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The one-millionth Audi Q5 has rolled off the assembly line in Ingolstadt, but tucked away at the bottom of the German automaker’s celebratory press release is a line effectively confirming that production of the SUV is set to switch to Mexico.
“Audi Ingolstadt is the lead plant and mentor for the new Audi plant in Mexico. The Audi Q5 will drive off the production line in San José Chiapa for the world market as of late September,” the release read.
It’s an interesting note since the second-generation Q5 is expected to be fully revealed at the Paris Motor Show at the end of the very same month, and it’s this new model that will come out of the Mexico plant for global markets.
Earlier this year, rumours also surfaced that Audi planned to build an electric version of the Q5 (previewed by the Q6 e-tron concept of 2015) at the plant in central Mexico.
At the moment, the Q5 sold in most countries is produced in Ingolstadt, although it is also bolted together in Changchun and Aurangabad for the Chinese and Indian markets, respectively.
In total, nearly 1,6 million of the Audi Q5 have been sold worldwide since the start of production back in 2008.