BEIJING (Bloomberg) -- The general manager of Shanghai Volkswagen Co. and three other people were killed in a vehicle accident, the automaker said in a statement on Monday.
Liu Jian, 45, died in the July 17 accident in China's northwest province of Gansu, where he was at a company event to meet dealers and attend a test drive, the company said in the statement.
It's not clear from the statement if the accident happened during the test drive or if the other three killed were in the same vehicle. Spokespeople at Shanghai Volkswagen, contacted by phone, wouldn't comment on the incident.
Liu had been general manager at the company since October, 2007, according to Xinhua News Agency. Liu previously worked at units of Delphi Corp. and ArvinMeritor Inc. in Shanghai.
Shanghai Volkswagen, Volkswagen AG's car venture with SAIC Motor Corp., was China's second-biggest carmaker, excluding multipurpose vehicles, in the first half. It boosted sales 36 percent in the first six months from a year earlier to 415,796 units, according to China's Association of Automobile Manufacturers.