Audi Achieve Robust Sales In 2017; To Launch 20 Models In 2018

Audi e-tron GT

It may be a rough year for Audi, but the brand may be in a good position in the future.

German carmaker Audi will launch 10 new SUV models for the Chinese market in the coming five years, seven of which will also be produced locally, Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler said Thursday at an annual press conference.

"We have received 3,700 reservations from Norway alone".

Audi has also significantly broadened its electrification roadmap across the entire model portfolio. Audi was light on details regarding the e-Tron GT, releasing the teaser sketch you see above and confirming that it'll be a four-seater.

Audi, the third biggest luxury auto maker, said it aims to at least match last year's record 1.88 million global sales, but that is the first time in years it is not projecting an outright increase.

"In the next 25 years, our Hungarian employees will certainly produce just as many electric motors", Stadler insisted.

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The interior will doubtless be built around Audi's Virtual Cockpit display, as well as the dual-screen infotainment system from the A8. "Four of them will be fully electric", Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler confirmed.

All of Audi's electric cars will sit on three main chassis platforms.

Stadler said that Audi will leverage the Modular Electric Toolkit that Volkswagen is developing for the compact segment as well as its own premium-architecture electrification to be used for electric vehicles in the mid-, upper-, and luxury-range.

Audi said its operating profit jumped more than 50 percent in 2017 to 4.67 billion euros ($5.76 billion) after special items, helped by cost cuts in development and sales and lower costs for its emissions scandal.

"Furthermore, we will equip all core model series at least with mild hybrids".

Audi promised that it'd offer over 20 electrified cars by 2025, so expect a lot of news like this to come. It will also be largely aluminium, where the MEB cars will use a steel-alloy mix.

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