IHS Automotive in Frankfurt says Audi is the first automaker with a grand plan to mirror its car offerings with corresponding SUVs.
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The Volkswagen AG unit is developing the Q2, Q4 and Q6 as a sportier alternative to its current range of three SUVs, according to a person familiar with the strategy, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.
Audi expects the new offerings, along with performance versions of its existing models such as the SQ5, to boost SUVs to about 40 percent of the brand’s sales from about 25 percent in 2012, the person said. The automaker is presenting a sportier S version of the Q3 next month in Geneva, it said today in a statement.
Automakers have moved to dilute concerns about the gas- guzzling image of SUVs by adding hybrid versions and cleaner engines. The Audi Q5 gets about 23 miles per gallon, compared with 24 miles per gallon for the similar-sized A4 sedan.
The VW unit will reduce the weight of the next generation of the Q7 SUV by as much as 400 kilograms (882 pounds) — or about 15 percent — next year to improve fuel efficiency from the current 18 miles per gallon, the person said.