As you may know already, yesterday Audi said that it delivered 1 millionth car in China, but it appears that the German manufacturer aims even higher as it plans to sell 1 million cars in China in within three years. What is even more interesting, as CEO Rupert Stadler announced that Audi may build a new plant in China in order to achieve its sales goal.
Bmw and Mercedes-Benz also reported impressive sales in China, and Bmw said that China might become its biggest market.
According to Audi, its sales in mainland China and Hong Kong could exceed 200,000 units this year, but this could mean approaching its current capacity.
Asked about a new plant in China, Stadler said: "Maybe for the future. Yes." "First of all, we are able to do that within the existing capacities, to ramp with the paint shops and with assembly lines. But in the long run we will need additional capacity, maybe also outside Changchun." he added.
Currently, Audi builds the A6, A4 and the Q5 crossover at the Changchun plant, but it appears that Audi is planning to bring the full family of its models to China step by step. The next-generation A6 will be produced in China starting in 2012. [via autonews - sub. required]