January 16, 2021

Audi to launch new electric vehicle venture with China’s FAW

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FILE PHOTO: The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Germany

BEIJING (Reuters) – German premium automaker Audi AG said on Tuesday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s state-owned FAW Group to launch a venture to make premium electric vehicles (EVs).

Audi has a long partnership with FAW, which is based in the city of Changchun in the northeast of China, the world’s biggest car market. The German firm also plans to make vehicles with Shanghai-based automaker SAIC Motor .


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Audi said it would produce models based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), a base developed with Porsche. It said the new venture would start manufacturing several models in China from 2024.

Audi aims to have electrified vehicles make up a third of Chinese sales by 2025. It sold 512,081 vehicles in China in the first nine months of 2020 and about

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Audi confirms hopped-up RS E-Tron GT electric sports car

I don’t know how Audi could fit larger wheels into the equation, but where there’s a will…


After a few months of reports, Audi has finally confirmed that the forthcoming E-Tron GT electric sports car will receive the same trim-level treatment as many of its gas-powered vehicles.

During a digital press conference discussing the E-Tron GT, Audi confirmed that a racy RS variant will launch alongside the standard E-Tron GT. It’s very likely that a middle-of-the-road S version will also make an appearance. Whether SUVs or coupes, most of Audi’s vehicles follow the same formula: There’s a base version, then an S model with sportier intentions, followed by a performance-forward RS.

While Audi didn’t mention exactly what the RS-badged E-Tron GT will contain to separate itself from the regular ol’ E-Tron GT,

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Audi begins participating in our least favorite automotive trend

Audi feature subscriptions

Sigh. We don’t like this trend.


It’s becoming increasingly clear à la carte features and options are part of the automotive industry’s future. Tesla paved the way, and now, numerous luxury automakers are all aboard, from BMW and heated seats that may last for a period of time and Cadillac’s hands-free Super Cruise highway driving assistant. Now, Audi joins the subscription-based feature bandwagon.

This past Thursday, Audi revealed it began rolling out “functions on demand” as it named the service. The language may differ, but the idea is the same: pay for various features if and as you want them. For example, Audi said its two electric cars, the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback support LED headlight upgrades owners can purchase at any time. Instead of standard LED headlights, owners can purchase a subscription to the company’s Matrix LED headlights with automatic high beams. There’s a free trial period of

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