HERNDON, VA - Audi SUVs are collecting top honors: readers of OFF ROAD magazine have selected the Audi Q5 as the off-road vehicle of the year in the SUV category. The Audi Q7 took third place in the luxury SUV category. The awards were presented last night in Munich.

In the survey of readers, the Audi Q5 took first place in the SUV category. Hans-Joachim Radde, Head of Marketing Germany at AUDI AG, accepted the prize and remarked: "The Audi Q5 combines dynamics and sportiness with a highly variable interior. It's an all-round talent for recreation and family. And in the long run, that's what customers in this segment want."

The Audi Q7 also found favor among the magazine's readers, taking third place in the luxury SUV category. "Sports, recreation and business - that's what the Audi Q7 stands for. And with the 3.0 TDI clean diesel, it already meets the strict Euro 6 limits that will come into effect in 2014," Radde said.

Almost 25,000 OFF ROAD readers cast their votes this year, selecting from 97 models in eight categories. The automotive trade journal has held its reader survey since 1982.