Audi has officially confirmed that the production their baby crossover – Audi Q3 has started in SEAT factory in Martorell, Spain. The Audi Q3 is the smallest crossover built by Audi till date and will be the first rival to the BMW X1.
In order to accumulate the production of the Q3, Audi has increased the factory size by 323,000-square-foot, added 700 new robots and created 700 new jobs. All staff members have been put through a 180 hour training program on the Q3.
Audi board chairman Rupert Stadler -
We are counting on this Spanish site's efficiency, the excellent quality of the Production department, and its highly trained staff. We will use the Group's synergies to sharpen our competitive edge and help protect around 1,200 jobs.
The Audi Q3 has been of keen interest to IAB because this baby crossover will soon enter the Indian market. Audi India has plans to assemble the Q3 at Aurangabad to make it cost efficient like BMW X1.
We can safely expect Audi to showcase the Q3 during the Auto Expo next year and put it on the market in the first half of 2012.
Source - PaulTan.org