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Shanghai, November 6, 2018 - The first all-electric SUV of the brand with the Four Rings, the Audi e-tron, made its China debut at the 2018 China International Import Expo (CIIE) today. Audi showcases eight import models at the Expo, including the new Audi R8, Audi TTRS and other high-performance models.
“We are very excited to showcase Audi’s first all-electric drive production model in China for the first time. Starting from next year, the Audi e-tron will be available here, first as an imported model,” said Audi China President Thomas Owsianski. “We plan to locally produce this model together with our joint venture partner FAW-Volkswagen in 2020.”
As the flagship electric model of the Audi brand, the sporty Audi e-tron makes electric mobility a premium experience, and is perfect for sport, family and leisure. The Audi e-tron made its world premiere in San Francisco on September 17. It’s powerful traction and outstanding dynamics, as well as its long range, make it suitable for long-distance journeys. It can cover more than 400 kilometers on a single charge in the WLTP test cycle, which perfectly meets daily driving needs. Audi is fully demonstrating the fascinating innovations of the brand with the Four Rings at the CIIE. In addition to the e-tron, the Audi Q7 e-tron, Audi A8L, Audi R8, Audi TTRS, Audi RS6, Audi RS3 and Audi S5 are also on display at the Audi booth.The 2018 China International Import Expo (CIIE) will take place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai until November 10.
Audi is celebrating its 30th anniversary in China this year, and it will continue to deepen its commitment to China. Audi was the first premium manufacturer to start local production in China, with its joint venture partner FAW. Audi in China plans to double its local product portfolio with partner FAW by 2022. This includes the localization of three fully electric cars. An important part of Audi’s growth plan is to increase its R&D capacity in China. The Audi China Research and Development Center announced in September that it will launch an additional development testing center in Wuxi in 2019.