Production begins in 2016
The Board of Management and the Works Council of AUDI AG have confirmed that a new SUV model called the Audi Q1 will be produced at its plant in Ingolstadt, Germany from 2016.
Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG said “the Audi Q1 is part of our broad-based SUV strategy. It is designed on the basis of the modular transverse engine concept and will round off our Q series at the bottom end. Peter Mosch, Chairman of the General Works Council also welcomes the decision he said “this is a clear commitment to Ingolstadt as a production site. We will continue to make every effort to develop the plant even further as the leading technological site of the Audi Group.”
The Audi Q family has been hugely successful, it comprises of the Audi Q3, RS Q3, Q5, SQ5 and the Q7. The Audi Q5 has become the global market leader in its direct competitive environment, more than 194,930 have been delivered to customers this year and production of approximately 230,000 Q5’s has been planned for next Q volume.
New SUV could feature hybrid engine
The new Audi Q1 will be an attractive entry into the Q family and will no doubt strengthen its international competitiveness. As yet the company has not revealed any details of what will be under the hood of the new Audi Q1, although the concept drawing comes with the Audi ‘e-tron’ branding, which means that this new compact SUV could feature a hybrid engine. It is thought to feature a higher ride height than the A3 and will also feature smaller windows; it is expected to be aimed at the same market as the Range Rover Evoque compact SUV which has been extremely successful.
Audi launched their first SUV back in 2006 and has produced and delivered more than 1.5 million Q family models since then. The company continues to go from strength to strength, last year they achieved the best ever worldwide sales of 1,455,100 cars, an 11.7 per cent improvement over 2011. Of these, 123,622 cars were delivered to the UK, an 8.6 per cent increase on 2011, and another record.
At the beginning of the year the new Audi RS Q3 made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The Audi RS family is also growing this new RS Q3 is the fourth model to join the range. The new Audi RS Q3 is the first Audi SUV ever to wear the RS badge, it is available to order priced from £43,000 and the new Audi RS 7 Sportback, which takes the acclaimed RS 6 Avant as its technical basis is priced from £83,495.