Audi has been showing its new all-electric e-tron in Milton Keynes, one of four key locations chosen by the UK Government to spearhead vehicle emissions reduction initiatives as part of its Go Ultra Low Cities programme.
Audi is launching its electrification offensive with the world premiere of the e-tron. By 2025 Audi will offer twelve models with all-electric drive in the most important markets worldwide and expects to achieve roughly one-third of its sales with electrified models. The SUVs in this portfolio include the e-tron and the e-tron Sportback, which is due to make its debut in 2019. A series of models with classic body layouts such as Avant and Sportback will also be available. The range will cover every relevant market segment from the compact to the full-size class.
A major waypoint on the journey towards electrification of the Audi model range has just been reached: Audi Brussels has this week begun volume production of the Audi e-tron. The company says its first all-electric SUV has a range suitable for everyday use, and thanks to its charging capacity of up to 150 kW can be primed and ready for a long distance journey in around 30 minutes using a quick-charging station. Audi will present the final production-ready car for the first time at its world premiere in San Francisco on September 17.
The latest Audi four-cylinder 2.0-litre, 201 bhp 40 TDI engine is now available to order in the A6 Saloon, Avant and A7 Sportback – the first time a four-cylinder has been fitted in the five-door coupe – offering favourable calculations for business users.
Audi has announced a series of styling updates for the 2019 Model Year A4 Saloon and Avant ranges that also goes hand-in-hand with a number of detail equipment enhancements. The design-oriented changes aim to sharpen the look of SE and Sport versions and raise the S line specification profile.
A new lead-in V6 TDI version of the Audi A7 Sportback is now available to order, offering up to 50.4mpg combined. Drawing on 228 bhp of power and 369 ft lb of torque, the new A7 Sportback 45 TDI quattro also has WLTP-certified emissions of as little as 147g/km.
Audi has announced the all-new Q8, which it describes as an SUV coupé. The company says it remains faithful to the dramatic styling of the original Q8 Sport concept first revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The series production car will join UK roads this summer.
Audi aims to sell approximately 800,000 fully electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the year 2025. At this this week’s Annual General Meeting of AUDI AG, the Board of Management presented the updated “Audi.Vorsprung.2025.” strategy. To enable about every third customer to decide in favour of an e-model by the middle of the next decade, there is to be an electrified variant in each model series by then – most of them are to be fully electric, with a smaller proportion as plug-in hybrids.
Audi says the Avant model will return to the A6 range this month. The new Audi A6 Avant not only integrates a 1,680-litre maximum luggage capacity but also takes on board standard mild hybrid drive, new technology including the fully digital MMI touch response operating system and a broad spread of driver assistance options.
Audi says the world’s first certified CO2-neutral high-volume production plant in the premium segment will shortly begin production of its first fully electric series production model. Audi Brussels has been awarded a “CO2-neutral site” certificate by the Belgian testing company Vinçotte. The site covers all production processes and all other emissions generated at the plant either by renewable energies (approximately 95 percent) or compensates for them with environmental projects (approximately 5 percent).