Automotive News Europe reports the new Audi manufacturing facility in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico will increase the automaker's production capacity for the Q5 SUV by 150,000 units per year. While the plant will supply every market with the exception of China, most of the production is slated to head to the US.

While speaking with ANE, Audi CEO Rupert Stradler said, "Worldwide, every third Audi will be an SUV by 2020." So far this year, 40 percent of Audi vehicles sold in the US have been light trucks, with the company's sales in that segment jumping by 53 percent. By comparison, Audi passenger car sales have increased by just one percent.

The first Q5 vehicles from the San Hose Chiapa plant will show up on dealer lots in 2016. Audi of America recently received a larger 9,000-unit allocation of Q5 models after seeing sales increase 36 percent through April compared to the same period in 2012.


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      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 1 Year Ago
      ouch. Mixed feelings. On the one hand, if there are going to be a zillion SUVs out there, having a bunch of them be Audis is fine with me. Can't blame Audi for going where the market is. I just wish drivers weren't so SUV-happy. So many folks are driving around in unstable, inefficient vehicles needlessly. Can't wait to see what Audi ULTRA + SUV means.
      Vision7
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this is true, then the apocalypse is now on the horizon...
      mikemaj82
      • 1 Year Ago
      yea, when gas is $8.50 a gallon.
      vroooomy
      • 1 Year Ago
      my dyslexia kicked in. i read every third suv with be an audi...LOL
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Q5 is one of the best looking cars in its segment so I've got no problem with that.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Worldwide, every third Audi will be an SUV by 2020." As a car guy, this is depressing news.
        Kurt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @throwback
        You are wrong. More SUVs=higher profit margins=CASH. More cash=more R&D funding across whole organization=better A and S series.
          ChaosphereIX
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kurt
          not really. More money from CUVs and SUVs = less incentive to even make other kinds of vehicles, such as wagons or sporty cars. Why make something if you can put more resources into something else that gives you much higher profits that the sheep out there keep gobbling up in droves? This is a slippery slope gents...
          throwback
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kurt
          ChaosphereIX, yep that is my fear. Why build a small sedan for example when a small crossover will sell for more money and in higher volumes?
      1STH
      • 1 Year Ago
      as an Audiphile.....this is a massive FAIL. second only to BMW putting out $40k boxes with hybrid gimmicks.
        MJC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @1STH
        As a fellow Audi guy, I'm good with this. The profit from these vehicles funds the development of the S and RS cars!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MJC
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      Mr. BaderĀ®
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well done Audi
      Tweaker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh joy!!! Just what the world needs, more European suv's. At least the green Euro nazis will have to shutup about our consumption.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's good news. Do you know how many jobs this will create at repair shops and fire departments across the US?
        Shahul X
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Alot... where is Audi on the dependability list now? now add in Mexico (vs current germany) and mass-produced....
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Shahul X
          oh our favourite troll's new account again shows us his technical knowledge. impressive
          knightrider_6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Shahul X
          Their poor quality is because of bad design and probably poor choice of materials. It has nothing to do with where it is assembled.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Ron McCord
      • 1 Year Ago
      Look hatchbacks are the most practical and useful vehicles. Sedans are a joke in that dept. Since no one has figured out how to make cool hatchbacks that sell suvs and cuvs have been scorching sales and will eventually dominate. I personally like the blend of hatch and suv and car. Like the Subaru xv, I hope more manufactures develop cars like this besides Subaru. Kinda like the Amc Eagle, tough looking cars like the Xv that actually really do have offroad capability without the negatives is my type of car. Lets see good looking, all wheel drive, small and good visability, hatch, reliable, affordable, and get this good mpg 34 mpg worth there is not another in this price range, maybe any price range that does as much as the Subaru Xv!!
        kuntknife
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ron McCord
        "Since no one has figured out how to make cool hatchbacks that sell" There's this little known company called VW. I've heard rumors that they've nearly cracked this elusive formula.
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