Audi Q1 Entry-Level SUV in the Works

The A1 will remain the smallest model in Audi's yard, as the German manufacturer has no intention to rebadge the upcoming Volkswagen Up minicar. However, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed for Automotive News Europe that a new SUV could be developed to join the range below the Q5 and the upcoming Q3.

"I cannot imagine that we will have a new model below our current A1 entry-level car," Stadler said in a statement for the aforementioned source, thus leaving Skoda the only brand across the Volkswagen Group to develop an own version of the Up.

The Q1 on the other hand has many chances to enter production, but a decision on such a project has not yet been made.

"The Q family certainly still has potential. It is not yet complete," he said, letting us believe that another model wearing the Q designation, beside the Q3 that will be launched this year, is likely to see daylight.

A1 will thus remain the smallest Audi offered to customers and, as far as the German manufacturer is concerned, the car should perform pretty well in the current economic conditions. Still, the A1 won't be offered to American buyers, Stadler said, as the company intends to concentrate on markets that could help the company post full profit.

"We just don't have the capacity to introduce the A1 in the U.S. even though our dealers there are enthusiastic about the car. We prefer to exploit the full market potential for the cars we currently sell in the U.S. before launching new models,"
he explained.
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