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 through its joint venture FAW‑Volkswagen and its 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, northern China. The Audi A6 L and the Audi A4 L were developed especially for China with a longer wheelbase. In 2017, the first locally produced Audi plug‑in hybrid will be available in China: the Audi A6 L e-tron. In the plant in Foshan in the south of China, the joint venture produces the Audi A3 Sportback and the Audi A3 Sedan.
In August 2016 the new Audi transmission plant at Volkswagen Automatic Transmission Tianjin (ATJ) was inaugurated. The plant supplies highly-efficient seven‑speed S tronic transmissions for locally produced Audi models. The first car with the locally produced transmission is the new Audi A4 L. The new Audi facility can produce 240,000 transmissions annually. The modular production set-up would allow for this output to be doubled in a second phase.
In 2016 the brand with the four rings increased sales by 3.6 percent to 591,554 cars in China including Hong Kong. The new record level made Audi the best-selling premium brand in China.