Continuing to invest in the worldwide markets that are ensuring its continued growth, Audi debuted its new A4L yesterday in Beijing, China. The vehicle is a 2009 Audi A4
with a wheelbase extended 2.36 inches. Audi says the vehicle is a smart mix of sports sedan and luxury vehicle, and may be "enjoyed as both a driver's car and a chauffeured luxury sedan." The majority of the added wheelbase benefits rear seat comfort.
Powering the A4L will be Audi's 2.0-liter TFSI engine in 180 hp tune, or the firm's 3.2-liter FSI V-6 making 265 hp. The long-wheelbase vehicle will be produced exclusively for the Chinese market, reflecting the unique automotive needs of that market as well as Audi's aggressive push to continue its worldwide sales climb.
Notably, the A4L will be produced in China at an Audi manufacturing facility in Changchun. The new A4, which has sold 200,000 units since its worldwide launch last year, was recently voted "Most Beautiful Car of the Year" by the readers of German automotive magazine Auto Bild.
The A4L will be unveiled publicly tomorrow at the Guangzhou Motor Show, and will be available in Chinese dealerships beginning January 2009.--Colin Mathews
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