FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company, VW’s main automaking joint venture with FAW Group Corporation, announced it began operations at its new technology development centre in Changchun in the Chinese province of Jilin at the end of November.

The company said its new R&D centre had a built area of 70,000 sq metres and has facilities to test energy consumption and emissions, a vehicle body component test centre, a driving systems test centre, a vehicle crash test centre, a new energy vehicle workshop and an intelligent lighting systems centre.

FAW-Volkswagen said the new facility filled a gap in its testing and development capabilities and would help strengthen its local supply chain as well as support collaboration between enterprises, universities and research institutes.

FAW Group chairman Xu Liuping said: “The completion of FAW-Volkswagen’s new technology development centre demonstrates the company’s strong sense of responsibility in pursuing innovation driven development and achieving high quality industrial transformation and upgrading. It will surely enhance the company’s technical R&D strength and boost its high-quality development in the future.”

Jing Junhai, party chief of Jilin province, said in a statement: “It is hoped FAW-Volkswagen will firmly embrace the development trend of auto electrification, intelligent, shared and connected technologies, and uphold the customer centred, innovation driven and market oriented development concept and continue to enhance the innovation capacity.” He added: “FAW-Volkswagen should contribute more to the overall revitalisation of Jilin province in the new era.”