INGOLSTADT, Germany -- Audi is still wrestling with its SUV strategy for the US.
The German automaker has not decided whether to bring its new allroad quattro to the US, says Ralph Weyler, board member responsible for sales and marketing.
The vehicle, based on a raised version of the A6 Avant station wagon, will be sold in Europe, Weyler says.
Audi unveiled a concept version of a new allroad quattro at the Detroit auto show in January.
There was speculation that Audi's upcoming Q7 SUV would replace the current allroad quattro in the US.
But when Audi decided to show the new allroad quattro in Detroit and not display the Q7 it raised questions about the brand's SUV succession strategy for the world's top market.
No decision has been made on the allroad quattro's future in the US, but Audi has firm plans for the Q7 -- it will go to the US in mid-2006, Weyler says.
One disadvantage Audi faces in the US is that rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW assemble their SUVs there. But Audi CEO Martin Winterkorn says the company's Bratislava, Slovakia, plant will make the Q7 competitively.
He also says the company has not decided whether it will make vehicles in the US.
"Everybody thinks a production plant is the final answer to the US market," Weyler says. "But it's only one component."
He says sourcing parts wisely in low-cost countries can help just as much.