Audi will launch its large, coupe-style Q8 and mid-size Q4 in 2018 and 2019 with Slovakia and Hungary chosen as the production hubs.

AUDI IS MOVING FAST to capitalize on the booming SUV market by rolling out a model to fill the gaps in its current line-up. And, by the end of 2019 there will be a Q2, Q3, Q4 (new), Q5, Q7, and Q8 (new).

While the German car maker is keeping key details close to its chest, it has announced where the two vehicles will be made: Bratislava (Slovakia) for the Q8 and Győr (Hungary) for the Q4.

“We will integrate two completely new Q‑models into the existing production network and will thus increase our competitiveness in an extremely important segment,” stated Audi’s Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics, Professor Dr Hubert Waltl.

The Q8 which will go head-to-head with the likes of the BMW X6 when it launches will be built alongside the Q7 (in its various guises) in Slovakia. In its short statement, Audi said the Q4 would feature a coupe-style silhouette; we’d suggest looking at the Q3 for a hint at what to expect.

Question: Sales of SUVs show no sign of slowing down, but why are they so popular when most wagons and some hatches offer more room and practicality?


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