AUDI HUNGARIA Zrt. develops and produces powertrains for AUDI AG and other companies of the Volkswagen Group in Győr, Hungary. The Audi Hungaria automobile plant, which covers the complete production process, has been in operation since 2013.
Since its founding in 1993, Audi Hungaria has developed into one of the country’s largest exporters and most profitable companies. At the same time, Audi Hungaria is also one of the largest foreign investors in Hungary, and with 12,226 employees as of December 31, 2020 the region’s largest employer.
Audi Hungaria produced a total of 1,661,599 powertrains and 155,157 cars in Győr last year. The site has been producing powertrains for the Audi and Volkswagen Group since 1994. Since then the company has become one of the world’s largest engine plants.
- Some 5,500 employees produce powertrains for 37 Volkswagen Group production locations.
- Of the 1,661,599 engines produced in 2020, 1,211,769 were three- and four-cylinder gasoline or diesel engines.
- The employees also produced 11,007 five-cylinder gasoline engines as well as 241,295 six-cylinder gasoline engines, 95,438 six-cylinder diesel engines and 14,747 eight-- and ten-cylinder engines. 87,343 electric axle drive units were also manufactured in Győr.
Audi Hungaria built five different gasoline and three different diesel engine variants as well as one electric drive family in 2020, with power outputs ranging from 63 kW (86 PS) to 470 kW (639 PS).
- Series production of the performance engine family began at Audi Hungaria in June 2020. The new electric motors are installed in the Audi e-tron S models. The S models of the Audi e-tron and Audi e-tron Sportback are equipped with three Győr electric motors, two of which on the rear axle, for a total of 370 kW of boost output and 973 Nm (717.6 lb-ft) of torque.
- In July 2020, Audi Hungaria employees produced the 38 millionth powertrain. The four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI global engine was installed in an Audi Q3 model. This third-generation member of the engine family has been produced in Győr since 2019, has an output of 231 PS (170 kW) and is the most powerful engine in its class.
- The new generation of the 2.0 liter TFSI engine has since been introduced. This engine type was voted the 2019 “International Engine of the Year in the 150–250 PS category. The four-cylinder is one of the most flexible and versatile engines ever developed.
- Győr also began producing the V6 TDI version of the new generation Evo 3 engines in 2020.
Electric axle drives have been produced in Győr since 2018 and account for a rapidly rising share of production.
2020 saw the daily capacity ramped up to 720 electric drives per day. For the production of electric motors, Audi Hungaria installed innovative production equipment and islands within just one year. The Electric Motor Development and Production Planning areas collaborated closely with the Engine Startup Center in Győr to develop the required expertise. The employees underwent further training at the Production Technology Center for electric motors to become electrical experts.
For ten years now, the Győr Engine Startup Center has supported engine projects from the entire Volkswagen Group from start to series production. Production, production planning and design work hand-in-hand from the early phase of the development process. The Engine Startup Center builds test and pre-series engines and analyses new engines and production technologies to ensure the smooth transition from the development phase to series production.
Automobiles have now been produced in Győr for over 20 years. Automobile production at Audi Hungaria began in 1998 with series production of various Audi TT models. Production of the second-generation Audi TT Coupé and Audi TT Roadster began in Győr in 2006.
In June 2013, the series production of the Audi A3 Sedan began with full depth of manufacturing; the Audi A3 Cabriolet followed in October. Production of the third-generation Audi TT Coupé and Audi TT Roadster began in Győr in 2014. The one-millionth car was produced at Audi Hungaria in 2016. The 500,000th car built entirely in Győr rolled off the line in October 2017. Production of the first SUV started in 2018: the second generation of the Audi Q3 model. A 150,000 square meter (1.614,586.6 sq ft) body shop with 1,700 robots was built to produce the new model.
Besides the sporty Q variants of the Győr product portfolio, the Audi RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback, Audi Hungaria also began series production of the Q3 and Q3 Sportback models with a mild hybrid drivetrain (MHEV, Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles). Both models feature a Győr 1.5-liter TFSI engine in combination with a 48-volt main electrical system and a belt alternator starter (BAS). The first plug-in hybrid vehicle from Audi Hungaria, a turbo blue Audi Q3 Sportback, rolled off the line in early December 2020. The plug-in hybrid technology is based on the combination of a classic combustion engine with an electric motor that draws its energy from a lithium-ion battery.
The company has integrated production of the plug-in hybrids into the existing production process. New equipment and robots for the production of the new and modified body parts have been installed in the body shop. The assembly shop includes a new, PHEV-specific workstation where the charging port, for example, is installed. There is a constant focus on ergonomic workplace design. Lifting gear is used for the installation of the high-voltage battery and fuel tank, for example.
Audi Hungaria provided 1,500 employees with theoretical and practical training to prepare them for the production of the PHEV models. In addition, numerous Hungarian employees were able to glean valuable experience by supporting the production of the Audi e-tron in Brussels, the Volkswagen ID.3 in Zwickau and the ramp-up of the Seat Leon PHEV in Martorell.
Despite corona, the company was able to produce a large number of automobiles in 2020. Audi Hungaria built a total of 155,157 automobiles last year.
- 94,659 units of the Audi Q3 accounted for the largest share by volume, followed by 47,232 units of the Q3 Sportback. Audi Hungaria produced 6,793 Audi TT Coupé and 1,853 Audi TT Roadster models. In 2020, 4,620 units of the Audi A3 Cabriolet came off the production line and 6,986 units of the A3 Sedan, which have been produced here in partnership with the Ingolstadt plant since March.
- The Audi Q3 Sportback, which was introduced just a few months ago, won in its category “Compact SUVs/Cross-Country Vehicles” for the “Best Cars 2020” readers’ choice award.
The 1.5 millionth car also rolled off the line in 2020: an Audi Q3 Sportback MHEV in dark burgundy, pearl effect.