Audi has been producing the Audi A1 family exclusively in the European capital of Brussels since 2010. In 2017, around 95,284 automobiles rolled off the production line. Production of the first purely electric-drive SUV from Audi will start in the capital of Belgium this year. The plant now also has its own battery production. Production of the Audi A1* will be transferred from Belgium to Martorell, Spain, during the course of this year.
With the plant in Brussels, Audi is the only car manufacturer with a production location in the heart of Europe. Close to the European Parliament, the Brussels site 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 as well as good relations with the institutions based in the city. Audi Brussels is actively involved in the dialog with international, national and regional authorities.
The Audi A1 is the first model in the plant’s nearly 70-year history 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, producing various models of the Volkswagen Group. Since belonging to AUDI AG, the Brussels facility has assumed an important role in the Audi Group and now employs nearly 3,000 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*. In 2012, Audi Brussels produced the Audi A1 quattro as a special limited-edition model.
Starting this year, Audi Brussels will exclusively produce the first battery-electric SUV from the brand with the four rings for the global market. The Audi e-tron quattro concept presented at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show offered a concrete preview of the production car. It marks the debut of the first all-electric production car from the brand – a sporty SUV with a range suitable for everyday use and the performance of a typical Audi. 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. Audi Brussels started offering factory tours in June 2010. Approximately 15,000 visitors experience production of the Audi A1 close up each year.