Production involves several Audi sties; the Audi Q7 engines come from the Audi engine plant in Győr, Hungary. Key aluminum body parts are produced in the Bratislava press shop using the Volkswagen Group’s most powerful press. The press line has a maximum press force of 91,000 kilonewtons. For the lightweight body of the new Audi Q7, the company built a dedicated body shop with 110,000 square meters (1,184,030.1 sq ft) of floor space, 1,000 robots and state-of-the art equipment. Thanks to advanced multimaterial construction with steel and aluminum components, the body is nearly 71 kilograms (156.5 lb) lighter than its predecessor. In the body shop, the stamped parts are joined, brazed and bonded to form a complete body. State-of-the-art technologies are used here, including laser or plasma welding, as well as new, unconventional technologies, such as flow drill screwing (FDS), clinching or friction element welding.
The painted bodies are then assembled in the assembly shop. The entire assembly hall covers an area the size of 21 soccer fields. Separate assembly and testing rigs have been installed for the Audi Q7’s special equipment and electronics items. On completion, every Audi Q7 has to pass checkpoint 8, the last stage on the production line. The automobiles are then transported via elevated cable car to the test track about 800 meters (2,600 ft) away. On the 2.4-kilometer (1.5-mile) asphalt-surfaced oval track, every Audi Q7 is put through a precisely defined program before being delivered by train and truck.
History of Volkswagen Slovakia and the Audi site in Bratislava
The company was founded on May 30, 1991, as Volkswagen Bratislava, s. r. o., with Volkswagen AG holding an 80 percent stake and BAZ, a. s. holding 20 percent. The factory initially had 112 employees, who primarily assembled cars by hand. In December 1991, a Volkswagen Passat was the first model to drive off the assembly line at the Bratislava site. Today the 12,300 employees of Volkswagen Slovakia are supported in production by innovative technologies, automated equipment and robots.
25 years: A look back at key successes:
Opening of the component plant in Martin.
Start of implementation of Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne SUVs.
Production of the one-millionth car; Volkswagen Slovakia is the largest carmaker in the history of the country
Start of production of the New Small Family: Volkswagen up!, ŠKODA Citigo; SEAT Mii.
Inauguration of the highest-capacity press shop in the Volkswagen Group.
Electric mobility in Bratislava – start of production of the first all-electric automobile in the Volkswagen Group, the Volkswagen e-up!
Inauguration of the new body shop for the Audi Q7 – State-of-the-art joining and automation technologies are used.
Automobiles from five brands are assembled under one roof in Bratislava. The Board of Management of Volkswagen Slovakia comprises three members. Each member is responsible for one area. Ralf Sacht (Technology) has served as Chairman since February 1, 2016. Eric Reuting is responsible for HR and Jens Kellerbach for Finance.
Facts and figures
Chairman of the Board of Management: Prof. Rupert Stadler
Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Matthias Müller
Employees (AUDI AG):60,655 (as of: December 31, 2016)
Employees (Audi‑Group): 88,453 (as of: December 31, 2016)
Deliveries to customers (2016): 1,871,350 automobiles of the Audi brand
Production (2016): 1,903,259 automobiles (including Lamborghini and CKD)
(all data as of December 31, 2016)
Audi Bratislava site
Site: Volkswagen Slovakia, a. s., Bratislava site
Surface area: over 2 km2(21,527,820.8 sq ft)
Audi start of production: 2005
Models (2016):Audi Q7, Audi SQ7, Audi Q7 e-tron
Production (2016): 102,614 automobiles
(all data as of December 31, 2016)
Fuel consumption of the models named above:
Fuel consumption of the Audi Q7:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.6 – 5.5 (30.9 – 42.8 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 199 – 144 (320.3 – 231.7)
Fuel consumption of the Audi SQ7:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.6 – 7.2 (30.9 – 32.7 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 199 – 189 (320.3 – 304.2 g/mi)
Fuel consumption of the Audi Q7 e-tron:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 1.9 – 1.8 (123.8 – 130.7 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 50 – 48 (80.5 – 77.2 g/mi)