Audi starts Q7 production in Aurangabad, India

Article by Anita Panait, on November 8, 2012

Audi has commenced the production of its Q7 luxury-class sports utility vehicle at its Aurangabad plant in India. The plant will be building up to 1,000 units of the Audi Q7 annually to be marketed to the Indian market. The Audi Q7 will be the fourth model that the German carmaker will produce at its Aurangabad plant, after Audi A4, Audi A6 and Audi Q5.

The Audi Q7 will be produced in a newly built hall, covering a floor area of 20,000 square meters at the group plant Škoda Auto India Private Limited (SAIPL) in Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra. Audi is also planning to produce the Audi Q3 at the same hall in mid-2013. Michael Perschke, Head of Audi India, remarked that the domestic production of the Q7 means Audi India is now producing a second Q model locally. He added that it will cut waiting times for customers and the company could offer a wider range of versions in the market.

Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7 SUV models have been experiencing growing demand from Indian customers, allowing the brand to post significant growth in the country. For the first 10 months of 2012, Audi posted a 55-percent increase in sales in India to 7,273 vehicles, effectively surpassing its record sales for whole of 2011, pegged at 5,511 units.

The German carmaker is also steadily building up its nationwide presence in India through its dealers, with a target of 25 dealerships by the end of 2012. The carmaker has opened showrooms in Kanpur, Goa, Navi Mumbai, Coimbatore, Delhi West, Nagpur and Bhopal in the past few months.

The increasing demand from Indian customers after SUV models Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7 contributes significantly to the growth of the brand in India: the first ten months of the year, the company increased its sales in the market by 55 percent to 7,273 cars. Thus, Audi India has surpassed the record sales of 5,511 cars from the entire year already considerably.

For those who wanted a large high-performance premium SUV that could be used for family, business and sports, the new Audi Q7 sounds like a good vehicle to consider. For the latest model year, the Audi Q7 has become more appealing as its new powerful yet efficient V6 engines (three choices) are mated to an 8-speed tiptronic transmission.

Two gasoline V6 engines have been made available for the new Q7, each with differing power levels. The third engine is a diesel V6 unit, which is now on its second generation. All engines for the new Q7 – including V6 and V8 mills – feature forced induction and direct fuel injection as well as a high-performance recuperation system, which could recover energy that would have been lost during braking.

Audi’s new 3.0 TFSI gasoline engine typifies the carmaker’s downsizing strategy, in which the desired output is achieved – not by engaging the logical displacement – but through supercharging. An engine-driven supercharger – located within the 90-degree angle formed by the cylinder blocks – takes care of air compression while two charge-air intercoolers keep the air temperature at bay.

These systems ensure that the engine could draw in more oxygen for the combustion process, resulting to more output and torque. This means that the 3.0 TFSI V6 engine – with its dynamic thrust and spontaneous throttle response – is a perfect power source for the new Audi Q7.

Customers can choose from two versions of the supercharged V6 engine. The lowered powered mill could deliver 272 hp (200 kW) of max output and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) of peak torque available between 2,250 rpm and 4,750 rpm. At this power level, the Audi Q7 could sprint from to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 7.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 222 km/h (137.94 mph). This top speed rises to 225 km/h (139.81 mph) when adaptive air suspension is specified.

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