PHOTO CAPTION: Audi Q5 will be offered with hybrid vesion in late 2010.

Audi Plans Hybrid Version of Q5 for 2010

The cost to develop a hybrid powertrain is 3-4 times greater than that for a standard drivetrain, compared with less than 50 percent greater for a diesel drivetrain.

Published: 04-Feb-2009

Audi will offer a hybrid version of its Q5 premium SUV in the US starting in late 2010, says Wolfgang Hatz, head of powertrain development for the Volkswagen group.

If the car is a success in the US, Audi said it may launch it in Europe.

In an interview at the auto show here last month, Hatz said Audi must offer a hybrid model to compete with rival vehicles that already offer the technology, such as the Lexus RX 400h. The BMW X6 will be offered as a hybrid late this year, and Mercedes-Benz plans to roll out a hybrid in each of its major models starting with the S400 hybrid this year.


The hybrid-powered GMC Denali XT was produced at GM Holden's design centre at Port Melbourne.

The completed open wheel car which runs on the electric system and backed up by the Yamaha motorcycle engine.

Two-door, 2+2 convertible will utilize lithium-ion, plug-in hybrid drive and be available in 2009.


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