Audi has began production of its best-selling compact SUV Q3 in India.
The compact SUV Q3 is the fifth model which is manufactured at Skoda Auto India plant located in Aurangabad. The model will be built in the brand new hall which covers a 20,000-square-feet area. According to Dr. Frank Dreves, Audi Board member for production, production of the Audi Q3 in India is part of the automaker’s long-term growth strategy in the country, which is believed to be one of the most promising markets in the world.
“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,” added Dreves.
Audi India sales in the country has increased 19% to 6,426 units during the first eight months of the year. The German automaker currently manufactures the A4, A6, Q5, Q7 and Q3 models at the Škoda Auto India Private Limited plant. The facility is able to produce 13,000 Audi models annually in a single operation shift.
“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,” Joe King, Head of Audi India.