Audi can look back on an eventful and successful year 2015: Customers took delivery of 1.8 million new Audi models, setting a new record for unit sales. In Europe and China, Audi confirmed its position as the most successful premium brand; in the United States, the Four Rings grew twice as fast as the overall market. Worldwide, almost 88,000 people work for the Audi Group (87.990 as of September 30, 2016), a new employment record. At the site in Ingolstadt, the company has more than 44,000 employees (44,621 as September 30, 2016), and more than 16,000 employees at the site in Neckarsulm (16,610 as of March 31, 2015).
Investment in the future remains at a high level: In 2016, Audi is setting the course for future growth. Capital expenditure of more than €3 billion is planned for new models and future technologies in order to develop the strong position of the Audi brand. The automobile manufacturer is systematically following its course of expansion international and is further expanding its worldwide production network. “Made by Audi” is the principle: The Audi production system has high, uniform quality standards worldwide. There are meanwhile 14 production sites in twelve countries, including Brazil since 2015 and Mexico in the second half of the year 2016. In addition, there is the Lamborghini plant in Italy and three sites of Ducati for the production of motorcycles.
An extensive model rotation is about to take place at the international production sites-the Audi A1 will be produced in Martorell, Spain, and the Audi Q3 in Györ, Hungary. This reassignment of the plants stands for more efficiency and synergy in production; important key competencies will be brought together. The Audi production network is thus ready for the mobility of the future: Audi is continuing with the electrification of its model range and is utilizing the potential of the module system. In 2018, the first purely electric SUV will go into large-series production with a range of more than 500 kilometers, built by Audi Brussels in Belgium. The model initiative continues at high speed: More than 20 new or upgraded models will be launched in 2016. Audi is opening up a completely new market segment with the new Audi Q2 compact SUV, which will be produced in Ingolstadt. In the strategic areas for the future of digitization and electric mobility, Audi is recruiting 1,200 new experts and 800 apprentices in Germany alone.
Strong domestic sites are a precondition for international success-a clear commitment from Audi. Half of the planned investment will therefore flow into the German sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. Audi Ingolstadt is the Group’s biggest production site and the second‑largest car plant in Europe with more than half a million automobiles produced in a year. This is a combination of four sites in one-the Ingolstadt plant, the Audi Neustadt test grounds, the Münchsmünster production facility and the high‑tech area Audi Neuburg. In addition to the investment in the new models Audi A4/A4 Avant and Audi Q2, the plant in Ingolstadt will be continually further modernized, for example with a new paint shop, a new design center and an office complex for 2,500 employees. Audi set the course for the future of the site in 2015: Through a joint venture with the city of Ingolstadt, the company acquired the former site of the company Bayernoil in the east of the city. The 75‑hectare (185-acre) industrial wasteland will be remediated and developed into a modern technology center. The IN‑Campus is a key project for the future of Audi and the region, and is an answer to the future challenges facing the automotive industry. Audi Neckarsulm is one of the most complex automobile plants in Europe and one of the sites in the Volkswagen Group with the biggest product diversity. The plant has been expanded with an area in the Böllinger Höfe industrial park in Heilbronn: In addition to a logistics center, Audi has the factory of quattro GmbH, there, where the Audi R8 high-performance sports car is built.