Audi has announced a significant cash investment in Seat’s Matorell production facility, tooling up for Q3 production by 2011.
First pics: Audi readies Q3
The idea of running trans-Atlantic production facilities has been shelved, no doubt due to the economic state of affairs in North America, where a possible Q3 production plant had been mooted for some time. Audi has chosen to invest €300 million in the Spanish site instead.
Q3 was first shown as the Crosscoupé Quattro Concept at the Shanghai auto show in 2007, powered by Audi’s 2.0 TDI engine producing 150kW.
Essentially a shrunken Q5, expect the smallest Audi "Q" to carry over many of the company’s smaller, efficient turbocharged direct injection petrol and diesel engines as it head for production.
Poised to compete against BMW’s forthcoming X1 (due to be shown at this year’s Frankfurt motor show), Audi is gearing up for annual production around 80 000 units.
With its decision to operate exclusively from a European production site, Audi remains the only volume German auto manufacturer that does not build part of its portfolio in the US.