Audi has been active in China since 1988 and has been the leader in the country’s premium segment ever since. AUDI AG is represented in China by a joint venture and a one-hundred-percent subsidiary, Audi China in Beijing. The Audi joint venture FAW‑Volkswagen produces the models Audi A4 L, Audi A6 L, Audi A6 L e-tron, Audi Q3* and Audi Q5* in Changchun in northern China. The Audi A4 L and the Audi A6 L were developed especially for China with a longer wheelbase. At the Foshan plant in the south of China, the joint venture produces the Audi A3 Sportback* and the Audi A3 Sedan*. Another localized model will roll off the assembly line in China in 2018: the Audi Q2 L.
The Audi transmission plant at Volkswagen Automatic Transmission Tianjin (ATJ) has been producing highly efficient 7-speed S tronic transmissions for locally built Audi models since 2016. The Audi A4 L is the first vehicle with the locally produced transmission. Audi can produce 240,000 transmissions a year at the new plant. Thanks to the modular production concept, the company can double the plant’s capacity in a second expansion stage.
In 2017, the brand with the four rings increased sales in China plus Hong Kong by 1.1% to 597,866 vehicles. This new record restored Audi as the best-selling premium brand in China.