Audi has announced the start of the manufacturing process of its Q5 sporty SUV in Aurangabad, in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
The sporty SUV is the third Audi model after the A4 and A6 to be produced in India, increasing the German company’s production volume to more than 2,400 units this year, a hefty increase from last year's 732 units value. Company plans to roll out 1,500 Q5s yearly bringing Audi's 2010 overall production output to more than 2,400 units. With the car being locally assembled the prices of the car will come down considerably. The final assembly of the Q5 requires five work-cycles on two assembly lines alongside the A4 and A6.
"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.
Since September 2007, Audi has produced around 2,000 cars in the country and, by 2015, up to 6,000 units will be rolling-off the line each year, Dreves said.
For the start, the Audi Q5 will be offered only with a 2.0 TFSI and a 3.0 TDI powerplants, but more and efficient units will be added shortly and it's expected to cost around 33.09 lakhs for the 2.0 TFSi Quattro and 37.99 lakhs 2.0 TDi Quattro.
The entire Audi model range is available across the country: in Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur, Chennai and Ludhiana. Further developments include Mumbai South, Lucknow, Coimbatore, Surat and Indore.
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