Volkswagen Builds Inexpensive BEV Platform for China

Locally sourced materials to help cut costs on automaker's entry-level electric cars.

Paul Myles, European Editor

November 27, 2023

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Volkswagen Shanghai Auto Show
Budget BEVs planned to compete in the China market.

Volkswagen announces an entry-level battery-electric vehicle platform to be developed for China where automakers are slashing costs in the world's biggest auto market.

Reuters reports the German auto giant hopes to cut production costs by using locally sourced materials in the vehicle’s construction. Volkswagen’s China chief, Ralf Brandstaetter, reveals plans for the A Main Platform that will be tailored to Chinese consumer tastes.

It will be based on the VW Group’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) and be ready for market in 2026. Brandstaetter adds that the automaker plans to introduce 10 more EV models globally by 2026 and speed up its time to market for new models from four years to closer to the 2.5-year average to match its Chinese rivals.

VW plans to build four models on the new platform priced between 140,000 yuan ($19,400) and 170,000 yuan ($23,890) to compete in a segment currently dominated by gasoline and gasoline hybrid vehicles. The cars would be produced by its joint ventures with SAIC and FAW.

Brandstaetter says, “We will increase the efficiency of our development processes and be able to shorten the time it takes to bring products to Chinese customers by 30% while ensuring we are catering to their specific needs.”

About the Author(s)

Paul Myles

European Editor, Informa Group

Paul Myles is an award-winning journalist based in Europe covering all aspects of the automotive industry. He has a wealth of experience in the field working at specialist, national and international levels.

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