Audi Won't Build City Car, But Q9 SUV Is Possible
Unlike many automakers, Audi will likely build bigger rather than smaller by introducing a Q9 SUV. However, plans for an all-new city car are gone. According to a report from Car, Audi will not build an A0 global minicar after all. This would have been a luxury version of the Volkswagen Up!, which was the World Car of the Year winner back in 2012. "We are quite happy with A1," Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said of the brand's current smallest car. "It sells 120,000 units, and has a high degree of equipment and accessories."More likely to arrive is a Q9 large SUV. According to Stadler, this model may even replace the R8 supercar as the new range-topper. One version of the Q9, if offered, will be an e-tron plug-in hybrid model. Stadler said that Audi is looking to expand its SUV offerings, since they will make up a huge portion of the market in the future. By 2020, SUVs will make up more than 45 percent of sales. While it may seem like automakers are all about compact SUVs and small cars, many luxury carmakers are looking towards large models. Range Rover is offering a long wheelbase version of its iconic model, and BMW is also jumping on the trend. Source: Car
Tesla Motors will build the first battery gigafactories in two states, but California will not be one of them.