Back in January when Audi showed us Q7 TDi
at the Detroit Auto Show
, they said it would go on sale in mid-2008 and only a few weeks ago they gave indications that the hybrid
version would also be available in the third quarter of 2008. Now, however, it appears that both of these vehicles - along with the expected new Q5 - will not bow until the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. The Q5 is a smaller CUV based on the VW Tiguan platform.
Apparently Audi didn't want their new models arriving just as the 2008 model year was drawing to a close and instead chose to hold them until January 2009 when they could be labeled as early 2010 models. By stretching out the '10 model year, they hope to improve residual values and avoid the inevitable conclusion of end of model year deals.
[Source: Automotive News - Sub. req'd]