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Audi starts making the Q7 in India

 Audi starts making the Q7 in India
Audi Q7 Made In India

Up to 1,000 units annually.

Audi has started producing the Q7 in India at the company’s Aurangabad factory.

They plan on producing up to 1,000 units to supply the local market. The full-size SUV is being manufactured at a newly built 215,288 square feet (20,000 square meters) facility at VW Group’s Skoda Auto India Private Limited. This is the place where they will also produce the Q3 starting in mid-2013.

In the first ten months of the year Audi has increased its sales in India by 55 percent, delivering 7,273 cars compared to the 5,511 cars sold last year. They plan on opening 25 dealerships by the end of 2012, joining the other seven that were opened in the last few months.

In India, Audi is selling the following models: A4, A6, A7 Sportback, A8 L, Q3, Q5, Q7, S4, RS5 Coupe, TT Coupe, R8 and R8 Spyder.

Source: Audi
Published Nov 9, 2012 2:20 pm By Adrian Padeanu
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  • Plans to build up to 1,000 of the Audi Q7 annually at Aurangabad
  • Dr. Frank Dreves, Audi Board Member for Production: “Expansion of our production in India is part of our growth strategy.”
  • Audi sales in India up by 55 percent through October
As of November 2012 Audi produces the Q7 luxury-class SUV at its Aurangabad plant (India). Up to 1,000 of the Audi Q7 will be built there each year to supply the Indian market.

Audi has started production of the Q7 luxury-class SUV at its Aurangabad plant, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Up to 1,000 of the Audi Q7 will be built there each year to supply the Indian market. Following on from the Audi A4, Audi A6 and Audi Q5, the Q7 is the fourth model to be built in India by the Ingolstadt carmaker.

“Local production of the Audi Q7 is part of our long-term growth strategy in India, one of the most promising auto markets in the world,” declared Dr. Frank Dreves, Audi Board Member for Production. “The very good infrastructure in the plant, efficient working processes, a qualified workforce and a well developed logistics environment, along with the surging growth of the Indian market, were the factors that motivated us to expand the Aurangabad plant.”

The Audi Q7 will be produced in a newly constructed hall at the group plant Škoda Auto India Private Limited (SAIPL) in Aurangabad, in the state of Maharashtra. Production of the Audi Q3 in the new Audi hall, which covers a floor area of 20,000 square meters (215,278 square feet), is also planned from mid-2013.

“Local production of the Q7 means Audi India is now building a second Q model locally. That will reduce waiting times for our customers and we will be able to offer a wider range of versions in the market,” explained Michael Perschke, Head of Audi India. Increasing demand from Indian customers for the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7 SUV models has had a major impact on the brand’s growth in India: Over the first ten months of this year, the Company increased its sales in the Indian market by 55 percent to 7,273 automobiles. That means that Audi India has already clearly surpassed its record sales total of 5,511 cars for the whole of the previous year.

At dealer level, too, the Company is steadily building up its nationwide presence in India: There will be 25 dealerships throughout the country by the end of this year. New showrooms opened in Kanpur, Goa, Navi Mumbai, Coimbatore, Delhi West, Nagpur and Bhopal over the past few months.

Audi supplies the A4, A6, A7 Sportback, A8 L, Q3, Q5, Q7, S4, RS 5 Coupé and TT Coupé models in India, as well as the Audi R8 and R8 Spyder supercars.

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Siawa
Unless you are living in India, this shouldn't concern you.
Nov 13, 2012 11:04 am
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Ivo_205
I do not think the A3 is a better car than the 1-series, but this Audi bashing is getting very tedious. I bought an A6 quattro and it has very little to do with a VW, in fact for me personally it feels more luxurious than a 5-series. I drove them both so I feel I can make that statement. I'm sure all people who post their opinions share this frame of reference.
Nov 12, 2012 8:52 am
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Cohiba-lover06
Q7`s built by Skoda in India. Now I have heard it all. All you potential Q7 buyers: Better check that VIN number carefully.
Nov 10, 2012 1:28 am
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rambo_005
They are making a limited number in India for the Indian market, and to the same group-wide standards. What's the problem?
Nov 10, 2012 9:40 am
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hunker7
If VW and Audi shares platforms it doesn't mean they are the same. When will you get that.
Nov 9, 2012 4:18 pm
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Mark633CSi
I do get it. They share the same bones. It's just like when the Jaguar X-Type shared the same Ford platform. When you would sit in or drive an X-Type, it didn't quite feel on par with it's competion. That is like sitting in an Audi. It looks nice but once you drive it, R8 excluded, you realize you just paid way too much for a VW.
Nov 9, 2012 6:30 pm
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RBejerano
that's a load of crap. A3 is a MUCH better car than the BMW 1. the audi A6 is a better car than Benz E Class. the Audi A7 wins almost every time tested against the CLS and/or the 6 GrandCoupe. Audi has made a HUGE progress in the last 5 years or so. even though they are "vw in fancy suits" - they are, usually, much better than the competitors.
Nov 9, 2012 8:13 pm
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Mark633CSi
@RoiBejerano: So I can see you've never driven a 1 Series, E Class, or CLS/GrandCoupe. You must like the feeling of being completely disconnected from the road. The front wheel drive experience that the A3 offers is, at best, horrible. Sure, the E Class isn't a pillar of sport, but it is built like a bank vault in comparison to an A6. The A7 is the one that looks outdated already, right? Driving an Audi is like going to the doctor for a prostate exam. The office might look nice inside, but once everything gets underway, it's not something you want to do more than once a year.
Nov 10, 2012 1:35 am
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Mark633CSi
@RoiBejerano: So I can see you've never driven a 1 Series, E Class, or CLS/GrandCoupe. You must like the feeling of being completely disconnected from the road. The front wheel drive experience that the A3 offers is, at best, horrible. Sure, the E Class isn't a pillar of sport, but it is built like a bank vault in comparison to an A6. The A7? That's the one that looks outdated already, right? That's what I thought. Audis are like going to your doctor for a prostate exam. The office might look nice inside, but once everything is underway, it's not something that you want to do again.
Nov 10, 2012 1:35 am
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hunker7
You are not a clever person are you? http://fourtitude.com/news/Audi_News_1/awards-for-audi-in-october-2012/ http://fourtitude.com/news/Audi_News_1/consumer-reports-2012-audi-best-european-brand/ I can go on and on.
Nov 10, 2012 5:40 am
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hunker7
http://fourtitude.com/news/Audi_News_1/awards-for-audi-in-october-2012/ http://fourtitude.com/news/Audi_News_1/consumer-reports-2012-audi-best-european-brand/ I can go on and on.
Nov 10, 2012 5:42 am
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efgh
@RoiBejerano: Mark633CSi is totally right. if you had driven a 1 series and an A3 you would understand that there is simply no comparison between a sharp RWD BMW and a dull FWD A3. for me it is either BMW sportiness or Mercedes nobility. Audi is simply not on par with them.
Nov 10, 2012 3:15 pm
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dmanero
And there goes the quality that Audi are know for. Bad more, high end quality cars not built by them. cheap labor equal poor quality.
Nov 9, 2012 2:30 pm
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Mark633CSi
I must have missed the memo on "The quality that Audi is known for." They are Volkswagen's in fancy suits. I wouldn't push one across the street let alone buy one. Do you live in India? Are you in the market for an Indian market Q7? No? Then don't worry about it.
Nov 9, 2012 3:09 pm
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SnakesInMyPants
cheap labor equal poor quality? Tell that to Apple, Sony, and every other high end tech company. The same applies for cars.
Nov 9, 2012 4:56 pm
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EuropeanHeritage
Audi is a German company. The plant is funded with German money, what makes you think quality will suffer. What an ignoramus statement. VW and BMW assemble vehicles in Mexico, and other nations, the quality does not suffer.
Nov 9, 2012 5:08 pm
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efgh
are you sure about that? VWs sold in the US are among the least reliable vehicles there. but here in europe as well, we are no strangers to VAG's reliability issues...
Nov 9, 2012 9:48 pm
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EuropeanHeritage
@efgh I've owned 3 Audi A4s and one Jetta. Not ONE had any major or minor reliability issues. You obviously have no clue to what your talking about.
Nov 10, 2012 4:10 pm
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efgh
dude go check j.d. power's reliability rankings. and i have also owned a golf once, knew another 3 golf owners and an audi a4 one and we all had problems. believe whatever you want. i'm done talking to fanboys.
Nov 11, 2012 7:55 am
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LWE7
Cheap labor = poor quality? Well then what about French cars, when they were built in France (expensive labor) it didn't make them more reliable or better made than now when they are built in Turkey or other places with cheap labor.
Nov 9, 2012 6:11 pm
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