In order to make use of growth opportunities in the most important market of the future, the Volkswagen Group defines the region "Asia-Pacific" separate business area. The newly created unit with executive function takes on the central steering of the vehicle platforms, while regional management is responsible for matching the car interior and exterior to customer taste. The corporate focus on the three countries of China, Japan and Singapore is aimed at cutting costs within the region and the selection of markets in newly industrialised countries in Asia, such as Thailand, South Korea, India or Vietnam, in which the Volkswagen Group has scarcely any share. Following the example of Japanese producers, the dominating example in Asia, a regional network of supply and production is to be established in order to minimise import restrictions and problems with foreign exchange, while production serves both regional markets and exports within the Volkswagen Group. "Volkswagen Asia-Pacific Ltd.", based in Hong Kong, is set up following a supervisory board decision on June 2, 1993.