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FAW VW to recall 178,731 Audi A4, A6 sedans in China.

June 2, 2008 - FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co. Ltd has announced a recall of 178,731 units of its A4, A6 and A6L model due to ignition coil problems.

In a filing to China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, the automaker said that the affected vehicles were equipped with defective ignition coil that leaves the cars prone to sudden power losses and potential engine damage.

The affected vehicles were produced from January 2001 to October 2006. Six accidents because of the defect have been reported. Those customers with the problems can go to any Audi authorized dealer to replace the ignition coil.

source: Gasgoo.com
shoot i have a Audi a4 in north america.. i wonder if mine will be affected too

my coils actually cracked and the dealership replaced them for free
 

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Three Audi milestone models to be made in China.

June 6, 2008 - In 2007, Audi sold 100,888 vehicles in China, which has become Audi's second largest market in the world. As one of the three luxury German brands, Audi has overtaken its two rivals and topped the list of 100,000-unit annual sales.

However, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have launched various new models in recent years, competing with Audi for market share in China. Now Audi also listed three new models as locally made versions for the Chinese market.

A3:
The all-new Audi A3, to be priced between 250,000 yuan ($35,971) and 350,000 yuan, targets to rival BMW 1-Series and the future Mercedes-Benz B-class.
The upgraded A3 features a body styling similar to the latest-generation A4. New visual details abound both in the interior and exterior. The front and rear of the body are restyled, with the new front grill and headlamps, and distinctive tail lamps.




Audi A4:
The all-new A4 aims to rival the fifth-generation BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-class, to be priced between 300,000 yuan and 500,000 yuan. To be produced in the FAW-VW joint venture, the latest-generation Audi A4 will come up early in 2009.
Similar to the A5 both in the front and the rear, the A4 uses an impressive all-new design of the exterior and chassis. Though the A4 couldn’t rank among luxury cars under the Audi brand, it features a front design of the premium sport car in the Audi lineup. Longer and wider than its immediate predecessor, the new model measures 4703mm (length), 1826mm (width) and 1427mm (height). More importantly, a 2808mm-long wheelbase offers more space in the cabin, particularly for rear passengers.




Audi Q5:
At an emerging SUV market, the mid- and small- SUVs take a big market share in China. Thus Audi brings the medium SUV Q5 to China. Audi Q5, to rival BMW X3 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLK, is expected to be priced between 300,000 yuan and 500,000 yuan. The Q5 measures 4630mm x 1880mm x 1650mm. As the sportiest SUV, the new Audi Q5 is more dynamic than other cars in its category.
A strong and efficient 2.0 FSI engine can accelerate to 100 km/h within 7.2 seconds. The top speed reaches 222km/h. The Q5 lineup is available in both diesel and V6 engines.


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Audi celebrates 20 years in China.
June 09, 2008 - Audi celebrated the 20th anniversary of its partnership with First Automobile Works (FAW) in Changchun on June 6 and laid the cornerstone for a new assembly hall. The company also announced the local production of the Audi Q5 at the Changchun plant.

Highlights:
-Cornerstone laid for new assembly hall in Changchun
-Local production of the Audi Q5 in China announced

"We hope to deliver up to 200,000 vehicles per year to customers in China by 2015. The new assembly hall is an important milestone toward achieving this goal," says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG during the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the joint venture between FAW and Audi in Changchun. Xu Jianyi, President of FAW, adds: "We need the additional capacity to keep up with the rising demand for the Audi A6L and A4 models."

Since 1988, Audi has delivered more than 570,000 automobiles to Chinese customers. Today the brand with the four rings is the market leader in the local premium segment, selling more than 100,000 automobiles in the People's Republic for the first time in 2007. Besides expanding its production capacity, Audi also plans to expand its exclusive dealership and service center network to more than 200 locations by 2015. Currently there are 125 Audi dealerships and nine Audi service centers in 86 Chinese cities.

The Audi success story in China began with a license agreement between Audi and FAW covering the assembly of the Audi 100 from SKD/CKD kits at the FAW plant in Changchun. Besides the technology transfer required for production and planning, the agreement also included the establishment of a customer service organization and the training of roughly 500 Chinese workers. Established in 1953, First Automobile Works (FAW) is the oldest automotive group in the People’s Republic and now comprises more than 100 companies employing over 100,000 people in total.

In 1995, FAW and VOLKSWAGEN AG signed a Letter of Intent integrating the Audi production into the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture, in which Audi has since held a ten percent stake. The Audi 200 began rolling off the assembly line in 1996 and was produced with a local fabrication content of 60 percent until the summer of 1999.

The Audi A6, which Audi and FAW jointly adapted to satisfy the requests of Chinese customers, was introduced to the market in 2000. The new Audi A6L, also with an extended wheelbase, followed in mid-2005. In addition to the models produced locally, Audi also offers the Audi TT Coupé, A5, S5, Q7, A8L, S8 and R8 models in China.
Audi vehicle China sales rise 26% in May.
June 09, 2008 - German car maker Volkswagen AG said Friday its luxury and sports car division Audi AG is on track to sell one million vehicles in 2008.

Audi sold 88,200 vehicles in May, an 0.8 per cent increase compared with May a year ago, Volkswagen said. Sales in the month were up 26 per cent in China, the largest foreign market for Audi.

In the first five months of the year, the company said it sold 426,000 Audi vehicles, an increase of 1.5 per cent driven mainly by growth in the Asian-Pacific region and eastern European countries.

"We have set a sales target of one million vehicles for 2008, expecting strong year-on-year growth in the second half of the year," Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said. "With the sales figures for the first five months, we are already ahead of schedule."

May sales in the Asia-Pacific grew by more than 22 per cent to 12,600 vehicles, compared with 10,312 sold during May a year ago. Sales in the month were up 26 per cent in China, the largest foreign market for Ingolstadt-based Audi.

In the first five months, sales in the Asia-Pacific region grew more than 20 per cent to approximately 65,000 vehicles, compared with 53,879 in 2007.

May sales in eastern Europe increased nearly nine per cent to 3,550 vehicles. In the January-May period, the company sold more than 18,300 vehicles there, a 13.5 per cent increase.

Audi shares fell 1.3 per cent to 557.80 euros (US$862.28), while Volkswagen shares slipped 0.8 per cent to 171.26 euros ($264.74) in Frankfurt.
Sources: The Canadian Press and Auto Spectator
 

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REUTERS said:
SHANGHAI, June 12 (Reuters) - Volkswagen's VOWG.DE car venture in northeast China plans to add a new Audi assembly line capable of producing as many as 140,000 units per year, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday.

The assembly line, with a total investment of 1 billion yuan ($145 million), is scheduled to start operation in the second half of next year making Audi A4 and Q6 models, the spokeswoman said.

Current Audi capacity at the venture with China's FAW Group is 100,000 units, she said.

Sales of the Volkswagen premium brand in China rose about 25 percent to 101,996 vehicles in 2007.

($1=6.917 Yuan)

(Reporting by Fang Yan; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

(([email protected]; Reuters Messaging: [email protected]; +86 21 6104 1793)) Keywords: AUDI/CHINA
Sources: Story ID to drag to Reuters Messaging: nSHA346701
Q6 should be the upcoming Q5... ;)
 

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China sales of Audi up 23% to 60,509 units in H1.

July 4, 2008 - Audi, Volkswagen's premium brand division, sold a record 60,509 luxury cars in China in first half of 2008, up 23% from one year earlier, Reuters reported today. The German carmaker plans to boost its capacity in its joint venture in the country to meet local customers' rising demand for its high-end models.

China sales of the German-produced long-wheelbase version of the Audi A6 rose by 18% to 42,969 units and the Chinese-made Audi A4 posted a 20% rise to 10,819 units. Growth rates in the Chinese market for larger, more luxurious Audi models have become even more robust.

The Audi A8 sedan and Q7 full-size SUV (sport utility vehicle), both sold in China as imported Audi cars, saw demand surge. A total of 2,431 units of the Audi A8 were sold in China, 50% more than the previous period, while the Audi Q7 sales rose 90% in the six-month period to 2,663 units.

"We are extremely satisfied with the positive development in our second home market (China) and will continue to enlarge our production capacity," Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler said in a statement on Friday.

Volkswagen's car venture with China's FAW Group plans to add a new Audi assembly line with an annual capacity of 140,000 units. The facility will start operation by late 2009 making Audi A4 and Q6 models. Current Audi capacity at the venture is 100,000 units.

Sales of the Volkswagen premium brand in China rose about 25% year on year to 101,996 vehicles in 2007.
source: Gasgoo.com
 

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FAW-VW confirms Bora Classic is still produced

October 8, 2008 - China's auto giant FAW-VW said it will not cease production of Bora Classic recently, Chongqing Commercial Daily said yesterday.

Rumor has it that Bora Classic production has been halted to make way for the upcoming New Bora when FAW-VW showcased its New Bora and Olympic models lineup at the Chengdu auto show last month. FAW-VW denied this saying and stated that the company will not cease production of Bora Classic.

According to a FAW-VW executive, FAW-VW will not rashly halt production of a model which still has the market demand. He said the Bora Classic is still under production.

Since it was launched in December, 2001, the Bora, known for "drivers' favorite," has appealed to numerous young consumers thanks to its burly design, excellent performance, powerstrain, safety and conformability. Its average monthly sales of up to 6,000 have proved that Bora Classic still has a considerable market share in China.

Analysts said there is no reason for Bora Classic's production halt as it keeps stable sales. Bora, as a successfully positioned model, will see FAW-VW’s strategy in the segment market with New Bora going on sale.
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Audi will bring small cars to China

October 8, 2008 - A top executive of Audi AG, Volkswagen AG's luxury-car brand, disclosed at the ongoing 2008 Paris Motor Show that the German automaker has plans to introduce the Audi A1-like small cars to China following the model’s European sale.

Audi unveiled a new compact five-door hybrid Audi A1 Sportback concept along with the S4 and an eco-A4 capable of 58.9mpg at the event. Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler told reporters that he is confident the A1 car will make a success in Europe, the only market where it will primarily target.

The A1 is a hybrid with a 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine with 148bhp backed up by a 27bhp electric motor that chips in with an extra 111lb ft of torque when the car accelerates. That means performance figures of 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds, a 124mph top speed, with consumption figures of 72.4mpg and emissions of 92g/km of CO2.

Stadler said the A1-like fuel efficient small cars are bound for the Chinese market, but he acknowledged the automaker will not develop a model particularly for the Chinese market as some others do.

He also confirmed the long-awaited Audi Q5 model, a premium car which made its global debut at the 2008 Beijing auto show this April, will be built in China at VW's the Changchun plant in early 2010.

Audi car sales worldwide jumped 12% to 95,137 units in September compared with 84,716 a year earlier, the Ingolstadt, a Germany-based company, said recently. In China Audi sales rose 24% to 11,169 vehicles last month.
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AUDI AG establishes fully-owned subsidiary in China

Apr 29, 2009 - AUDI AG established Audi (China) Enterprise Management Co. Ltd., Beijing, on April 18, 2009. Its business purpose is to coordinate all Audi activities in China, in close cooperation with the Changchun-based joint venture FAW-VW. The new company’s activities will include operating a test center for infotainment systems in Beijing.

“The establishment of the new company represents another milepost in the success story of AUDI AG in China and gives us greater proximity to our second home market,” remarked Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.

Qin Huanming, Vice President of the FAW Automotive Group, declared: “We welcome AUDI AG’s presence in China. This move will significantly improve the lines of communication between Ingolstadt and China and facilitate even closer cooperation with our joint venture partner.”

The company will be headed by Dietmar Voggenreiter, who has already been steering AUDI AG’s operations in China from Ingolstadt for more than two years.

Audi (China) Enterprise Management Co. Ltd. will work in close partnership with the FAW-VW Audi Sales Division in Changchun, the responsibilities of which are unaffected by the establishment of the Beijing representation.

Johannes Thammer, Managing Director of the Audi Sales Division, will remain in charge of Sales of both locally-built and imported Audi models.

Audi entered the Chinese market in 1988 and sold some 120,000 vehicles there last year. To handle increasing demand, the cornerstone was laid last year for an additional assembly hall. Production of the Audi Q5 is scheduled to begin there from the end of 2009.

http://www.audiusanews.com/newsrelease.do;jsessionid=44C50576B8A2BC805B7D08CEF1386770?id=1337
 

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Audi Sells One Millionth Vehicle in China

Audi reached a new milestone on Wednesday with the sale of its one millionth vehicle in China. The car was a metallic blue Q5 crossover, which was handed over to a customer from Changchun. The German company said of the 1 million cars delivered to Chinese customers, 950,000 were produced in Changchun and the other 50,000 imported.

"This record is yet another milestone in the history of Audi in China," remarked Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG. "We were the first premium brand in China 22 years ago and have been the unrivaled market leader in this segment ever since – a success story we're extremely proud of."

As demand in China for luxury cars continues to boom, Audi believes it can reach the next million there by 2014.

"Over the entire year, we will deliver well over 200,000 cars to customers in China," stated Dr. Dietmar Voggenreiter, President of Audi China. "And we have already set our sights firmly on the next sales target: We intend to reach the second million within the next three years."

The history of the brand from Ingolstadt in China began in 1988 with a license agreement between Audi and FAW covering the assembly of the Audi 100 with imported parts kits. In 1995, the VW Group and FAW formed a new joint venture resulting in the local production of the Audi 200 a year later. In Changchun today, the company with the four-rings produces the long-wheelbase A6L and A4L and, since 2009, the Q5 for the Chinese market.

http://www.bitauto.com/zhuanti/xiaoliang/audi100celebrate/
http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/10/audi-sells-one-millionth-vehicle-in.html
 

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Audi's first pure electric vehicle factory in China is about to start construction

Audi FAW New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd. officially announced that construction of a new electric vehicle factory in Changchun is about to start. It is planned to be completed before the end of 2024, with a planned annual production capacity of 150,000 vehicles. The new plant will start production of Audi Q6L e-tron (eQ5), Q6L e- tron Sportback (eQ6), and E6L Limousine.
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