According to a media report in the German Car Magazine AutomobilWoche, Audi wants to build its Q4 e-tron electric SUV in Brussels from November 2022 due to high demand. The final decision will be made at the VW planning meeting on 9 December.
This was reported by Automobilwoche with reference to company circles. Currently, the Q4 e-tron and the Q4 e-tron Sportback are built together with other MEB models at the VW plant in Zwickau, Saxony.
The Volkswagen brand has already put the Wolfsburg plant up for discussion for overflow production. But Audi is apparently also considering building the Q4 e-tron in a second plant in the future. The choice is said to have been made against the Neckarsulm combustion engine site and in favour of the Belgian plant in Brussels, according to the report.
Audi has been building only the e-tron quattro and its Sportback offshoot in Brussels since 2018. The batteries for the e-tron quattro are also assembled in Brussels. It is not known whether Audi will do the same for the Q4 e-tron or whether the MEB battery packs will be delivered pre-assembled.
From 2026 onwards Audi plans to build the Q8 e-tron in Belgium, as Audi boss Markus Duesmann said at a local event in November.
For Brussels the overflow production of the Q4 e-tron would be a great success. The plant had probably also bid for the production of Audi’s Artemis model, but lost out to VW Commercial Vehicles’ Hanover plant.
If the information from Automobilwoche is correct, Brussels would have prevailed against the German plant in Neckarsulm, where, according to the report, hopes had also been pinned on obtaining production of an electric vehicle model.