Audi, the Volkwagen Group’s luxurious model, began constructing a brand new plant within the northeast metropolis of Changchun on Tuesday, bidding to ramp up output of electrical autos in China, the most important world marketplace for such autos.
The manufacturing facility, set to come back on-line by the top of 2024, will likely be devoted to producing fashions based mostly on Audi’s new Premium Platform Electric structure designed for EVs, the corporate stated.
The plant will likely be able to producing greater than 150,000 autos a yr, with the primary three fashions to be from Audi’s A6 e-tron and Q6 e-tron household, the German luxurious model added, with out divulging further particulars on the fashions.
The EV manufacturing facility will likely be operated by a newly established EV partnership between Audi, Volkswagen Group and China FAW Group Corp. It will likely be joined by a brand new adjoining facility to assemble high-voltage batteries, Audi stated.
Audi produces 4 EV fashions in China, all crossovers: the e-tron and battery variations of the This autumn and the elongated Q2 are constructed at VW Group’s three way partnership with FAW, whereas the battery-powered variant of the Q5 is assembled on the German group’s partnership with SAIC Motor Corp.
Audi was the third-bestselling luxurious model in China within the first quarter after BMW and Mercedes, with deliveries slipping 22 % to 161,600. Audi didn’t disclose EV gross sales in China throughout the interval.
Audi isn’t the one main world luxurious model accelerating EV manufacturing in China.
BMW final week opened a brand new plant within the northeast China metropolis of Shenyang together with native companion Brilliance Automobile Holdings Group Co. The manufacturing facility, BMW’s third manufacturing facility within the metropolis, will produce full-electric autos solely.