The Audi Q3 compact SUV has begun volume production at the SEAT factory in Martorell, Spain. Approximately 100,000 Q3 units are slated to leave the three-shift assembly line each year. Audi and SEAT together have invested around Euro 330 million in infrastructure and ultra-modern production facilities.
The Q3 production is an example of how we are making use of synergies within the Group, stresses Frank Dreves, Board Member for Production at AUDI AG. The Martorell factory is an extremely productive facility with a highly skilled workforce, and one that meets the exacting quality standards of our brand. The Q3 definitely gets the Audi seal of approval.
A small, sporty SUV, the Audi Q3 will join the other members of the Q family, the Audi Q5 and the Audi Q7. The Q3 combines the design and dynamics of a compact car with the roominess and versatility of an SUV. The range of driver assistance systems brings a new dimension to the compact SUV category. The Audi Q3 will launch with three 4-cylinder engine – 1x TDI unit and 2x TFSI engines. Developing between 103 kW (140 hp) and 155 kW (211 hp).
With the Q3, Audi is entering into a new segment. Advance sales for Europe will begin in June. Market launch is scheduled to take place in the fourth quarter of this year. Around 100,000 units are expected to make their way to customers in the first full production year, 2012. In Germany, sales of the Q3 will begin at a base price of Euro 29,900. Plans are in place to build the sporty compact in China, specifically for the local market, in a second phase.
In the other hand, there is no official report when the Audi Q3 will be available for Malaysia market. Let us keep you posted once we got the news at first hand.
Photo Gallery: Audi Q3 production in Martorell – Spain