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Audi has signed a memurandum of understanding between three very sucessful and important tech companies in China - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Baidu Inc and Tencent Holdings Ltd.

According to Audi, the agreement will help to enhance the development of connected cars in Audi's newest regional market, especially in the area of internet-vehicle platforms, data analysis and intelligent urban transport.

Alibaba and Audi are already in a cooperation to integrate real-time traffic data and high resolution 3D map systems. Next year will be the year of Audi launching Baidu CarLife apps in the local models.

Tencent currently work on the integration of WeChat MyCar services into Audi, focusing on the location sharing and music sharing features first.

Joachim Wedler, the president of Audi China, also said that "China has become an important leading market for digital technologies. Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are strong innovators. We are determined to work with them on features for the connected car of the future".

Despite this, an Audi spokesman said it was too early to specify any concrete investments the company may plan as a result of the partnership.

The collaboration should help Audi to improve the use of smartphone apps in its cars as well as to develop computer-aided services for drivers.

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At the annual shareholder's meeting Audis CEO Rupert Sandler gave details about the "Audi e-tron quattro concept", which is an upcomming electic vehicle for the year 2018. Audi introduced the 'Audi e-tron quattro' concept last September at the IAA in Frankfurt, which is set to grow the market share of electric cars. The car which is manufactured in Bruessel is developed to drive over 500km without recharging. Audi's sister brands VW and Porsche who have already launched electric models act as an example for the new model and this vehicle will be Audi's first electric car. The Audi e-tron is characterised by three electric engines and a massive battery from the Korean brands Samsung and LG. Audi is going to introduce an electronic all-wheel drive where a mechanical connection between the axis is no longer required. These components make the vehicle so unique in it's motor concept. Experts conjecture about the name of the upcomming car and came to the decision to call it the "Audi Q6 e-tron". The main issue this vehicle has is that even though this car is enviromentally friendly, the company is worried it will suffer the consequenses of the big Diesel fuel scandal of its related brand Volkswagen. Refering to the scandal, in September 2015 the USA discovered that VW manipulated more than 11 million vehicles to visually lower the value of fumes to circumvent the US-american exhaust emission standars. As a result Audi hopes to recover the bad image of the VW-scandal with this innovative car. Accordingly Audi e-tron will be in competition with the Tesla e-model "X".

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It appears that Audi has out sold Mercedes Benz In January 2015. Demand in China and USA helped Audi to achieve record sales in January and analysts have speculated that the lead over Mercedes may even widen.

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The new Audi TT has a turbo charged 2.0 litre 4 cylinder engine with a reported 220 horse power. Both the new Audi TT and TT Roadster were debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

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Audi insist rumours linking the company to F1 are "pure speculation" and are "without any foundation." However the rumours continue to grow!

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Audi stated that it's sales in China surged over the first 9 months of the year. Sales have apparently been boosted by demand for it's Q3 and Q5 sports editions.

Rumour has it that the next generation Audi Q7 SUV will have an electric turbocharger. 

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At this week's Beijing Motor Show Audi showed a transformation in the Audi TT into an off-road-ready hybrid crossover. The crossover is less powerful than the Nanuk Quattro, the off-road car that was shown last year but is certainly no slouch in the performance department.

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Audi aims to offer diesel in all of it's vehicles. They aim to make diesel engines in five of their vehicles initially up from just one.

Volkswagen have released details of it's new Golf R which will be showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. It has a 2.0 litre turbo charged engine and achieves 0-62mph in a very impressive 5.3 seconds.

Audi is to offer the new 4G LTE high-speed broadband standard in its cars.