AUDI AG builds more than half a million automobiles a year at its headquarters site in Ingolstadt; Audi produced 538,103 cars in 2017. Around 2,400 automobiles come off the production line on average every day, with a new car produced every 30 seconds. As the region’s largest employer, Audi employs around 44,000 people.
As the headquarters, lead plant and a high-tech site, the Ingolstadt plant plays a key role in the Audi Group. Five important sites are merged into a common idea foundry in Ingolstadt:
- Audi Headquarters with the lead plant and Technical Development
- System/Module Production Münchsmünster
- Audi Neuburg with the Audi driving experience and Competence Center Motorsport/Audi Sport
- Proving grounds in Neustadt
- Future IN Campus technology park
Intelligent factory at the headquarters site: The Ingolstadt plant is being turned into a fully connected digital factory. As an attractive employer, Audi is bolstering the city and region long term. Future Audi models are being designed in the new Design Center using state-of-the-art virtual 3D visualization techniques. Modern production systems and high-tech solutions provide for the ultraefficient, sustainable production of new models. Flexibilization measures lay the foundation for future models; electric mobility and key technologies will be implemented even faster in future. “Cleaner automobiles from cleaner factories” is the goal. Audi started producing automobiles at its Ingolstadt plant entirely with green electricity six years ago and inaugurated its eco-friendly topcoat paint shop in 2016. Start-up initiatives and Hackathon events generate new, innovative ideas and creative solutions for the challenges of the future.
The Ingolstadt plant has been home to production of the Audi A3 and Audi A4 bestselling models for many years. The compact SUV Audi Q2 and the new Audi A5 have proven a resounding success for the past two years. The product portfolio continues to grow, supplemented with hybrid and electric cars. For three years now, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron and the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron have been built with the same cycle times and on the same line as the classic A3 model line. In fall 2017, the Ingolstadt plant extended its eco-friendly portfolio to include the Audi A4 Avant g-tron and the Audi A5 Sportback g-tron. At the beginning of the next decade, two electric cars are planned for Ingolstadt. A clear commitment to the headquarters site.