GENEVA -- A production version of the Audi A3 sedan concept that debuted here probably will be sold in the United States, but U.S. prospects for the Q3 compact crossover are uncertain.
Peter Schwarzenbauer, Audi AG board member for sales and marketing, said dealers urged Audi to add the Q3 to the U.S. lineup after seeing it last month during the NADA convention in San Francisco.
Schwarzenbauer said Audi has not decided whether the Q3 will be sold in the United States. And even if the crossover is green-lighted, it would not arrive for another 12 to 15 months, he said. The Q3 will arrive in Europe this year.
The A3 sedan, based on the next-generation A3 hatchback, is a far more likely candidate for the United States. If approved, the sedan version could arrive in the United States as soon as 2013.
"If you look at this specific segment around the world, you come to the conclusion that this car is designed -- but it is not yet decided -- with the U.S. and China in mind," Schwarzenbauer said. "These are two markets where the segment is quite big."
The A3 has not been a big seller in the United States because it is available only as a five-door hatchback. Last year, Audi sold 6,558 A3s in the United States.