Ingolstadt (Germany): Celebrating its centenary year, German luxury carmaker Audi will launch over seven models, including hybrid and ‘zero-emission´ diesel vehicles, in the next two years, some of which could hit the Indian roads in future.
“This year is very particular for us as we have become 100 years old. Audi will double its worldwide product range to over 40 by 2015. And to start with, we will launch zero-emission SUV (sports utility vehicle) Q7 and sedan A4 this year in the US and Europe, respectively,” Audi Corporate Strategist Josef Schoen said adding that the company would launch at least seven models by 2010 globally.
“Besides, we are also working on other fuel technologies, like hybrids and electric cars. We are planning to roll out the first hybrid next year and it is expected to be the SUV Q5,” Schoen said.
The other models that Audi is planning to introduce in the market by 2010 include A1, A4 Allroad, A5 SB, A7, R8 Spider and one SUV. It would also roll out Q5 in the Chinese markets in this period.
The company would consider to bring in some of these models to India in future, the homologation of which would be carried out in due course of time.
“We are open for launching all models in India. Every model will be checked if it fits to Indian customers’ needs and preferences,“ an Audi spokesperson said.
The official, however, declined to give any timeframe on when the above cars could hit the Indian roads.
“Currently we are focussing on Q5 for India, which will be launched there in June this year. After that we will definitely decide depending upon the market and demand,” the spokesperson said.
The company yesterday unveiled the prototype of its racing car R15 here.
“We are looking for good growth and positive growth in these critical market conditions. R15 is a super racing car, blended with all latest technology,” Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler said.