BARCELONA -- Audi used the auto show here to present the Cross Coupe quattro concept, which previews the Q3. The SUV, which will join the larger Q5 and Q7 in 2011, is the first model Audi will build in Spain.
After lengthy negotiations with local unions, Audi decided last month to build the Q3 at sister brand Seat's factory in Martorell, Spain. The plant, which is near Barcelona, manufactures the entire Seat range.
Seat President Erich Schmitt told reporters Thursday that work will begin this month on the Q3's stamping shop.
"We are going to make this the most modern stamping shop in the world, and it won't be in Germany or Japan, but right here in Barcelona," Schmitt said.
About 300 million will be investment in the plant so that it can reach a capacity of up to 80,000 Q3s a year.
The Cross Coupe quattro presented here is powered by a 2.0-liter common-rail diesel that generates 204 horsepower. The coupe-like five-door SUV's dimensions are similar to that of the Audi A3.