With the plant in Brussels, Audi is the only automobile manufacturer with a production facility in the heart of Europe. Close to the European Parliament, the site in Brussels offers ideal conditions for the production of strategically important models of the Audi family. The success factors of Audi Brussels are the highly qualified and experienced workforce, easy access to highways and rail transport, and good relations to the institutions based in the city. Audi Brussels is actively involved in the dialog with international, national and regional authorities.
In the plant’s history of more than 60 years, the Audi A1 is the first model to be produced exclusively in the European capital. Before the plant was taken over by AUDI AG in 2007, it had belonged to VOLKSWAGEN AG since 1970 and produced various models of the Volkswagen Group. Since being taken over by AUDI AG, the Brussels facility has assumed an important role in the Audi Group and now employs 2,513 people. The start of production of the Audi A1 in 2010 marked the beginning of a new era. Audi Brussels expanded its production in 2011 with the addition of the Audi A1 Sportback* and in 2014 with the Audi S1* and Audi S1 Sportback* models. In 2012, Audi Brussels produced the Audi A1 quattro as a special model in a limited edition.
Starting in 2018, Audi Brussels will exclusively produce the first battery-electric SUV from the brand with the Four Rings for the world market. The Audi e-tron quattro concept presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show gives a concrete outlook onto the series-production car. The sporty SUV fits into the product portfolio between the Audi Q7 and the Audi Q5. Equipped with a long-range battery and three electric motors, the Audi e-tron-Modell offers a maximum of sportiness, driving dynamics and efficiency. A range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) and quick-charging ability give it full everyday practicality. Since taking over the plant, Audi has invested more than 600 million euros in equipment and infrastructure. Further substantial investment is planned for the coming years.
In addition to good collaboration with the trade unions, Audi also invests in education and training. For example, Audi Brussels has cooperation agreements with the partner colleges “KTA Pro Technica Halle” and “Don Bosco Woluwe Saint-Pierre.” Since June 2010, Audi Brussels has offered the possibility to do guided tours of the plant. Approximately 14,000 visitors experienced production of the Audi A1* close up in 2015.