Audi’s China division has vowed to reduce prices of spare parts shortly after the Chinese anti-monopoly regulators started to probe the local auto industry. It should be mentioned that domestic media complained about the fact that foreign car manufacturers are overcharging customers in China on spare parts and products by using their dominant market position. For this reason, China’s state planner The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is thoroughly investigating the automotive industry.
In order to avoid any uncomfortable problems, Audi has released a statement in which they say lower prices will become effective starting August 1st. Audi specified in their statement that prices of spare parts for the A6L will be cut by as much as 30 percent. They also went on to specify that “Audi and its joint venture FAW-Volkswagen support the efforts of the NDRC to examine the pricing in the after-sales area in China.”
A similar announcement was made by Jaguar Land Rover who said they will reduce the price tags of three models as a reply to the investigation conducted by NDRC. Moreover, a couple of weeks ago Mercedes-Benz reduced service charges and they also made spare parts cheaper by up to 20 percent.