In 2021, the Audi Group produced a total of 1,640,378 cars at 21 production sites in 13 countries. The company saw increased production at the plants in Győr, Hungary (+10.2 percent), and Brussels, Belgium (+4.0 percent). The greatest gains were made in San José Chiapa in Mexico. At the plant in the Mexican state of Puebla,137,634 Audi cars rolled off the line in 2021 (2020: 124, 298), an increase of 10.7 percent. At its German sites, Audi produced a total of 458,746 cars in 2021 (2020: 495,325), a decline of 7.4 percent over the previous year, which was in part due to the shortage of semiconductors. The Ingolstadt site manufactured 285,958 cars in 2021 (2020: 337,834), while 145,092 premium models rolled off the line at the plant in Neckarsulm (2020: 157,230). In the key single market of China 607,008 cars were produced in 2021.
Production of electric cars up 81 percent
With the electrification of Audi’s fleet gathering speed last year, the company’s plants are working on the gradual transition to electromobility. For one thing, the Audi Q4 e-tron celebrated its premiere in Zwickau. In March, production of the first fully electric SUV began at one German site. By the end of the year, 27,696 Audi cars were manufactured in Saxony. The percentage of fully electric and plug-in hybrids in Audi’s overall production climbed significantly in 2021 to 10.7 percent (2020: 6.8 percent). All told, the company with the Four Rings produced 85,379 electric cars between January and December 2021 (2020: 47,174), an increase of 81 percent. By 2025, more than 20 fully electric models and an expanded offer of plug-in hybrids are planned. Moreover, at the company’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, the first electric model based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) will roll off the production line in 2023.
The investments adopted at the end-of-2021 planning meeting underscore this ambitioned e-roadmap:From 2022 to 2026, Audi plans to spend some 18 billion euro on its electrification and hybridization efforts – this means about half of the company’s total investments of approximately 37 billion euro will go toward these future topics. In his function as Board Member for Production and Logistics at AUDI AG, Peter Koessler laid important groundwork for electrification and carbon-neutral production. Koessler, who had held the position since 2017, went into retirement on 1 February 2022. His successor Gerd Walker will now take on the task of advancing Audi’s transition to e-mobility, achieving net carbon-neutral production in all plants by 2025, and continuing to make production more digital and flexible.
Production at Audi sites
Ingolstadt: E-production is around the cornerAUDI AG has been building cars at its headquarters for over 70 years – currently in production are the Audi Q2, Audi A3, Audi A4, and Audi A5 model ranges. In 2021, a total of 285,958 cars were produced in Ingolstadt in 2021 (2020: 337,834). The e-era in Ingolstadt is kicking off with the production of the fully electric Audi Q6 e-tron in 2023.
The parent plant is the Audi Group’s largest site. 10,000 people work in the Technical Development division in Ingolstadt alone. All told, Audi employs 42,436 people at its site on the Danube, among them 1,440 trainees and more than 82 dual students.
By 2025, the Ingolstadt site – along with all other production sites – is slated to become net carbon-neutral as part of Audi’s Mission:Zero environmental program. Ten years ago, Audi began exclusively using green power for car production in Ingolstadt. In 2021, good energy management saved the company some 37,300 megawatt hours of power in addition to reducing carbon emissions by about 1,800 tons.
Not far from the parent plant, a remediated industrial area 75 hectares in size is the future home to the IN-Campus technology park, which will focus on researching and developing future-oriented technologies. The first office spaces in the project house are already crewed. Remediation efforts of the soil on the IN-Campus site finished in 2021; in the same year, contsruction of the Energy Control Center and the funcational building was also completed.
Neckarsulm: On the way to being a fully connected factory
In 2021, Audi made 145,092 Audi A4, Audi A5 Cabriolet, Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, and Audi A4 Sedans in Neckarsulm in 2021 (2020: 157,230). With production of the e-tron GT quattro at Böllinger Höfe, Audi has been creating its first fully electric Audi model at a German factory. The Audi e-tron GT quattro is manufactured alongside the Audi R8 on a joint assembly line that unique throughout the Audi Group. The factory in Neckarsulm has been under the leadership of Fred Schulze since 1 May 2021.
The Audi Neckarsulm site was the first automotive plant in the VW Group to use radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology for digital vehicle identification, an important step on the way to being a fully connected factory. The Automotive Initiative 2025 (AI25) was launched in April 2025. At the educational campus in Heilbronn, the company is working to build the world’s leading network of expertise for digital factory transformation together with the Technical University of Munich and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering and Organization (IAO). The site will become a center of competency for a key technology for electric mobility through development of the high-volt battery. Additionally, a battery testing center, where employees will test new high-voltage storage modules for electric cars, will go into operation in 2023.
Today, the company already employees 15,614 people at the Neckarsulm site (as of 31/12/2021), among them 828 trainees and 49 dual students.
Győr: New production record in Hungary
In Győr in Hungary, Audi Hungaria produces cars and powertrains at the world’s largest engine manufacturing plant. In 2021 alone, 1,620,767 powertrains were made here. In September 2021, the 40 millionth engine was completed in Győr. Audi’s Győr plant singlehandedly supplies 28 VW Group sites with five gasoline and three diesel units as well as a family of e-drives. Since 2018, Audi Hungaria has also been producing electric motors, for example for the Audi e-tron. The 250,000th electric motor rolled off the production line in October of 2021. Right now, a 15,000 square-meter area is being set up in an existing production hall for manufacturing the new e-drives. 550 specialists will be involved in advancing the technical development of e-motors over the coming years. In 2021, the Technical Development unit of Audi Hungaria celebrated its 20th anniversary.
In the same year, 171,015 Audi models rolled off the production line in Győr, more than ever before. Audi Q3 models alone made up 102,833 units, followed by 59, 693 Audi Q3 Sportback models. Of the Q3 models, 20,957 were plug-in hybrids. In May of 2021, a Tango Red Audi Q3 Sportback rolled off the production line, the 250,000th Q3 to be made in Győr. Production of the Audi Q3 in Hungary began in 2018. Additionally, Audi Hungaria also produces the Audi TT Coupé and TT Roadster models.
In 2013, the factory located in the city of 130,000 was expanded into a complete automotive plant. Today, Audi Hungaria is one of Hungary’s most popular and largest employers. On 31 December 2021, the company employed 11,983 people. Audi Hungaria has been carbon neutral since 2020. Europe’s largest photovoltaic system covering about 160,000 square meters contributes to that distinction. Up to 70 percent of Audi Hungaria’s heat requirements are covered by renewable, geothermal energy.
Brussels: Key plant for electromobility
The factory in the Belgian capital was founded in 1949; in November of 2021, the eight millionth car rolled off the line: an Audi e-tron in metallic Glacier White. The Audi e-tron, the brand with the Four Rings’ first fully electric SUV, has been produced in Brussels since the fall of 2018. April 2021 saw the 100,000th model leave the finishing line. In early 2020, mass production of the Audi e-tron Sportback began in Belgium. All told, Audi Brussels produced 43,866 fully electric cars last year.
Furthermore, the Brussels plant is the world’s first carbon-neutral high-volume production facility in the premium segment, as certified by independent experts. 95 percent of the site’s energy needs are met using green power from photovoltaic systems in the region and the supply of heat using renewable energies. The site is a key plant for electromobility within the Audi Group. The Brussels plant has set up its own battery manufacturing facility to produce batteries for the e-tron and e-tron Sportback. Last year, 34 electrical vehicle charging points were installed in employee parking lots around the plant. On 31 December 2021, Audi Brussels employed 2,986 people who work with each other in French, Dutch, or German.
San José Chiapa: Most modern plant on the American continent
Audi’s youngest plant is in San José Chiapa. With production having begun in 2016, the site is the first premium car plant in Mexico and the most modern factory on the American continent.On 30 September 2021, the plant celebrated its fifth anniversary; a total of 700,000 Audi Q5 units were produced there in its first five years. In 2021, 137,634 cars rolled off the line at the plant in southeast Mexico (2020: 124,298). This means the plant nearly reached its annual production capacity of 150,000 units last year despite the devastating shortages of semiconductors. Audi México produces the Audi Q5 for the whole world, except China. Its proximity to the United States is a great advantage of the site in the Mexican state of Puebla. The plant is now also producing the Audi Q5 TFSI e, the first premium plug-in hybrid produced in Mexico.
Starting in 2020, the plant covers all its energy needs for production of the Audi Q5 using renewable energy resources. Audi México employees 5,200 people in San José Chiapa, thus making a significant contribution to the economic development of Mexico and the region. All told, the plant created 20,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Audi in China
New plant for e-cars
A new production site is being built in Changchun, where more than 150,000 electric cars will be produced annually on an area of approximately 150 hectares starting at the end of 2024. It will be the first production site in China where only electric Audi models roll off the line. Initially, three models are slated for production at the site based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), including an electrically driven SUV and an e-limousine. Production at the Changchun site will be carbon neutral and wastewater-free. The newly founded Audi FAW NEV Company, headquartered in Changchun, will be responsible for the new plant. It is the first cooperation company with a majority interest held by Audi in China. Helmtu Stettner is the CEO of the Audi FAW NEV Company.
Seven millionth Audi for China
Audi’s approximately 600 employees coordinate the cooperation between AUDI AG and its partners, the joint venture FAW-Volkswagen based in Changchun, and, since 2021, SAIC Volkswagen in Anting/Schanghai. In 2021 in China and Hong Kong, Audi delivered 701,289 cars. In July of 2021, the seven millionth Audi was delivered in China.
Audi models for the Chinese market – produced at five sites
Audi produces the Audi A4 L, A6 L, A6 L TFSIe, Q5 L, Q5 L Sportback, and e-tron ranges for the Chinese market in Changchun, a city of 7.7 million inhabitants in the People’s Republic’s northwest region. In Foshan in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, the Audi Q2 L and the Q2 L e-tron roll off the line for the local market. The Audi Q3 and Audi Q3 Sportback come from the seaport Tianjin southeast of Beijing. In Qingdao, a city of nine million on China’s Yellow sea, lies the newest FAW-VW production site. Production of the A3 Sportback, the A3 Sedan, and the high-voltage batteries used in the VW eBora and the Q2 L e-tron began here in 2020 2021 marked the first time that Audi cars were produced by SAIC Volkswagen in Anting near Schanghai – the Audi Q5 e-tron and Audi A7 L are both exclusively available on the Chinese market.
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Zwickau: Audi Q4 e-tron gets the checkered flag
In March of 2021, the age of electromobility began for Audi in Zwickau, when production began there on the fully electric Audi Q4 e-tron. The Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron followed suit that summer. The plant produced a total of 27,788 cars by the end of 2021. Zwickau is the birthplace of Audi. In 1904, August Horch entered his company A. Horch Motorenwagenwerke AG into the Zwickau commercial registry. Production of VW models began in Saxony in 1990. In recent years, the site has been converted for the production of electric cars.
Brazil: Production to resume in 2022
By mid-2022, production will resume in Sao José dos Pinhais in Curitiba with the next generation of the Audi Q3 and Audi Q3 Sportback, after being put temporarily on hold. Starting in 2015, the Audi Q3’s predecessor and the Audi A3 Sedan were produced in Brazil; after the end of the production cycle of the A3 Sedan in December of 2020, production was halted. The plant in Brazil is the only production site that manufactures Audi models in South America.
Slovakia: Nearly 100,000 cars
Audi has been making the Audi Q7 in Bratislava since 2005; in 2018, the Audi Q8 was added to production at the site. In 2021, 91,937 Audi models were delivered all over the world from the Slovakian capital. All told, more than 6.5 million cars have rolled off the line at Volkswagen Slovakia’s multibrand plant, one of the country’s biggest employers, since 2009.
Russia: Production halted in Kaluga
Previously, Audi manufactured the Audi Q7/SQ7 and Audi Q8/SQ8 in the semi knocked down (SKD) process in Kaluga. This means that the cars were initially fully assembled at Volkswagen Slovakia in Bratislava before being partially disassembled and transported by train to Kaluga as a kit in a container. Following the Russian attack on the Ukraine, Audi has halted production in Russia and ceased exporting to the country on 3 March 2022 until further notice.
India: Supplying the subcontinent
In Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra, Audi produces the Audi A4 Sedan, the Audi A6 Sedan, the Audi Q5, and the Audi Q7. The first cars rolled off the line there in 2007. All cars produced at the Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited plant in Aurangabad are intended exclusively for the Indian market.
Bentley: A new member of the family
Bentley was founded in 1919; by 2030 it aims to become a completely climate-neutral brand for luxury vehicles as well as the market leader in sustainable luxury mobility. The traditional British company joined Volkswagen AG in 1998 and has been a member of the premium group led by Audi since January of 2022. The core of Bentley’s sustainability strategy is its so-called “Five-in-Five” plan, which will see the luxury automaker launch a new fully electric car every year for five years starting in 2025. The headquarters in Crewe in England will be converted into a highly modern production site, a “dream factory”, as CEO Adrian Hallmark put it. The project will cost Bentley £2.5 billion (or approximately three billion euro). Bentley is already a market leader in luxury hybrid cars today, a position the luxury automaker will seek to expand in 2022 by introducing a Flying Spur plug-in hybrid. Bentley expects hybrid cars to make up more than 20 percent of its global sales in 2022. In 2021, Bentley manufactured 14,659 cars, an increase of 31 percent over the previous year (11,206).
Lamborghini: Best year in its history
2021 was the best year in the history of Lamborghini. Global sales jumped to a record 8,405 units for an increase of 13 percent over 2020. Lamborghini is active in 52 markets worldwide – in order of importance: the USA, China, Germany, the UK, and the company’s home market of Italy. Lamborghini experienced growth in all five main markets in 2021. In Germany, Lamborghini delivered 706 cars last year, 16 percent more than in 2020. The most widely sold model globally in 2021 was the super SUV Uruswith 5,021 units sold, followed by the V10 model Huracán with 2,586 and the Aventador (V12 model) with 798 units sold respectively. There are currently 17 models in the Lamborghini range, including numerous special models as well as one-off designs made exclusively to meet customers’ special wishes. Over the next four years, the company will invest more than 1.5 billion euro in its electrification strategy that will make all Lamborghini models available as hybrid cars by 2024. The first hybrid model will be launched in 2023.
Ducati: The USA overtake Italy
2021 was the most successful year in Ducati’s history as well. Ducati delivered more than 59,447 motorbikes all over the world for an increase of 24 percent over the previous and a number never before achieved in the company’s 95 years of history. Ducati made record sales in the USA (9,007), Italy (8,707), Germany (6,107), China (4.901), France (4,352), and the UK (2,941). At 32 percent, growth was especially impressive in the United States, which overtook Italy as the brand’s leading market. In Germany, sales increased by 11 percent, while making a record jump of 50 percent in Australia. The best-selling Ducati bike in 2021 was the Multistrada V4 with 9,957 units sold, followed by the Ducati Scrambler 800 family (9,059) and the Monster (8,734).
2022 will see the launch of nine new models, including the off-road motorbike DesertX with with 21” front and 18” rear wheels. Ducati closed out 2021 with record sales growth of 24 percent over 2020 and 12 percent over 2019. Ducati Motor Deutschland GmbH, which is responsible for sales and brand dealers in Germany, opened its new center in Neuburg near Ingolstadt on 1 January 2022.