Audi has been building cars at the Ingolstadt site for more than 70 years. This is where AUDI AG has its headquarters and where 43,142 employees (as of December 31, 2020) work to achieve “Vorsprung durch Technik.” From initial idea to finished automobile, the entire production process for the Audi Q2, Audi A3, Audi A4, and Audi A5 models along with their derivatives takes place at the Ingolstadt plant. The Audi Ingolstadt site continues to develop into a networked digital factory. Modern production systems and high-tech solutions enable highly efficient, sustainable manufacturing. Step by step, the plant is getting ready for electric mobility, with measures to increase flexibility laying the foundation for the models of the future.
The largest production site of the Audi Group is the economic engine of the region and in its function as the primary plant and high-tech location, it combines five sites into a think tank:
- Audi plant Ingolstadt (headquarters including Technical Development)
- Manufacturing Münchsmünster (module/system production and press shop)
- High-tech Audi Neuburg site (Competence Center Motorsport/Audi Sport racing, Audi driving experience and development areas focused on driver assist systems and integrated safety (FAS/IS)
- Proving grounds Neustadt a.d. D. (high-security area of Technical Development)
- Future IN-Campus technology park
The Audi Forum Ingolstadt is a popular attraction, drawing some 400,000 visitors each year from the region and around the world in addition to customers who come to pick up their new cars there.
- It combines production, tradition, shopping, a cinema, dining facilities, driving enjoyment, exhibitions, and conference rooms in a single location. Audi delivers cars every day at the customer center.
- Wide-ranging events and exhibitions as well as tours for the entire family through the plant and the Audi museum mobile round out the experiences on offer.
- The interactive online offer AudiStream provides a virtual look into the design processes and production sequences at the Ingolstadt site. Experienced tour guides from the Audi Forum Ingolstadt team accompany the online tour and answer questions in a live stream.
IN‑Campus technology park: Audi is building for the future. IN-Campus GmbH, a joint venture between the city of Ingolstadt and AUDI AG, is investing in a campus with a focus on the technologies of the future. The IN‑Campus is being built on a 75-hectare remediated area near the main plant in Ingolstadt. The cooperation between the public sector and a private company on the IN-Campus project is an exemplary story of transformation.
- The city of Ingolstadt and Audi are using cutting-edge technology to revitalize an industrial wasteland, a former refinery site, without sealing additional areas.
- This remediation project is one of the biggest in Germany and unprecedented as an environmental project in Bavaria.
- The remediation work is on schedule, with around 90 percent completed, and is expected to be finished in December 2022.
- Meanwhile, construction activities on the IN-Campus site are well underway and also going according to plan. Tenants have already moved into the first spaces in the project house; the remaining spaces are currently being configured for future tenants. Interior work is currently being performed in the IT center, the functional building and the energy control center; construction work for the vehicle safety center including the crash arena.
- The Volkswagen Group’s Car.Software-Organization is also based organizationally in Ingolstadt. The Car.Software-Organization moved into the first of its offices on the
IN-Campus in late 2020. The technology park will provide the IT experts of the Car.Software-Organization with an attractive environment for flexible working.
Smart city and a train stop: Audi is planning for the future and has joined up with the city of Ingolstadt in an effort to search for solutions to reduce the burden of traffic on the Ingolstadt region. One concrete example of this is the Audi traffic light information service, which contributes to improving the flow of traffic. As part of its close partnership with Audi, the city of Ingolstadt invested in digital traffic infrastructure, making Ingolstadt the first city in Europe where production models were connected with the traffic lights. With the “Ingolstadt Audi” train stop that opened in December 2019, there is now a third public train station in Ingolstadt that is located right by the plant premises. The joint project of the state of Bavaria, the city of Ingolstadt, Deutsche Bahn and AUDI AG is designed to improve mobility options in the long term. Audi employees from the surrounding area can get to work in an environmentally friendly way and without getting stuck in traffic or having to search for a parking spot.