The Board of Management and the Works Council of Audi AG has confirmed that a new SUV model called the Q1 will be produced at its plant in Ingolstadt, Germany from 2016.

“The Audi Q1 is part of our broad-based SUV strategy. It is designed on the basis of the modular transverse engine concept and will round off our Q series at the bottom end,” stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG.

Audi is building on their strategy for the market with the Q1. The Q family currently comprises the Audi Q3, RS Q3, Q5, SQ5 and Q7, the last one being the original Q model back in 2006. By 2020, Audi will expand its product range from the current 49 models and variants to more than 60, and will reach total unit sales of more than two million cars each year.

The decision to produce the new model will help to secure utilisation of capacity at the main plant in Ingolstadt over the long term. The Q1 will join the A3, A3 Sportback, A4 and A5 at the Ingolstadt production lines.