BERLIN -- Audi will add two crossovers to its lineup -- one big and one small -- and Volkswagen will offer new plug-in hybrid variants of several nameplates, company executives said last week.
In 2016, Audi will launch an entry-level crossover called the Q1 positioned beneath the subcompact Q3, CEO Rupert Stadler said.
Stadler also confirmed that Audi will build a range-topping Q8 crossover that he described as a "sporty Q derivative." It is expected to have sport coupe styling.
Both vehicles are likely to be sold in the U.S.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen brand r&d chief Hans-Jakob Neusser said VW will launch its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid in the United States next year.
The GTE eventually will be joined by plug-in hybrid variants of the Touareg SUV and Phaeton flagship sedan, Volks-wagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said at a press event here. Winterkorn did not say whether the Touareg and Phaeton plug-in hybrids would be sold in the United States.
Audi will also launch plug-in hybrid variants of the A7 and A8 sedans in the near future, along with the Q7 e-tron quattro plug-in hybrid, Winterkorn said.