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2010-12-13 10:30

NEXT STOP, AUDI: The all-new Volkswagen Touareg, launched in South Africa in October 2010. The next model will be developed by Audi.

Audi will in future be responsible for developing the Volkswagen Group’s SUV ranges, it has been revealed.

Engineering of the next-generation Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7 will shift to Ingolstadt although individual brands will reportedly remain responsible for the engines and performance of their models.

An Audi spokesman told Automotive News Europe: "This decision was made in agreement with all of the brands involved and will create synergies throughout the group to the benefit of both the brand and the customers."

However, the first Audi-developed SUVs remain some way off. Volkswagen launched its latest Touareg in South Africa in October, 2010, while the second generation Porsche Cayenne will be introduced here in February, 2011. The all-new Audi Q7 is only expected in 2012.

The latest news follows the December, 2010 announcement that Porsche would assume responsibility of the development of large sedans and sports cars within the VW Group stable. At the time it was revealed that Porsche had been chosen to develop the platform that will underpin the next Porsche Panamera and future Bentleys along with a platform for front-, mid- and rear-mid engine cars for Porsche, Lamborghini and Audi.

Audi will continue to have responsibility for developing the VW Group platform introduced in 2007 that underpins cars such as Audi’s A4, A5 and Q5. Audi will also develop Porsche’s new small SUV, dubbed Cajun, which will be based on the Audi Q5 SUV. 

The Volkswagen brand is developing the platform that will underpin the next Golf model and the Audi A3 due in 2012.

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