Luxury car-maker, Audi on Wednesday said it has started the assembly of its Q5 medium-sized SUV at its Aurangabad plant and plans to manufacture up to 1,500 units per year. “The production of the Q5 is a part of our long-term growth strategy in India, ” Audi Board Member for Production, Frank Dreves, said, adding the Indian market for automobiles would grow very rapidly.
“The Q5 is the right automobile at the right time, ” he said. Altogether Audi has produced around 2,000 cars in the country since September 2007. By 2015, up to 6,000 units will be rolling off the line each year, Dreves added.
Audi’s Q5 joins the A4 and A6 models, which are produced in India, bringing Audi’s overall production output this year to 2,400 units as against 732 units last year. The final assembly of the Audi Q5 requires five work-cycles on two assembly lines alongside the A4 and A6.
Even last year saw Audi significantly expand its line-up of engines for the models produced at the Aurangabad facility. In July, an entry-level version of the A4 sedan with a 1.8-litre TFSI engine was introduced. It rounds out the previous engine line-up, which for the A4 also includes a 2.0 TDI and a 2.0 TFSI unit, it said.
The Audi model range in India includes Q5, A4, A6, A8, Q7 and TT.