The information was revealed by Audi CEO Rupert Stadler who spoke recently with Automotive News.
"We will start with the launch of a Q5 hybrid in Europe this spring, the A6 hybrid follows at the end of the year and an A8 hybrid in 2012," he said. The report goes on to claim that the U.S. launch of the A6 and A8 hybrid vehicles will be within two years of their European launch.
The information is quite disappointing considering that Audi’s closest rivals, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus, all already sell hybrid versions of their respective flagship sedans as well as hybrid SUVs and crossovers. Infiniti, too, will soon be launching a hybrid version of its new M sedan, so it certainly looks as though Audi is well behind the pack when it comes to the latest in hybrid technology.
[Automotive News, sub req’d]