Audi China was founded in 2009 as a 100% subsidiary of AUDI AG in Beijing. The company has approximately 600 employees and coordinates business cooperation between AUDI AG, the FAW Group and the joint venture FAW‑Volkswagen. The chief executive of Audi China is Joachim Wedler.
The business areas of Audi China include Audi R&D Beijing, Audi China Sales, Corporate Strategy and Planning, Audi China Sourcing and Quality/Technical Services.
Audi Sport customer racing Asia supports Audi’s customer motorsport program in Asia and organizes the Audi R8 LMS Cup, the first brand cup of AUDI AG worldwide. In 2017, Audi won the award for the best motorsport platform from auto motor und sport China.
Growth drivers are the locally produced models with 539,000 deliveries. The Audi Q5 was once again China’s bestselling premium SUV with deliveries of 128,140 units (plus 11.6%). With the Audi A3 Sportback, the Audi A3 Sedan and the Audi Q3, the brand with the four rings is the leader in the growth segment of premium compact cars.
China’s car market is the biggest in the world. Deliveries in 2016 totaled 22.84 million units.
Audi and FAW intend to intensify their partnership with a long‑term business plan. This plan involves adding five locally-produced e-tron models to the Audi portfolio within the next five years, including pure battery-electric vehicles with a range of more than 500 kilometers (310.7 mi). In 2017 Audi and FAW plan to set up a joint company focusing on mobility and digital services.
Furthermore Audi is strengthening cooperation with important Chinese top players like Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu.