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A few short months after announcing that it would be killing off the Q7 hybrid SUV, Audi has decided that its smaller brother, the Q5, doesn't really need the fuel-saving option either. The German automaker cites the safety of its nickel metal hydride battery packs, but we're not completely sold on that being the real concern, especially considering the hundreds of thousands of Toyota Prius hybrids (among others, of course) already roaming the world's busiest highways with nary a problem. If not safety, then why cancel the project? Pricing is likely the biggest factor holding Audi's hybrids back, along with Audi's large investment in turbo diesels and the growing use of lightweight materials in its line, especially the use of aluminum in its chassis structures. Adding the cost of hybrid technology to these already expensive programs may seem cost prohibitive. Oh yeah, and gas is getting cheap again.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      ....... Q5. Because the Tiguan isn't overpriced enough .......
        • 6 Years Ago
        Or I could have said "because rsfourever is a hypersensitive fanboy."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Predictable - sensible even, but still disappointing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is just JACKED up.

      On the other hand, it kinda makes sense.lol but I don't think gas prices will stay low for long.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Ehhh producing diesel is easier and cheaper by far than producing gasoline.
        Not to mention that bio-diesel is a much more viable option than ethanol as an alternative fuel.

        On the other hand... the cost and materials required to build and maintain a hybrid system easily outweighs the (mostly theoretical) fuel efficiency gains from such a system).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hybrid is a death technology no long term solution, Audi was the first ever car producer offering commercial sold Hybrid cars (Audi 80 duo and A4 duo).. long befor other were thinking about it, no one was interest in Hybrid echnology in the early mid 1990´s, Audi droped it and switched to TDI technology as Toyota started selling the first generation Prius.
      TDI burn less amount of oil in real world traffic than Hybrids... but both still burn oil... and sooner or later we run out of oil so both are no long term solution.... today less than 1% of all vehicles sold world wide are hybrids... but over 25% of all cars sold world wide are diesel powered.. why should Audi shipping money into a death horse..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Meh. I'd rather they never made the Q7 or Q5 in the first place (the A4 Avant and the A6 Avant/allroad do quite nicely). However, if it must be this way, I'd rather they just bring the diesel (in addition to the base gasoline engine) engine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Last sentence was really all that was needed.