On 10 and 11 October, a team from Volkswagen Group evaluated Shandong Linglong Tire co. Ltd.’s suitability as an original equipment supplier. The Chinese tyre maker reports that it has passed this audit, and in doing so comes one step closer to having its tyres fitted on Volkswagen vehicles manufactured in China. At present, no tyres produced by domestic Chinese tyre makers come with Volkswagen cars as original equipment.
“The passing of this audit demonstrates that Linglong Tire has become the official supplier of Volkswagen, with the technical level, manufacturing and management level conforming with purchase standards and technical requirements of Volkswagen Group,” wrote Linglong Tire in a statement.
The manufacturer states that its tyres will appear on vehicles produced by Volkswagen “in the near future,” however it didn’t specify which Group brand or vehicle models will be fitted with its products.