Apr 18th 2008- We're less than 12 hours away from seeing the Audi Q5 officially revealed at the Auto China Show in Beijing, and according to Süddeutsche Zeitung, Audi's new cute 'ute will be assembled in Changchun, in northern China. The German rag cited unspecified China-based sources for the information, but Audi isn't answering any questions ahead of the reveal tomorrow. The Q5 is due to hit dealers in Europe later this summer and sales are expected to begin in the States towards the beginning of next year. It's likely we'll hear about Audi's production plans for the Q5 during tomorrow's press conference and you can watch the reveal live on Audi's online media site.
source: Gasgoo.comJune 6, 2008 - Audi, the premium unit of Volkswagen, has decided to build the new smaller SUV, Q5, in China next year. The Audi Q5 made its global debut at the 2008 Beijing auto show in April, when sources said that Audi would sell its locally made Q5 cars, rather than imported ones, in the Chinese market.
At this week's Shanghai auto-parts show, Hankook Tire has displayed its Optimo K415 tire for passenger cars. The Korean tire-maker's China company said that the Hankook Optimo K415 tire series will be used next year in the Audi Q5 cars made in China. The testing of various tires in this series specailly designed and upgraded for the Audi Q5 is being carried out. The Hankook Optimo K415 tire has been used in the Nissan Qashqai, Shanghai VW's Polo, and Skoda Octavia.
The Audi Q5 will be built using the new Audi MLP platform and will compete with the BMW X3, Infiniti EX, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, Saab 9-4X, Volvo XC60 and the upcoming Cadillac BRX. It will be offered with multiple engine configurations, including gasoline/petrol, TDI, and Hybrid gasoline/electric.
Earlier reports said that Audi has started building a new plant with its Chinese partner FAW in Changchun, northern China, to assemble the new compact SUV Q5. Local production of the vehicle for the Chinese market is due to start in August 2009.
The Audi Q5 is due to hit dealers in Europe later this summer and sales are expected to begin in the United States at the beginning of next year.
source: Gasgoo.comJuly 14, 2008 - Audi AG, the premium unit of Volkswagen, will deliver its new smaller SUV, Q5, to the Chinese market in mid-2009, said xinhuanet.com today. To maintain its competitiveness and growth momentum in China, the German carmaker will boost its investment in its Chinese ventures and continue to introduce new models to its largest overseas market.
The Audi Q5, which made its global debut at the 2008 Beijing auto show in April, will go on sale in its home market Germany at the end of this year, and will enter the Chinese market in the middle of 2009. At first the Audi Q5 will sell in China as an imported car until its local production in China starts in early 2010. The Audi S5, as the high-performance sports version of the Audi A5, will also come to China later this year. Audi has plans to add at least 18 new models by 2015 to its current 22 models in China.
In June, Audi started building a second production facility with its Chinese partner FAW in Changchun to accommodate the rising demand. The new "all-digitalized" Audi plant in northeastern China is said to assemble the new-generation Audi A4, Audi Q5 and their spin-off models. The new plant will boost Audi's annual capacity in China to 200,000 units. The new facility is expected to operate by early 2010.
The Audi Q5 will be built using the new Audi MLP platform and will compete with the BMW X3, Infiniti EX, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, Saab 9-4X, Volvo XC60 and the upcoming Cadillac BRX. It will be offered with multiple engine configurations, including gasoline/petrol, TDI, and Hybrid gasoline / electric versions.
Audi sold 60,509 vehicles in China in the first half of this year, up 23% from one year earlier. "These results underscore Audi's market leading position in the premium segment in China," CEO Rupert Stadler said in a statement, adding that Audi's production capacities will be boosted in its "second home market."
Audi has been present in China since 1988 and sold more than 100,000 cars in the country for the first time last year.