VW working on a luxury sedan based on Audi A6, will be offered only in China

Article by Christian A., on September 22, 2014

China is one of the most important markets for the Volkswagen Group in order to become the world’s largest carmaker. As a result the German company will offer a new luxury sedan exclusively for this market. Set to arrive next year, the new luxury sedan will be based on the Audi A6 but not too many details are available.

For those who don’t know, the Audi A6 is the best-selling luxury sedan in China but the new sedan will boost the brand value of Volkswagen. What’s more interesting is the upcoming vehicle will actually be a rival for the Audi A6.

Pricing will also be a problem: if the vehicle will be too expensive, then customers will go straight to Audi, but if the price is not too high, then what’s the point? Codenamed 511, the upcoming luxury sedan was designed in Europe but will be built in China by Shanghai Volkswagen.

A Volkswagen spokesman confirmed plans for the C-class sedan but declined to offer more details. Of course, selling luxury cars means bigger profits for Volkswagen and the German carmaker believes that the segment will continue to grow.

The new sedan will be offered to customers who want a superior car but don’t want to catch too much attention. It seems that Volkswagen aims to make the same move it did with the Phaeton, which was based on the Audi A8 but was not quite popular.

Still, we are eager to see the new Volkswagen luxury sedan and how the market will receive it.

Already known for its power, efficiency, appeal and sophistication, the Audi A6 family is no doubt a true winner in the business class. Now, Audi has comprehensively updated the A6 family to offer new engines and transmissions as well as new headlights and a new infotainment system. Audi also provided the A6 allroad Quattro, S6, S6 Avant and RS6 with a number of new elements.

Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at Audi, quipped that the new A6 marks the next chapter in an excellent success story, as the newest iteration embodies innovative technology as well as the carmaker’s premium in the premium sector. He remarked that the Audi A6 is raising the bar higher in several technical fields. For instance, its lightweight body makes use of several aluminum components. In addition, the new A6 employs powerful and highly efficient engines, a sporty chassis as well as advanced assistance and multimedia systems.

The design of the new A6 family is marked by emphasized horizontals, sharp lines and athletically taut surfaces – all conveying precision and sporty elegance. As part of the refresh, Audi tweaked the Singleframe grille and the headlights that flank it. The carmaker also modified the bumpers, air inlets and side sills as well as rear lights and tailpipes. The headlights could be specified with LED technology or Matrix LED technology, as complemented by dynamic turn signals.

Employing an intelligent composite construction concept, the body of the new A6 offers new levels of rigidity and safety. Its systematic lightweight construction makes use of components made from aluminum and hot-shaped steel. In fact, the new A6 powered by the 1.8 TFSI engine features a curb weight of just 1,535 kilograms (3,384.1 lbs). Furthermore, the new A6 boasts of superb vibrational comfort and low cabin noise.

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Topics: vw, audi a6, sedan, china

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