INGOLSTADT, Germany -- Audi says it does not need minivans to reach its target of 2 million annual sales -- in contrast to BMW, which has launched two compact minivans to help attract family buyers.
In a break with its focus on sporty sedans and SUVs, BMW introduced the five-seat 2-series Active Tourer in Europe late last year and will add the seven-seat 2-series Gran Tourer in June. Both are front-wheel drive, another break with tradition for BMW, which has no plans to sell the minivans in the U.S.
When asked whether Audi is working on a successor to the A2 as part of its plans to expand the product range to more than 60 models in the coming five years, development chief Ulrich Hackenberg said Audi will leave the segment to sister brand Volkswagen.
“VW has a wide range of minivans that are very successful. For the character of the brand Audi we don't see a car in that form currently,” Hackenberg told Automotive News Europe on the sidelines of Audi's annual earnings press conference here March 10.