Audi And FAW Partnering To Build Five Electrified Vehicles in China Market

Audi and its Chinese partner FAW Group have made electrified vehicles a big part of its new 10-year strategic plan in that market.

Within the next five years, Audi and FAX will locally produce and bring to the China market five plug-in electrified e-tron models. That lineup will include two all-electric sedans with fully charged driving range of more than 310 miles, based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

The other PEV model being produced and sold in China will be the Audi A6 L e-tron plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The second PHEV will be the imported Audi Q7 e-tron. Audi announced in its release that these two PHEV models will be sold in China starting this year.

That brings the locally produced lineup to three plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) – two battery electric and one plug-in hybrid – with two more PEVs scheduled to start being manufactured and sold in China within the next five years. The two companies will be selling six or more PEVs in that market, factoring in at least one imported model.

Audi and FAW see these PEVs as a big part of reaching the “expanding premium business segment.”

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The two companies have defined 21 key strategy fields with respective goals in its 10-year plan. In that strategic plan, the companies will be rolling out other new vehicles together locally produced in China; launching a new joint venture dedicated to mobility and digital services; and will strengthen their collaboration in financial services to meet growing demand “from Audi customers in this field.”

Audi operates a Research & Development center in Beijing to customize its vehicles to the market. The R&D center is shown in the photo above.

Audi also released a few specifications on the Audi Q7 3.0 TDI e-tron quattro. It gets 123.8 to 130.7 mpg based on what the company calls a “U.S. mileage rating” and on the tire/wheel sets used. It has CO2 emissions of 80.5 to 77.2 grams per mile depending on the tire/wheels sets.

In September, Audi’s parent company Volkswagen forged a deal with large Chinese automaker Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) along the same lines. The two automakers establish a joint venture for building all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

VW has played a significant role in the Chinese market for three decades, and has been securing more than a third of its global vehicle sales in China in recent years. VW has worked with Chinese automakers SAIC Motor Corp. and Audi’s partner FAW to develop its impressive list of light-duty vehicles sold in the market.

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