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Comrade
04-09-2005, 08:10 AM
This long wheelbase Audi is intended for the Chinese market. It is 10cm (about 4 inches) longer than the regular version. From what it looks like, the frame was extended next to the B-pillar by the second door.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.fourtitude.com/news/uploads/Audi_News/a6l_china.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Article:<br><A HREF="http://www.fourtitude.com/news/publish/Audi_News/article_1195.shtml" TARGET="_blank">http://www.fourtitude.com/news...shtml</A>

Superfresa
04-09-2005, 09:55 AM
It looks comfortable, but It looks like it's too much (size-wise)

erzhik
04-09-2005, 10:23 AM
a definite 5 series beater

DoMiNo
04-09-2005, 02:19 PM
Haha, forgive me for asking... but why would they send the long wheelbase model to the Chinese market?

KebabGud
04-09-2005, 05:03 PM
why a A6L? .. issent that what the same size as the A8 ?

Redline
04-09-2005, 05:16 PM
Seems like it would be close, but nowhere near the A8L.

Fcuke
04-09-2005, 05:17 PM
This is stupid from Audi. Isn't there going to be a new A8 then? I am confused. Audi and their weird actions :S

Top Secret
04-09-2005, 06:03 PM
Guys, this is exclusively intended for the Chinese market, no one else. From my knowledge, the Chinese always got a slightly different version of A6's. The previous version was also slightly modified for the Chinese market.

DoMiNo
04-09-2005, 06:16 PM
Sure but... do they really need the extra leg room?

spwolf
04-09-2005, 06:19 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DoMiNo</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Sure but... do they really need the extra leg room?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>haha, you have been bad domino! I am sure chinese have plenty of large people, just look at yao ming!<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/driver.gif" BORDER="0">

DoMiNo
04-09-2005, 06:24 PM
I suppose that's true...

knihc2008
04-09-2005, 06:29 PM
oh silly domino. i'm chinese and i suppose i should be offended by that statement but then i looked in the mirror and, well, i wouldn't be using that extra leg room.<p>the thing is, chinese people in china are really tall. REALLY tall. chinese people in america.. different story. but the people there are really, really tall. and the market is so that the only people able to afford cars like audis have to be incredibly rich (buicks are considered as premium top-notch models, for instance) and to get buyers away from mercedes and bmw and get those buyers to dig deep in their pockets for an audi, they'll have to give the chinese something extra. like, you know, leg room.

Superfresa
04-09-2005, 06:30 PM
haha, true...<p>well maybe with all those tiny matchboxes that are sold in China, those with money wanted something more exclusive than a regular length Audi...<p>Or possibility 2:<p>Whilst people generally seat in the rear of their audi, Chinese get an extra 10 cm so that they can lie down in it.... (sorry I'm just joking) <p>Nah, It is curious that with so many matchboxes arround, luxury cars should be longer than normal <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>who knows..<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Superfresa at 11:02 PM 4/9/2005</i>

DoMiNo
04-09-2005, 06:36 PM
Wasn't meant to be offensive, by any means... it's just fact. I understand what you mean knihc, about getting "something extra" though. The uber-rich (and evidently there's a ton of them in China these days) are never satisfied.

AM2
04-10-2005, 10:28 PM
Thre are a lot of sarcastic statements about why the Chinese market will get an Audi A6L.<br>I guess you can think of it as a more affordable but still roomy executive sedan alternative to the Audi A8 and A8L which would be much much more expensive in China.<br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by AM2 at 1:36 PM 4/11/2005</i>

Santeno
04-11-2005, 07:59 AM
The reason for the extra leg room is that Audi's, (especially their mid-size models) have long been considered high-end cars for higher level government officials in china. The added room is for better use as a (sometimes choffer driven) status car. Don't quote me on it, but I believe audi has done this with previous vehicles it's sold in this segment in china before.

Naga Royal Guard
04-11-2005, 12:10 PM
there is a caddy STS-L in china too

erzhik
04-12-2005, 04:29 AM
MORE NEWS ABOUT WHY BUILD THIS AUDI IN CHINA!!<p>the reason is that FAW-VW is building some of Audis in China but they don't have a long wheel based sedan like A8. And importing it from Germany is very expensive. This new Long version will be a "A8" for China..<p>And why is that China need a car like that?<br>BECAUSE THE LARGEST POPULATION OF RICH PEOPLE ARE SITUATED IN HONG,KONG. CHINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yes, not USA, but CHINA

AM2
04-12-2005, 05:05 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>somebody..lol </b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> <br>And why is that China need a car like that?<br>BECAUSE THE LARGEST POPULATION OF RICH PEOPLE ARE SITUATED IN HONG,KONG. CHINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yes, not USA, but CHINA</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I believe the A6 models built in china are LHD only.<br>In Hong Kong cars are RHD.

erzhik
04-12-2005, 06:54 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AM2</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I believe the A6 models built in china are LHD only.<br>In Hong Kong cars are RHD.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>what diff does it make. It's not illegal to drive with a LHD in RHD countries

Santeno
04-12-2005, 08:18 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>somebody..lol</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">And why is that China need a car like that?<br>BECAUSE THE LARGEST POPULATION OF RICH PEOPLE ARE SITUATED IN HONG,KONG. CHINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yes, not USA, but CHINA</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Actually you are wrong on that statement. LWB audi's and Cadillacs have traditionally been for majority sales on the chinese mainland, not Hong Kong (though they are sold there as well). The largest population of wealthy people (and by that I mean people whose annual incomes are above $300,000, is by far in the US. what hong kong has is the highest concentration of millionaires per square mile (because of the population density in such a small area). The largest number of Millionaires in the world are actually found (out of all places) in northern New Jersey, followed by California and New York (mainly in NYC Westchester and Long Island). That said, in the US, NYC (and in particular Manhattan) Has the highest concentration per square mile (density again) of millionaires (and people with incomes above $300,000) in the US. NYC also has the highest concentration and number of corporate headquarters of any city in the world (that includes Tokyo and Hong Kong.)<p>You might want to re-do your research next time.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>somebody..lol</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">what diff does it make. It's not illegal to drive with a LHD in RHD countries</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Again you are wrong. It might not be illegal in some countries, but it is in a great many.

knicks125
04-12-2005, 08:31 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>somebody..lol</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">BECAUSE THE LARGEST POPULATION OF RICH PEOPLE ARE SITUATED IN HONG,KONG. CHINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yes, not USA, but CHINA</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Not exactly correct...but many people would perceive that way. Many "high-end" population does reside in HK, but you could say that in a lot of other parts of the world. Just in China alone, in addition to Hong Kong, there are also Shanghai, Beijing, Xi'an and many other parts where you can see high-end cars and find people with lots of money.<p>If you are talking about the rich population per capita, hong kong is in fact right up there, but there are still many other parts of the world...US is up there, you just have to look at a specific location<p>(During my college days, I travel abroad to China and were there for almost a whole year...fun times!!)<p>BTW, if anyone is still pre-1997, Hong Kong has been returned to China, so it's a part of China; although many aspects still have not changed (such as the RHD) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

rock999
04-12-2005, 09:59 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>somebody..lol</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>It's not illegal to drive with a LHD in RHD countries</TD></TR></TABLE><p>in hong kong..only LHD cars from mainland china (which means everywhere in china out of hong kong) are permitted to be driven in hong kong...and you need a special licence plate or so. its a weird and complex process. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>

Designo
04-13-2005, 10:48 PM
Is it just me, or does that single interior shot with that Asian lady seem to look like Audi just moved the passenger seat forward, making it seem like "more" rear legroom? The rear door (inside + outside) also doesn't seem much longer (esp. in the S-Class + 7-Series) in the pictures.<p>I am certainly not doubting Audi whatsoever, it just seems like IMO that the seat is moved a lot in that pic, and the door the same size. But it's most likely an optical illusion. <p>Maybe I need to get my eyes checked... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/eek2.gif" BORDER="0">

DoMiNo
04-13-2005, 11:07 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Designo</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Is it just me, or does that single interior shot with that Asian lady seem to look like Audi just moved the passenger seat forward, making it seem like "more" rear legroom? The rear door (inside + outside) also doesn't seem much longer (esp. in the S-Class + 7-Series) in the pictures.<p>I am certainly not doubting Audi whatsoever, it just seems like IMO that the seat is moved a lot in that pic, and the door the same size. But it's most likely an optical illusion. <p>Maybe I need to get my eyes checked... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/eek2.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well it looks to me like the window is friggin' <U><B>huge</B></U>, which may indicate that it is, indeed, a long wheelbase model. But then again, I haven't sat in a regular new A6... so for all I know they could all be like that! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0">

CWW
04-17-2005, 03:38 PM
Another picture:<p><A HREF="http://img175.echo.cx/my.php?image=a6lhrlarge5cc.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img175.echo.cx/img175/1667/a6lhrlarge5cc.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A>