FAW-Volkswagen Audi to bring in seven new models to China in 2012

Article by Anita Panait, on January 17, 2012

FAW-Volkswagen Audi will begin selling seven new models in China this year, including the locally made A6L and imported Q3 and Q5 hybrid, according to Beijing News. FAW-VW Audi may also bring in the S and RS branded models, which include the new S6, S7 and S8 versions, Zhang Xiaojun, the joint venture’s deputy managing director, told Beijing News.

In 2011, the joint venture also brought in six new Audi models to China. Bo Shi, FAW-VW Audi General Manager, revealed that the joint venture will implement upgrades for its current models, offering new technological features like the on-off switches for hybrids.  The joint venture also plans to boost the quality of auto parts and facilities used for local production, Bo added.

"State-of-the-field technology is what lets Audi products lead the field, and is what helps set Audi apart [from rival brands]," Bo said. The joint venture will also expand its Audi network for Audi from 237 dealers to 300 as well as proceed with its product localization plan.

Just a glance at the Audi RS7 Sportback and immediately one becomes charmed. The combination of short overhangs, long hood, and wheelbase of 9.58 feet (2.92 meters) result in a sculpture that reveals powerful matching proportions. With length of 16.44 feet (5.01 meters) and a flowing and low roof line, the RS7 Sportback looks remarkable no matter where one looks.

One thing that sets this new offering from quattro GmbH apart is that the RS7 Sportback has the elegance one expected from a 5-door coupe but with the power experienced from a sports car. Inside the RS7 Sportback is the best example of the brand’s downsizing strategy when it comes to the high-performance class with the twin-turbo 4.0-liter TFSI V8 engine.

With displacement at 3,993 cc, output between 5,700 rpm and 6,600 rpm is at 560 hp (412 kW). Torque meanwhile is constant at 516.29 lb.-ft. (700 Nm) and is available from 1,750 rpm and all the way to 5,500 rpm. With this amount of power, maximum speed is measured at 189.52 mph (305 km/h) with acceleration from 0 mph to 62.14 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in merely 3.9 seconds.

Even with all of these, fuel efficiency is remarkable as the RS7 Sportback reveals 24.00 mpg or around 8.9 liters for every 100 km. In particular, Audi revealed that the engine has been designed specifically to adapt for flow losses and low load-change. This is why the engine is able to develop power not only instinctively but quickly too. Each of the TWO twin-scroll turbochargers can offer relative charge pressure of 1.2 bars, and have been positioned with their respective intercoolers in the cylinder banks’ V.

The cylinder heads in particular have the intake side positioned outside with the exhaust side on the opposite, or the inside. An interesting feature for the Audi RS7 Sportback is that offers a new standard due to the low weight resulting from the use of the brand’s lightweight construction technology. With at least 20% of the body composed of aluminum, this hybrid-aluminum design, when compared to a body made purely of steel, is lighter by as much as 15%.

In terms of design, there are details on the exterior of the RS7 Sportback that allow it to highlight its sporty look. Examples of these include the honeycomb grill in high-gloss black, the LED headlights that have been partially tinted, uniquely styled bumpers, flared sills, and the add-on parts that come in matt aluminum. On its rear section, which has been shortened and slopes sharply, one can see that standard sports car attribute which is a unique spoiler lop. This look can be personalized even further with the offer to two styling packages which are carbon and matt aluminum.

Topics: audi, china

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