Volkswagen engaged in ground-breaking co-operative ventures in the Asian-Pacific region, which was becoming an increasing focus as a high-volume export market thanks to its dynamic economic growth and low production cost base.The licensing agreement by which Nissan began assembling and marketing the Santana through its dealership organisation in early 1984 strengthened Volkswagen’s presence on the Japanese market.Like the Volkswagen plant in Shanghai, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd.in Changchun manufactured for the Chinese market as well as for other members of the Volkswagen Group.
The assembly contract signed in 1982 with the Shanghai Tractor & Automobile Corporation was the precursor to a successful German-Chinese undertaking which began on April 11, 1983 when the first Santana built in China rolled off the production line and was further enhanced in 1985 with the founding of the joint venture Volkswagen Shanghai Automotive Company, Ltd.
In the cylinder head on the left, we see the ports that connect to the intake and exhaust manifolds.
In the cylinder head on the right, we see the valves, which are normally on the inside of the engine.
Its reform policies and industrial development opened the way to a market of great future potential.
Conversely, the Chinese leadership trusted in Volkswagen because of its pioneering development of the automotive industry in Brazil and Mexico.