AUDI AG continued to grow in September: With around 170,900 cars, the company increased its deliveries worldwide by 6.8 percent. Sales in the Americas rose by 11.9 percent, while the brand’s business in Europe increased by 8.8 percent. Thanks also to the strong start of the new Audi Q7, the four rings saw its best ever September sales in company history in Europe with almost 80,000 units. Since the start of the year, the global sales of the Ingolstadt based company have increased by 3.8 percent across all models to around 1,347,950 units.
Dietmar Voggenreiter (46) is to take over the position of Board of Management Member for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG as of November 1. He will succeed in that position to Luca de Meo (48), who will move to SEAT as the new CEO. Under the leadership of Voggenreiter, who has managed the China business for nine years, unit sales in the country increased by six hundred percent to the number of 579,000 cars delivered in 2014.
Every customer in Germany can find out quickly and easily about his or her Audi being affected by irregularities relating to the software used. The car’s chassis number only has to be entered on the website www.audi.de. Customers can then immediately see whether the car is affected. In the coming week, this function will also be available in the worldwide markets via national Audi websites.
Alternatively, customers can already find out whether their cars are affected through their Audi dealers or the national customer-support organization. In parallel, technical solutions are being prepared with which Audi models will be retrofitted. This service action will be presented to the responsible authorities later in October.
At the eleventh International Symposium on Automotive Lighting (ISAL 2015), Audi presenters will offer insights into the lighting technology of the future. The congress begins on September 28, 2015 in Darmstadt. After the keynote address by Shuji Nakamura, the 2014 Nobel Prize winner for physics, Audi guest speakers will give presentations on the latest trends and developments at this largest and most influential conference for automotive lighting technology. The next step in automotive lighting technology is also being shown in the latest IAA concept car with the new Matrix OLED technology.
A crucial breakthrough has been achieved at the International Motor Show (IAA) in establishing the legal framework of piloted driving and parking. Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt presented his national strategy for this key technology on Wednesday in Frankfurt. He also welcomed EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and the transport ministers of the other G7 nations. Using the new Audi A4 and the concept car “Jack,” he presented the current state of driver assist systems to the visitors. The Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, Prof. Rupert Stadler, advocated “seizing this unique chance to save 900,000 lives per year, since more than 90% of all traffic accidents are caused by human error.”
260 kW (354 hp), 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 4.7 seconds – Audi launches the new S4* and S4 Avant* at the IAA in Frankfurt am Main. The top models from the A4 series are ahead of the competition – with intelligent lightweight design, powerful engines, and an extensive package of the latest technologies.
At the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA), which begins today in Frankfurt am Main, Audi is presenting many different new products. The main focus is on the new A4 model line and the near-production Audi e-tron quattro concept car – a sporty SUV with an all-electric drive. The company is also offering visitors glimpses of the future in four of the brand’s focal themes – Audi Sport, quattro, Audi Technologies and Audi ultra – and is presenting the entire range of its drive system concepts.
Flow-enhanced design with a drag coefficient of 0.25; a powerful, all-electric e-tron quattro drive with up to 370 kW – Audi is presenting the Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2015 in Frankfurt. The car is the company’s statement about the future of electric mobility: It is sporty, efficient and suitable for everyday use.
Audi is moving quickly to help: the carmaker is making € 1 million in emergency aid available for refugees. The company is using the funds to support aid initiatives at its production sites in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm, Brussels and Győr.
Audi stays firmly on track: despite the more challenging economic climate in many key markets and the forthcoming model changeover in high volume model lines, the company managed to further increase its deliveries in the past month. With 128,650 cars (+2.7%) the brand with the four rings saw its best August sales figures ever. The weaker economic development in markets such as China (-4.1%) or Russia (-15.4%) was offset particularly by the strong demand in Europe (+6.9%) and the Americas (+10.0%). Around 1,177,100 customers worldwide have chosen an Audi since the start of the year, an increase of 3.4 percent.
Audi has once again further developed its armored high-security sedan. At the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main, the premium brand is presenting the most secure Audi ever in the form of the A8 L Security. The car will satisfy the criteria of the class VR 9 ballistic protection standard, currently the most stringent requirements for civilian high-security sedans.
With Audi driver Mattias Ekström leading the drivers’ standings and Audi in the top spot of the manufacturers’ classification, the DTM is returning to Germany. From September 11 to 13, the internationally popular touring car racing series will be visiting the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben.
Audi is further expanding its range of S models. In October, the new SQ5 TDI plus* will arrive at German dealerships with more power and driving pleasure and even more extensive equipment – with 250 kW (340 hp), sport differential and 21-inch wheels.
The new Audi Q7 has been named “Best of the Best” in the German Design Council’s Automotive Brand Contest 2015. The new Audi R8 is being honored in three categories. In addition, the Audi prologue concept cars are receiving “Special Mention” for exceptional innovation. In all, Audi is receiving 16 awards at the fifth edition of the competition.
The European Euro NCAP consortium has awarded the new Audi Q7 with the top grade of five stars for safety. The results for adult protection in frontal and side impact collisions, pedestrian protection and child safety put the current Audi Q7 among the safest cars in its category.
A great day for Audi at Moscow Raceway: Mike Rockenfeller, on delivering a commanding performance in race twelve, gave the brand with the four rings its seventh victory of the season. Mattias Ekström, by taking third place, recaptured the lead of the drivers’ standings. Plus, in the manufacturers’ classification, Audi is the number one again as well following the DTM’s round in Russia.
Audi is once again displaying bold exhibition architecture at the IAA International Motor Show. In place of a traditional convention booth, a multimedia experience space invites visitors to discover Audi’s four key themes at the IAA 2015 with all of their senses: Audi Sport, quattro, Audi Technologies and Audi ultra. The company is therefore constructing a temporary building at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds. Placing the latest edition of Audi’s bestselling model in its center, the architectural showcase will provide spectacular staging for the new Audi A4.
Audi driver Mattias Ekström is aiming for the top step of the podium in the DTM races at Moscow: With a victory at the Red Bull Ring, the Swede had taken the lead in the Championship at the end of July. Now, the Russian round of the internationally popular touring car racing series is on the agenda.
Electric driving at Audi is a pleasure, not a compromise. The brand is demonstrating this with the Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2015 in Frankfurt. The sporty SUV provides an outlook on the brand’s first large-series electric car.
AUDI AG has started the second half of the year with higher sales than in July 2014. Despite forthcoming model changeovers and ongoing difficult conditions in some key markets, the four rings achieved slight sales growth of 1.4 percent in July, taking the total to around 146,100 units. While the Americas (+19.6%) again gathered pace as growth driver for Audi and deliveries continued to increase substantially in Western Europe (+6.1%), sales in the Asia-Pacific region (-9.2%) and Eastern Europe (-3.2%) remained below the prior-year levels. Around 1,048,450 customers worldwide have chosen an Audi since January, 3.5 percent more than one year earlier.
Audi will develop the battery for a purely electrically powered sport utility vehicle on the basis of powerful cell modules from the South Korean suppliers LG Chem and Samsung SDI. The two Audi partners plan to invest in the cell technology in Europe and will supply the Ingolstadt-based car producer from their European plants. The new technology will give drivers of the Audi sport utility vehicle a range of more than 500 kilometers.
At Audi, piloted driving means safe, comfortable driving in partnership. Because of this, the company has been actively involved in the Ko HAF research initiative, which develops standards and solutions for cooperative highly-automated driving. Audi will introduce piloted driving in the next generation of the Audi A8.
Fourth Audi Cup, third title. FC Bayern München is a power throughout preseason tournament at the home Allianz Arena. In the final, the German record league champions beat Real Madrid 1:0 after Robert Lewandowski netted a late goal. In the third place playoff, English representative Tottenham Hotspur beat Italian traditional club AC Milan by 2:0.
AUDI AG, the BMW Group and Daimler AG have agreed with Nokia Corporation that they will acquire its mapping and location services business HERE. The acquisition is intended to secure the long term availability of HERE’s products and services as an open, independent and value creating platform for cloud-based maps and other mobility services accessible to all customers from the automotive industry and other sectors. The three partners will each hold an equal stake in HERE; none of them seeks to acquire a majority interest. Subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities, the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
With an impressive performance in the wet race at Spielberg (Austria) Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) took the lead of the DTM drivers’ standings at the Red Bull Ring. Following a victory on Saturday and third place on Sunday, his team-mate Edoardo Mortara is the runner-up in the standings.
The Audi Group is continuing along its growth path: From January through June, the company delivered more than 900,000 automobiles of the Audi brand to customers worldwide for the first time in a six-month period. At the same time, the Ingolstadt company increased its revenue to €30 billion and its operating profit to €2.9 billion. The company achieved an operating return on sales of 9.8 percent, once again at the upper end of its strategic target corridor of eight to ten percent.
Audi is presenting its next step in automotive lighting technology at the IAA in Frankfurt. The new Matrix OLED lights enable a previously unattainable level of lighting homogeneity, opening up further creative opportunities for design.
Audi is supporting Formula Student Germany (FSG) 2015: The automobile manufacturer is sponsoring four teams in the students’ construction competition. In addition, the company will present the “Audi Vorsprung Award” for the best lightweight construction concept. More than 3,600 students from 34 countries will travel to the Hockenheimring racetrack to be tested in various disciplines and to take part in discussions with experts from the automotive industry.
The new Audi production site in Münchsmünster is approximately 30 kilometers (18.6 mi) east of the main production facility in Ingolstadt. Hot and cold formed pressed parts, high tech chassis components and lightweight aluminum structural components, among others, are being produced here for the new Audi Q7. By 2017, a total of 900 employees will be working at the site and shipping out 26 million parts worldwide annually. The production site in Münchsmünster, the high tech Audi Neuburg complex and the future innovation campus (abbreviated “INCampus”) are making the Audi Ingolstadt site a key force behind growth in Bavaria.
High honors for Luca de Meo, Board Member for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG: The native of Milan (48) joined the Italian Order of Merit at the rank of “Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” yesterday. The honorary title is one of the highest national distinctions in Italy and is bestowed by the president in recognition of outstanding merits in the areas of science, culture, business and social responsibility.
July 15, 2015 – The Audi e gas plant in the city of Werlte in Lower Saxony produces CO2 neutral fuel, and it also contributes toward stabilizing the public power grid. After successfully completing a test sequence, the plant is now qualified for participating in what is known as the electricity balancing market.
Piloted driving at Audi is approaching production readiness at race pace. On one of the world’s most challenging race tracks, the Sonoma Raceway in California, the latest generation of the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept has surpassed previous top performances once again. Audi will be offering piloted driving for the first time in the upcoming generation of the Audi A8.
In front of 31,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) Audi maintained its one-two lead in the DTM drivers’ standings and first place in the DTM manufacturers’ classification. Audi’s man of the race on Sunday was Mattias Ekström, who in the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline shone with a recovery.
Compared with the same period last year, AUDI AG’s worldwide sales from January to June increased by 3.8 percent to around 902,400 cars. For the first time in the company’s history, more than 900,000 customers had already chosen the brand with the four rings by mid year. Even though important model changes are imminent in a number of markets, sales climbed further in all world regions – particularly on the American continent (+12.4%). In June, worldwide deliveries of around 157,450 were slightly above the level of the same month last year (+1.3%).
Fred Schulze (48) is to be the new director of the Audi plant in Ingolstadt as of October 1. He is to move from Neckarsulm, where he currently holds the same position, to the main site of the automobile manufacturer. Schulze will succeed to Peter Kössler (56), who, after eight years as plant director in Ingolstadt, will move to AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. in Győr, Hungary. There, he will succeed to Dr. h.c. Thomas Faustmann (52) as managing director. Dr. Faustmann will be the new director of the Audi plant in Neckarsulm.
Four top teams in the fourth Audi Cup: In the tournament at Munich’s Allianz Arena on August 4 and 5, FC Bayern München, Real Madrid CF, AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur will be playing for the coveted trophy at the beginning of the season. The final day on August 5 is already sold out. Tickets are still available only for the two semi-final matches on August 4. Those unable to secure tickets will be able to watch the soccer stars live on ZDF.
Audi will provide vocational training to even more young people in the future. The company plans to increase its number of apprentices from approximately 2,500 at present to more than 2,700 by 2018. The future specialists will support the company on its growth path, above all with its model and technology initiative. The additional apprenticeships also represent a commitment to the company’s sites in Germany.
In the Audi Production Lab, production planners of the premium manufacturer are working together with experts from various departments of the company on innovative technologies for the production processes of the future. A promising technology is hand projection. In the future, it could support production employees with testing and installing components.
In front of 123,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) Audi defended its lead of the DTM standings. Jamie Green from Audi Sport Team Rosberg remains the front runner in spite of a setback in the race. He has an eleven-point advantage over Mattias Ekström from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, who finished in fourth place after an impressive race.
Audi is taking off for the moon – together with the Part-Time Scientists. Nearly 45 years after NASA’s Apollo 17 completed the last manned mission to the moon, the cooperating partners have selected the old landing site of Apollo 17 as the new target. The group of German engineers in the Part-Time Scientists team is working within the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition to transport an unmanned rover onto the moon. Audi is supporting the Part-Time Scientists with its know-how in several fields of technology – from quattro all-wheel drive and lightweight construction to electric mobility and piloted driving.
The ‘home round’ for the four rings at the Norisring is linked with an aim that will only be achievable with a ‘heavy’ effort. In Nuremberg – only some 90 kilometers away from the headquarters in Ingolstadt – the Audi squad is set on continuing its winning streak in the DTM and clinching its seventh consecutive triumph on June 27 and 28.
Audi has continued its string of podium results in the 24-hour race at Le Mans but missed taking the 14th victory it was aiming for in the world’s most famous endurance race in positions three, four and seven.
At Audi, race cars and production cars have a lot in common in many technical areas – including their controls and displays. The best example is the similarity between the Audi R18 e-tron quattro race car prototype, which will start at the 24 hours of Le Mans this weekend, and the new production Audi R8 sports car. The designs of their steering wheels and digital displays show significant commonalities. The high-performance sports car, which will go on sale late this summer, is part of a sporty model family together with the GT race car, the Audi R8 LMS, and the battery-electric powered Audi R8 e-tron. In its latest evolutionary stage, the Audi R8 offers even more power, speed and endurance.
Audi has set a new record time on the Sachsenring for cars with a diesel engine. The Audi RS 5 TDI competition concept rounded the 3.6 km (2.2 mi) race course in a time of 1 minute 35.35 seconds. The technology platform draws its power from a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo TDI with 320 kW (435 hp) of power and 800 Nm (590.0 lb-ft) of torque. The highlight is an electrically driven compressor.
Audi is set on continuing its string of victories in the world’s toughest endurance race on 13th and 14th June. Five times in succession, the sports cars with the four rings have won the iconic race since 2010. Audi is now battling for an amazing 14th victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the past 16 years. The efficiency technology Audi ultra is a major element of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid sports car’s overall concept this year.
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler sees digitalization as an historic task for society. He emphasized this fact in a speech on Tuesday at the Economic Conference organized by the Economic Council of the CDU. He pointed out that multiple challenges still exist in the field of transport infrastructure so that digital mobility technologies can fulfill their potential.
The Audi Group has published its new Corporate Responsibility Report in which it reports transparently on its targets, activities and key figures in the five core areas of products, the environment, employees, society and finance. The new issue focuses on the future topics of alternative drive systems, digital connectivity and internationalization. In addition, three special online topics examine these megatrends with multimedia content and expert interviews.
Audi is driving in the digital fast lane. The European business network CIONET has chosen Mattias Ulbrich, Head of IT and Organization at AUDI AG, as the “European Chief Information Officer of the Year.” This Thursday, the 48-year-old received the award during the CIO CITY conference in Brussels in front of 170 IT executives from international companies.
Clearer, more informative, faster: Audi Communications is now offering journalists, bloggers and online multipliers a central research platform – the Audi MediaCenter. In future, media representatives will be able to use press releases, photos, videos and other content related to Audi for their editorial work without registration. The online portal at www.audi-mediacenter.com can be easily used on all modern end devices.
A great day for Audi in the DTM: At the Lausitzring, the brand with the four rings celebrated a commanding one-two-three-four victory on Saturday evening and remains unbeaten in the 2015 DTM. Jamie Green in the Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg recaptured the lead of the standings on scoring his second success of the season. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline in positions two, three and four completed Audi’s triumph.
Automobili Lamborghini announces a luxury SUV as a third model to join its product range. The market introduction of the series model is planned for 2018. A concept of the car was first presented as the Lamborghini Urus in 2012 at the Beijing auto show.
Audi is intensifying the expansion of connectivity of its cars in China, according to an announcement by the premium carmaker in advance of the first CES Asia taking place in Shanghai. With Baidu CarLife, Audi will also be offering uncompromising integration of smartphones in its cars in China. A China-specific LTE module, which Audi is developing in a joint venture with Huawei, will deliver fast data transmission.
As the leader of all three classifications (drivers’, manufacturers’ and teams’), Audi heads to the second DTM weekend of the year – with a premiere: On Saturday, May 30, at the Lausitzring, a DTM race will be held on Saturday night for the first time – aired on prime time immediately before the DFB Cup final in Berlin, which is only about 130 kilometers away.
Journalists are experiencing piloted driving in an Audi A7 on the streets of Shanghai as the first Consumer Electronics Show in Asia kicks off. The keynote address and the exhibition booth for the premium brand will focus on the connected car of the future, with infotainment services, new control and display concepts and innovative new light features.
The Audi R8 LMS managed a brilliant 24-hour racing debut by clinching victory at the Nürburgring. Audi only unveiled its GT3 race car ten weeks ago – now the production-based sports car impressed in a tough battle that lasted up to the last hour of the race. In the end, Audi Sport Team WRT with Christopher Mies/Nico Müller/Edward Sandström/Laurens Vanthoor (D/CH/S/B) was 40 seconds faster than the BMW Team Marc VDS.
Audi will be launching innovative technology and concentrated power at the Wörthersee Tour 2015. At the big meeting in Reifnitz, Austria (Carinthia) from May 13 to 16, the premium car brand will be presented the latest race cars, performance cars and production models to its fans along with a very special highlight: the TT clubsport turbo. This technical concept car combines a powerful TFSI engine with an electric biturbo. This means that it leaves its competitors in the dust after only a few meters.
After the best first quarter in the company’s history, Audi also sold more cars in April: around 152,850 deliveries exceeded prior-year sales in April by 2.5 percent. Demand again increased in all regions of the world compared with the same month of the preceding year. AUDI AG’s business developed positively especially on the American continent: deliveries to customers climbed by 12.7 percent. From January to April, global unit sales of the company thus grew by 5.2 percent to around 591,050 premium automobiles.
Wide add-on parts, a powerful rear wing and a power output of 441 kW (600 hp) – the Audi TT clubsport turbo impresses with its power and design. From May 13 to 16, Audi will be showing its technology concept car on the Wörthersee Tour in the Austrian town of Reifnitz. The inspiration for the show car came from the successful Audi 90 IMSA GTO of the late 1980s. A new technology is making its debut under the hood. The car’s electric biturbo adds even more dynamism to the driving experience with its spontaneous response.
Audi presents the most efficient two-liter gasoline engine in its class. The new 2.0 TFSI with 140 kW (190 hp) demonstrates the engine expertise of the brand – with a ground-breaking new combustion method. Audi will be using the engine for the first time in the next generation of the A4.
Audi is systematically extending its lead in the field of connectivity. Through its subsidiary Audi Electronics Venture GmbH (AEV), the brand with the Four Rings has acquired a stake in Cubic Telecom, a global forerunner in M2M technology. Together, Audi and Cubic Telecom intend to develop connectivity solutions for the automobiles of the Audi brand.
Audi is presenting pioneering drive technologies at the 36th Vienna Motor Symposium, which takes place on May 7 and 8, 2015. The focus is on two topics – the new 2.0 TFSI as the most efficient two-liter gasoline engine in its class, and plug-in hybrid drive in the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro.
A brilliant season opener for Audi in the DTM: In the opening round at Hockenheim, Jamie Green (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) took a commanding victory after starting from the pole position. With four Audi RS 5 DTM cars in the top six, Audi left the strongest overall impression as well.
Following the thrilling season opener of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Great Britain, Audi was unbeatable again in Belgium. On the challenging track at Spa, Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) proved their class again on clinching their second victory this season and tenth WEC success in total.
Audi is opening the first International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia with a keynote address. On May 24, Board Chairman Rupert Stadler, Head of Development Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg and Board Member for Sales Luca de Meo will give presentations on innovations in electronics and mega-trends in mobility at the trade show in Shanghai. The brand is also introducing a concept car.
Audi is further extending its lead in automotive lighting technology. In the sponsored project “intelligent laser light for compact and high-resolution adaptive headlights” (iLaS), the brand with the four rings is working on the headlights of the future with partners from industry and science. Matrix Laser technology and its high resolution will make roadway illumination even more flexible and highly versatile – in all situations.
“Vorsprung durch Technik” attracts the experts of tomorrow: This is proven by recent studies by consulting companies trendence* and Universum*. In both rankings, Audi is once again the preferred employer for young engineers in Germany. The company is also increasingly popular with young IT experts. University students have good job opportunities at Audi: This year, the brand with the Four Rings plans to recruit another 6,000 new employees worldwide. A large proportion of them will work on new innovations and will provide support with developing international production facilities.
Audi is extending the engine range for its new TT generation. From July, the compact sports cars will also be available in a 1.8 TFSI version developing 132 kW (180 hp). The new entry level engine version of the Audi TT Coupé* will be available from EUR 32,100 and the TT Roadster* for EUR 34,500.
Audi is providing hands-on experience of sustainable future mobility and continuing its involvement in the German government’s “Electric Mobility Showcase” support program. From mid April, 40 of the Audi A3 Sportback e tron* will take to the roads in three different projects revolving around electric driving.
With an e-tron sales initiative, Audi is paving the way for even more success in China: in 2016 the company will introduce two new models with plug in hybrid drive systems to the market. Both models – the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro and the Audi A6 L e-tron – are having their world premiere at Auto Shanghai. The Audi prologue allroad show car also offers a glimpse into the future of Audi’s design language.
A start of the year made to measure for AUDI AG: With around 438,250 units sold, the brand’s global sales increased in the first quarter by 6.1 percent compared with the same period 2014 – with growth in all regions. The successful start to the year was also helped by the March results. With a plus of 4.4 percent to around 177,950 cars, Audi delivered more automobiles in a single month than ever before. This means that the company with the Four Rings has registered an increase in sales for 63 months in a row.
Audi Sport managed a dream start of the 2015 motorsport year. In the season opener of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Silverstone, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer took victory after a thrilling six-hour race in which the lead kept changing and was fiercely contested.
Alexander Dobrindt satisfied himself of the technical capabilities of the Audi A7 piloted driving concept on Friday. The Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure accepted an invitation from AUDI AG to experience the technology of piloted driving first-hand.
The central driver assistance controller (zFAS) is the core of future systems for piloted driving under development by Audi. This mastermind uses cutting edge, high performance processors and will work its way into the model range step by step in the foreseeable future. It is a key milestone on the road to new, automated driving functions and a demonstration of the pioneering role that Audi is assuming in the field of piloted driving. The technologies specialist Delphi has been awarded the contract for series productions.
The two Audi subsidiaries Lamborghini and Ducati have celebrated a milestone with their joint social project “Dual Education System Italy” (DESI), which has been created in cooperation with the Volkswagen Workforce Foundation, the Italian Ministry for Teaching, Universities and Research, and the Ministry of Education of the region Emilia Romagna. Following the first component of education in a college, the young participants, largely from socially disadvantaged families, are now starting their practical training. For this purpose, Lamborghini and Ducati have set up modern training centers in their plants.
Audi provided the DTM Champion five times in the past eight years. The aim for the 2015 season is clear: another title in the prestigious touring car series. In pursuit of this aim, the brand with the four rings can rely on the support of internationally renowned partners.
With a ‘warm-up’ at the Competence Center Motorsport in Neuburg, Audi Sport officially opened the 2015 motorsport season. On Thursday, about 70 members of international media from 12 nations including China and Russia, experienced an exclusive tour of the new racing department and the first joint appearance of the four Audi racing projects, LMP, DTM, GT racing and the Audi Sport TT Cup.
The countdown has started: today marks the beginning of advance sales for the new Audi Q7, which will be at European dealerships starting in June. The second generation of the prestigious SUV impresses with innovative technology and powerful and efficient engines that make it the CO2 champion of its class. The base price of the Q7 3.0 TDI (200 kW) is 60,900 euros. The 3.0 TFSI is available from 62,900 euros.
Audi is taking piloted driving to model cars: Ten student teams will face off in the Audi Autonomous Driving Cup to find the best piloted model car. Audi provides the hardware – a 1:8-scale Audi Q5* – and the young experts develop the software.
With a new record for deliveries of more than 1.74 million automobiles, Audi for the first time increased its revenue to more than €53 billion in 2014. Operating profit amounted to €5.15 billion and the operating return on sales of 9.6 percent was at the upper end of the strategic target corridor of eight to ten percent. After taking increased financial income into consideration, profit before tax increased to approximately €6 billion. The return on sales before tax was 11.1 percent. By 2020, Audi plans to expand its product range to 60 models. The brand with the Four Rings will therefore invest more than €24 billion in new products and technologies by 2019, and is continually expanding its global production network. Worldwide, the Audi Group plans to recruit more than 6,000 new employees in 2015 to strengthen its workforce with experts as it moves along its strategic growth path. The company intends to deliver more premium cars than in the previous year once again in 2015.
AUDI AG continues to grow: despite the model changeover for the A1* and Q3* in Europe and a shortened sales month in China, the company exceeded prior-year sales in February. Around 122,550 customers opted for the four rings last month, up 4.2 percent. Strong growth was achieved with the now globally available A3 family* (+47.4%) and the latest generation of the A6* (+10.8%). Since the start of the year, worldwide deliveries across all models are up 7.4 percent to around 260,250.
Audi is again running in front. As one of the first automobile manufacturers to do so at the beginning of the 2015 season, the brand with the four rings is presenting a race car that already meets the requirements of the new GT3 regulations to be introduced in 2016. The new Audi R8 LMS is lighter and safer than ever before. It features even more race car technology, clearly improved aerodynamics and, as a result, provides customers with an efficient concept.
Seventh heaven: From March 5 to 15, Audi will be showing seven impressive new models at the International Motor Show in Geneva. Alongside the Audi prologue Avant concept car, the Audi stand at Europe’s biggest auto show of 2015 will also exhibit four new Audi R8 models. The Audi Q7 e tron quattro marks the arrival of the first plug in hybrid in the Q model series. Meanwhile, the Audi RS 3 Sportback sits proudly on the podium as the most powerful premium compact car in the world.
The health of its employees has top priority for Audi. For this reason, at its plant in Neckarsulm, the company is testing a new technology that eases many assembly activities: the so-called “chairless chair.” This high-tech carbon-fiber construction allows employees to sit without a chair. At the same time, it improves their posture and reduces the strain on their legs.
A design with dynamic elegance and the latest high end technologies: The Audi prologue Avant show car with its stretched roof which the brand is presenting at the Geneva Motor Show gives a look into the future – with the new and emotion filled design language that Audi has initiated with its study in the coupé, the prologue.
Audi is revealing the headlights of its new R8* as the first of a number of technology highlights of the top sports car. The R8 uses LED headlights which can be supplemented by a laser high beam lighting module as an option.
Audi is extending its lead in the field of automotive lighting technology with a new lighting competence center at the company’s site in Ingolstadt. Vehicles can be driven into this underground light tunnel, which is 120 meters long and offers new possibilities, especially for the development of innovative lighting solutions and camera-based lighting assistance systems.
Direct cooperation between man and machine: At its main plant in Ingolstadt, Audi has for the first time deployed a robot that works “hand-in-hand” with humans – without a safety barrier and ideally adapted to the employees’ working cycles. It is the first human-robot cooperation at the Volkswagen Group to be applied in final assembly. This innovative technology makes work easier for the assembly employees and makes ergonomic improvements.
AUDI AG has acquired a package of patents relating to fuel-cell technology from Ballard Power Systems Inc. In addition, the Volkswagen Group has extended its cooperation with the Canadian clean energy company until 2019.
Audi has made its best-ever start to the year in company history: delivering around 137,700 units, the Ingolstadt-based company sold 10.3 percent more cars in January than during the same month last year. Following the record-breaking sales in 2014, the four rings once again saw growth in all regions of the world. Growth for the brand was particularly strong in North and South America, with sales up 15.1 percent to 16,200 units. In particular, the popular A3 family (+58.1%) and the new Audi TT (+15.0%) contributed to the successful start to the year worldwide.
The Audi A3 Sportback e tron* is the car with the most stable residual value in its class. That was the conclusion drawn by Auto Bild and market research institute Schwacke. The A3 e tron stands out with the best residual value forecast among the compact cars, receiving the title “Wertmeister 2015”.
The wait is over: The Selection Committee of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) has accepted all nominations submitted by Audi for the 83rd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. As a result, three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars will be competing in the world’s major endurance race on June 13 and 14, 2015, for which Tom Kristensen has been appointed as ‘Grand Marshal’ by the organizer.
The first decision in the 2015 Audi Sport TT Cup has been made. The 18 permanent slots for the season have been awarded. A high-caliber jury that included Audi Sport TT Cup coach Markus Winkelhock, Le Mans winner Marco Werner and the former rally driver Sepp Haider selected 15 young international male and three female drivers.
Further information about the official fuel consumption figures and official, specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide to fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption of new cars,” which is available free of charge from all sales outlets and from DAT (Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH), Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany (http://www.dat.de).