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Audi to build Q5 SUV, Q3 may be next

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Audi to build Q5 SUV, Q3 may be next

Brand’s product expansion includes creating a line of SUVs

By JASON STEIN | AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

AutoWeek | Published 02/03/06, 3:51 pm et

PHOENIX, Arizona, USA – Audi will add a small premium SUV called the Q5 by 2008. The carmaker also is considering an entry-level SUV called the Q3.

Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s head of concept development, confirmed a five-seat Q5 is in Audi’s immediate plans.“I think we need a Q5 and we will have it,” Hackenberg said at a press event here.

Hackenberg said the Q5 will be positioned against the BMW X3 premium SUV and will be sold in both Europe and the US. It likely will be based on the A4 sedan.

Hackenberg said Audi is discussing the possibility of adding a Q3 SUV, but has not made a final decision.

Audi exhibited the Steppenwolf, a small, three-door SUV concept, at the Paris auto show in 2000. That vehicle featured all-wheel drive and was powered by a 225hp, 3.2-liter V-6 engine.

If built, the Q3 would be similar in size to the Golf SUV planned for 2007 by Audi parent Volkswagen.

A Q3 would give Audi a three-SUV lineup. Its first, the Q7, was introduced last autumn. The Q7 shares a platform with the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne and is built in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Audi is adding new models in a product offensive aimed at doubling its annual global sales to 1.5 million units by 2015. Last year, Audi sold 829,100 vehicles globally, up from 779,441 units in 2004.

(Artist conception of Q3 at link.)

Link: http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/arti...7/1041/PHOTOS03

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MyerShift    7

Oh good God, the last decent German luxury brand is turning into Mercedes-BMW.

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