"We will integrate two completely new Q-models into the existing production network and will thus increase our competitiveness in an extremely important segment."
German auto maker Audi in a press release said that the company is to expand its portfolio with two new Q models.
Audi outlined production plans for its upcoming Q8 and Q4 models as the Volkswagen Group premium brand accelerates its push into the booming SUV/crossover market.
Q4 production will start in 2019 at Audi's factory in Gyor, Hungary.
The VW SK plant in Bratislava will be producing the following types: Volkswagen/Audi (Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7, Audi Q8), Porsche (Porsche Cayenne) and the New Small Family models (Volkswagen up!, the electric Volkswagen e-up!, SKODA Citigo and SEAT Mii). Audi will produce the model in Bratislava as of 2018. That's not all as Audi will also add the Q4 to its utility vehicle range, which will be put into production in 2019. In its short statement, Audi said the Q4 would feature a coupe-style silhouette; we'd suggest looking at the Q3 for a hint at what to expect. The plant has produced the Q7 since 2005, and it now makes the second-gen model including key variants such as the Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid and a sporty S model.
The works council a year ago secured a pledge from management to protect jobs in Germany until 2020 and is now in talks with executives to further extend that guarantee, a source familiar with the matter said.