Audi has launched one of its premium SUV Q7 today . The Car is priced at 72 lakhs and will be availble in two variants from January 2007. The company has priced the TDI variant at 72 Lakh while the TDI premium plus is priced at 77.5 Lakhs.The Cars were launched at a glamorous event by Indian Test Captain Virat Kohli.
The company has focussed on a sharper design and futurustic appeal.The company has also added Matrix LED lamps so as to give a sharp look. As per the design the car is 5,050mm long, 1,970mm wide and has a wheelbase of 2,990mm.The company has tried its best to reduce the weight of the car to 325 KG.
Sales of Volkswagen cars have slumped as low as 20% after the diesel emission scandal. According to a report all the cars under the iconic brands have been hit badly. In a report from Britain’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders new car registration increased by 3.8 % to 178, 873 I November but the Volkswagen brand of cars were badly hit. Sale of Audi brand of cars dropped by 4%, Skoda dropped by 11% and Seat was down by a whopping 24% in recent times.
The dent in the brand of Volkswagen will be difficult to recover as the car maker admitted falsifying carbon dioxide emissions deepening the biggest corporate scandal.
Other manufacturer like Ford and Vauxhall also showed a major drop in sales. The controversy has hit the market overall and the chance for its recovery is grim.
“November’s sales might have been boosted by some consumers delaying their purchases from October when the VW emissions scandal hit the headlines” said Samuel Tombs at Pantheon Macroeconomics said in a note.
Volkswagen AG US subsidiary has decided to refund $1000 to all diesel owners in US . The refund will be done in lieu to the emission scandal unearthed last month . The company in a statement said that the money will be paid in form for credit card payback . Eligible US owners of 5000 VW models are also eligible for a $500 prepaid VISA card and $500 dealership card . The company also plans to offer a three year free service to all these customers .
The move could cost VW around $500 million out of which around $200 million will be given to the dealers . There is also a plan to recall certain models which does not comply to the California’s emission norm .
As per the estimate around 482000 cars with 4 cylinder diesel engine were sold with the software that allowed the engines to pass the nitrogen oxide emission test ,