Audi announced today that the official production for the Q3 crossover has begun. Production is taking place at the SEAT factory in Martorell, located in Spain’s Catalonia region. Audi expects to produce 100,000 units of the Q3 to be built through the three-shift assembly line on an annual basis.
Audi and SEAT together have invested around 330 million euros in infrastructure and ultra-modern production facilities.
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“The Q3 production is an example of how we are making use of synergies within the Group,” stresses Frank Dreves, Board Member for Production at AUDI AG. “The Martorell factory is an extremely productive facility with a highly skilled workforce, and one that meets the exacting quality standards of our brand. The Q3 definitely gets the Audi seal of approval.”
The plant has approximately 1,500 employees, including 700 newly created positions.
Refresher: The 2012 Audi Q3 will go on sale in Germany later year with three different 4-cylinder engines including one TDI diesel and two TFSI gasoline units. All three engines using direct-injection with turbocharging along with an energy recovery system and a start-stop system. Output for the engines range from 140-hp from the Q3 2.0 TDI to 211-hp for the top-of-the-line Q3 2.0 TFSI. While the diesel will come coupled with a front-wheel-drive system and a 6-speed manual, the two TFSI variants will get quattro all-wheel-drive and a 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission. No plans have been announced to bring the Audi Q3 to the United States.
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– By: Omar Rana