Audi to Build All-Electric Q5 in Mexico
Electric Model to Follow Gas
It’s been nearly four years since Audi announced it was building a factory in Mexico to produce the Q5 SUV. The plant in San Jose Chiapa, approximately 42 miles northeast of parent VW’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, is poised to start production on the next-generation Q5 for the 2017 model year. Initially, the plant will build gas and diesel-powered versions of the Q5. However, a Reuters report says the plant will start building electric-powered Q5s shortly following the debut of the conventional models. The new plant will have a production capacity of around 150,000 vehicles a year. Ultimately, the Mexico plant is expected to be the worldwide source for the Q5, which is currently built in Ingolstadt, Germany. It is also built in Russia, China, and India for regional markets.
Although Audi’s reputation has not been damaged as extensively as Volkswagen’s with the TDI emissions scandal, it has not escaped totally unscathed, as the TDI 3.0L V-6 offered as an option on many of Audi’s models was later found to produce excessive NOx emissions as well, although not to the same extent as the 2.0L I-4 engines. Audi has established its reputation as being the technological leader of the VW Group and lately has been aggressively advertising its A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid. Audi has promised several all-electric vehicles within the next five years, including a coupe-style crossover based on the e-tron Quattro concept.