Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, and Dr. Bernd Martens, Member of the Board of Management for Procurement, met members of the Brazilian government today on the occasion of announcing the new Audi production site. At that meeting, Stadler named the main reason for the decision: “By producing in Brazil, we will create the basis for further growth in the region.” Stadler also announced that the Sales Department would more than double the size of the dealer network by the end of the decade: “Also in Brazil, our goal is to lead the premium segment.”
Audi is already starting to make preparations to ensure that production begins smoothly in 2015. With production in Brazil, local sourcing should also have a positive impact on the carmaker’s business, explained Audi’s Board of Management Member for Procurement, Dr. Bernd Martens: “For the production of the A3 Sedan, we want to purchase a lot of components locally; we therefore plan to establish close relationships with Brazilian suppliers at an early stage.
By 2015, the company intends to invest around € 150 Mio. to prepare for production at the site in São José dos Pinhais in the federal state of Paraná. As a first step, Audi will produce the new A3 Sedan here starting in 2015. A few months later, the Audi Q3 will also drive off the assembly line in Brazil.
As of 2020, Audi plans to deliver two million cars to its customers worldwide each year. To achieve that target, the company is making large investments at its large production sites in Germany and Hungary. At the same time, Audi is significantly expanding its production network outside Europe. “With today’s decision in favor of Brazil, we are ideally positioned in all BRIC countries,” summarized Audi CEO Stadler. In late 2013, the company will open its second plant in China in Foshan. And by 2016, Audi will also put a new automobile plant into operation in Mexico. With the new plants in Brazil and Mexico, Audi is consistently preparing for further growth worldwide and in particular on the South American continent.