Audi produces the eight millionth Quattro car

The Quattro models generated strong sales in Middle East markets.
Updated 28 January 2017

Audi produces the eight millionth Quattro car

LONDON: Audi produced the eight-millionth Quattro-equipped model recently.
The landmark vehicle was the all-new Q5 SUV in Garnet Red fresh from a brand new plant in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico.
Quattro technology made its debut in 1980, and today it is available in more than 100 model versions.
The quattro all-wheel drive system is standard in the Audi Q7, the Audi A4 allroad quattro, the Audi A6 allroad Quattro, the Audi A8, the Audi R8 and all S and RS models, It is available as an option in all other model series.
In 2015, 44 percent of all Audi customers worldwide chose models equipped with Quattro drive.
The Audi Q5 topped the list with about 262,000 units.
The Quattro models generated particularly strong sales in the US, Canada, Russia and in the markets of the Middle East. In Germany, Quattro sales totaled 122,048 cars.


Beijing ponders support for petrol-electric hybrids

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Updated 13 July 2019

Beijing ponders support for petrol-electric hybrids

  • Hybrid cars sold in China include versions of Toyota’s Corolla, Levin and Camry sedans, and versions of Honda’s Accord and CR-V

BEIJING: China is considering re-classifying petrol-electric hybrid vehicles so they get more favorable treatment than all-petrol or diesel counterparts under clean car rules, making it easier for automakers to meet environment quotas and offer more choice.
Global hybrid leaders Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. would be among the biggest beneficiaries of such change, which could allow them to make more hybrids and less of the more costly all-electric vehicles, experts said, after reviewing the draft policy proposal published on Tuesday by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
China has some of the world’s strictest rules regarding the production of greenhouse gas-emitting vehicles, as it battles unhealthy levels of air pollution in its crowded cities.
In the draft proposal, hybrids would still be considered fossil-fueled but re-classified as “low fuel consumption passenger vehicles.” Significantly, the number of negative points incurred for making hybrids will be less than for traditional vehicles.
The proposed change came as a surprise, some experts and industry officials said, because the government has never given any preferential treatment for hybrid technology. Previously, the government offered subsidies for, for instance, the purchase of all-electric cars.
Hybrid cars sold in China include versions of Toyota’s Corolla, Levin and Camry sedans, and versions of Honda’s Accord and CR-V. Beijing-based spokesmen for both Japanese automakers declined to comment.