An automobile drives off the assembly lines every 30 seconds, or more than 2,500 Audi models a day. Last year’s highlight was the new Audi A4* – the ninth generation of this successful model. The Audi A4 has been a top seller for many years: with approximately twelve million units sold since 1972. it is the bestselling Audi of all time. The parallel ramp-up of the Audi A4 Sedan and the Audi A4 Avant* is unique in the plant’s history. A clear commitment to the site in Ingolstadt is the decision to produce a completely new model at the headquarters site: the Audi Q2* will be made in Ingolstadt. This new, small SUV had its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. It is to be produced on the A3 line and is the thirteenth model series at Audi. Following extensive alterations at the plant, the ramp-up of production is progressing at full speed. The other models produced in Ingolstadt at the Audi A3*, Audi A3 Sportback e-tron*, Audi A3 Sportback g-tron, Audi A4*, Audi A5*, and the Audi Q2 and Audi Q5* and their variants. A total of ten new starts of production in 2016 include the Audi Q2 and the Audi A4 allroad*.
Audi Ingolstadt is connected worldwide and is the technologically leading plant in the Group. This is where ideas are born and where Audi engineers develop new models, research into innovative technologies and draft the special Audi design. As the region’s biggest employer, Audi assumes responsibility for the region. The automobile manufacturer is the economic engine and the driving force for culture, science and sport in the region.
Audi can look back on an eventful and successful year 2015: 1.8 million new Audi models are in customers’ hands, a new sales record. Worldwide, 84,435 people work for the Four Rings (December 31, 2015), a new employment record. In 2016, Audi is setting its course for future growth: Investment in property, plant and equipment of more than €3 billion is planned. Furthermore, additional experts will again be recruited in the field of future technologies in 2016. The company is systematically pursuing a course of international expansion and is further expanding its production network. The sites in Germany form the backbone for the Group’s international success. Half of the investment will therefore take place at the sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm.
The investment site in Ingolstadt combines four sites into one – the plant in Ingolstadt, the test grounds in Neustadt, manufacturing in Münchsmünster and the high-tech area in Neuburg. In addition to investing in the new models Audi A4/A4 Avant* and Audi Q2*, the Ingolstadt plant is continually being further modernized; for example with a new paint shop, a new design center and an office complex for 2,500 employees.
The Audi site in Ingolstadt has been growing for many years. Expansion in the region is necessary, as the space available at the headquarters site is limited. Due to the good transport connections, a new Audi manufacturing facility has been created in Münchsmünster. The 48-hectare (118 acre) site is located approximately 30 kilometers east of Ingolstadt. A competence center is located there on a site of 31 hectares for the production of die-cast aluminum structural parts, hot- and cold-formed pressed parts and suspension components. Production is now running at full speed with more than 700 employees working three shifts. In the manufacturing of structural parts for example, more than 220,000 components were produce in 2015, such as the shock-absorber mountings for den new Audi A4. All wheel hubs and brake discs produced by Audi in suspension-component manufacturing now come from Münchsmünster. In the new press shop, employees now work with a fully automatic laser linking system and an ultramodern strip-cutting machine.
Audi Neuburg is a new high-tech area in Neuburg an der Donau. This 47-hectare (116-acre) site is approximately 18 kilometers west of Ingolstadt and accommodates the Audi driving experience and Audi Sport. Audi Neuburg has attracted great interest; a total of 27,000 guests visited the area in 2015. 13,000 of them took part in Audi driving experience training – on and off road or on the handling course. The Motorsport Competence Center is the headquarters of Audi Sport and Audi Sport Customer Racing. This is where the motorsport team organizes and coordinates all the worldwide racing activities and the customer-sport involvement in GT sport. The Audi racing cars for motorsport are designed, developed and constructed here; the engines for motorsport continue to be supplied from Neckarsulm. 460 people work in Neuburg: 350 Audi employees and 110 employees of partner companies.
The course was set for the future of Ingolstadt in 2015: Audi acquired a plot of land in the east of the city that previously belonged to Bayernoil through a joint venture with the city of Ingolstadt. IN-Campus GmbH is remediating this 75-hectare (185-acre) industrial wasteland and will transform it into an ultramodern technology center. IN‑Campus is an important project for the future of Audi and the region. and is part of the answer to the future challenges facing the automobile industry.