• Nov 17, 2008
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Audi has just introduced a long-wheelbase version of its new A4 for the Chinese market, joining the long-wheelbase A6 that has been available in China since 2000. While many automakers have recognized the Chinese desire to have a little extra length, this is the first time a vehicle in this size class has been elongated. Labeled as a premium B segment car in China, the Audi A4L's wheelbase is 2.36 inches longer than the standard A4, most of which gets added to rear-seat legroom. The A4L will be built in Changchun, China and will feature a chassis specially designed to handle the sometimes-rough Chinese road conditions. Engine options will be the 180-hp 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder and the 265-hp 3.2 FSI six-cylinder. The Audi A4L will debut at the Guangzhou Motor Show on November 18, and should be in Chinese dealerships by January 2009. Full press release after the jump.


[Source: Audi]

PRESS RELEASE

Audi presents long-wheelbase A4 for the Chinese market
  • First long-wheelbase version in China's premium B segment
  • Marketing and Sales Board Member Schwarzenbauer: "We will export the success of the new Audi A4 to China"
  • Market launch in January 2009
Audi is the first premium brand to introduce a prestigious long-wheelbase version in the upper mid-size category exclusively for the Chinese market: the Audi A4L's wheelbase is 60 millimeters (2.36 inches) longer, which benefits rear-seat passengers in particular. The A4L thus offers unrivalled spaciousness in its segment.

Manufactured at the plant in Changchun, China, the new Audi A4L made its debut yesterday in Beijing. Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management for Marketing and Sales at AUDI AG, and the President of the FAW-VW joint venture, An Tiecheng, emphasized the importance of the new Audi A4L for the Chinese market.

Schwarzenbauer said: "The long-wheelbase version of the Audi A4 is being produced exclusively in China for the Chinese market. With this premium product, we chose to go even further than elsewhere in the world to meet the requirements of our Chinese customers."

Since its worldwide market launch last year, over 200,000 units of the Audi A4 have been sold. It was recently voted "Most Beautiful Car of the Year" by readers of Auto Bild, a German automotive magazine, and thus overall winner of the „Auto Bild Design Award 2008".

"Our goal is to export the success of the new Audi A4 to China. With the customized Chinese A4L, which we subjected to rigorous testing in China, we are impressively demonstrating our market leadership in China's premium segment," added Schwarzenbauer.

With the A4L, Audi has created an automobile which outdoes the competition in terms of driving comfort, luxury, spaciousness, and design. The chassis was tailored to Chinese road conditions to provide exceptional suspension comfort. The wheelbase – 60 millimeters (2.36 inches) longer than the A4 sedan's wheelbase – makes the A4L a unique vehicle. The longer wheelbase lends the A4L an especially roomy feel and makes getting into the rear seats even easier. In addition, the longer wheelbase is of particular benefit to rear-seat passengers, who can enjoy legroom unparalleled in this vehicle segment. Thanks to the increase in length and high-quality technology, the A4L injects full-size class into the mid-size category.

For the time being, two engine versions will be available for the Audi A4L in the Chinese market: the 2.0 TFSI with 132 kW (180 hp) and the six-cylinder 3.2 FSI with 195 kW (265 hp).

Audi has been offering a long-wheelbase version of the A6 in China since 2000. Now in its second generation, it provides better driving comfort, spaciousness, and design than the competition. Drivers and passengers of the 4.76 meter (15.62 feet) long A4L will enjoy similar advantages as it can be enjoyed as both a driver's car and a chauffeured luxury sedan.

The Audi A4L, which will be rolled out starting at the Guangzhou Motor Show on November 18, will be at Chinese dealerships as of January 2009.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      i agree about the original, stupid racist jokes.

      i also agree about the lack of a profile pic. who needs to see the front of an extended wheelbase sedan, lol? and the other view doesn't show anything either.

      and also agree about the silliness of a slightly longer A4 when there is the A6.

      i'm very agreeable today.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't a long A4 an A6?
      • 6 Years Ago
      In my months spent in China I learned that right after licenses were made more plentiful it was pretty easy to get one. Now the test is harder but more importantly it's harder to get a license plate for your car and much more expensive. In Shanghai they hold an auction for license plates every so often to help control the amount of cars in the city. Some people who had a plate may end up selling because they can make a lot of money doing so, maybe double their years pay!

      The people that buy the plates are quite wealthy but few have a drivers license so they purchase the long wheelbase cars and pay someone about $50 a week to drive them. Many of the drivers are on call 24 hours a day with one day off, some are 24/7 though. Thats why there are so many long wheelbase models in China and any model is a candidate to be stretched.

      A funny side note. While in Beijing my friend told me that he had arranged a VW Passat to take me to the airport from Peking University. I thought to myself "so what?" but when I met him and the driver at the car I have to say I was really impressed. It too was a streched model and you could do backflips in the back seats that where captains chairs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just so you guys know, Chinese isn't a race. Its a nationality. Asian/Oriental is a race. Just like saying Germans are warmongers, or Canadians are hockey players. Its not racist, its nationalist, and its stereotyping. That's all. There was nothing race-related in there. Stop trying to justify your own insecurities by pointing out others flaws.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Han Chinese is a race.

        Oriental (if taken by the conventional meaning) is a LOT of races, more than even China contains.
      • 6 Years Ago
      um.. just get an A6

      durr
        • 6 Years Ago
        that's retarded.
        • 6 Years Ago
        In mainland China, there's no regular wheelbase A6... there's only the A6L.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can we get a sideview?
      • 6 Years Ago
      does 2.36 inches to the wheelbase translate to more than 2.36 anywhere? if not, it hardly seems worth the effort. i doubt i could pick up on that slight difference between models.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The shortest people need more rear leg room? What? :D

      Why is the 2.0TFSI only making 180HP? You'd think on a luxury car, that was made bigger, they'd at least have the standard 200.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are they thinking that Yao Ming will want a ride sometime in the future?
        • 6 Years Ago
        great!!!!

        so now, let's make fun of them!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Isn't there anything that someone doesn't proclaim mock offense to anymore?

        Short people don't need longer cars... That was exactly my first thought as well.

        Go find something else to do with your time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ugh, you kids.

        I'm not stereotyping.

        http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/155/4/346.pdf

        Mean height (cm) 164.8 for Chinese (That's 5' 4.9")
        Mean height (cm) 176.8 for Caucasians (That's 5' 8")

        If I were being racist I would have likely made a comment about the stereotypical conceptions of Asians driving, but I wouldn't do that because that's just retarded.

        Chinese people ARE SHORTER BIOLOGICALLY THAN CAUCASIAN AMERICANS. THIS IS A FACT AND IS NOT RACIST. You people are unbelievable.

        Back to the CAR PLEASE.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Wow you don't even know what the definition of a stereotype is man...you can never make a statement like "Chinese people ARE SHORTER BIOLOGICALLY THAN CAUCASIAN AMERICANS" and not have it be a stereotype no matter what you substitute in there.
          In order for your statement to be true it has to say "Most Chinese people are shorter than Caucasian Americans." since your statement would imply that all Chinese people are shorter than all Caucasian Americans, which is pretty much what a stereotype is.
          Now go learn what words mean and stop posting this drivel on the internet. And stop putting BIOLOGICAL in caps everywhere, how else would people be taller? With stilts? Seriously putting 'biological' in there doesn't make your statment any more accurate, it just makes it look like you're trying to give your statement more credibility with random big words.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chinese horses are smaller too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        now how f'in ridiculous is it to think that a survey of 1,500 out of 1bill+ people would reap decent results.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't believe anyone was making fun of them or mocking them. Their genetic traits would lead one to believe that their market would have the least demand for a car with an extended wheelbase.

        I'm not being racist, I'm just pointing out a fact. I didn't know that it would be racist to talk about biological traits. I guess that's now a stereotype.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You seem to be confusing wit for racism.
        • 6 Years Ago
        1/5 of the population or not, it is a biological fact that their legs are less than the average length of other geographical regions.
        • 6 Years Ago
        >> The shortest people need more rear leg room? What?

        phrase written with irony = mocking

        I don't think you were simply pointing out the fact that chinese people are short. (irony...)

        because:
        1) there was absolutely no reason in this post to discuss about the average height of the chinese
        2) obviously people don't elongate their cars because they HAVE THE NEED for more room for the legs... (except for Shaquille's gallardo...). A LWB vehicle has more prestige and status, or do you really think those Town Car limos are built because they carry 13' people? (even if a LWB A4 doesn't make any sense...)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I understand the desire for LWB versions of flagships. I don't understand the need for LWB versions of entry-level vehicles, especially if there is a mid-level vehicle filling between the entry-level and flagship vehicles (case in point A6).
        • 6 Years Ago
        At a mere 60k-70k USD in China, the A4 isn't exactly entry level.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yup, esp when the new a4 is already has more rear leg room than the car it just replaced. oh.. and those conventional bulbs in projector housings in the press images sure look cheap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, apparently a lot of you do not "get" it. It is a cultural difference. When in China, you will see a lot of long wheelbase cars, because that is what many Chinese prefer in their more expensive rides. The A6 is actually only available in a long wheelbase version there. This stretch will actually give the A4 more generous rear legroom, but still not as much as the Chinese A6.
      • 6 Years Ago
      u'know i honestly can't figure out why asians are the last minority group about which people can make racist jokes and it's totally ok. hispanics get made fun of a lot with no repercussions either, but i think asians get dissed more. can you imagine if this whole article and the ensuing racist comments were about africa and africans? i can't either, cuz it just wouldn't happen. i guess racist white people are just too scared of black ppl, but yellow and brown folk are easy pickin's. obviously there are anti-pc comics and shows like sarah silverman and/or south park which make fun asians, but they make fun of everyone, and almost always do it to the effect of showing the bigotry of racists... racists who can be found on the autoblog comment board too, i guess. i'm just surprised noone's yet made a joke on frank's unfortunate choice of words in writing, "Chinese desire to have a little extra length"...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Woah buddy, calm down. Like, can you even tell me wich comment here is racist?? I don't see any. All the comments are talking about the car...exept yours.
        • 6 Years Ago
        hmm... when i wrote this comment only the top three comments on this page were present, so it was mostly directed to that thread. it is equally encouraging to me that the other comments between mine and those first ones were totally about the car and ignored everything else that was irrelevant. cheers...
      • 6 Years Ago
      dasupersprint:
      the very first comment talks about the size of asian people. it's a stereotype. it's a racist stereotype. not the most aggressive i've heard, but in racism, it's an yes/no matter, no shades of gray. so it's yes. and comments like that have no place anywhere.
        • 6 Years Ago
        as noted by others, the first commenter's post was not a statement of fact but made a mockery of said fact, e-smiley and all. that's what made it racist and offensive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        An improved diet in Asia have produced quite a few tall people, at least from what I can tell. The closing nutrition "gap" is also closing the height "gap".
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...but a gap exists. I really dislike when political correctness gets in the way of facts. As stated above (and general knowledge) the current Chinese person is shorter than some of Audi's other customers. It seems like maybe the A4 should be made longer in all countries?

        What I would like to know is the reason why there is demand for longer vehicles in China. Is it more leg room? Is it cultural? Is it perceived safety? Trunk space? It is always interesting to see what various consumers push for...
        • 6 Years Ago
        While it's true that the average person in China may be shorter it *is* a stereotype if you're suggesting that more leg room isn't neccessary because Chinese people are short, since you're ignoring the fact that there's plenty of tall people in China.
        Depends on how you use it, but in this case it's just a stupid stereotype.

        And anyways nobody designs cars so that only the average sized person can use it-you'd leave out the entire 50% of the population above that size. You wanna design stuff so that the vast majority of people can use it, and in a country with 1.3 billion people there are plenty of rich, tall, Chinese people who need more leg room. It's not like people who blow 70K on a car and chauffeur are likely to be starved for nutrition.
        • 6 Years Ago
        um actually, the size of asian people (height) is not a racist issue or a stereotype. it's a fact. asian people, as a whole, are shorter than people from other parts of the world, just as scandinavians are taller than most others. it's not a stereotype or an aggressive statement, it's a fact.

        now i'm not defending any racist comments, but pointing out that asians are, as a whole, shorter than other people is not a racist statement in itself...
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