Audi has been partnered with Chinese company FAW for some time now but the partnership between both brands has grown even further, with VW and Audi taking a 60-percent share in FAW. Because of that continued partnership, Audi will also build many of its PPE (Premium Platform Electric) electric vehicles in China for the Chinese market.
“With the new Audi-FAW company in Changchun, we are further expanding our presence on the Chinese market and strengthening our position as a manufacturer of fully electric premium vehicles through local production,” says Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG and the person responsible for business in China. “In doing so, we are continuing the Audi success story in China and actively helping to shape the transformation of the Chinese automotive industry as it moves toward sustainable mobility.”
Local manufacturing of PPE-based vehicles in China will begin in 2024, so sill a few years out. However, the official founding of the PPE-building company will begin in the first quarter of this year.
“This deepened partnership between Audi and FAW heralds a new era of electrification as the next ‘golden decade’ for Audi on the highly important Chinese market,” says Werner Eichhorn, President of Audi China.
The PPE All-electric architecture will underpin many of Audi’s upcoming electric vehicles. While its smaller vehicles will be based on the larger VW Group MEB electric architecture (Audi Q4 e-tron), PPE will be the basis for larger, more luxury or performance-oriented cars. The Audi e-tron GT is based on the J1 architecture, which was co-developed with Porsche, but the J1 won’t last after that. PPE will replace it and will have many of its cars built in China by Audi-FAW.
We can’t wait to see what sort of cars are planned for the PPE architecture and Audi’s partnership with FAW will continue to help expand the brand’s electric portfolio across the globe.