Beijing Auto Show: Audi A6 L e-tron, show news #2

April 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Audi has fitted its e-tron tech into a long-wheelbase A6 saloon. The A6 L e-tron concept on display at the Beijing Auto Show combines a 2.0 TFSI engine (211hp) and a 95hp (70kW) electric motor, and has an 80km all-electric range. Top speed in all-electric mode is 60kph, and the e-tron can run in engine-only and hybrid modes, the latter delivering typically strong Audi sports car performance. This concept is a plug-in hybrid, though Audi is using the ‘e-tron’ badge to refer to all of its electrified vehicles, including all-electric and range-extended EVs. A very small production run of the R8 e-tron starts later this year, and the proper-production A3 e-tron will go on sale in 2014. A1 e-tron prototypes are also currently undergoing testing.

In more Beijing Show-related news:

  • California’s Coda Automotive – which recently launched its electric Sedan in the US – has signed a letter of intent with China’s Great Wall Motors to develop a low-cost EV for China, North America and Europe. This is likely to be a compact model, probably based on a Great Wall product, and promises are that it will compete on price against entry-level petrol cars. No timeframe has been given as yet, but the plan appears to be that Coda will develop the powertrain and battery tech, and will carry out final assembly for the US market, though most manufacturing will be in China. Press release posted at Autoblog Green.
  • BYD unveiled its first concept for its new Denza brand/product-line, a collaboration with Daimler. No tech details on the NEV (“New Energy Vehicle”) as yet, though it’s all-electric, features rear-hinged rear doors (unlikely to make production) and is probably based on the Mercedes-Benz B-Class underpinnings. Full release and picture gallery at Autoblog Green, along with some more news on the Qin plug-in hybrid saloon.
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