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Is Audi going to bring its Tiguan-for-the-country-club Q3 over to the United States? Originally the automaker said nein! to the idea of a subcompact crossover on American soil, but now Audi is reportedly reconsidering offering the Q3 Stateside.

BMW is getting ready to launch the X1 here in the U.S., and Audi wants a cut of the North American subcompact crossover action. Since the American car-buying public is fairly wagon-averse, this move makes sense for Audi and could be a strong move to help it reach the aggressive sales goals it has set for itself.

The Q5 has already been a sales winner for the brand here in the States. In 2010, sales of the compact crossover rose 70 percent, and having a smaller Q3 in Audi showrooms would allow customers to still get in on the quad-rung crossover action for a bit less cash.



[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Please, please sell it in the U.S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Despite the haters of SUV’s and so called Crossovers, these are popular models for car companies and it’s easy to see why. Improved view over subcompacts, ease of entry for older people, some improved interior space, good at city parking, and when you want to head up the hills for skiing or during that occasional snow storm which seem to be on the increase in severity and frequency since “global warming” has taken effect, you wont have to get stranded because of AWD. Simple. It’s a bottom line thing for companies and if it works for their bottom line they will and should do it.

      It’s a cute car by the way. Head to head with Countryman?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it's similar in size to the Tiguan, Autoblog must be using some definition of "subcompact" that I am not familiar with.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about an RS3 instead?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it looks pretty good from a front view, then I saw the side view and wanted to throw up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Might sell if they put the diesel in it.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh great.... bring over yet another crossover to the US. That's what we need. But don't you dare bring over the A1. No no. Not that! Whatever...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it! Bring IT!! make up for that tiguan and charge under 30k for it with mmi 3 as an option (or 4 or whatever), especially with that tiny fugly x1 coming over.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No! We don't need another one of these damn things. They're obnoxious, mostly unnecessary, and I'm tired of seeing them everywhere. Bring us the RS3, Audi!
      • 4 Years Ago
      You guys know that they can't call it the Q3 because of the Nissan lawsuit, right?
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audi_Q7#Lawsuit_on_the_use_of_the_letter_Q
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then I wonder what name Audi will give it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, which is why the Q5 and Q7 aren't branded as such in the US. O.o
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why you are even allowed to trademark a letter is beyond me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @zamafir Did you even read the link? The outcome of the lawsuit was that Audi could only continue to use the Q prefix for the Q5 and the Q7, but it could not for future models.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about an A4/S4 allroad?. Makes much more sense than this thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My wifes Q5 is awesome. People that drive it are impressed. Would like to see this here, although the issue for me is usually a much smaller car with about the same fuel economy so don't see the point. @Phontsolo: Crossovers serve a great purpose whereas the smaller micro cars that are coming just are what they are; cheap transportation for 1 or 2 people. Maybe its my age, but most people I know like to carry people and stuff with them in their vehicles. Judging by what I see on the road, people want em. We actually dumped our mini cooper because our dog wouldn't fit and doubt we will buy a smaller car again just to avoid and unseen problems with size. I liked driving that too, but it is what it is.
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