Reports from Germany indicate that Volkswagen AG has chosen Mexico as the site for its new North American factory but Audi spokesman Brad Stertz said that the decision hasn’t been made yet. He clarified that the supervisory board of Volkswagen hasn’t made the final call yet on where the factory is located or what model will be produced in the new factory.
Stertz said that the board will be meeting next on April 18. According to German magazine Der Spiegel, Audi has received the support from parent Volkswagen to produce the Q5 sport-utility vehicle starting 2015. No sources were cited. The report further stated that the supervisory board intends to ratify the plans when the board meets on April 18.
Initially, VW had hoped to expand its U.S. factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., which was opened just a year ago for Audi’s output. VW’s Chattanooga plant produces one model – the mid-sized Passat. Audi officials have been saying this year that they will decide where to have the North American production by the summer, according to Autonews. The likely locations are in Mexico and the U.S. Presently, the Jetta and Beetle are being produced at VW’s plant in Puebla, Mexico.
VW plans that in 2013, it will open an engine plant in Silao, Mexico. Last February, Michael Macht, VW’s head of manufacturing, informed Automotive News that as soon as the decision is made, the factory will be able to start production after 2.5 years. Macht said that another factor being considered on where this plant will be put up is its plan to offer a big Volkswagen SUV (bigger than the Tiguan) to the U.S.
There is no question that the new Q5 is part of the Audi range given the use of the flowing and the elegant likes for the design. Majority of the front end for example is focused on the headlights that are on either sides of the single-frame grille. However, customers can opt to have the bi-xenon lamps and with it the daytime running lights having LED.
Going to the side, the more prominent features are the rising edges and the large wheels. With how elegant the slope of the roof is and the rail, the slim style is highlighted much like a coupe. Working towards the rear, the wraparound tailgate is, like the bonnet, composed of aluminum. It helps this new SUV become easily identifiable as the younger sibling of the Audi Q7.
Furthermore, the tail lights can have the unique LED lighting technology as an option. Looking at the dimensions, it is clear that the Q5 is an SUV that brings with it new proportions. With a length of 4.63 meters, width of 1.88 meters, and height of 1.65 meters, the stance becomes more purposeful compared to other models in the same class. A coefficient of drag at 0.33 sets new standards for its segment.
This is not all, considering that the Q5 not only has the gracefulness of a sports saloon but also offers a highly variable interior with a number of versatile options aimed at family use or even for leisure. Inside it is an efficient and powerful engine plus the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. It also has a running gear that is more agile as it integrates the highly-advanced dual-clutch S tronic 7-speed transmission.
All of these, combined with the Audi drive select control system, results in an excellent SUV no matter what the season is and no matter the surface. When it comes to the external trim, there are three options offered with black offered as standard.
The other two is a paint finish in full body-color and contrasting color. A total of 2 packages will also be offered. There is a S line exterior package which gives this performance SUV a more athletic appearance. The brand will be offering as well an alternative off-road style package wherein both the front and the back have underbody protection. Putting in the 19-inch wheels gives the Q5 a stronger character.