If you don’t want to read about the runaway proliferation of crossovers of all classes and sizes, then stop reading right now. But if you're a fan of these carlike SUV contraptions, then you'll be pleased with the news that Audi has officially confirmed that it will produce a new entry level crossover dubbed the Q1 starting in 2016 at its flagship plant in Ingolstadt, Germany.
Audi's management board, and the chairman of the Ingolstadt plant works council jointly made the announcement on Monday, December 2. The addition of the Q1 is part of Audi's quest to sell two million vehicles worldwide by 2020. Crossovers, which already make up 28 percent of the brand's sales, are expected to grow to 35 percent of sales by 2020, bolstered by strong crossover demand globally. The Q1 joins the Q3, Q5, and Q7, and doesn't include expected variants including a Q4 and Q6 crossover coupe. Since Audi's first crossover, the full-size Q7 debuted in 2006, the brand has sold more than 1.5 million crossovers.
Production of the Q1 at Ingolstadt will help offset the loss of the Q5, which will be sourced globally from Audi's under-construction plant in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico, 114 miles east of Mexico City, and 38 miles northeast of VW's giant Puebla manufacturing facility.