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Automotive News Europe

June 26, 2018 11:20 CET

FRANKFURT — Audi has switched a launch of a purpose-built electric car to a United States after a detain of a CEO Rupert Stadler put a shade over Volkswagen Group’s reward code in Europe.

Audi was scheduled to betray a e-tron crossover on Aug. 30 during a glitzy full-day eventuality in Brussels where it will be built. Journalists had perceived invitations to a launch.

On Monday, Audi pronounced it would reason a e-tron’s launch eventuality in a U.S. instead of Brussels during a after date. It cited “organizational reasons” and did not give a date or place for a U.S. event.

The check expected means that opposition Mercedes-Benz will be a initial German automaker to applaud a open entrance of a Tesla fighter. Mercedes will betray a EQC in Stockholm on Sept. 4.

The check in phenomenon a e-tron is a latest blow to Audi after CEO Stadler was arrested and imprisoned final week but bail by a German authorities on guess he was interfering in their review into paraphernalia of diesel engines to lie emissions tests.

Audi pronounced a e-tron’s sales launch is unblushing by a check of a car’s unveiling. “The e-tron will have a marketplace launch during a finish of a year. Nothing has changed,” an Audi mouthpiece said.

Audi is already holding allege orders for a e-tron in some European markets. It starts during 80,000 euros in Germany. In May, Audi pronounced it already perceived 5,500 reservations from Norwegian and Dutch customers.

Mercedes has pronounced a EQC will arrive in dealerships subsequent year, but naming further.

You can strech Christiaan Hetzner during christiaan.hetzner@gmail.com.


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