One more hybrid - Audi Q5 hybrid - Launch by 2010 end


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Audi has officially confirmed that it will be launching a hybrid variant of its junior SUV Q5 by the end of next year. The hybrid Q5 was actually slated to be launched at this year's Geneva Auto Show. The hybrid Q5 will be powered by a 3.2 liter V6 petrol engine in collaboration with a lithium ion battery pack for the electric motor. The manufacturer has not released any other details about its upcoming hybrid model. Once launched, it will be Audi's first hybrid model.



According to Micheal Dick, chief of R&D at Audi, the manufacturer is looking forward to make the Q5 their first true hybrid model and the plan is to have it ready for lithium ion technology. The quote was given to Autocar UK. During an interview conducted last year, Dick told the magazine that Audi had postponed plans of developing a hybrid Q7 and instead favoured the hybrid development for the smaller Q5. We suspect that Audi cancelled plans of a hybrid Q7 as the model is registering high sales across the globe. The recently launched hasn't managed an impressive outing so far. The hybrid Q5 is likely to attract attention for being an SUV which does its bit for the environment

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So every manufacturer is in this HYBRID race. I think this isnt launching in india anytime soon. As for now hybrids are not very popular among the indian car buyers. Lets see by the time it launches in india, some may be interested since then we will have quite a few of the hybrids to chose from.
 

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Well, Hybrid is the Future. :smile:
We may not be able to enjoy it soon in our country.
Akash said:
As for now hybrids are not very popular among the indian car buyers. Lets see by the time it launches in india, some may be interested since then we will have quite a few of the hybrids to chose from.
The matter is not about popularity but the costs. We know that as being imported, Hybrids are not wallet friendly. So, Car manufacturers need to first think on bringing down the costs, Then everything else.

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Well, Hybrid is the Future. :smile:
We may not be able to enjoy it soon in our country.

The matter is not about popularity but the costs. We know that as being imported, Hybrids are not wallet friendly. So, Car manufacturers need to first think on bringing down the costs, Then everything else.

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By popularity i meant not Wallet friendly. As far as the matter of bringing down of costs is oncerned, it can be done only after localisation of parts. i think the major cost are the import taxes since most of hybrids are CBU.

@all- I think manufacturers get benefit of tax on hybrid vehicles.Is it true?
 

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Yes. After localisation of vehicle, The scene will change. Audi will start to assemble the Q5 here by March and Hybrid Model may make it to India.

Audi has confirmed that it will be launching the hybrid model of the Q5 SUV by the end of 2010. This announcement is of interest to us since Audi will be assembling the Q5 in India from March onwards.

Could Audi assemble the hybrid SUV in India? It definitely is a possibility.

The hybrid vehicle will probably be powered by the 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine, a pair of electric motors within the gearbox and a lithium-ion battery pack placed near the rear axle.

The price and specifications are expected in the coming months. Visually, the Q5 hybrid is expected to be no different.

Source: IAB
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