Audi China was founded in 2009 as a one-hundred-percent subsidiary of AUDI AG in Beijing. The company has approximately 600 employees and coordinates business partnership between AUDI AG, the FAW Group and the joint venture FAW‑Volkswagen. The chief executive of Audi China is Joachim Wedler.
Audi China includes the divisions Audi R&D Beijing, Digital Business, Corporate Strategy and Planning, Audi China Purchasing and Quality/Technical Services.
The Audi R8 LMS Cup, the first brand cup from Audi worldwide, is organized by Audi Sport customer racing Asia, which also offers technical support for Audi entries in the region’s leading race series and events. In 2017, Audi won the award for the best motorsport platform from auto motor und sport China.
Driving growth are the locally produced models with 545,000 units delivered. The Audi Q5* was once again China’s best-selling premium SUV (125,226 units). 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 overall car market is the world’s largest. Deliveries in 2017 totaled 23.85 million units.
Audi and FAW are intensifying their partnership with a long-term business plan. This plan calls for four locally produced battery-electric vehicles to be added to the Audi product range in the next four years. This will also include vehicles with an electric range of over 500 kilometers (310.7 mi). For 2018, Audi and FAW are planning to establish a joint venture dedicated to mobility and digital services. Furthermore, Audi is expanding its collaboration with the major players in China, such as Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu.