German automaker Audi to stop producing cars with combustion engines by 2033

The subsidiary of the Volkswagen group “is strategically reorienting” to achieve CO2 neutrality “no later than 2050”.

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German automaker Audi will stop producing cars with traditional combustion engines by 2033, the Volkswagen group subsidiary announced on Tuesday (June 22). The brand will launch “in four years” sound production “latest combustion model” as part of ae “determined transition to the electric age”, said in a statement the director, Markus Duesmann.

The possible exception: China, where Audi is associated with local manufacturers for production and development, and where “a request beyond 2033” is possible. Elsewhere, production of gasoline and diesel cars will be phased out and the manufacturer “to [réorientera] strategically” to achieve CO2 neutrality “no later than 2050”. However, “Audi’s last internal combustion engine will be the best ever built”, promised Markus Duesmann.

Audi will focus on new electric models from 2026. “The exact date” the end of sales of combustion models “will be determined by customers and the law”, according to Audi. This accelerated electric shift, under pressure from increasingly stringent European anti-pollution standards, is part of an ambitious transition for the Volkswagen group, which will see the main brands of the German giant offer more and more battery-powered models to catch up with the competitor Tesla. The group plans to invest 46 billion euros over five years in this reorientation. Volkswagen also intends to produce in six European factories the cells of electric batteries, key component but whose market is currently dominated by Asian suppliers.

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