Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Co., a 50-50 joint venture between SAIC Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG, soon will produce an electric car in China.
The vehicle will be sold under the partnership's new Tantus brand rather than the Volkswagen brand, according to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The ministry disclosed Shanghai VW's plans for the Tantus EV when it announced the latest batch of motor vehicles that it has approved for production in China.
As a new brand, Tantus will be owned by Shanghai Volkswagen, rather than SAIC or Volkswagen. It will be the first EV produced by Shanghai Volkswagen, and it will be the first vehicle sold by the joint venture under its own brand.
Additional details about the EV are not available.
In May, the ministry also disclosed that Volkswagen's other Chinese joint venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., will produce an electric vehicle for the partnership's newly created Kaili brand.
FAW-Volkswagen, located in the northeast China city of Changchun, is a 60:40 joint venture between China FAW Group Corp. and Volkswagen.
Separately, SAIC signed an agreement last week with its other joint venture partner, General Motors Co., to jointly develop EVs for the Chinese market.