Auto Industry Development Pioneer, SAIC Volkswagen Helps China’s Dream of Automobile Power

  International online car channel news: Looking back on the past hundred years, the key words that have always been implemented are not afraid of difficulties and risks, and hard work. As one of the pillars of the national economy, the automobile industry has experienced unremitting struggle from scratch to strength.

  Chinese employees pose with German experts in front of a white Santana that has just rolled off the assembly line on April 11, 1983, in a workshop at the Shanghai Automobile Factory. Everyone’s faces are brimming with excitement. Without flowers and wine, this simple rolling-off ceremony marked the beginning of a new era for Chinese cars.

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On April 11, 1983, the first Santana rolled off the assembly line

  If Columbus’s voyage opened up the New World, then SAIC Volkswagen, the first batch of automobile companies to enter the Chinese automobile joint venture catalog, connected the world of automobiles. Since its establishment in the 1980s, SAIC Volkswagen has grown and developed together with China’s opening up process, led pioneering innovation, and continued to promote the transformation of the domestic automobile industry.

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SAIC Volkswagen

  Joint venture, a pioneer in the development of the automotive industry

  In the 1970s, China’s car industry was still in a state of small scale and low degree of mechanization. As China gradually opened up to the world and embraced the desire to develop an automobile power, China and other countries began to negotiate the establishment of joint ventures for cars. In 1978, the prelude to the automobile joint venture was officially opened. In October of the same year, a Chinese machinery delegation visited Europe and began to discuss the joint venture construction of car enterprises with Schmidt, then chairperson of Volkswagen Group, which opened the prelude to Sino-German cooperation.

  As the first person to eat crabs, it is natural to accept more challenges. To this end, the state has absorbed the opinions of Chinese and German negotiators. The negotiation of this joint venture project of SAIC Volkswagen has provided valuable examples and experience for the follow-up joint venture work not only in automobiles, but also in other industries in our country, and has become a pioneer of pioneering and innovation. After six years of long negotiations, Volkswagen Group and SAIC Group signed a joint venture contract in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in October 1984, and SAIC Volkswagen was officially established. As a bridge between China and Germany and the vanguard of the domestic automobile industry, SAIC Volkswagen introduced advanced manufacturing technology and a sound quality management system into China, and a new pattern of using foreign capital, introducing technology and accelerating development in China’s automobile industry began.

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On October 12, 1984, the groundbreaking ceremony of Shanghai Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd

  "Whirlwind" Santana, a model of car localization

  After China and Germany started to cooperate, they first needed to determine which product to introduce. At that time, the German side recommended the "Audi 80" or "Santana" models. After research by the Chinese side, the new model Santana with the latest materials, technology and craftsmanship at that time was favored. Santana was the latest product of German Volkswagen at that time. It had a simple and generous appearance, spacious space, outstanding safety and economy, and was suitable for use as domestic official vehicles and commercial vehicles.

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Santana Pipeline

  Quality Standards for localization caused controversy at the time. According to the contract, localized Santana parts had to be sent to Germany for technical certification by Volkswagen. Due to the fact that the production conditions and technical level of the domestic automobile manufacturing industry were still in their infancy at that time, production defects were inevitable, which was not allowed in the eyes of strict German experts.

  In 1988, the quality standard for the localization of Santana was officially concluded: "The localization of Santana cannot be’melons and vegetables’, and the localized parts must adhere to the German Volkswagen standard, 100% qualified, and 0.1% reduction is not required." The phrase "no melons and vegetables" has been widely praised, and SAIC Volkswagen has also adhered to high standards.

  Adhere to quality first and form an auto parts industry chain

  In order to overcome the problem of "improving the localization rate of Santana", SAIC Volkswagen, with the help of governments at all levels, started a series of key innovation work again. At that time, the situation of Chinese auto parts enterprises was a lack of technology and money. To improve the localization rate, it was necessary to carry out technological transformation of auto parts enterprises. Large transformation costs were the main obstacle to improving the localization rate at that time.

  In 1988, the "localization fund" was officially established, which fundamentally solved the problem of funding for the introduction of technology and equipment by parts and components enterprises. Also in 1988, 105 parts and components supporting enterprises, 6 universities, and 7 scientific research institutes jointly established the "Santana Community". The localization of Santana is no longer a matter of one enterprise, but a problem of the entire city, and even China’s automobile industry. With policy support and financial support, a large number of parts and components enterprises began to reinvent themselves and grow. Even later, as long as the quality standard has been approved by SAIC Volkswagen, other manufacturers will directly purchase it and become "inspection-free products".

  Within the company, SAIC Volkswagen hired more than 20 retired engineers from Germany’s Volkswagen to train and guide the production of parts, strictly in accordance with the German "six gates", namely the entry gate, the first sample pass, the tooling sample pass, the quality assurance system evaluation pass, the batch supply pass and the official supply pass, to achieve 100% qualified localization of parts. At the same time, if the domestic local parts factory wants to become a supplier of SAIC Volkswagen, it must be re-transformed according to German standards, and the parts can only pass the inspection after being tested by German standards. In this process, SAIC Volkswagen worked with Germany to gradually establish a complete industrial chain including Product Research & Development, parts supply system, modern vehicle production system, and fully functional sales and after-sales services system. This modern automotive industry system was first put into practice in China through SAIC Volkswagen. In terms of parts system, the Chinese and German partners mobilized more than 300 parts manufacturers of the Volkswagen Group around the world to encourage and support these manufacturers to transfer technology to China, establish joint ventures, and realize local production. Ultimately, the Sino-German partners jointly established more than 400 high-quality parts enterprises, which became the core of China’s auto parts system and laid the foundation for the development of the domestic auto industry.

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January 28, 1992 Celebration of the cumulative production of 100,000 Santana sedans

  Through the joint efforts of all members, in the early 1990s, the localization rate of Santana finally reached 90%, and the annual output exceeded 3,500 vehicles. Overcoming language barriers and technical gaps, the integration of localization technology and German standards has introduced a manufacturing process that is synchronized with the world for the domestic automobile industry, and also brought quality cars that are in line with international standards to domestic consumers.

  The development of SAIC Volkswagen is like the epitome of China’s opening up, and every pioneering and innovation has become a driving force. Looking forward in 2021, every person and story involved has become a symbol, recording the original bravery and creativity of Chinese cars and Chinese builders. (Image source: SAIC Volkswagen)




Xinxiang Tiggo 8 hot promotion, discount 59,900! If you miss it, you won’t

In the promotion channel of Xinxiang, car home, preferential activities are being carried out, which has brought more car purchase discounts to consumers in Xinxiang. It is understood that the maximum discount can reach 59,900 yuan, and the minimum starting price is 59,000 yuan. If you want to know the details of the specific discount, it is suggested to click "Check the car price" in the quotation form to strive for a higher discount.

The appearance design of the Tiggo 8 car series is unique, the front face design is sharp, and the air intake grille is decorated with a large area of chrome, showing luxury and domineering. The body lines are smooth, and the overall style is fashionable and dynamic, which shows the sense of modernity and technology. In addition, the Tiggo 8 car series is also equipped with LED headlights, which has excellent lighting effect and improves the safety of driving at night. The chrome-plated decorative strips on the side of the car body and the sporty wheel hub design further highlight the sporty style of the car. In a word, the design of the Tiggo 8 car series is exquisite and impressive.

As a medium-sized SUV, the length * width * height of the Tiggo 8 is 4700*1860*1746, the wheelbase is 2710mm, the front tread is 1582mm, the rear tread is 1604mm, and the tyre size is 235/55 R18 and 235/55 R18. Viewed from the side, the body lines of the Tiggo 8 are smooth and simple, showing the luxurious and atmospheric style. The design of the side lines of the Tiggo 8 is simple and smooth, and the overall body presents a stable and atmospheric style. The gap between the front and rear wheel tracks also shows that the suspension system of Tiggo 8 adopts independent suspension, which improves the handling and stability of the vehicle.

The interior design style of Tiggo 8 is simple and atmospheric, with black/beige color matching, and the overall feeling is very comfortable. The steering wheel is made of leather material, which feels comfortable and the position can be manually adjusted up and down and back and forth. The size of the central control screen is 10.25 inches, with clear display and convenient operation. There are two USB/Type-C interfaces in the front row and one in the back row, which is convenient for passengers to charge. The seat is made of imitation leather. The main seat can be adjusted back and forth, and the height can be adjusted (2-way). The auxiliary seat can also be adjusted back and forth. In addition, the front seats are equipped with heating function to provide a more comfortable driving experience. The backrest of the second row of seats can be adjusted, and the rear seats can be laid down in proportion, providing more storage space.

The Tiggo 8 is powered by a 1.5T 156 HP L4 engine with a maximum power of 115 kW and a maximum torque of 230n m.. This engine adopts advanced technology and can provide excellent performance and fuel economy. In addition, the Tiggo 8 is also equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, which allows the driver to control the vehicle more flexibly. Whether driving in the city or cruising at high speed, this engine can provide sufficient power for the Tiggo 8, making your driving experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

The Tiggo 8 is a sleek, round and full-bodied model, which has been highly praised by car home car owners. The owner said that the waistline design of the Tiggo 8 is excellent, there are no redundant lines, and the visibility of the penetrating taillights and high-position brake lights is also high, making it safer to drive at night. In terms of appearance, the design of Tiggo 8 is really beautiful, which conforms to the aesthetics of the owner. At the same time, the Tiggo 8 also has excellent performance and comfortable driving experience, and it is a recommended model.

For the first time in 32 years, the list of wild animals has been greatly adjusted: 517 species have been added and species protection has been upgraded.

Snow falls in Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan, and two giant panda cubs play in the snow. Xinhua News Agency reporter Jiang Hongjing photo
Red-bellied pheasant and golden pheasant are strolling for food in Chongqing Jinfo Mountain National Forest Park. Photo by Yan Mingbin
Yangtze finless porpoises swim in Duchang waters of Poyang Lake in Jiangxi Province. Fu Jianbin
Rangers are inspecting Qilian Mountain National Nature Reserve in Gansu Province. Photo by Wang Jiang
The State Forestry and Grassland Bureau and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs jointly issued an announcement recently, announcing the newly adjusted List of National Key Protected Wild Animals (hereinafter referred to as the List). This is the first time that the Catalogue has been greatly adjusted since it was promulgated and implemented in January 1989.
Why should the Directory be substantially adjusted? What are the highlights of the adjustment? What impact will it bring to wildlife protection? The reporter interviewed relevant experts and scholars.
Sixty-five species of wild animals, such as jackals and Yangtze finless porpoises, have been upgraded from national second-class protection to national first-class protection, and 988 species (categories) of wild animals have been included in the new Catalogue.
According to the Law on the Protection of Wild Animals, the state implements classified and graded protection for wild animals, and gives priority protection to rare and endangered wild animals. Wild animals under special state protection are divided into first-class protected wild animals and second-class protected wild animals. After the publication of the Catalogue in 1989, until this major adjustment, there was no systematic update except that all species of musk deer and pangolin were upgraded to national first-class protected wild animals in 2003 and 2020 respectively.
"In the past 30 years, the situation of wildlife protection in China has undergone great changes." Jiang Zhigang, former executive deputy director of the National Endangered Species Science Committee, said that some endangered wild animals have been effectively protected, and the degree of endangerment has been alleviated, while the degree of endangerment of some wild animals has intensified, and a number of new rare and endangered species have been discovered with in-depth research and need to be protected in time. It is necessary to scientifically adjust the Catalogue.
The new Catalogue has changed a lot, and the range of wildlife under special state protection has greatly increased. From this set of data, the great change can be seen:
—— On the basis of retaining all species in the original Catalogue, 517 species of wild animals have been added, which is more than the total number of previously protected species. Among them, 43 species such as the spotted civet cat are listed as national first-class protected wild animals, and 474 species such as wolves are listed as national second-class protected wild animals;
-Raising 65 kinds of wild animals, such as jackals and Yangtze finless porpoises, from the national second-class protected wild animals to the national first-class; Three kinds of wild animals, the bear monkey, the capra ibex and the python, were adjusted from the national first-class protected wild animals to the national second-class;
A total of 988 species (classes) of wild animals are listed in the new Catalogue, including 234 species and 1 class of wild animals under national first-class protection and 746 species and 7 classes of wild animals under national second-class protection. Among the above species, 686 are terrestrial wild animals, 294 and 8 are aquatic wild animals.
The newly discovered endangered species have attracted much attention in this adjustment of the Catalogue. "This adjustment has timely included precious and endangered species newly discovered and recorded in China in recent years." Shi Kun, director of the Wildlife Research Institute of Beijing Forestry University and professor of the School of Ecology and Nature Conservation, said that species such as white-cheeked macaque, lazy bear and red gazelle are small populations or marginal distribution in southwest China, which have important ecological functions and need to be protected.
Incorporating into the scope of national key protection and upgrading the protection level means that the protection of species has increased significantly.
It is noteworthy that five species, including Tibetan antelope, Tibetan wild donkey, bear monkey, capra ibex and python, were proposed to be downgraded to the second level in the draft of the Catalogue, but only three species, namely, bear monkey, capra ibex and python, were downgraded in the officially published Catalogue.
"The populations of bear monkey, capra ibex and python are stable and widely distributed, and they are downgraded, which reflects the effectiveness of protection work and is also based on the conclusion of scientific assessment." Shi Kun said that Tibetan antelope and Tibetan wild donkey have not been downgraded, mainly because they are worried that the illegal cost of destroying species will be reduced after demotion, which may lead to a rebound in poaching and threaten the survival of species.
Why did the new Catalogue add so many species? Zhang Wei, a professor at the College of Wildlife and Nature Reserve of Northeast Forestry University, believes that on the one hand, China has continuously strengthened biodiversity protection, and its ability to protect species has become stronger and stronger, and it has the ability to include more species in key protection areas. In recent years, China has accelerated the construction of a nature reserve system with national parks as the main body, with a total of 11,800 nature reserves, accounting for 18% of the land area, effectively protecting 90% of vegetation types and terrestrial ecosystems and 85% of key protected wildlife populations; At the same time, the protection of endangered wild animals has been continuously strengthened, and a stable artificial breeding population has been established for more than 300 endangered wild animals. On the other hand, with the development of taxonomy, many changes have taken place in the animal classification system, and this important change has been taken into account in the adjustment of the Catalogue, which has also led to the increase of species included in the scope of protection.
Incorporating into the national key protection scope and upgrading the protection level means that the protection of species will be significantly increased. Species protection and upgrading, protection projects and funding will increase, which is of great significance to the gradual recovery of populations and habitats.
"Different levels of protection also mean that there are different sentencing standards for cracking down on poaching, illegal smuggling and illegal trafficking." Jiang Zhigang said that the adjustment of the Catalogue has brought new opportunities for the protection of a large number of rare and endangered wild animals.
For key protected species, a rescue plan should be made as soon as possible to restore the population and habitat of threatened species.
The substantial adjustment of the Catalogue has undoubtedly put forward higher requirements for wildlife protection.
"The adjustment of the Catalogue to include more species requires supporting funds, technology and personnel, and relevant departments should formulate supporting management measures." Jin Kun, director of the Nature Reserve Research Institute of China Academy of Forestry, said.
Shi Kun suggested that after the species are included in the national key protection scope, a rescue plan should be made as soon as possible to restore the threatened species population and habitat. Combined with the construction of protected areas, efforts should be made to protect the habitats of rare species.
Clear responsibilities, do a good job of coordination, and keep up with capacity building.
Shi Kun believes that the inclusion of species in the scope of national key protection does not mean that only the state has the responsibility to protect. The local authorities should cooperate with the state to strengthen the capacity building of grassroots protection and implement the responsibility to the county level. Jin Kun also said that the protection of wildlife under special state protection should embody the principle of concentrating resources and giving prominence to protection. The species between the national and local key protection lists should be balanced, and the responsibilities of the central and local governments should be clarified so as to facilitate management and law enforcement. "Some species are included in the national key protection ranks, and the staff of supervision, law enforcement and other departments should further learn and master relevant knowledge, such as identification technology and punishment standards." Jin Kun said.
Only by strengthening supervision and public participation can protection be effective.
In the new Catalogue, more than 60 species are labeled as "wild populations only". In this regard, Shi Kun explained that some species have mature breeding techniques and stable artificial populations, which are listed in the National Catalogue of Livestock and Poultry Genetic Resources, such as sika deer and red deer. "This labeling distinguishes the wild population and artificial population of species, and does not engage in’ one size fits all’, which embodies the concept of sustainable development. Of course, it is necessary to strengthen supervision and crack down on illegal hunting of wild populations as artificial populations. "
Jiang Zhigang said that the protection of wild animals should not be at the expense of local residents’ interests. It is necessary to increase financial transfer payments, improve the ecological compensation mechanism and the compensation mechanism for wildlife damage, guide local residents to benefit from wildlife protection, attract them to take the initiative to participate, and truly realize the harmonious coexistence between man and nature.
The wildlife protection law is clear, and the Catalogue is adjusted every five years according to the assessment. "This adjustment is comprehensive, scientific and realistic, but there is room for further adjustment." Jin Kun said that it is necessary to increase investment in scientific research, intensify the investigation and monitoring of species resources, scientifically evaluate the population status, regularly update or adjust the Catalogue according to the actual needs of wildlife protection, and build a reasonable entry and exit mechanism for the Catalogue.
The relevant person in charge of the State Forestry and Grassland Bureau said that it will further strengthen protection, implement local government responsibilities, ensure the safety of rare and endangered species and habitats, strictly enforce law enforcement and supervision, and severely crack down on illegal and criminal activities. At the same time, publicity and education will be widely carried out to improve public scientific cognition, guide the public to consciously resist illegal acts and support protection work, and form a good situation of joint protection from all walks of life.
(Source: People’s Daily)

"Value Creation" Leads Workers’ Life to "Happiness Upgrade"

When I came to Tongjiang, Sichuan, a mountain stood tall and mountainous, and countless dangerous roads, deep canyons and valleys made people linger. Winding along the provincial highway 204, the house with red tiles and white walls, which is the residence of Qingyukou Reservoir Project of China Railway 11th Bureau, is located in the mountains of full of green, which is particularly eye-catching. Recently, the 11th Bureau of China Railway has built an intimate, comfortable, civilized and harmonious workers’ home in the project site.

Project Resident (Photo courtesy of China Railway 11th Bureau)

The project has a planned construction period of 67 months, surrounded by mountains and inconvenient transportation. How to build a caring, comfortable, civilized and harmonious home for employees in the project with long construction period and poor environment, and how to "upgrade happiness" for employees’ lives through value creation actions has become the primary problem of the project.

Adding "face value" externally and refining "temperament"

"I never dreamed that I could live in an’ ecological community’ in full of green." Sun Wugang, captain of the survey team of Qingyukou Reservoir Project of China Railway 11th Bureau, said with a big smile that he had gone through more than ten projects, and this was the most beautiful place where he lived.

Walking into the project site, a lush face hit. Movable flower stands adorn every corner of the station, the walls are covered with bionic turf, and the grass is planted below, so the station is full of vitality. "Piece-by-piece" greening pattern echoes the pines and cypresses on the mountains behind it, showing the beauty of nature.

In the "mini-park" between the corridors in the dormitory area, employees can watch the game on the stone table, take a leisurely walk on the "S"-shaped aisle, or take selfies next to the newly blooming flowers … The park with an area of less than 80 square meters has become a good place for employees to relax, take a nap and have a morning exercise.

When I come to Happy Farm, the employees will dig up the soil and water the land after work, and they are very busy. Zhang Ming, secretary of the Party branch of the project, said that Happy Farm is divided into fields and managed by employees themselves, which not only allows everyone to taste fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables after hard farming, but also enhances employees’ sense of acquisition and happiness.

Project workers reclaim vegetable fields (Photo courtesy of China Railway 11th Bureau)

Building "innovation" and serving "mind-wandering"

When you visit the project staff dormitory, you will find that, unlike the traditional dormitory, a partition board is installed in the middle, which divides an original 3×6-meter standard dormitory into two 3×3-meter small single rooms.

"Don’t underestimate this board, not only not afraid to disturb my roommate, but also give me a comfortable and private space." Jiang Lan, an employee of Qingyukou Reservoir Project of China Railway 11th Bureau, praised the minor changes in the dormitory.

At the beginning of entering the site, the project team decided to rotate the standard dormitory by 90 degrees through the topographic investigation and overall layout of the project site, and split the double dormitory into a single dormitory in the form of "dividing the dormitory and sharing air conditioning". The results show that it can not only achieve the goal of single dormitory for employees, but also save the space of eight standard dormitories, further optimizing the allocation of home construction expenses.

Compared with the "innovation" of single-room dormitory, the personalized service of employees is "taking the heart". The "tree hole mailbox" hand-made by employees is particularly conspicuous. Employees can put troubles, whispers or suggestions on the project into the mailbox, which will be collected by the project office in a unified way, so as to reasonably meet their thoughts and expectations.

The "point-to-order" service in public areas can meet the needs of employees for "ordering food", "ordering books" and "penalty". What they want to eat, read and play can be served in a day. Many employees laughed and said, "This service is more timely than I bought express delivery."

In addition, the project insists on high quality, pays attention to details, advocates economy, seriously studies the problem of "urgent need" of employees, creates a "home" environment with sincere feelings, and creates a good atmosphere of civilization, harmony, unity, safety and happiness through warm-hearted activities such as collective birthdays and holiday condolences.

"Ascending" Position "Wisdom" Technology

While meeting the needs of employees’ office life, the needs of spiritual civilization cannot be left behind. Yang Liandi’s Denggao Cultural Hall is the core cultural position of the project.

Covering an area of 156 square meters, the exhibition hall is an educational position and a window for publicity, which blends the corporate climbing culture with the local red culture and fully displays the good image of the enterprise and the local cultural heritage. Relying on the exhibition hall, the project actively organizes cadres and workers in party member to carry out centralized study, party class education, theme party day activities, etc., so as to continuously improve workers’ ideological awareness and enrich their spiritual life.

The digital control center next to the exhibition hall is also one of the important "punch points" in the project station. The sand table of the reservoir dam and the large screen of information management and control are all available, and the most eye-catching one is the application display of BIM technology. The application can realize three-dimensional visual disclosure, automatic monitoring and other functions, and provide digital and informational technical support for efficient decision-making, demonstration, command, evaluation and emergency management of the project. Without going to the site, employees can remotely monitor and know the "health information" of the main structure of the dam in real time, thus realizing convenient and efficient office work.

In addition, the project is also equipped with a staff library, a spacious and comfortable activity room, a clean and tidy bathroom, a safe and intelligent pedestrian-vehicle diversion channel … complete resident facilities, and meticulous and caring services, all of which reveal the intentions and feelings of the project in the process of building a home.

In the next step, the project will continue to update and improve the construction of "home", highlight humanistic care, strengthen cultural guidance, help project production, make "home" more like home and make "home" happier.