August 13, 2014 / 1:28 PM / in 4 years

Audi says faces penalty for anti-competitive behavior in China

File photo of Audi cars reflected in mirrors during a media preview day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski/Files

MUNICH (Reuters) - Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE)’s premium auto unit Audi on Wednesday said it would accept a penalty and change management processes at one of its China units after a regional authority said it had discovered violations of anti-monopoly laws.

“According to investigations of the Hubei Provincial Price Bureau, partial practices in the dealership network of the FAW-Volkswagen Sales Co., Audi Sales Division in Hubei province have violated national Anti-Monopoly laws,” Audi said in a statement.

In China, Audi operates under a venture with state-owned automotive enterprise FAW Group Corp 000800.SZ.

As a result of the Hubei probe, FAW-Volkswagen will accept a penalty, Audi further said in a written statement on Wednesday.

Audi said it was cooperating with authorities and said it could not comment further until the relevant government authorities had concluded their investigation.

Reporting by Irene Preisinger; Writing by Edward Taylor; Editing by Maria Sheahan

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