Audi is reportedly engaged in discussions with SAIC Motor Corp. to acquire SAIC’s premium electric vehicle platform. This move is aimed at improving Audi’s position in the Chinese market, where it currently lags behind competitors like Tesla and Nio. The potential platform purchase would allow Audi to expand its EV offerings and potentially recapture lost market share in an increasingly competitive Chinese vehicle market.
Audi’s current platform scenario:
Until now, Audi has relied on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform for its vehicles in the Chinese market. However, the automaker had planned to shift to VW Group’s SSP platform for future premium EVs, originally slated to debut with VW’s flagship model, Trinity, in 2026. However, software development problems have led to delays, with estimates now suggesting the SSP and Trinity could be released in 2029 or 2030.
Seeking alternatives to the SSP:
Due to the setbacks faced by the SSP platform, Audi is now exploring other options and is reportedly in talks with SAIC. This is somewhat unsurprising as SAIC is VW’s joint venture partner in China.
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