Audi began production of its Q7 luxury-class SUV at the Aurangabad plant, India.
The Aurangabad plant can manufacture 1, 000 Audi Q7 annually, to supply the Indian market. This Audi’s fourth model, after the A4, A6, Q5 and Q7, to be manufactured India. The Audi Q7 model is to be manufactured in a newly built hall at the group plant Škoda Auto India Private Limited in Aurangabad. The Audi Q3 will also be built here from mid-2013.
“Local production of the Audi Q7 is part of our long-term growth strategy in India, one of the most promising auto markets in the world,” declared Dr. Frank Dreves, Audi Board Member for Production.
This is the automaker’s second Q model to be manufactured in India, as demand for the Q3, Q5 and Q7 SUV continues to increase in the country. From January to October Audi saw its sales increase 55% in the country to 7,273 vehicles, which means the automaker managed to surpass its target for this year of 5,511 vehicles to be sold in India.
“Local production of the Q7 means Audi India is now building a second Q model locally. That will reduce waiting times for our customers and we will be able to offer a wider range of versions in the market,” explained Michael Perschke, Head of Audi India.