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In 1986, Audi AG made an initial official contact with China and together with FAW, began a joint feasibility study of certain technology in Changchun. Over the following two years, technical development for Audi cars continued in Changchun and in 1988, FAW was granted a manufacturing license by Audi. In the same year, a total of 499 Audi cars were assembled in Changchun.

In 1990, FAW installed assembly lines for Audi cars with a daily capacity of 50 units. In 1993, Audi joined the joint venture of FAW-VW. In 1995, FAW-VW began to prepare for the production of the Audi 200 V6 - a model developed only for China. In the following year, the Audi 200 V6 came off the production line.

In 1996, Audi established an after-sales service division in Beijing. Audi technicians were located in the No. 1 service station of FAW, providing training for the Chinese employees as well as technical support. In the same year, Audi established an expert team composed of professionals in automobile sales, marketing development, public relations and after-sales service, to improve the market development of Audi in China.

In 1999, the Audi A6, produced jointly by Audi and its partner, FAW Group, came off the production line at FAW-VW, Changchun. The Audi A6 made up for the absence of premium cars produced in China. In the same year, Audi sold 6,911 units in China.

In 2000, the first Audi standard dealer's show room was open in Beijing, through which Audi introduced the world standard sales and service system into China. In the same year, Audi's sales in China increased one and a half times compared to the previous year, reaching 17,451 units.

In 2001, the Audi A8 was officially launched in China. This symbolized the landing in China of Audi's flagship vehicle. Then, the new Audi A4 model and the Audi TT sports car were also launched in China, introducing more personalized choices for Chinese customers. In the same year, Audi introduced some world standard components and accessories including xenon headlights, parking heaters and electric seats, which were fitted in the updated Audi A6 model in 2001. Audi's sales in China increased to 27,890 units in 2001.

In 2002, Audi fitted the Audi A6 with its proprietary multitronic? technology. The new Audi A6, with 23 updated parts, was launched. The two updates of Audi that were in line with the international updates maintained for Audi, the leading position in the premium car market in China. In the same year, Audi's 4WD vehicle was launched in China; this true 4WD for the use of both on-road and off-road further consolidated Audi's competitive strength in China. Audi's sales in China reached 36,492 units that year.

In 2003, the Audi A4, as the top range product of the world premium brands B-class vehicles, was put into production in China, a symbol of Audi's extensive production expansion in China. In July that year, the new Audi A8, which set a new standard in world premium cars, was also launched in China. In October 2003, the launches of both the executive model and sports model of the Audi A6 again proved the success of Audi in China. In the same year, the sales of automobiles in China increased by 69.6% as a whole, reaching 2.27 million units; the total sales of Audi vehicles reached 63,531 units, an increase of 71.5%.

In April 2004, Audi launched the new Audi A4 model which offered not only more color choices, but also more personalized accessories including an entertainment package, sports package, winter package and genuine leather package etc. The new Audi A4 model became the ideal choice for the elites who pursue a high quality and individual life. In May the same year, the Audi A8L 6.0 quattro 4WD, the high-class flagship product of Audi, was launched in China. This model is the premium car with the most advanced technology and best performance in the global market. Its launch further strengthened Audi's leading position in the Chinese premium car market. China is currently the fourth largest market for the Audi A8. In August 2004, the China-made Audi A6 2.5 TDI diesel was officially launched. Under the trend of a general slide in the Chinese automobile market in that year, Audi's annual sales increased by 0.8%, reaching 64,018 units (among them, 46,177 units of the China-made Audi A6 and 15,841 units of the China-made Audi A4.)

In April 2005, the new China-made Audi A6L was launched. As currently the most luxurious and advanced sedan which best suits the Chinese situation, the new Audi A6L carried with it the Audi quality: prestigious design, excellent sporty characteristics, spacious interior and an outstanding safety system greatly improving the driving experience in terms of convenience, dynamics and comfort to an unprecedented level. In October, the launch of the new Audi A4 further consolidated and completed the Audi product series in China. Despite the fierce market competition, Audi achieved excellent sales results in China that year. Sales reached 58,878 units (according to AAK statistic method, i.e., the sales of vehicles to the end users), an increase of 9.6%. China became the third biggest market for Audi outside of Germany.
Currently FAW is producing two models in Changchun, A4 and A6 long.

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I think Audi was the first manufacturer to develope streched limo (Audi 100) exclusively for Chinese market. But Erik would be probably able to give some further information.

Streched and other versions of Audi 100 were sold under the badge FAW Hongqi in PRC:


http://sites.internet.lu/folders/paulfern/faw/1999_hongqi_7220_7221_L.jpg


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Nowadays many companies offer long-wheelbased versions of their cars such as BMW 5-series, Chrysler 300C, Ford Mondeo, VW Passat.
 

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Interesting article about A6 L from audiworld.com, written on March 8, 2005.

The new Audi A6L, built in the Changchun plant in China, today celebrated its debut in Shanghai. Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, and the joint venture partners of FAW-VW, President of the FAW Group Zhu Yanfeng and General Manager of FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd., Qin Huanming, emphasised the significance of the new Audi A6L for the Chinese market.

Winterkorn stated: "The Audi A6L will be built exclusively as a long-wheelbase version in China for the Chinese market. This premium product, which is wholly orientated to our Chinese customers, thus enables us to go one step further in China than in the rest of the world." In Europe the A6, already the winner of numerous awards, including "World Car of the Year", stands as a benchmark for high quality and excellent workmanship. In Germany the A6 has been named the "Best Car of 2005" and in Italy leading designers have declared it as the "World's Most Beautiful Large Saloon". "It is our aim," said Winterkorn, "to extend the success of the new Audi A6 to China as well. The special Chinese version the A6L, which has undergone extensive trials in the country, offers convincing proof of our market leadership in the Chinese premium segment."

The Audi A6L occupies a leading position among its competitors in terms of driving comfort and luxury, spaciousness and design. The chassis, engineered specifically for road conditions in China, provides outstanding suspension characteristics, particularly when the optional adaptive air suspension system is chosen. The wheelbase of the A6L, ten centimetres longer than that of the A6 saloon, is unique. This extended wheelbase benefits passengers in the rear of the car, giving them legroom hitherto unknown in this vehicle segment.

The Audi A6 has also been highly praised for its qualitative charm and design. Qin Huanming, General Manager of FAW-Volkswagen Automobile, stated that, "The Audi A6L is a masterpiece of design". One example of this is the new image that this family now enjoys, with its single-frame radiator grille. The Audi A6L sets standards in other respects too. The vehicle can be ordered with quattro permanent all-wheel drive, through which Audi has been proving its proverbial on-road "Vorsprung durch Technik" for the last 25 years in convincing style. The quattro drive is offered in 2005 in conjunction with the 3.0 six-cylinder (218 bhp) engine and the 4.2 eight-cylinder (335 bhp). This is the first time that Audi's programme in China will include an eight-cylinder engine in the A6 range. The 2.4 (177 bhp) engine is a further six-cylinder available from dealers from day one. The four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI engine (170 bhp) will follow shortly after. Customers can choose between a manual transmission and two automatic transmissions, multitronic (2.0 TFSI, 2.4 and 3.0 litres with front-wheel drive) and tiptronic in the two quattro variants.
The Audi A6L can deliver even more evidence of its innovative technological credentials. The MMI control system enables hassle-free operation of a wide range of functions such as a telephone, audio systems and navigation systems. Vehicle settings can also be adjusted easily. If the vehicle is fitted with the adaptive air suspension system, the customer can use the MMI to select a chassis tuning ranging from sporty to comfortable. If the driver does not make an selection, the vehicle level adapts itself continuously to the road and the speed of travel.

High-comfort equipment leaves nothing to be desired. MMI in the Chinese language, servotronic, a leather steering wheel and a light/rain sensor are just some examples of the extensive features that are provided as standard. Naturally the Audi A6L boasts the same comprehensive safety features as the standard saloon. These include a state-of-the-art ESP generation and head/front and side airbags. In the Euro NCAP crash test, the Audi A6 was awarded five stars, the highest possible rating.

During recent months, the Audi A6 has been presented with almost every award that a car can possibly win. Besides the title "World Car of the Year", it received the "Auto1" award, a major international automobile prize. Winterkorn remarked: "To us these awards are clear confirmation of our product strategy, namely: The best of all worlds."

At the unveiling of the A6L, Zhu Yanfeng, President of FAW Group, stressed: "In terms of sales, brand influence and customer satisfaction, during recent years the Audi A6 has left its competitors trailing." Some 200,000 Audi A6 cars have been built in China to date. According to Winterkorn, China is already the world's largest market for A6 saloons. Audi will surely set new standards with the A6L.

The Audi A6L, which will debut at the Shanghai Motor Show on 21 April, is to be launched on the Chinese market in the middle of the year.




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http://www.audiworld.com/news/05/chinaa6/content.shtml
 

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audi has been improving their brand gretly, however the a6 hasnt seen as many changes are the a4 has. I guess because the a6 does not sell that great compared to its competitor brands like bmw and lexus


Audi 200





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Article:
http://info.autofan.com.cn/info/2006-07-15/3/10018075.xhtml

FAW-Volkswagen Audi 200 (1997 ~ 1999)

The old Audi 100 (C3) over the air, should be to take over from the new 100 (C4). But the C4 is not predictable, we waited and a nothing on earth models - the Audi 200. Compared to 100, in addition to new engine and the elongated body, the Audi 200 seem to be no other improvements, the FAW-Volkswagen did not put it too seriously, at best, but is a transitional product.

Audi 200 production only lasted two years: the 1997 production, 1999 A6 (C5) gave way, during which produced a total of 9761 multi-Talking? Nothing more, nothing!
 

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Article at Gasgoo.

Audi A6L goes on sale in China with 10 models.

The new Audi A6L made its celebrated debut in China and also the whole world on September 24, FAW-VW, Audi AG's joint venture in China announced, according to auto.sina.com yesterday.

The Audi A6L, the most important revamped model in its generation, has undergone 32 upgrades and is equipped with the 3.0TFSI engine.

Ten models powered by 4 kinds of engines in A6L series are offered for choice, including three A6L 3.0TFSI Quattro luxury models, A6L 2.8 FSI, and A6L 2.8 FSI Quattro in different configurations, six A6L 2.4, and A6L 2.0 TFSI in different configurations. Except that the A6L 3.0TFSI Quattro luxury model is priced at 696,000 yuan ($101,903), nine other versions keep stable price between 348,200 yuan and 650,200 yuan.

The all-new 3.0TFSI V6 engine can develop 213kw (290hp) at 4850 rpm and 420nm at between 2500rpm and 4850rpm. The Euro-V engine is distinguished by very refined performance and low fuel consumption of 7.9L every hundred km. Customers can choose between a tiptronic manual transmission and a tiptronic automatic transmission.

The Audi A6L has also been highly praised for its charm and design. One example of this is the new image of redesigned LED light and a dynamic and brief rear. High-comfort equipment leaves nothing to be desired. MMI in the Chinese language, servotronic, a leather steering wheel and a light / rain sensor are just some examples of the extensive features that are provided as standard. Naturally the Audi A6L boasts the same comprehensive safety features as the standard saloon. In the Euro NCAP crash test, the Audi A6 was awarded five stars, the highest possible rating.

Johannes Thammer, FAW-VW Audi sales director, said that Audi A6 series sold 234,000 units globally in 2007, ranking as the best-selling luxury C-level car in the world and taking 37% market share in this level cars. The Audi A6L is built exclusively as a long-wheelbase version in China for the Chinese market and is also equipped with Audi’s latest V6 3.0TFSI engine. This premium product, which is wholly orientated to Chinese customers, thus enables Audi to go one step further for promoting its green strategy in China.

The sales director also said A6L surely will satisfy Chinese consumers demand for an all-around personal driving car.

And some pics of early Chinese Audi 100:
http://www.carnewschina.com/2012/08/12/spotted-in-china-a-very-early-faw-audi-100/






Another article:
http://www.carnewschina.com/2014/09/24/spotted-in-china-a-pefect-third-generation-audi-100-sedan/
 

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FAW Audi introduced diesel option for A6 long. The car can now be equiped with 2.7 V6 TDI engine producing 190 HP. Diesel powered A6 is at the moment ment for sales to government agencies and companies although individuals will be able to purchase a limited number of vehicles. A6 TDI costs 488.800 RMB without options.
http://www.autohome.com.cn/news/200908/67822.html
http://www.autohome.com.cn/drive/200908/67842.html


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Audi launched sligtly modified A6L on January 11th. The 2011 A6L had only minor changes to its front end. The front grill gained round fog lamps and adopted a sporty quiver around the front lower lip.
Engines available range from 2.0T to 3.0TFSI. 5 engines in total are offered among them 2.7 TDI.
Pricing ranges from 355.000rmb for the base model to 699.900rmb for the top of the range 3.0TFSI Quattro model.

http://news.xgo.com.cn/11/118676.html
http://www.autohome.com.cn/news/201101/166857.html




 
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