Audis Superlatives are in the Q7

By: Correy Putton


There was something extraordinary about last Sunday and this was felt by Audi aficionados. Grammy winner Seal sang at Audi AG's news conference as the German automaker set forth its V12 Turbo Direct Injection diesel concept at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. The vehicle is the latest masterpiece from the automaker. It combines all the superlatives that Audi is offering. Audi enthusiasts can wait no longer to avail of their chance to own one of the best cars Audi has ever built.

After Seal's performance, he told the audience that he uses his older Q7 SUV as an "everyday vehicle" for transporting his supermodel wife, Heidi Klum, and their children. "My first question after seeing the new Q7 was, 'Where's mine?'," Seal added.

Audi has planned the unveiling of its new car to coincide with its celebration of its previous success in the industry. In 2006, Audi sold 905,100 vehicles, up by 9 percent from 829,109 in 2005. Said increase in sales is just part and parcel of the 11 straight years of the automaker's success in the worldwide market.

Audi has also announced in December last year that it will be investing $15.7 billion in its business through 2011. Over 70 percent of said investment will be allocated to its upcoming products. Rupert Stadler, chief executive officer of Audi, reiterated Sunday that the company will expand its line of 22 models to 40 within 5 five years.

In order to make it happen, Audi will concentrate on the Chinese auto market. Though America remains Audi's largest export market, with 90,116 vehicles sold last year, the automaker expects larger slice of the auto market if China sales is given emphasis. Audi sold 80,808 vehicles in China last year. Said sales meant a striking 39 percent increase for the automaker. "With records in over 40 markets, we have prepared the way for achieving our sales target of 1.4 million vehicles by 2015," said Ralph Weyler, Audi AG board member.

Q7 is equipped with cutting-edge mated to advance car technologies. The result is a fascinating car with Audi's superlatives. If it is used as a 5-seater Q7 boasts a load capacity of 775 liters, the best in its class.

Q7 owners have the choice of 2 high performing engines. The new 4.2-litre V8 with FSI petrol direct injection generates 257 kW (350 bhp) and yields a maximum torque of 440 Newton-meters. The 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engine features a rail injection system that uses piezo inline injectors, thus combining the high performance of 171 kW (233 bhp) and substantial torque of 500 Nm with outstanding refinement and superb fuel economy.

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