At the award ceremony, the 92-year-old stood on the stage with three award-winners from China and represented the award-winners of all foreign companies. A total of 40 women and men from national and foreign companies in China received awards. The panel honored their outstanding significance for economic and industrial development over the past 40 years.
“Reform and opening up have brought tremendous benefits for China and its people, for the global economy and, certainly, for Volkswagen. A continuation of this reform can only bring more prosperity for all,” Dr. Hahn said. “I am proud to have played a part in China’s economic development. It is one of my most enduring memories. I have had the privilege of seeing access to private mobility spread throughout Chinese society,” Hahn emphasized.
“I am deeply moved by the ‘Person of the Year 2018‘ award. I am highly honored to receive this award on behalf of Volkswagen and the hundreds of thousands of employees who have helped us make our company so successful in China,” said Hahn. He remembered ground-breaking discussions with Chinese prime ministers and ministers and thanked his former colleagues, including Hans-Joachim Paul, former Technical Director of Shanghai Volkswagen, Dr. Martin Posth († September 17, 2017 in Berlin), former Member of the Volkswagen Board of Management responsible for China and later honorary citizen of Shanghai, Paul-Josef Weber, former Head of Participations, and Prof. Dr. Burkhard Welkener, former Member of the Board of Management of Shanghai-Volkswagen.
The Volkswagen Group in China
in China, the Volkswagen Group is represented by 12 brands and has delivered more than 35 million vehicles since entering the market. In 2017 alone, deliveries reached 4.18 million vehicles, corresponding to a rise of 5.1percent over the previous year. In strategic terms, Volkswagen Group China is being transformed from a pure automaker into a provider of sustainable mobility.
The company can look back on a long history in China. Volkswagen Group established its first joint venture in China, SAIC VOLKSWAGEN, in 1984. This was followed by a second joint venture,FAW-Volkswagen in Changchun, in 1990. A third joint venture with Chinese manufacturer JAC for the development and production of electric cars was established in 2017.
Volkswagen Group China has more than 100,000 employees and produces components and vehicles at 24 locations. About 3,000 dealers with 380,000 employees sold more than 170 different models of the Volkswagen Group in the People’s Republic of China in 2017. With a market share of 17.5 percent, Volkswagen Group China was the leader in the Chinese passenger car market in 2017.
Note for editors:
Two reports “The Volkswagen Group in China” and “At home in China” provide information on the history and the future engagement of Volkswagen in China. This text, photos, the curriculum vitae of Dr. Hahn as well as the latest photos from Beijing (from 3 p.m.) are available at www.volkswagen-newsroom.com.