It seems that Audi’s North American customers wealthy enough to afford the 2008 Audi Q7 Hybrid SUV won’t be able to help the world to get a little bit greener.
Speaking in an interview to the AutoWeek magazine, Audi’s executive vice president Johan de Nysschen said that his company has eventually canceled plans of importing a hybrid version of the Q7 full-size crossover SUV to the United States and Canada.
It just won’t make any profit with the U.S. dollar in its current shape.
Instead, there will be a diesel-powered Audi Q7 available by the end of 2008 (Mr. de Nysschen didn’t elaborate whether the car will be legal to sell in so called “green states” that take an especially aggressive stance against oil-burners), and there will also be a hybrid version of the upcoming Audi Q5 compact crossover SUV, which “has always been in planning”.
The problem is that by the beginning of the next year dollar may very well hit the new lows against the Euro, making Audi re-consider its plans once again.
Well, you can still hope to buy a hybrid-powered 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML, right?
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