Audi already works closely with Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent (Photo: Audi)

Audi will work more closely with Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent to develop new connected-car features for the Chinese market.

The German premium brand, together with the VW Group's Chinese joint-venture partner FAW, said it had signed agreements with the three internet companies to cooperate in areas such as data analysis, the building of automotive internet platforms and urban intelligent transport.

"China has become an important lead market for digital technologies, Audi China President Joachim Wedler said in a statement.

Audi already has close ties to China's leading internet companies. It has integrated real-time traffic into its navigation systems with data from Alibaba, the country's biggest internet player.

Starting next year, Baidu CarLife will be an option in Chinese Audi models. The service allows the transfer of Baidu’s  app services between the customers’ digital devices and their cars.

And Audi is developing integration of WeChat into Audi models. WeChat is Asia’s leading communication services app.