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Renault taps Audi Chinese executive to lead JV with Dongfeng
Automotive News China | 2019/4/2

Renault hired a Chinese auto sales veteran who most recently worked at Audi in Malaysia and China as president of its passenger vehicle joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group.

The appointment of Ge Shuwen became effective Monday, Dongfeng Renault Automobile said. 

Ge started his automotive careers in 1987 at state-owned Chinese automaker China FAW Group. In 2012, he became executive vice president at FAW Volkswagen Automotiveí»s unit responsible for Audi sales in China. In 2016, he was dispatched by Audi to lead sales in Malaysia. 

FAW-VW, a joint venture between FAW and Volkswagen Group, produces and markets cars for VW and Audi brands in China.

Dongfeng-Renault, established in 2013 in the central China city of Wuhan, started production in 2016. It currently builds the Renault Koleos crossover and Kadjar SUV.

In 2018, deliveries at Dongfeng-Renault slumped 27 percent to 52,769.

Renault has established two additional partnerships in China over the past two years. 

It formed a light commercial vehicle joint venture in 2018 with Brilliance Jinbei.

In 2017, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi created an electric vehicle joint venture with Dongfeng. 

Renault is on track to form another EV partnership in China. In December, it signed a deal to acquire "a significant stake" in the EV subsidiary of Jiangling Motors Group, the French automaker said. 

Renault expects to close the deal in 2019.

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