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17 March 2018, 01:34 | Jenny Fowler
Meet the new Audi Prototype e-tron GT electric limo: Audi's going Tesla chasing again
With numerous phase-outs and its overall largest number of same-year model launches happening at once, Audi is coming back strong after facing continuous suffering throughout 2017 on the heels of the dreaded Dieselgate controversy.
This presages a production auto due to be built from 2020 alongside the Audi R8 supercar, chief executive Rupert Stadler confirmed.
Audi's Rupert Stadler underlined the importance of Audi's performance models even in an electric portfolio. Called the e-tron GT, the four-door electric sedan will rival the Tesla Model S when it launches in worldwide markets in 2020, according to a report by ACI.
Audi showcased the nearly production-ready prototype of the e-tron SUV at the Geneva stage.
The much lower, sleeker e-tron GT won't follow immediately, but is likely to arrive in the early years of the 2020s. Like the rest of the Volkswagen Group, Audi plans to launch 20 electrified models by 2025, more than half of which will be fully electric.
The luxury brand cut costs by 1 billion euros previous year as part of a goal to cut spending by 10 billion euros by 2022 to free up funds for its electric-car programme.
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Audi confirms plans for a new all-electric sedan to directly rival the Tesla Model S.
Today, at its annual press conference, Audi announced that it's primed and ready to introduce a new vehicle every three weeks this year, with 20 new and redesigned models on the way.
"We interpret sportiness very progressively with our fully electric e-tron GT, and this is how we will take our high-performance brand Audi Sport into the future", Stadler said revealing an image of the new electric powered Audi model on a video wall. Solidifying the e-tron GT's performance credentials are the fact that it will be based on the same platform as the Porsche Mission-E.
As well as rivalling the Telsa Model S, the new Audi is also expected to see competition from a secret new pure electric Jaguar sedan being developed as a sister model to the recently unveiled I-Pace and successor the British vehicle maker's long running XJ sedan.
What's not clear at the moment is how Audi intends to differentiate its EVs, plug-in hybrids and mild-hybrid models in terms of nomenclature.
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