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VW introduced a concept of the Audi Q4 e-tron at the Geneva auto show in March.
 
Audi to build electric Q4 in Shanghai, report says
Automotive News China | 2019/6/4

Volkswagen Groups Audi luxury brand will assemble a full-electric version of the Q4 compact crossover at VWs joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp., according to a Chinese media report.

The electric Audi Q4 will be built at SAIC-VWs newly constructed EV plant in Shanghais suburban Anting district, Beijing news website Sina.com reported, citing information obtained from SAIC-VW. The Q4 will be the first Audi assembled at the plant, which is expected to begin output in November.

The factory will produce vehicles based on VWs MEB platform for EVs. It can produce up to 300,000 vehicles annually at full capacity for the Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda brands.

VW introduced a concept of the Q4, known as the Audi Q4 e-tron, at the Geneva auto show in March. 

Audi last year bought a 1 percent stake in SAIC-VW, turning the joint venture into a 50-48-1-1 partnership among SAIC, VW, Skoda and Audi. The deal paved the way for the joint venture to build and market Audi vehicles.

FAW-VW -- a 60-30-10 partnership among China FAW Group Corp., VW Group and Audi -- has been the only China source for the assembly and distribution of Audi models.

The new production site and a second distribution network will help Audi fend off intensifying competition from German luxury rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW in China.

Audi remained the top luxury automotive brand in China by annual sales in 2018. But it risks losing that crown.

In the first four months of the year, Audis China sales slid 0.5 percent to 205,698 while Mercedes-Benzs deliveries rose 2.2 percent to 232,050.

BMW Group delivered 227,603 vehicles for the BMW and Mini brands in China during the same period, a gain of 12 percent from the same period a year earlier. 

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