There’s a new Audi joining the family. On Monday the company announced that the Audi Q1 will be rolling off of Ingolstadt assembly lines in 2016, joining a crowded SUV line that includes the Q3, RS Q3, Q5, SQ5, and Q7.
The Q1 will be Audi’s most compact and affordable SUV, and, if company history is any suggestion, should compete very well with the BMW’s, Lexus’s, and Mercedes-Benz’s in the same class, as well as the recently introduced Porsche Macan.
It’s another bold and progressive move by Audi, who reinvented themselves with the inception of the Q series in 2006. The foray into the luxury SUV market has completely reborn the auto company, as they’ve already sold more than 1.5 million Q-series vehicles.
With the market for compact luxury sport utility vehicles constantly increasing, this was a rather predictable move by Audi, who now has a rather full line of SUVs. Audi, however, claims that the main decision to create a new model in the Q-line is to utilize all capacities of Audi’s main plant; in other words, the Q1 will help Audi maximize its production.
So far, the Q-family of Audi SUVs has not disappointed. There’s no reason to think the Q1 won’t follow suit.
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