Audi’s new SUV plant will be located in San Jose Chiapa in Mexico. Earlier this year, Volkswagen's luxury car unit unveiled a plan to open a plant in Mexico. Audi hoped to benefit from the low labor costs in Mexico and from being exempted from import duties in several regions. The savings are expected to help Audi attain its goal of hitting sales of 1 million cars in the U.S. by 2018.
Audi said that the new plant will have an annual production capacity of around 150,000 vehicles, as expected. The Q5 sport utility vehicles would be produced there, beginning in 2016. The factory is situated around 40 miles from Volkswagen's current manufacturing operations in Puebla, which build the Beetle and Jetta.
Audi didn’t refer particularly to the current supply chain of VW as the deciding factor. It cited other factors: “site conditions, logistics links, infrastructure, well-qualified employees and living quality.” In a statement, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, said this production site meets the different major requirements of its global growth strategy and it will enable the company to advance its activities in the U.S.
Audi also said that San Jose Chiapa is an “ideal” base from which to supply global markets. With this shift, VW will be nearer to its rival Nissan in volume in Mexico. This will help Audi to get closer to the levels achieved by BMW and Mercedes in the U.S. These two German-based rivals have recorded production milestones in the U.S. (the No. 2 market in the world) since the 1990s. Each of their sales are about double than Audi’s sales.
Athletic, appealing, and adaptable - the Audi Q5 is a performance SUV that is the most successful European mid-class SUV. It is now even better with the addition of many new features of design, infotainment, engines and assistance systems. The Q5 hybrid quattro is a blend of a six-cylinder engine’s power with a four-cylinder’s fuel efficiency, and the new SQ5 TDI features the vibrant possibilities of the model with 230 kW (313 hp). It is the first Audi S to boast a diesel engine.
The Audi Q5’s sport design, with its flat arched roof, is now presented with a methodically modified and honed look. The single-framed grille has chamfered corners at the top, and its chrome vertical struts and Audi rings have a sculpted appearance. The bumpers, air intakes, and front fog lamps are new as well.
The xenon plus optional headlights have a flowing LED strip of day running lights along its edge, just like the rear tail lights. The sporty S line exterior and distinct off road style optional packages powerfully accent the Audi Q5’s looks. The wrap-around tailgate, an Audi Q hallmark design trait, and the engine are aluminium. In the passenger compartment, modern form-hardened steel lowers the weight while still being extremely sturdy even as it is lightweight.
The Audi Q5 is set apart with its athletic dimensions – its shape has continuous lines and sporty, sculptured surfaces, and it looks as if it was created from a single piece. The tornado line that runs beneath the side windows creates sharp edges over the wheels.