CHINA: Audi FAW to launch A6 e-tron

By Chris Wright | 10 April 2014

Audi is to launch a plug-in hybrid car for the Chinese market with local joint venture partner FAW. The A6 e-tron will be based on the long-wheelbase version of the model already being produced in China.

In an announcement ahead of the Beijing show, Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said: "We are shaping the future of electric mobility in China," adding that the full-size sedan, with a 50-kilometre (30 mile) range operating solely under battery power, will be produced at the joint venture plant in Changchun, northern China.

The A6 e-tron is equipped with the latest battery technology and represents another milestone in the automaker’s efficiency programme in China. The group is pushing ahead with its activities in the area of electric mobility under the e-tron branding.

The carmaker said its focus is on a holistic approach. All systems and components are coordinated to work together optimally. This allows it to further reduce its cars’ CO2 emissions and creates a basis for CO2-neutral mobility.

Audi claims to be the first manufacturer to equip all of its models produced locally in China with start-stop technology and kinetic energy recovery systems. It pioneered the integration of lightweight components in local production in 2012.

It added that since the beginning of the efficiency programme in 2011, it has reduced the average fuel consumption of the models it produces in China by more than 20%.

Dietmar Voggenreiter, president of Audi China, said: "We will continue systematically with the application of efficiency technologies, supporting the Chinese government’s targets for the reduction of fuel consumption."