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Audi reorganises production network to pave way for electric SUV

Previewed as the e-tron quattro concept (pictured) and likely to be named Q6, the SUV will launch in 2018 with a high-performance electric drivetrain offering a 300-mile range, capable of recharging to 80% in half an hour. Audi has also shown how a hydrogen fuel cell system could fit the concept car.

In the meantime, the site in Brussels will be redeveloped to make room for production, including a facility for manufacturing high-voltage batteries for the Group’s electric vehicles, 20 of which are due to launch by the end of the decade. Korean firm LG Chem has the current contract to supply battery packs.

As a result, production of the A1 will move to the SEAT plant in Martorell, Spain. In turn, the Q3 crossover, which is currently made in Martorell, will move to Győr in Hungary alongside the A3 saloon and cabriolet and both versions of the TT.

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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