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Audi to invest 14 billion euros in e-mobility, self-driving cars

Audi to invest 14 billion euros in e-mobility, self-driving cars
FILE PHOTO: An Audi self-driving vehicle is seen during a self-racing cars event at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California, U.S., April 1, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam -
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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen’s <VOWG_p.DE> premium auto brand Audi <NSUG.DE> said on Tuesday it would invest 14 billion euros (12.5 billion pounds) through 2023 in electric mobility, digitalisation and autonomous driving.

Overall, the company’s total projected expenditure for the next five years amounts to 40 billion euros, the company said in a statement. It also plans restructuring measures that will generate 1 billion in earnings uplift already in 2018.

“This planning round bears a clear signature: We are taking a very systematic approach to electric mobility and will be much more focused in future,” said Audi’s interim management board chairman Bram Schot.

“We are consistently prioritizing our resources for future-oriented products and services that are highly attractive and relevant to the market.”

(Reporting by Douglas Busvine; editing by Thomas Seythal)

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