New Audi A4, Q7 Models Delayed: Report
Don’t expect the next-generation Audi A4 or Q7 models to make an appearance this year, as the German automaker has delayed both vehicles.
According to a report from German publication Focus, the Audi A4 will be delayed until the summer of 2015 while the new Q7 has been delayed again as Audi is not content with the SUV’s styling. This is actually the second delay for the Q7 due to its design. Initially, it was delayed when Audi’s former chief designer Wolfgang Egger wanted changes. Now, Egger is no longer with Audi and new head of R&D Ulrich Hackenburg along with new chief designer Marc Lichte are working on taking out some of the aggressiveness in the Q7. According to an Audi insider, the aggressive design of the Q7 was originally put in place to cater mainly to Russian tastes.
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The new Audi A4 sedan was originally scheduled to launch later this year. The German automaker however, wants to tweak the car’s styling and tune its suspension and assistance systems. In addition, Audi hopes to have a plug-in hybrid variant ready to go when the next-generation A4 finally launches.
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