Volkswagen 2010 salesin China up 37%
Europe´s largest carmaker, Volkswagen AG, said Jan-uary 7 that i´t had sold 37 percent more vehicles on the Chi-nese mainland and Hong Kong in 2010, compared to sales in2009.
With l.92 million vehiclesdelivered to its customers last year,Volkswagen had performed be-yond expectation in the past year,said the PEuropean automaker in astatement.
The company also plannedto invest 10.6 billion euros (about13.8 billion U.S. dollars) in Chinathrough 2015 to expand its pro-duction capacity and develop newproducts, said Karl-Thomas Neu-mann, president and chief execu-tive of Volkswagen Group China,which operates car ventures withChincse state auto groups SAIC Motor and FAW Group.
Neumann also said he expected significant sales in thecountry in the coming years and noted that the first Volkswagenelectric cars would hit the roads in China in 2011. (Xinhua)
German pork,eggimports naited
Germany´s dioxin contamination problems deepenedin mid January as China banned pork and egg imports and itPmerged that tainted meat may be in circulation.
A day after authorities ordered the slaughter of140 pigsat a German farm after discovering dangerous dioxin levelsin pork for the first time since a scare began early January,China said its ban was effective immediately.
The country has banned imports of "German-producededible pork and egg products," the country´s product safetywatchdog, General Administration of Quality Supervision,Inspection and Quarantine, announced in a statement on itswebsite dated,saying the movewas aimed atsafeguardingthe health ofconsumers.
Autho ri-ties also saidthey wouldinspect goodsshipped fromGermany prior to January 11 and would release them only iffound to be safe.
"This is a scandal that is growing bigger and worse everyday," Johannes Remmel, agriculture minister in the westyern state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, told theFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) daily.