In an otherwise boring press release (attached below) talking about how much money it has made so far this year, Audi briefly mentions what it has in tow for 2018. The Ingolstadt-based marque has made the promise to up the ante in terms of new model launches and it plans to start production of a new model once every three weeks. That means there will be approximately 17 new cars.
Although not specified in the press release, logic tells us some of them will be derivatives of existing models rather than only new generations or first-ever nameplates. Speaking of monikers that haven’t been used before, Audi’s already expansive range will grow in 2018 to include the Q8 set to be positioned on top of the SUV family that will be further broadened to make room for the fully electric E-Tron.
Gallery: 2019 Audi Q3 new spy photos
With Audi Sport already announcing more RS models, there’s a good chance we will see an RS Q5 sometime next year. Since we’re still on the subject of SUVs, the all-new Q3 pictured above will be unveiled in 2018 as well. An RS5 Sportback could be planned if we were to rely on some spy images from early August.
2018 will be the year when the company with the four-ring logo will launch the next-gen A6 after recently introducing the A8 and A7 Sportback. Speaking of which, these two top-tier models could receive the sporty S treatment and we won't be too surprised if it will be the same case with the Q2 crossover as an SQ2 might happen.
Gallery: Audi A1 Spy Shots
We’re also expecting to see the new SEAT-built A1 to land towards the end of the year and spy shots have shown some sort of an R8 is in the works as well, either an R8 GT or an entry-level variant with a six-cylinder engine.
A couple of surprises – like a new rear-wheel-drive Audi Sport car - could round off the aggressive new model assault.
Gallery: 2019 Audi Q8 new spy images including interior
Financial figures after three quarters: Audi on track for comprehensive model and technology initiative
- Audi Group at the nine-month mark: €44.2 billion revenue, €3.9 billion operating profit, 8.9 percent operating return on sales
- CEO Rupert Stadler: “Underpinning profitability targets with far-reaching program of measures”
- CFO Alexander Seitz: “Well prepared for challenging fourth quarter”
The Audi Group posts robust financial figures at the end of the third quarter of 2017 and continues to push ahead with the transformation of its business. In the first nine months of the year, despite many challenges the Company achieved revenue of €44.2 billion and operating profit of €3.9 billion. This represents an operating return on sales of 8.9 percent. The coming months will see Audi embark on a densely packed program of production starts for 2018, prepare the market introduction of an array of new models and accelerate on its strategic path towards the future.