Audi México employs over 5,200 people. In August 2018, the first class of 49 apprentices completed their apprenticeship (2015-2018). Each apprentice was offered a permanent employment contract. In 2018, 82 young people started their apprenticeships at Audi México. At present there are three classes of apprentices, with a total of 232 apprentices under contract at the Mexico site. The dual training system is based on the German model and combines theory with practice – making Audi a pioneer in Mexico. Universidad Tecnológica de Puebla (UTP) is the cooperative education partner. The training center has provided optimal conditions for outstanding employee training since its opening in October 2014.
Mexican engineering students can apply for an EMA (Estudiantes Mexicanos en Alemania – Mexican students in Germany) grant in partnership with the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service). The 64 participants from the first four classes have already completed the program and started working at Audi México.
The fifth class with ten participants is currently on assignment in Germany (semester abroad with subsequent internship at Audi). The sixth class kicked off in January 2019 with seven participants.
Numerous awards for the premium SUV attest to the quality of the Audi Q5. It achieved the top score of five stars in the Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) crash test which makes it the benchmark in its vehicle class. The Audi Q5 also beat seven competitors for the
“Golden Steering Wheel” award in the “Large SUV” category. The Audi Q5 took the “Best Buy Award” in the “Compact Luxury SUV” category. The winners were chosen by a panel from Kelley Blue Book, a leading market observer in the United States. The Audi Q5 won the compact SUV category in the Vehicle Dependability Study, the largest German car driver survey, run by international market research institute J.D. Power.
Audi México is focused on smart logistics. The plant is equipped with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) antennas which enable flexible coordination of production and supply chains. Audi México is the first plant in the entire Volkswagen Group to implement this technology for the entire material and container flow. The new plant was built in accordance with applicable Audi standards, including sustainability and environmental protection aspects.
Environmental protection is important to Audi México. The plant is gradually using innovative technologies that reduce water consumption, prevent air pollution and improve recycling. In this way, Audi México became the first Audi site to commission an innovative water treatment system. This collects 100 percent of the wastewater, purifies it and feeds large volumes of clean water back into the plant’s water supply system. Audi México has already planted more than 100,000 trees on 100 hectares in the neighboring county of San José Ozumba to help replenish groundwater.
The Audi Orchestra was established as part of the Esperanza Azteca Initiative in November 2015. The project focuses on children and young people from the region and comprises a choir and an orchestra with a total of 270 members. With this initiative, Audi contributes to the development of children’s cognitive and manual abilities, while also promoting team spirit and developing a sense of belonging between San José Chiapa and Audi.
In collaboration with UNESCO, Audi México organized the inaugural International Forum for Dual Training and Corporate Responsibility – with the aim of promoting education and corporate responsibility. Audi México is also deeply involved in additional initiatives, including Girls Day, the “Verano Audi” summer camp, and numerous health programs in the region. The Audi Habita project aims to make children in the region aware of sustainability issues.
Corporate responsibility is a fixed component of the Audi corporate strategy. The new Audi plant in Mexico, which is the company’s most advanced plant worldwide, stands for environmental, social, and economic sustainability and is therefore actively involved in shaping the future of the region.
Facts and Figures
Chairman of the Board of Management: Abraham Schot
Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Herbert Diess
Employees (AUDI AG): 61,497
Employees (Audi Group): 91,674
Deliveries to customers: 1,812,485 automobiles of the Audi brand
Production: 1,871,386 automobiles (including Lamborghini and CKD)
(all data as of December 31, 2018)
Audi in San José Chiapa
Site: Audi México S.A. de C.V.
Start of production: 2016
Models: Audi Q5, Audi SQ5
Production: 173,734 automobiles
(all data as of December 31, 2018)
Fuel consumption of the models cited and currently available on the market
Fuel consumption of the Audi Q5:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5 – 5.4;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 172 – 142
Fuel consumption of the Audi SQ5:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.8 – 6.6;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 177 – 172
*Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used and chosen equipment level.