The Chinese leader of the purchasing department of a very large Chinese car manufacturer once informed me: „Clutches? Don’t buy any Chinese clutches. They are all [expletive deleted]. We import all of our [expletive deleted] clutches.” Volkswagen is setting out to change that [expletive deleted] situation.
Today, the newly-founded Volkswagen Automatic Transmission Co, Ltd. started to produce Volkswagen’s tricky 7-speed dual clutch DSG transmission at a projected rate of 300,000 pieces a year. Its capacity will be gradually expanded to a maximum of 600,000 units. The factory is in the port city of Dalian, previously known for its beautiful scenery and beautiful women.
The Dalian facility is the second plant (after Kassel) in Volkswagen’s worldwide imperium to build the demanding DSG transmissions.
Volkswagen swears in their press release that “the locally-produced DSG transmissions will be installed in vehicles for the Chinese market.”
Note that they don’t say “for the Chinese market only.” At 600,000 pieces a year it would take a huge jump in DSG equipped Chinese VWs to absorb that kind of a volume. And if they are made at lower cost in Dalian than in Kassel, expect a Chinese DSG soon in a Volkswagen near you.