Currently reading: Audi SQ5 sales suspended amid WLTP changes
Official line is that sports SUV’s build slots are all taken, but WLTP tests could be an influence
Sam Sheehan
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6 April 2018

Audi has suspended sales for its SQ5 sports SUV due to what it claims is a full build slot run, although sources suggest upcoming new emissions limits are to blame.

Buyers wanting a new SQ5 can currently only purchase one that’s already in stock, with no date set for when new specification models can be ordered.

“Audi UK has filled all the available SQ5 production slots in its 2018 model year allocation and only a limited number of cars remain in Audi centre stock,” said a company spokesman. “Customers looking to place an order can contact their local Audi centre for the latest inventory information.”

However, a source told Autocar that the SQ5, which is a hot version of the Q5 SUV, has been pulled from production because Audi is preparing the car to conform to the stricter Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), which comes into force from 1 September.

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All new cars delivered after that date will need to conform to the WLTP’s emissions limits, which are considered to be tougher than the outgoing lab-based New European Driving Cycle test because the new procedure measures exhaust emissions during real-world driving.

The changes mean that any car set for a September delivery date – even one ordered months before that – would have to comply with the new rules. Our source suggested that the SQ5 may be among a likely large number of cars from multiple manufacturers that are being suspended from showrooms until they have been adjusted to WLTP standards. BMW has previously admitted to Autocar that it will be doing this with the M4.

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Audi builds its Q5 models in Mexico, meaning delivery times to the UK can take several weeks. This will make it more difficult for Audi UK to gauge what volume of cars can be kept here in stock without risking some of them not being sold before 1 September.

That said, manufacturers might be granted a buffer to help them from having to, in effect, scrap unsold pre-WLTP cars. Autocar understands that the Department for Transport will allow manufacturers to have a stock of 10% of their annual sales after the 1 September deadline, thereby granting them the right to sell cars of pre-WLTP standards following its introduction.

The DfT wouldn't comment on the claims for a buffer, although a spokesman did admit that a consultation had taken place regarding the issue and more information will be revealed in due course.

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Peter Ellis 15 July 2018

Audi 2019 model year - no clarity as to availability of models

Its not just sales of the Audi Q5 have been delayed/cancelled. I wanted to order an new RS5 Sportsback which was anounced in April 2018 to be available in the UK in the later months of 2018. I tried to order such a couple of weeks ago and was told its not likley avaialble untill sometime in 2019. I then switched my order to an Audi S5 Sportsback and paid my deposit but have just been told that there is no guarantee that the current petrol engine based version will be availble . With the new model year starting in a few weeks it all seems a complete shambles.

Peter Cavellini 7 April 2018

What about.......?!

 What about regards to emissions that nobody has thought that the constant lowering of the year on year emissions legal requirements has had put a strain on Car makers to meet it and they just couldn’t in all honesty do it?, now I not condoning there actions to deal with it, to meet the regs, but, if you set near impossible goals what are you going to do....?

artill 7 April 2018

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 What about regards to emissions that nobody has thought that the constant lowering of the year on year emissions legal requirements has had put a strain on Car makers to meet it and they just couldn’t in all honesty do it?, now I not condoning there actions to deal with it, to meet the regs, but, if you set near impossible goals what are you going to do....?

Peter, surely if one car can pass, then all cars should be able to pass?

Why let some cars off having to comply if their competitors can do it.

 

289 8 April 2018

@ Peter Cavellini

....agreed Peter.

These targets are near impossible to reach (for everyone), and clearly the higher performance versions are going to struggle the most.

The powers that be, wont be happy until all ICE powered cars have 1.0 litre 3 cylinder engines at the top of the range! Thank god I am the age I am, I couldnt bear for this to be my future to look forward too....and in the meantime I enjoy my bent eights!

Jimbbobw1977 7 April 2018

Most of the Audi S range are

Most of the Audi S range are suffering problems anyway. 

The S1 eats clutches within a few thousand miles

The S3 haldex pumps are failing at the rear making it front wheel drive with no warning symbols to let the driver know until they start noticing wheel spin

The S4/S5 with the new 2.9 is suffering lag delay and slow gear changes and has also been affected by this emissions issue.