Production of Audi Q3 Begins in Spain
After the first full year of production ends in 2012, Audi plans to have delivered around 100,000 units of the new vehicle, which will be manufactured in three shifts, and will be decisive to SEAT claiming its objective of reaching the full capacity potential of its Martorell factory installations.
“The collaboration of everyone who participated in the Q3 project over the last two years,” SEAT Vice-president for Production, Wolfram Thomas, acknowledged. He also stated that this “is another example of the trust that the Volkswagen Group, and especially Audi, have placed in SEAT, and at the same time, of the high level of training and capacity held by all SEAT professionals to manufacture a premium vehicle such as the Q3”.
“Manufacturing the Q3 is an example of how we take advantage of synergies within the Group to sharpen our competitive edge. The Martorell factory is an extremely competent facility with a highly qualified workforce, working together to meet the standards of excellence demanded by our brand. The Q3 most certainly carries the Audi seal of quality,” Audi AG Vice-president for Production, Frank Dreves, pointed out that.
From the get-go four engines will be available, all combining direct injection, turbocharging and start-stop in a four-cylinder two-liter package - the 2.0-liter TFSI petrol unit in 170 hp and 211 hp forms and the 2.0-liter TDI with 140 hp and 177 hp. The 2.0-liter TDI 140 hp unit will power the front-wheel-drive model only at market launch.