech and electric transformation. "We will also establish a new technology partnership. At the end of last year, we announced the cooperation with Horizon. In the future, it will be more and more important to establish such a partnership." Obermo said, "We can't do everything alone. Working together with partners will help us become a part of Chinese society in a deeper way." The latest data from the China Automobile Industry Association shows that in 2022, China's auto production and sales reached 27.021 million and 26.864 million respectively, up 3.4% and 2.1% year on year, with a slight increase throughout the year. The total number of auto production and sales has ranked first in the world for 14 consecutive years. Born in Brunswick, Germany, in June 1968, Obermou served as Chairman of the Management Board of Volkswagen Group on September 1, 2022, and continued to serve as Chairman of the Management Board of Porsche AG. "Over the years, I personally have a deep relationship with China. In the past two decades, I have come to China about four times a year. In China, I have close partners and close friends." It is understood that Obom has visited Changchun, Shanghai, Hefei and other places in succession this week. "We are very happy to have such an opportunity to see great changes in China and look forward to going and seeing," he said. As a global auto giant, Volkswagen Group will also make efforts in many aspects to meet the changes in the global auto industry. Obom said that Volkswagen would continue to maintain its success in the fuel vehicle market. At the same time, seeing that the pace of electrification in different regions of China is different, Volkswagen should maintain enough flexibility and take pure electric vehicles as its future goal. Obom is very optimistic about German-China relations. "Germany is an important partner of China's technological development in the past few decades, and we will continue to write such a partnership

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