Audi is accelerating its transition with a solid 2021 for fully electric vehicles

Audi is accelerating its transition with a solid 2021 for fully electric vehicles


Despite the global shortage of semiconductors, Audi continues to make rapid progress on the path to sustainable future charging. This is reflected in the delivery of electric vehicles for the past year, which has increased by 57.5% compared to the previous year. Audi more than doubled its all-electric lineup that year. Despite the difficult supply situation, in general, the brand’s delivery was close to the amount of the previous year: in 2021, the company with four rings delivered 1,680,512 models to customers, or 0.7% less than 2020. In the United States, performance. of the previous year was exceeded by 5%.

“The year 2021 had many challenges, but thanks to the dedicated efforts of our international team, we overcame them very well,” says Hildegard Wortmann, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG. “We are looking to the future with confidence. With “Vorsprung 2030” we have defined a clear strategy – our courage to make lasting changes is being rewarded: the high demand for electric vehicles confirms our early decision in favor of emission-free driving methods. We are continuing this momentum in 2022 and we are continuing our transformation. The large number of orders coming in also shows that we have the right lineup.

After the first half of 2021, Audi was on track to break records: 981,681 vehicles delivered were a new record in the company’s history. Then the ongoing shortage of semiconductors had its effect in the second half. As a result, shipments decreased in the fourth quarter by 34.2% compared to the same period last year.

However, the emission curve for all electric models continues to increase. In 2021, Audi sold 81,894 electric models, an increase of 57.5%. By 2025, Audi plans to have more than 20 fully electric models in its lineup. From 2026, the brand will sell new fully electric models.

Audi led by example with the presentation of the Audi e-tron GT and Audi RS e-tron GT at the beginning of the year. In particular, the Audi Q4 e-tron and Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron also play a central role in the company’s electric strategy with the four rings. With these four new models, Audi has more than doubled the range of all-electric models over the past year.

The company’s clear commitment to electric mobility can also be seen in its capital expenditure planning: According to plans approved at the end of 2021, Audi will spend around 18 billion euros on the electrification and hybridization of its vehicles between 2022 and 2026. with a total investment of around 37 billion euros, this means that almost half will be allocated to these two areas of the future.

In addition to fully electric models within the overall model range, the Audi Q3 (+19.2%), Audi A5 (+8.3%) and Audi A7 (+9.2%) in particular have experienced significant increases. The SUV segment was also very popular: Audi Q5 (+5.3%) and Audi Q7 (+5.3%) also grew. Audi Sport high-performance models once again exceeded last year’s figures and set a new record with 39,356 vehicles sold (+34.2%).

In China, Audi ended 2021 with 701,289 vehicles delivered, a decrease of 3.6%. After the record year of 2020, the fourth quarter was marked mainly by a shortage of semiconductors for domestically produced vehicles. Imported Audi models (+53%) saw a significant increase in demand. Audi A5 (+96.7%), Audi Q7 (+74.4%) and the all-electric Audi e-tron (+68.7%) saw positive development. In addition, sales of Audi Sport models increased more than twice (+113.4%) compared to 2020, the previous year.

In the US, Audi also exceeded last year’s figures: 196,038 vehicles, an increase of 5.0%. Audi had a record year for fully electric cars here: With an increase of 52.5% over the previous year, Audi sold more fully electric models in the US than ever before, including the Audi e-tron GT, which has been on the market since. July 2021. Audi’s smartphone also saw a significant increase of +34.6%. The SUV segment saw continued strong demand, with the Audi Q3 (+26.5%) and Audi Q5 (+19.6%) leading the way. With 7,796 models delivered and a growth of 60.5%, Audi Sport models also set a new record in the US. In Canada, the number of vehicles delivered increased by 11.2%.

In Europe, AUDI AG was close to the previous year’s level with 617,048 vehicles delivered (-0.4%). Audi A3 (+3.6%), Audi Q3 (+5.6%), Audi Q5 (+18.6%) and Audi Q8 (+1.8%) saw an increase in demand. The company recorded strong growth in France (+10.2%), Italy (+9.9%) and the United Kingdom (+9.4%), among others. It set new records in Denmark and Norway, thanks mainly to electric models that were very popular there.

A total of 31 European markets registered an increase compared to the previous year. In Germany, the brand with the four rings delivered 180,883 vehicles to its customers (-15.6%). In addition to the shortage of semiconductors and the impact of reductions in value added tax in the second half of 2020 were also seen here. The Audi e-tron continued to show positive growth in the company’s home market with an increase of 10.3%.

In other world markets, the company with four rings increased its delivery by 3.1% compared to the previous year and reached 137,347 vehicles. Electric models also saw very good progress, with an increase of 89.6%.

“Even if the supply of semiconductors will continue to be difficult in the coming months, the strong growth in the supply of electronic models gives us a breath of fresh air that allows us to meet our roadmap without fail,” said Hildegard Wortman. “The high volume of incoming orders as well as the highest order on record show that we have the right lineup.”

Audi rendering Collection
2021 2020 Unlike 2020
The world 1,680,512 1,692,773 -0.7%
Europe 617,048 619,723 -0.4%
Germany 180,883 214,427 -15.6%
England 117,993 107,892 +9.4%
France 50,383 45,728 +10.2%
Italy 55.005 50,060 +9.9%
Spain 34,767 37,284 -6.8%
USA 196.038 186,620 +5.0%
Mexico 9,465 9,834 -3.8%
Brazil 6,244 6,680 -6.5%
Republic of China + Hong Kong 701,289 727,358 -3.6%

Financial figures for 2021 will be presented at the annual press conference on March 17, 2022.