Audi A3 to arrive in India via CKD route
Audi India is believed to bring the new A3 sedan via CKD (Completely Knock Down units) route to India. Showcased at 2014 Auto Expo, the new A3 certainly looks promising and has even captured lot of attention out there at the event. Audi's recently appointed Head, Joe King, expects the new A3 to be a best selling luxury car. This indicates towards the agressive price with which the sedan will arrive in India. The launch is anticipated by mid this year.
The company has firm plans to start full-fledged manufacturing units at Brazil, Hungary and Mexico. Earlier, Audi brought Q3 via CBU (Completely Built-in Units) route before shifting over to local assembling. While in India, the company will use Škoda Auto India Private Ltd's manufacturing plant at Aurangabad, Maharashtra to produce A3s. On the other hand, a CKD product is profitable as it attracts less tariff, though Audi had managed well enough to adjust the price on CBU products to match the one on CKD products.
Audi A3 gets a 1.8-litre TFSI engine, which in Europe is able to belt out max power of 180bhp and 250Nm of peak torque. The diesel model shows with a 2.0-litre TDI engine that churns max 150bhp and 320Nm of top torque.