Changchun, the capital city of Northeast China’s Jilin Province, is aiming to build the country’s largest auto production base by optimising its auto part production structure.

The city plans to increase its auto part output value by 100 billion yuan, and engine and transmission capacity each by one million units, according to an auto part capacity expansion scheme worked out by the city government recently.

The annual output value of auto part industry in Changchun is expected to increase 106 billion yuan by 2012, presenting an annual growth of about 20 percent, including 26 billion yuan from engine projects, 30 billion yuan from transmission projects, 10 billion yuan from auto chassis projects, and 40 billion yuan from other auto part projects.

Xinhua reported that FAW Volkswagen and FAW Car have already started construction of their engine projects, which are expected to form an engine capacity of 540,000 units in 2009. Another 70 projects involving lamps, bumpers, auto electronic products and interior trim are under construction, costing a total of over ten billion yuan.