Audi chairman Rupert Stadler has told British magazine Autocar about the company’s plan to expand lineup to no less than 60 models by the end of the decade. The Ingolstadt-based automaker has certainly come a long way since 1998 when they had only the A3, A4, A6, A8 and TT model families which granted a combined output of 619,030. That number has almost tripled last year when Audi delivered no less than 1,741,100 vehicles thanks to a huge model family containing more than 50 distinct models.
That number will further grow to 60 by 2020 as part of a €22 billion investment coming from Volkswagen. According to Rupert Stadler, this will further enhance that “Audi is on a quality path” as the company is now prepared for “the next leap in new technology and growth.” One of the new models is going to be the Q1 entry-level crossover while other cars will be based on the A6, A7 and A8 models. Moreover, he went on to specify these higher end segments have room for several sporty new models while the Q range could further grow.
The Audi chairman ruled out the possibility of coming out with a model smaller than the A1 while a bigger model positioned above the A8 is not being considered.