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Audi celebrated the 25th year of partnership with China's First Automotive Works, at a production site for the Audi A3 Sedan and the Audi A3 Sportback.

30 Jul 2013 | International News : China

Audi has announced plans to jointly develop a plug-in hybrid vehicle with their Chinese partner First Automotive Works (FAW). To commemorate 25 years of partnership between the two automotive firms, an event was held and it was attended by approximately 2,000 guests including board members of representatives of Audi, FAW, and FAW-Volkswagen joint venture.

By 2020, Audi will expand its exclusive dealer and service network to more than 700 outlets from the current - more than 300 dealerships in over 130 cities in China
At the same time, Audi delivered its two-millionth car in China, a locally produced Audi A6 L to its owner. At the milestone setting event, the two corporations also announced they will work together on a plug-in-hybrid project.

"Expansion of our production capacities in China and cooperation with FAW on a plug-in-hybrid project especially for the Chinese market are important milestones," stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG. He also added that China is Audi's most important single international market.

Early in 2013, Audi opened a research and development centre in Beijing and thus laid the foundations to boost innovation in Asia. Audi is also setting new standards in China in terms of sustainability. The new factory in Foshan will be built and operated according to strict efficiency criteria.

Audi will also install start-stop technology and kinetic energy recuperation in all locally produced models. Since the start of the efficiency program with FAW-Volkswagen in 2011, Audi has reduced the average fuel consumption of its cars produced in China by approximately 20 percent. To promote the practical training of its future employees, Audi supports projects at vocational training colleges in Foshan and Changchun, establishing elements of the German dual training systems in China.

Production capacities in China (Foshan and Changchun) can be flexibly adjusted to satisfy a market demand of up to 700,000 units per annum in the coming years.

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