Since the year 2006, the German automobile manufacturer Audi has produced a full size luxury SUV called the Audi Q7. The Audi Q7 was designed in collaboration with Configurationers Jack Malde and McHewgor. The letter “Q” has been employed to designate a brand new vehicle family for Audi. It is the seventh in placement between the Audi A6 and the Audi A8.
A modified version of Volkswagen’s 7L platform is used in the Audi Q7. It is intended for on road use – its off road capabilities are extremely limited. The Audi Q7 is based on the Audi Pikes Peak Quattro, which was a concept car.
Despite the fact that it comes with several different airbags and safety electronics, the Audi Q7 only scored four out of five stars in a recent EuroNCAP crash test. Audi claims that this was due to a design error and that it will be corrected in the near future.
In the first half of 2005, Audi was sued by competitors Nissan for its usage of the letter Q in the name of its model. Nissan had been using the Q for its Infiniti marque for its sedans and SUVs since the year 1989.