Audi inaugurated the engine plant in Győr in October 1994. With this plant, the company not only secured its international competitiveness, but also created a strategic site in Hungary that increasingly gained importance. Meanwhile, nearly the entire range of Audi engines comes from Győr.
Engine production started with the four-cylinder five-valve engine with 1.8 liters displacement, which had been designed as both a naturally aspirated and a turbo-charged engine. Since 1998, V-engines with displacements of 2.5, 2.8 and 3.0 liters have also been produced in Győr. In late 1997, series production started of eight-cylinder engines with a displacement of 4.2 liters.
The product range grew in 2002 with a new generation of gasoline engines with direct gasoline injection (FSI). Two years later, the con-rod production line for four-cylinder diesel engines went into operation. With the 5.2-liter ten-cylinder gasoline engine with FSI technology, Audi Hungaria launched a particularly powerful engine in April 2006. Another milestone followed in the same year: With the Audi Valvelift System, the company presented a future-oriented, highly efficient and surprisingly simple method of valve timing.
Audi Hungaria surprised observers in October 2007 when series production of the new four-cylinder common-rail engines started. Common-rail fuel injection allows Audi and Volkswagen to expand their range of TDI engines offering high torque in combination with low fuel consumption and emissions. In September 2008, production started of the 6.0-liter twelve-cylinder TDI engines.
In addition to series-produced engines, test engines have been built in Győr since 2010.
In the year 2014, production started of the V6 TDI crankshaft and the nine-millionth four-cylinder toothed-belt gasoline engine rolled off the production line. Furthermore, the new 3.0 V6 TDI engine produced in Győr was presented at the Vienna Engine Symposium.
The engines produced in 2015 included 1,538,933 four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines and 7,711 five-cylinder gasoline engines. And in 2015, Audi Hungaria produced 435,636 six-cylinder engines and a total of 40,240 eight-, ten- and twelve-cylinder engines.
In 2015, Audi produced six different gasoline engines and three different diesel engines in 202 versions in Hungary, from 63 kilowatts (86 horsepower) to 449 kW (610 hp). Approximately 6,000 employees produce more than 8,800 engines a day. The Győr engine factory supplies 32 plants of the Volkswagen Group on three continents. Last year, the 2.5-liter TFSI engine produced by Audi Hungaria was voted “International Engine of the Year” in the 2- to 2.5-liter category. The five-cylinder engine has now won the award six times in succession.
2015 was also an anniversary year in engine production. In September, the four-millionth global engine was produced: an inline gasoline TFSI engine. In November, engine production celebrated a double anniversary: The employees of Audi Hungaria produced the three-millionth V6 gasoline TFSI engine and the one-millionth engine of the family of 1.2-liter and 1.4-liter inline gasoline engines.
Series production of the various models of the Audi TT started in April 1998. As of April 2006, the second generation of the Audi TT Coupe* was assembled in Győr, followed by the second generation of the Audi TT Roadster* in November 2006. The Audi TT models of the first and second generation were genuine joint products: The body shop and paint shop were located at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt, while assembly took place in a hall with floor space of 35,000 square meters (377 square feet) at the plant in Győr.
Due to the great success of the Audi A3* and the launch of the new Audi A4*, AUDI AG transferred part of the A3 production from Ingolstadt to Győr. Assembly of the Audi A3 started in April 2001. By April 2003, the Hungarian workforce had produced a total of 36,458 Audi A3 and S3* models. From November 2007 until April 2013, the first generation of the Audi A3 Cabriolet* was also produced in Győr. And from 2010 until 2012, the Hungarian plant also produced the Audi RS 3*. Series production of the new Audi A3 Sedan began in June 2013, followed by the second generation of the A3 Cabriolet in October; both cars are produced with the complete production chain.
In July 2014, series production started of the third-generation Audi TT Coupe, followed in November by the Audi TT Roadster. After the successful ramp-up of the two Audi A3 models and the Audi TT Coupe, the Audi TT Roadster is the fourth model to go into series production with complete depth of manufacturing at the new plant. With the start of series production of the third generation of the Audi TT Coupe, the company introduced three-shift operation at the car plant.
In 2015, Audi Hungaria produced a total of 160,206 automobiles. At present, more than 4,200 people are employed in automobile production.
Within the framework of a Group-wide site analysis in Central and Eastern Europe, AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. was selected for the implementation of a Toolmaking department in 2005. With investment of approximately €40 million, Audi Hungaria set up a production hall with a floor surface of 18,000 square meters and facilities for a press shop and body shop. The highly efficient equipment installed includes large-scale presses with a maximum press force of 25,000 kilonewtons and a maximum tool weight of 50 tons.
The Toolmaking department began as a manufacturer of body parts for vehicles built in small series already in mid-2005 with preparations for production of the Audi RS 4*, one of the top models of AUDI AG. Since 2006, the Hungarian workforce in the small-series production of the Toolmaking department has produced numerous body parts for the Audi R8*, since 2008 for the Audi RS 6* and since 2010 for the RS 5*. At present, parts are manufactured for more than 20 automobile projects running in parallel.
The Toolmaking department is active not only for the Audi Group, but also for other brands of the Volkswagen Group. In addition, the toolmakers manufacture a special product group made of stainless steel, which is installed in five different Audi models. At present, approximately 600 people work in Toolmaking at Audi Hungaria.
In 2011, the Toolmaking department grew by 10,000 square meters, creating more capacity. In 2013, new presses were added, along with a 3D laser cutting machine and a logistics surface of more than 1,300 square meters, which was expanded by another 5,400 square meters in 2014. The company created 60 new jobs in the expanded Toolmaking department in 2014. In 2015, Audi Hungaria celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Toolmaking department.