Following realization that Porsche’s current assembly plants in Zuffenhausen, near Stuttgart, and Leipzig are too small to meet their high demands, the company is now looking to start production from North America and China. The plan is aimed at hitting the predicted global sales of 200,000 units.
The upcoming X1 crossover of BMW has delayed its U.S launch by almost one year. BMW spokesman Tom Plucinsky said the X1 won’t be coming “until fall of 2011 at the absolute earliest.” The stated reason is that the Leipzig, Germany plant can barely keep up to the extreme demand for the vehicle in the European Markets. Hence the plant is struggling to meet its European orders. Amidst this, US launch is not possible at the moment.
Two more days for till the 28th Wörthersee Tour in Austria closes doors. One of the most stunning four wheelers that take part at the show is this custom concept Audi Q5. With an eye for detail, the custom Q5 is covered with a special Daytona Gray painting and features a bunch of stylish red highlights on the rims, the roof rails, the front skirt and the rear spoiler. Running on the same supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6 that powers the S4 but now outputting 408hp the hunchbak monster flies to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds on its way to an electronically limited 250km/h. A beautiful design exercise that makes it stand out from the crowd, we can’t help but wonder if we’ll ever afford one. Looks simply stunning.
Audi Canada is trying to mock other SUV brands with their new Q5. It’s true that the Q5 is the perfect mixture of utility vehicle and performances, but apparently the German automaker thinks that if it’s not an Audi SUV, it’s just a big box. I’m not buying into their jokes and I don’t know about you, but I would have left the British do the advert instead of the Canadians. Looks cheap and doesn’t make the point as it should … Check the videos out, and let us know! [Thanks David]
Scheduled to be available in the US dealerships starting next week, we managed to find out how much the new Audi Q5 will cost. And although it’s only for the US market, we can definitely get the idea … The base model will start from $37,200 (plus $825 destination/delivery/tax), the Premium Plus starts at $41,500 while the Prestige goes up sky from $48,200. Based on the A4 platform, Q5 is a long-wheelbase crossover vehicle that plans to take on BMW’s X3. It has an 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, so you better be saving some money if that suits you. We’d definitely want to get behind the wheel for a bit.
Just a couple of weeks after announcing the Audi Q5, the Germans have already came up with the S Line version that includes both interior and exterior changes.
On the outside 19-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels are available, a new front grille and new front air vents near the fog lights. These are the main changes that should make the Audi Q5 S Line a much more aggressive SUV. Getting inside it comes with a three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather and with all sorts of functions and special Nappa or Alcantra seats with “S Line” embroidered on them.
No modifications have been announced for the engines. Too bad, because S Line means faster for most of us and I don’t think this one will be faster than the original Audi Q5. It just looks like it could be faster.
The new Audi Q5 made its world debut, where do you think? At the Beijing Motor Show.
I’m sure Audi knows who they are going to fight with, in the compact crossover niche, because BMW already has the X3 live, Mercedes-Benz have just announced the GLK and Volvo seems pretty active, too. Their ace up the sleeve is the sportier (elegant) looks, or at least the Germans think so.
Beautiful headlights with bi-xenon lamps and LED daytime running lights, a large single-frame grille or those big wheels are extremely eye-catching when you take a look at the picture. I wouldn’t expect anything cheaper on the rear: taillights with LED technology or the aluminum wraparound tailgate.
The engine palette is also nice. Three choices that include two diesel versions and a petrol engine, all turbocharged:
I really like what I see. Waiting for prices now !