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Audi to go FAW in China

The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro cutaway model on the Geneva Motorshow 2015.

Volkswagen-owned Audi to offer five new electric models in China, in partnership with FAW Group

Audi hopes to expand its range of electric cars in China with local automotive partner FAW Group. Audi, a premium division of Volkswagen AG, is hoping to challenge Western rivals Tesla, Mercedez-Benz and BMW in the growing Chinese market.

As part of a ten-year roadmap signed last week, the luxury carmaker has announced that it will produce five new electric vehicles for the Chinese market within the next five years.

First off the production line will be the A6L e-tron, a hybrid sedan with a long wheel-base. The Q7 e-tron SUV will be imported and is expected to go on sale in China in 2018. At present, Audi’s only import to the country is the A3 e-tron, and the brand remains the best-selling premium brand, according to Reuters.

Future production runs with FAW will include pure-electric models with a range of over 500km, the companies said.

“We are starting the next phase of our joint growth path in China,” said Audi’s sales chief Dietmar Voggenreiter. “More than ever, our partnership is focusing on profitable, sustainable growth.”

 

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