It's beginning to look like the third hybrid model in the Audi lineup will be the next-generation A6, expected to debut in 2011. Audi has already confirmed that it will launch a Q5 hybrid in production late this year. At the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, a hybrid concept version of the new A8 flagship sedan was revealed and will likely go into production sometime next year.
The conventionally driven A6 will probably come first in 2011, with the hybrid variant to follow in 2012. By using the modular hybrid system that has been developed in concert with Volkswagen and Porsche, Audi will likely add hybrid variants to its entire lineup by the end of this decade. Hybrid vehicles will probably play a much more important role for Audi in the near term than battery electrics, which technical chief Michael Dick thinks will only account for about five percent of sales by the end of the decade.