Audi is starting advance sales in Germany this week for the A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e. With a system output of 180 kW, the model offers a more powerful plug-in hybrid drive than the A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e, which is already available, and costs from €40,395.29 (including 16% VAT).
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Audi will start pre-sales for its next plug-in hybrid models in the second week of January: the Q3 45 TFSI e and the Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e. The PHEV powertrain of the two SUV derivatives is known.
Following in the footsteps of the Volkswagen Group, the Audi brand has now also approved its investment planning round for 2021 to 2025, which provides for a total of around €35 billion, in particular for future vehicle projects.
Audi's Artemis task force for highly automated electric cars has now been spun off into an independent company, Alexander Hitzinger, managing director of the new Artemis GmbH announced on LinkedIn.
Audi has announced that it will start series production of the e-tron GT at the Böllinger Höfe site "in the next few days". The Ingolstadt company's most powerful electric model to date is to be built in the Neckarsulm plant, which is part of the Neckarsulm plant, in a balance sheet-neutral manner.
Which new electric cars will be launched in 2021? In the price range between 30,000 and 50,000 euros, the choice is growing. In addition to the compacts, an armada of heavyweight E-SUVs is rolling towards us. Christoph M. Schwarzer looks for us at the electric offerings of the new year!
According to a media report, the study for the first Audi model of the electric showcase project Artemis is to be presented this fall as part of the IAA. There is also more info on the start of series production planned for the end of 2024 and possible offshoots in the VW Group.
Following Mercedes-Benz Cars, Porsche, Audi, VW and the BMW Group have now also published their sales figures for 2020. Although overall sales declined for all manufacturers, sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids increased significantly - in some cases reaching a double-digit share of total sales.
The electric car joint venture between Audi and FAW in China, which was officially announced in October 2020, is becoming more concrete: the future company will be 60 percent owned by Audi AG and Volkswagen Group China and 40 percent by FAW, and will be headquartered in Changchun in northeastern China.
Together with the company GISA and other partners, Audi has completed a model test for grid-serving charging in Chemnitz. Specifically, the participants created an overload scenario in the local power grid and tested the use of a smart meter gateway during charging processes of Audi e-tron models.
Audi is giving its A4 and A6 models an end date as internal combustion engines, according to a media report. The same is said to apply to the A8. Even in plug-in hybrids, Audi apparently no longer wants to invest heavily. These decisions are likely to be the cornerstones of the exit plan from internal combustion engines made under Audi CEO Markus Duesmann.
Overall, the Volkswagen Group narrowly missed the EU's CO2 fleet targets for 2020. Specifically, the CO2 pool formed with other manufacturers fell short by around 0.5 g/km last year. By contrast, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Audi brands exceeded the CO2 fleet targets, primarily thanks to the ramp-up of the ID.3 and rising e-tron sales.
Because the expansion of the Ionity fast-charging network is progressing too slowly, the owners are said to be discussing attracting private equity capital for Ionity, according to a media report. Financial circles are talking about at least 500 million euros in fresh money.
Audi and FAW have announced the management team for their joint venture, which will produce electric cars based on the PPE platform in Changchun in northeastern China from 2024. CEO of the new cooperation company from May 1, 2021 will be Helmut Stettner, who has been plant manager at Audi's Neckarsulm site for five years.
The Center of Automotive Management (CAM) has analyzed the innovative strength of 32 automakers based on 291 innovations in the field of electromobility. The top innovator in the technology field of battery-electric vehicles remains Tesla by a clear margin.
Audi anticipates the layout of the Tesla Plaid drive with the three-motor e-tron S. Is that Vorsprung durch Technik? Christoph M. Schwarzer put the e-SUV through its paces for two weeks in the wet and cold winter, encountering familiar virtues of the e-tron but also gathering a bunch of new impressions.
Preparations are underway at Audi Hungaria for the production of the new generation of electric motors. The new electric drives for the Group's fully electric models, which are based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) developed with Porsche, will be supplied from Győr in Hungary in the future.
Audi has unveiled two versions of its new electric Gran Turismo in the form of the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT. Although Audi has drawn on the technology of the Porsche Taycan in its development, it deviates from its technology donor from Zuffenhausen in numerous respects. The first e-tron GTs are due to be delivered from the summer, with prices starting at 99,800 [...]
Berlin-based limousine service Blacklane, in which Daimler is among the shareholders, has acquired a majority stake in Havn, a London-based chauffeur service founded in 2019 by Jaguar Land Rover, which operates a fleet of the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace in the British capital.
The Zurich city police have been using the first three purely electric cars in the traffic police patrol service for a few days now. The trio of electric cars are Audi e-tron models - specifically, two cars in police livery and one civilian vehicle.
VW has apparently tightened its group-wide electric targets. According to a media report, the share of electric vehicles in 2030 will be significantly higher than previously planned. To achieve this, development tasks will be redistributed among the group's brands - which will probably also affect Audi's Artemis project.
Audi continues to expand its range of plug-in hybrid models. The Q5 TFSI e quattro gets a new battery, which should increase its e-range. In addition, the Q5 Sportback is also coming in two PHEV variants with immediate effect.
Volkswagen plans to introduce a third shift at its MEB plant in Zwickau starting in mid-April, which will allow it to build around 1,400 vehicles per day starting in the summer - it currently builds around 800 e-cars. Volkswagen Saxony is also getting a new boss.
Audi has released extensive details about the interior of the production version of the Q4 e-tron. The compact e-SUV, which will be built in Zwickau, follows the large e-tron and e-tron Sportback SUV models as well as the sporty e-tron GT.
Audi's lighthouse Artemis project announced last year is already well behind schedule, according to a media report, and that's expected to have an impact on the planned highly automated driving e-sedan, which is now reportedly slated to launch in 2025 instead of 2024.
British electric car subscription service Onto has expanded its fleet yet again, this time with the addition of 300 Audi e-tron. Onto already has a four-digit number of electric cars from various manufacturers - but so far none from the VW Group.
Audi has started production of the Audi Q4 e-tron at Volkswagen's Zwickau plant. The uncloaked production model is scheduled to be unveiled in mid-April, with deliveries in European markets starting in summer 2021.
Audi has set further important course on the way to the announced debut in the Dakar Rally in January 2022. The design of the prototype for the rally has been largely completed and the first test drives with the hybrid race car are scheduled for the middle of the year.
Audi has unveiled its first two MEB models, the Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron. The e-SUV and e-SUV coupe are intended to be "the entry into the electric world at Audi," according to Audi CEO Markus Duesmann, with prices starting at €41,900.
Audi is creating a new entry-level model for those who are flirting with an electric all-rounder: The Q4 e-tron is the battery-electric alternative to the conventional Audi Q5. It is also the third compact SUV based on the MEB after the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq. Just one day after the model's unveiling, you can read the driving report here.
Audi unveiled the A6 e-tron concept at Auto China in Shanghai. Although it adopts the familiar model designation of the combustion engine, the A6 e-tron is based on the PPE, which is an all-electric platform. The chances of series production are very high - Audi is already giving a concrete year.
It had already been foreshadowed: Audi wants to enter a hybrid sports car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans again in the 2023 season, but unlike Toyota or Peugeot, for example, the Ingolstadt-based company will not build a hypercar in accordance with the Le Mans rules.
The Audi e-tron GT is now available for order in Europe. The electric Gran Turismo is only available with all-wheel drive in two performance levels. The Audi e-tron GT quattro costs from 99,800 euros in Germany, while the RS e-tron GT is priced from 138,200 euros.
Six months ago, Bentley announced plans to offer only BEVs and PHEVs from 2026, and to focus exclusively on BEVs from 2030, and now there are more details about the British company's first BEV model.
Audi is working on its own fast-charging concept for its electric cars. A pilot is to be created in the second half of the year to test possible series production. The core of the concept is "premium" HPC charging in combination with a lounge offer. The power supply is to run via buffer storage.
Audi is launching the e-tron and e-tron Sportback in the S line black edition. The special editions of the two all-electric SUVs have now gone on pre-sale in Germany and other European markets.
Artemis GmbH, which previously operated independently, is handing over development of the autonomous driving e-car to Audi and software development to VW's software forge Cariad. Audi has now officially confirmed this. Alexander Hitzinger will hand over management of Artemis GmbH to Oliver Hoffmann as part of this realignment.
Audi is planning to build a new electric SUV called the Q8 e-tron at its Brussels plant starting in 2026, according to a media report. This is said to be the successor to the Audi e-tron, which is expected to get another facelift in 2023 and be phased out in 2026 in light of this.
Audi now officially confirms its previously leaked accelerated electric course. Production of the last new combustion engine model will start in 2025. However, Audi is keeping a backdoor open for the Chinese market.
Audi's e-tron and e-tron Sportback electric models are set to receive a facelift in the second half of 2022, including some technical upgrades, including a new generation of batteries that will increase the range in both models to more than 600 kilometers, according to a media report.
According to a media report, Audi also plans to sell its electric cars in the agency model from 2023, which VW has already been relying on since launching its electric offensive last year. At Audi, the changeover is to take place "in a staggered manner in key European markets from 2023".
According to a media report, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann expects electric cars to be just as profitable as gasoline-powered cars in two to three years, which is why he is already setting much stricter profitability targets.
Tesla is the test winner of the trade magazine "connect" for charging tariffs of car manufacturers. The electric vehicle manufacturer convinces in all categories "few", "normal" and "frequent" chargers; among the e-mobility providers, Stadtwerke München is in first place with triple "very good" for all charging types.
The Audi e-tron GT is the brand's top electric product. It shares the J1 platform with the Porsche Taycan, has an output of 350 kW and costs just under 100,000 euros. Author Christoph M. Schwarzer took a close look at the luxury part and reports on effortless gliding, extremely precise steering, but also on room for improvement - for example in [...]
Audi Sport now presents the RS Q e-tron, the hybrid race car with which the manufacturer will compete in the Dakar Rally in January 2022. The powertrain of the Audi RS Q e-tron is electric and comes from the current Formula E race car Audi e-tron FE07.
Following the sales debut of the Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron in April, two further variants have now been added to the portfolio: the Q4 Sportback 40 e-tron, the model with the longest range in the series, and the Q4 45 e-tron quattro as an all-wheel-drive variant are now available to order.
Audi has unveiled the "Skysphere Concept", a study of an electric roadster. The e-cabrio, which will be on show at the IAA Mobility, is intended to be more of a preview of future Audi design rather than for a concrete model. The new design also comes with a special technical solution: a variable wheelbase.
Audi is recalling 1,728 examples of the e-tron GT from the production period of November 20, 2020 to April 20, 2021 to workshops worldwide, 548 of them in Germany. The reason: due to faulty software, a drive failure could occur.
Norway registered 11,811 new electric cars in August, with e-cars accounting for 71.9 percent of new car registrations last month. Norway's most successful model across all powertrain types in August was the Tesla Model Y, with 1,308 new registrations.
A few weeks after the "Skysphere Concept" e-convertible, Audi has presented another concept study. The "Grandshere Concept" is a 5.35-meter luxury sedan with electric drive and semi-autonomous driving functions. The Ingolstadt-based company even calls it a "private jet for the road.
Audi has announced a software update for the 2019 and 2020 model year Audi e-tron 55 quattro, which should allow up to 20 kilometers more range in real-world driving, but vehicles will need to go to a repair shop to install the update.
The contract to build the Artemis models from Audi, Porsche and Bentley at VW Commercial Vehicles' Hanover plant was seen as a major success for the future of the plant, but according to a media report, two of the three brands now want changes.
At Volkswagen Saxony, the assembly lines are at a standstill this week. Due to a lack of semiconductors, around 5,000 vehicles will not be built in Zwickau and Dresden - from the VW brand, but also Audi and Cupra.
Audi has unveiled the production version of the all-electric Q5 e-tron for the Chinese market at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The electric SUV is based on the MEB and is built by the SAIC Volkswagen joint venture.
Ionity is receiving a €700 million investment from its current shareholders and new partner Blackrocks Global Renewable Power Platform, which will be used to massively expand its HPC network in Europe - to around 1,000 sites by 2025.
According to a media report, Audi also wants to build its Q4 e-tron electric SUV produced in Zwickau in Brussels from November 2022 due to high demand. The final decision is to be made by the VW planning round on December 9.
The VW plant in Osnabrück has the chance to produce an electric convertible, as group boss Herbert Diess has now announced. According to this, there are not only corresponding considerations at the Volkswagen brand, but also at Audi.
The Volkswagen brands VW, Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat have published their sales figures for the past year. All were able to significantly increase sales of battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids - while overall sales declined in some cases.
Audi and FAW have received approval from Chinese authorities to build an electric car plant as part of their joint venture, with production of up to 150,000 electric cars per year set to start in late 2024.
Following in the footsteps of VW and Skoda, Audi is also bringing several updates to its Q4 e-tron MEB model. In addition to the familiar shorter charging time for the large battery variants, Audi is also bringing a number of new trim levels to the MEB SUV.
Audi has presented the A6 Avant e-tron concept, a study of an electric station wagon. The near-production concept is intended to provide a concrete preview of the production model planned for 2024 - one year after the sedan.
After three months of trial operation of the first Charging Hub, which opened in Nuremberg in December 2021, Audi has decided to continue and further expand the model project with its own charging stations.
Even though VWs and Skodas are becoming more and more premium: The brand with the premium claim in the VW Group is and remains Audi. But does the Audi Q4 e-tron also live up to this claim despite its platform brotherhood in the electric age? The answer is provided by the following driving report.
German premium manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are significantly behind Chinese brands in electric car sales in China.
Audi has unveiled the Urbansphere Concept, another concept study for an electric model of the future. The interior in particular is said to be designed for "traffic in the megacities of China" - with the largest and most spacious interior of any Audi to date.
Audi will offer its compact A3 model only in all-electric form for the next generation due in 2027 as part of its accelerated electric drive, according to a media report.
A few days after the market launch of the Audi Q5 e-tron built by SAIC Volkswagen, pre-sales of the Audi Q4 e-tron from FAW Audi are now also starting on the Chinese market.
Audi has filed a lawsuit with a Munich court against the Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio for infringement of trademark rights, as reported by the Handelsblatt with reference to company circles. The reason: Audi considers the model designations of the Nio ES6 and ES8 SUVs to be too similar to its own S6 and S8 sedan models.
A price increase planned by Audi for its models on July 11 will also affect eligibility for the environmental bonus, with some variants of the Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron electric models, as well as the plug-in hybrid models, set to fall out of the BAFA subsidy as prices rise.
Because Volkswagen's software subsidiary Cariad is far behind schedule in its development, the model planning of the group's premium brands is in disarray, according to a media report. At Bentley, even the schedule for the transformation to a pure E-brand by 2030 is said to be shaky.