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Audi’s 130th Annual General Meeting was surprisingly important in terms of model lineup changes as aside from announcing a high-end A8, the head honchos also revealed plans for an SUV onslaught. No fewer than seven SUV versions will be introduced before the end of the year, with the key word being “versions” since these will be derivatives of existing models rather than completely new vehicles.

Two of them will be the first Sportback-badged SUVs, namely the Q3 Sportback – previously referred to by Audi as the Q4 – and the fully electric E-Tron Sportback. Audi went on to mention another two will be “particularly sporty versions” of the Q8, so it’s probably safe to assume the Four Rings company was talking about the hotly anticipated SQ8 and RS Q8. Both have been spied undergoing testing multiple times with very little camouflage, which means a full reveal of the dynamic duo later this year would make sense.

That brings the total of known models to four, but what about the other three? Well, a slideshow of a product roadmap presented by Audi Spain featured the RS Q3 for a release towards the end of the year. For whatever reason, the SQ3 was not listed, but we’re expecting the warm version to come out first.

The jury is still out regarding the identity of the seventh SUV variant, but one could speculate it’s an RS version of the Q7. The boxy SUV is getting a mid-cycle refresh this year, which might come along with the full-fat Audi Sport treatment to complement the diesel-fueled SQ7. However, perhaps a more plausible scenario is the RS Q5 that’s been rumored for a couple of years. We’ll just have to wait and see, but one thing is for sure, Audi has a plethora of SUVs in its ever-growing portfolio.

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“Consistently Audi”: Board of Management presents corporate realignment to shareholders

  • CEO Bram Schot: “We want to lead the change in the premium segment with the most attractive form of sustainable mobility”
  • CFO Alexander Seitz “The basis is further efficiency progress from the successfully started Transformation Plan”
  • Accelerated e-roadmap: sales target of 40% volume share for electrified models by 2025
  • Planned upscaling of “Audi on demand” premium mobility service with strong partner; further cooperations targeted in strategic areas
  • Customer advisory committee for a consistently customer-focused approach
  • Challenging transitional year 2019 with more than 20 market launches, repercussions of WLTP changeover and macroeconomic slowdown 

Audi will become a provider of holistic CO2-neutral premium mobility, with the aim of assuming a leading role among its competitors. The manufacturer is therefore accelerating its electrification roadmap and company-wide decarbonization. By 2025, the vehicle fleet’s CO2 footprint is to be reduced as a first step by 30 percent over its entire lifecycle compared with 2015. In the future, return on investment as a key financial steering parameter will also reflect the CO2 performance of the Four Rings and is to rise to more than 21 percent through sustainable management. The Board of Management is presenting the realignment at the 130th Annual General Meeting in Neckarsulm and providing information on current business developments. While Audi is mastering a challenging year 2019 with substantial operationally adverse factors, the premium manufacturer is pressing ahead with its transformation and aims for a significant increase in corporate value in the long term. The Four Rings will focus strictly on customer-relevant innovations, will further develop its business model profitably and will realize synergies within the Volkswagen Group and in external partnerships. The guiding principle of the far-reaching transformation is “Consistently Audi.”

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