September 19, 2013

Audi starts production of Q3 compact-class SUV in India

Audi has started production of the Q3 compact-class SUV at its Aurangabad plant. After the Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi Q5 and Audi Q7, the Audi Q3 is the fifth model to be produced in India.

"Local production of the Audi Q3 is part of our long-term growth strategy in India, one of the
most promising auto markets in the world," said Dr. Frank Dreves, Audi Board Member for Production. "The infrastructure in the plant, efficient working processes, qualified workforce and a well-developed logistics environment, along with the growth potential of the Indian market, were the factors that motivated us to expand the product portfolio at the Aurangabad plant."

The Audi Q3 will be produced in the newly constructed hall at the group plant Skoda Auto India Private Limited (SAIPL) in Aurangabad, which covers a floor area of 20,000 sq m (215,278 sq ft). The Audi Q7 is also produced in the same hall.

"Local production of the Audi Q3 means that Audi India is now building all our Q range models locally. This will reduce waiting times for our customers and will enable us to offer a wider range of versions in the market. This move demonstrates our confidence in the success of our Q range, which has positioned itself as a leader not only in the product category, but has emerged as a lifestyle statement. We are confident that we will continue to retain our dominance in the luxury SUV segment in India," said Joe King, Head of Audi India.


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