Audi brings its MQ! Innovation Summit to China

“China is the ideal place to discuss impulses for the mobility of tomorrow. Here, we are in a phase of transformation in which the digital environment in particular is rapidly changing,” says Bram Schot, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “It is the unconventional thought leaders who shape our future with their ideas. According to the motto ‘#neverstopquestioning,’ we want to promote this dialog, inspire each other and develop new ideas together.”

The expected keynote speakers include Kai-Fu Lee, an expert in artificial intelligence and author of the book AI Superpowers; Derek Haoyang Li, founder of Squirrel AI Learning; and Peggy Liu, founder and chairperson of JUCCCE (Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy), a non-governmental organization that has been at the heart of the greening of China.

In thirteen different workshops, the summit participants will dive deeper into the topics and work on specific questions: What does the right charging infrastructure for electric cars look like in Asia’s metropolises? How is the mobile ecosystem developing in China? How are we using swarm intelligence and augmented reality? The intercultural aspect is at the focus of this year’s MQ! Innovation Summit: Most of the workshops will be held with mixed international teams or will highlight topics that are particularly relevant for Asia, such as the specific needs of Chinese customers. Throughout the event, there will be opportunities to share thoughts and to network.

On the second day of the MQ!, the participants’ best ideas will be announced at the Innovation Lab of Audi China. This is the highpoint of the initiative, which since July has called upon developers to submit innovative ideas for the open source platform “Audi connect.”

Audi established the MQ! Innovation Summit three years ago in order to discuss the mobility quotient (MQ) as a measure of the mobility of a person or organization with experts from the fields of business and science. The MQ includes not only spatial mobility in its calculation, but also the factors of time, society and sustainability.

Interested persons can apply at <a href="http://www.the-mobility-quotient.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">www.the-mobility-quotient.com</a>, for tickets for the MQ!, which takes place on December 4 and 5 at the Phoenix International Media Center in Beijing. More information on the program is available also on Facebook at “The Mobility Quotient.”

Volker Germann – Biography

Volker Germann is married and has three children.

Volker Germann has been working for the Volkswagen Group and AUDI AG since 1986. The graduate engineer completed his studies at the University of Applied Sciences for Technology in Mannheim and began his career as an employee in Central Planning Paint and Assembly at VW. After holding various positions in Germany and abroad, he became Plant Manager at VW do Brasil in Curitiba in 2009. In 2016, Volker Germann became Plant Manager of the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture in Changchun, China.

Since April 1, 2019, Volker Germann has been General Manager of Production Technology and Logistics as well as Management Spokesman at AUDI BRUSSELS S.A./N.V.

With TFSI power: record year for Audi in the DTM

The four-cylinder turbo engine of the Audi RS 5 DTM is the most efficient and most powerful engine in the company’s DTM history. In its first year of racing, Audi’s engineers extracted more than 610 horsepower from the power-plant with just two liters of displacement.

In terms of reliability, the new engine was instantly exemplary as well: Audi was the only manufacturer to use no more than the allocated number of 1.5 engines per car and therefore did not suffer any deduction of points in the manufacturers’ championship. At the end of the season, Pietro Fittipaldi’s engine had the highest mileage of more than 5,000 kilometers.

Even before the end of the season, Audi secured all three titles in the drivers’, manufacturers’ and teams’ championships in 2019. As a result, the brand scored its third triple DTM win after 2004 and 2017.

Audi won the manufacturers’ championship with a 582-point advantage – marking the largest one in DTM history. As the first manufacturer ever, Audi scored more than 1,000 points (1,132) in one DTM season. In as many as three races in 2019, Audi netted the maximum number of points in the manufacturers’ classification.

With twelve victories, twelve pole positions, twelve fastest laps, 40 of 54 possible podium finishes and all three championship titles, the brand achieved the most successful DTM season overallin the company’s history. In 1991, 2015 and 2016, Audi had won ten races, respectively.

On 448 of 732 laps, an Audi RS 5 DTM was leading the field in the 2019 season.

In 17 of the 18 races, at least one Audi driver started from the front row.

On six of the currently eight DTM tracks, the Audi RS 5 DTM has held the DTM lap record since this season. The absolutely fastest lap of the year, at an average of 193.2 km/h, was set by René Rast in Sunday’s qualifying at Assen.

Top speed was also credited to the new Audi RS 5 DTM: during the Hockenheim season opener, Mike Rockenfeller was clocked at 291 km/h on the second lap of Sunday’s race.

In Sunday’s race at Brands Hatch, all eight Audi RS 5 DTM started from the top eight spots on the grid.Eight cars from the same brand had been seen in the DTM only once before: in 2016, at Budapest, also from Audi.

In Sunday’s race at the Nürburgring, Audi celebrated a seven-fold success – as a result, the brand equalized the previous record (BMW/Zandvoort 2015).

In Saturday’s race of the finale at the Hockenheimring, the Audi RS 5 DTM, which has been fielded since 2013, scored its 50th victory.Witha current track record of 51 victories, the Audi RS 5 DTM is the most successful model since the DTM’s revival in 2000.

Successful close of the season in DMV GTC for Audi Sport customers

Audi R8 LMS GT4

Class title in finale: At Las Vegas, Vesko Kozarov/Jeff Burton celebrated a class title win in the GT4 America series following a successful race. In an Audi R8 LMS GT4, the two drivers from Team Rearden Racing finished the first race in the Pirelli GT4 America West runners-up as the best amateur team. As a result, the two Americans won the amateur classification of the Pirelli GT4 America West with a seven-point advantage, while Rearden Racing achieved the runner-up’s spot in the teams’ classification. 

Three trophies at Hockenheim: Team Hella Pagid Racing One achieved three second places in the finale of the DMV GTC. Loris Prattes in an Audi R8 LMS GT4 finished the Dunlop 60 race plus the two sprint races runner-up in Class 5. 

Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)

Three podium finishes in Italy: The TCR Italy ended in three trophy wins for Audi Sport’s customer teams. At Monza, Enrico Bettera from Pit Lane Competizioni finished the first sprint race runner-up in front of Jacopo Guidetti from BF Motorsport. In the second sprint, Guidetti took the second spot. Bettera finished the season in third position of the standings after seven events. 

Runner-up finish in New Zealand: Spouses Dennis and Debbie Chapman celebrated a podium finish in their class on the third race weekend of the South Island Endurance Series. The Audi RS 3 LMS from Team Track Tec Racing took the runner-up’s spot in Class B in the one-hour race at Timaru.

From the last grid position to a podium finish: In the finale of the Supercar Challenge at Assen, Bas Koeten Racing in an Audi RS 3 LMS pulled off a sensational comeback in race one. Oscar Gräper/Bas Schouten had entered the race from 22nd, the last spot on the grid, and within just four laps fought back to fourth. By the time the checkered flag fell in the one-hour race, the Dutch driver pairing had improved to third position.

Two trophies in finale: Michael McCann finished the TC America at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with two podium positions. The American from the McCann Racing team drove his Audi RS 3 LMS in both 40-minute races at Las Vegas to third position. As a result, Team McCann Racing finished the final classification of the racing series runner-up in a field of twelve teams. The TCR Cup Drivers class for contenders in race cars with double-clutch transmissions was won by Bryan Putt in an Audi RS 3 LMS in front of his fellow Audi drivers Christian Cole and Stephen Vadja.

Six Audi cars in Japan: In round eight of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup at Suzuka, six Audi RS 3 LMS will be on the grid for the first time this season. Comtoyou Team Audi Sport is deploying Belgian driver Frédéric Vervisch, who in ninth position is currently the best Audi Sport driver in the standings and has previously scored one race win this year. His Dutch teammate Niels Langeveld is breaking new ground at Suzuka. Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport is preparing one Audi RS 3 LMS each for Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay, who is ranked in tenth place of the standings, and his Scottish teammate Gordon Shedden. Team Hitotsuyama is looking forward to its home round. The long-standing Audi Sport customer team regularly contests the Super GT racing series with the Audi R8 LMS and the TCR Japan with the Audi RS 3 LMS. Now the squad has received two wild card entries, adding local drivers Ryuichiro Tomita and Ritomo Miyata to the FIA WTCR. This year, the FIA WTCR is using the East Course for the first time, a track configuration with a length of just 2.243 kilometers. 

Coming up next week

25–27/10 Surfers Paradise (AUS), round 6, Australian GT Championship

25–27/10 Surfers Paradise (AUS), round 3, Australian GT Trophy Series

25–27/10 Portimão (P), rounds 7 and 8, GT4 South European Series

25–27/10 Buriram (THA), rounds 7 and 8, Thailand Super Series

26/10 Nürburgring (D), round 9, VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring

26–27/10 Suzuka (J), rounds 22 to 24, WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup

26–27/10 Suzuka (J), rounds 9 and 10, TCR Japan

26–27/10 Portimão (P), rounds 7 and 8, TCR Ibérico

26–27/10 Zhuzhou (CN), rounds 9 and 10, TCR China

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Electrifying full-size sedan: the Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro

Audi is expanding its portfolio in the midsize to the luxury class: The Four Rings will also be offering plug-in hybrids in the A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 model lines. They all bear the “TFSI e” logo. The A6 55 TFSI e quattro* is now continuing this series. Like all Audi plug-in hybrid models, it also combines two highly efficient drives to achieve a system output of 270 kW (367 PS). 

Its four-cylinder gasoline engine, a 2.0 TFSI, delivers 185 kW (252 PS). The electric motor, which is integrated into the seven-speed S tronic, has a peak output of 105 kW. The system torque already reaches its maximum of 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) at a speed of 1,250 rpm. The lithium-ion battery, which is positioned in the vehicle rear, stores 14.1 kWh of energy. It is integrated such that the luggage compartment offers level and convenient luggage space.

The A6 TFSI e 55 quattro* is a sporty car that is highly efficient at the same time. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.6 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). On purely electric power, it reaches a top speed of 135 km/h (83.9 mph). Its electric range, measured according to the WLTP procedure, is up to 53 kilometers (32.9 mi). Thus the tax rate imposed on it when used as a company car in Germany is cut in half. The powerful plug-in hybrid model is the only premium sedan in the direct competitive environment that has quattro all-wheel drive on board. 

The drive concept of the Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro* is designed so that customers can do most of their daily driving electrically and therefore with zero local emissions and nearly without sound. They can choose between the three drive modes “EV” for all-electric driving, “Hybrid” for the efficient combination of both drive types and “Hold” to conserve the electrical energy available at any given time. 

In “Hybrid” mode the predictive operating strategy ensures maximum efficiency and the maximum possible amount of electric driving. It controls the drivetrain so that the last stage of the journey before getting to the destination can be covered in all-electric mode and the battery is charged up beforehand via the combustion engine where necessary. Fine planning on a stage of the journey is performed by the predictive efficiency assist. It also uses a large amount of information, including navigation, online traffic events, the driver’s style and the vehicle sensors such as the camera and radar. It plans the management of the drives and decides between freewheeling with the engine deactivated and coasting recuperation.

Customers can charge the Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro* at public charging stations up to an output of 7.4 kW using the mode 3 cable supplied. This means it takes roughly two-and-a-half hours to recharge an empty high-voltage battery. While on the road, the Audi e-tron Charging Service offers access to more than 110,000 charging points in Europe. The myAudi app is equipped with a route planner that shows where the terminals are. Customers can use the app to manage charging and pre-entry climate control even before they set off. The air conditioning system operates together with a highly efficient heat pump that uses the waste heat from the electrical drive components.

The Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro* has a distinctly sporty character. The S line exterior package, the black styling package, black exterior mirror housings and privacy glazing enhance the exterior. Matrix LED headlights, sport seats, four-zone automatic air conditioning, the Audi virtual cockpit, sport suspension, 19-inch wheels and red brake calipers add further accents. The plug-in hybrid sedan can now be ordered at a base price of EUR 68,850 and is now coming to dealerships in Germany.

*Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used and chosen equipment level.