Production of the Audi Q7 involves several Audi sites; the Audi Q7 engines come from the Audi engine plant in Győr, Hungary.
Aluminum body parts are produced in the press shop using the biggest press of the Volkswagen Group. The maximum press strength of the press machine is 91,000 kilonewtons. For the lightweight body of the new Audi Q7, the company built a new factory hall with 110,000 square meters (1.2 million square feet) of floor space, 1,000 robots and state-of-the-art equipment. Thanks to the advanced multi-material construction using steel and aluminum, the body is almost 71 kilograms lighter than its predecessor. In the body shop, the stamped parts of the body are put together by welding, soldering and adhesive bonding. In addition, modern technologies such as laser or plasma welding are used, as well as new, unconventional technologies such as flow drill screwing (FDS), clamping or friction element welding.
After that, the car bodies go onto the assembly lines. The entire hall covers an area equivalent to 21 soccer fields. For the Audi Q7, dedicated assembly and testing devices have been installed for the special equipment and electronics in these models. The assembly work is organized in 199 individual steps, whereby approximately 1,800 employees are supplied with components on a just-in-time basis. 17 suppliers have set up facilities close to the plant.
Finally, the Audi Q7* passes through Checkpoint 8, the last stage of production. The cars are then driven 800 meters to the test and proving ground on the approximately 1.8-square-kilometer plant site. Here, all Audi Q7 cars undergo a defined driving program on the 2.4-kilometer asphalt oval track before they are delivered by train and truck.
Facts and figures
Chairman of the Board of Management: Prof. Rupert Stadler
Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Matthias Müller
Employees (AUDI AG): 59,506 (as of December 31, 2015)
Employees (Audi Group): 84,435 (as of December 31, 2015)
Deliveries to customers (2015): 1,803,250 automobiles of the Audi brand
Production (2015): 1,830,334 automobiles (including Lamborghini and CKD)
The Audi site in Bratislava
Site: VOLKSWAGEN SLOVAKIA
Surface area: 2,100,000 square meters
Audi start of production: 2005
Models (2015): Audi Q7
Production (2015): 81,708 automobiles
Fuel consumption of the models named above
Fuel consumption of the Audi Q7:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8,3 - 5,5;
Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 193 - 144