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One, that it has yet to post any real profits and two, that it is merely enjoying a period in the sun before the "established manufacturers" sort themselves out and enter the electric segment in a serious way.

In microcosm, then, the new e-tron GT reflects how vehicle makers are gradually shifting their product focus from internal combustion engines to electric powertrains. Stadler said Audi plans a fifth electric auto that would either be an SUV or "sports activity vehicle". "The Audi e-tron Sportback will follow in 2019".

"We have not yet taken a decision on this matter", Chief Executive Rupert Stadler told journalists after the brand's annual news conference today.

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The new Audi e-Tron SUV will be built at the converted Brussels plant, where the company will also assemble its battery pack.

The Audi e-tron stands here as a representative of many more electric cars that we will present to you in the coming years.

"Together we will significantly expand our product range above all in the area of electrified drive systems and sporty SUVs", Stadler added.

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Audi plans to invest 40 billion euros ($49 billion) over the next five years as the luxury-car brand expands its lineup and accelerates a shift into electric vehicles in a bid to regain lost ground against BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

The e-tron GT will form part of Audi's electrified future - a portfolio that will span more than 20 models by 2025.

The Mission E is also expected to hit showrooms in 2020, featuring 800V fast-charging technology - allowing an 80 per cent charge in just 15 minutes - and dual electric motors producing a combined 600hp.

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Volkswagen's VOWG_p.DE main profit engine developed the bigger 3.0 litre V6 diesel engines used in about 80,000 VW, Audi and Porsche models that in 2015 were found to have been equipped with illicit software and to exceed USA emissions limits.

"Furthermore, we will equip all core model series at least with mild hybrids".

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