Audi opens electric vehicle factory in Changchun


Audi, the Volkswagen Group’s luxury brand, began construction on a new factory in the northeast city of Changchun on Tuesday in a bid to boost production of electric vehicles in China, the most large world market for these vehicles.

The plant, which is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2024, will focus on producing models based on Audi’s new Premium Platform Electric architecture designed for electric vehicles, the company said.

The plant will be capable of producing more than 150,000 vehicles per year, with the first three models to be marketed as the Audi A6 e-tron and Q6 e-tron series, the German luxury brand added, without disclosing further details. the models.

The EV plant will be operated by a newly established EV partnership between Audi, Volkswagen Group and China FAW Group Corp. It will be joined by an adjacent new facility to assemble high-voltage batteries, Audi said.

Audi produces four electric vehicle models in China, all crossovers: the e-tron and battery versions of the Q4 and the stretched Q2 are built in the VW Group’s joint venture with FAW, while the battery variant of the Q5 is assembly at the German group. partnership with SAIC Motor Corp.

Audi was the third best-selling luxury brand in China in the first quarter after BMW and Mercedes, with shipments down 22% to 161,600. Audi did not disclose electric vehicle sales in China during the period. .

Audi isn’t the only major global luxury brand to ramp up production of electric vehicles in China.

BMW opened a new plant in the northeast Chinese city of Shenyang last week with local partner Brilliance Automobile Holdings Group Co. The plant, BMW’s third production facility in the city, will not will only produce fully electric vehicles.


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