In most profitable “daughter” VW has big plansIn 2014, Audi will launch 17 new or fully radically updated models. Such ambitious plans contained in the text of the financial report Volkswagen Group, published on the eve; thanks to the success of Audi and Porsche the German auto giant expects this year to overcome the bar to 10 million vehicles sold and throw direct challenge Toyota and GM in the battle for world domination.
The document does not specify precisely which updates in question, but some of them we can list with confidence. First of all, this is the premiere: Audi S1, which sales will begin in the second quarter, and debuting in Geneva, the new generation TT (pictured above). Besides these, in 2014, will enter the market restyled A3, A6 and A7, the all-new A8, sports RS3.
Apart in this series stands Audi R8 e-tron. According to insider information, in Ingolstadt accelerated the work on this project, not to get too far behind the konkurentskogo BMW i8, so that an all-electric supercar Lamborghini Huracan on the chassis and a 450-kilometer reserve may also debut this year.
In this year 2014 plans Audi, of course, does not end there. In the next five years the most profitable division of Volkswagen Group to invest in new development about 70% of the total investment of 22 billion euros. To cope with the increased demand will be built two new plants in Brazil and Mexico, as well in China (the largest market for Audi) sales this year overstep the mark of 500,000 units. BMW, holding the lead in the European premium segment for nine years, is getting nervous …