After the news about Tata assembling the Land Rover (FreeLander 2) its Audi’s turn to heat up the market and the process has already begun.We are talking about Audi Q5 assembly in India which has been started and the brand is certainly content with it.
The local assembly of this Rs 40 Lakh SUV is taking place at the company Aurangabad plant and is keen on manufacturing at least 1500 units per annum in order to meet the demands as well as cut the excise duties imposed on the CKD (completely knocked down) models, which is otherwise a heavy excise duty in case of a CBU (completely built unit).
Audi Board Member for Production, Frank Dreves, said,“The production of the Q5 is a part of our long-term growth strategy in India and The Q5 is the right automobile at the right time,”. According to the brand the collaborative sales figures of Audi Q5 and Audi Q7 are more than the sales of all its competitors’ put together.
Till date the company has rolled out 2000 units and plans to touch the 6000 mark by 2015 and with the Q5 joining the league of locally assembled cars like the Audi A4 and Audi A6 the overall production output this year will be 2,400 units as against 732 units last year.
We hope Audi would also consider assembling its top-end cars like Q7 and Audi A8 in India as well.