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The Audi Group – with the two brands Audi and Lamborghini – is one of the world’s most successful car manufacturers in the premium segment.
Vehicles from the Audi brand boast technological innovations, state-of-the-art design and high-quality workmanship, enthralling customers around the world. The essence of the brand, “Vorsprung durch Technik”, embodies the company’s pledge to satisfy the high expectations of its customers in every respect and, in so doing, focuses on the sustainability of its technological solutions. This brand identity is made real for the customer through the wide range of models, a factor that, in 2008, also enabled the brand with the four rings to further consolidate its strong position on the world’s car markets.
In the past fiscal year, unit sales were up 4.1 percent on the prior-year figure to 1,003,469 cars. This made 2008 the 13th record-breaking year in a row for the brand with the four rings, which sold over one million premium vehicles for the first time in its history.
|Sales of Audi vehicles by region in 2007|
|Europe without Germany||451,566||45.0%|
|China (incl. Hongkong)||119,598||11.9%|
The Italian brand Lamborghini upholds a long tradition in the segment for super sports cars. Yet the fascination generated by its unique and uncompromising vehicles remains as strong as ever. Indeed, during the last financial year, the company sold 2,430 vehicles, its best-ever result.
The headquarters of the Audi Group is located in Ingolstadt. Besides Technical Development, this is also the location of Sales, Administration and many production departments. The highly popular A3, A3 Sportback, A4 Sedan and Avant are all built in Ingolstadt, as are the A5 Coupé and the particularly sporty model versions: S3, S3 Sportback, S4 Sedan, S4 Avant, A4 allroad quattro and S5 Coupé. Series production of the new Audi Q5 commenced in 2008. In addition, the Ingolstadt plant builds the body shells for the TT Coupé and Roadster and the A3 Cabriolet.
In Neckarsulm, the second German site, AUDI AG builds the A4 Sedan, A5 Cabriolet, A6 Sedan, A6 Avant, A6 allroad quattro and the A8 luxury sedan, together with the particularly high-performance derivative models S5 Cabriolet, S6 Sedan, S6 Avant, S8 and A8 W12.
quattro GmbH, which is also located in Neckarsulm, is responsible for the extremely challenging manufacture of the Audi R8 mid-engined sports car and production of the high-performance vehicles the Audi RS 6 Sedan and Avant and the Audi Q7 V12 TDITDISynonymous with muscular torque delivery and outstanding efficiency: TDI. Today, TDI engines are sporty, smooth and economical.TDI quattro. The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AUDI AG, furthermore offers an attractive range of individualisation options for all Audi models (e.g. S line, Audi exclusive) and sells high-quality lifestyle articles based around the brand with the four rings.
International production locations
AUDI BRUSSELS S.A./N.V. (Brussels, Belgium), which has been part of the Audi manufacturing network since March 2007, currently builds the Audi A3 and, on behalf of Volkswagen AG, the VW Polo.
At the Hungarian plant in Győr, AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. develops and manufactures engines for AUDI AG, other companies of the Volkswagen Group and third parties. It also builds the Coupé and Roadster versions of the Audi TT and Audi TTS, as well as the A3 Cabriolet in conjunction with the Ingolstadt plant. The firm has become one of the country’s largest exporters and most profitable companies.
The region of Bologna in Italy is home to Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., which manufactures the super sports cars Gallardo LP 560-4, Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder, Murciélago LP 640 Coupé and Murciélago LP 640 Roadster.
In Italy, VOLKSWAGEN GROUP ITALIA S.P.A., which is headquartered in Verona, sells vehicles built by the Audi brand. The subsidiary of Automobili Lamborghini Holding S.p.A. also sells cars built by the other Volkswagen Group brands, as do the subsidiaries Audi Volkswagen Middle East FZE, headquartered in Dubai, and Audi Volkswagen Korea Ltd., which has its head office in Seoul.
In addition to this, the Audi Group operates further sales subsidiaries in all key markets.
The largest shareholder of AUDI AG is Volkswagen AG, which currently holds over 99 percent of the share capital. A control and profit-transfer agreement exists between the two companies. Volkswagen AG includes the consolidated accounts of AUDI AG in its own consolidated financial statements.
There are furthermore profit-transfer agreements in place between AUDI AG and its key subsidiaries in Germany.
The Audi Group can look back on healthy and sustainable growth during recent years. Despite a difficult economic environment, the company increased its revenue to EUR 34.2 billion in 2008 and, with an operating profit of 2.8 billion, recorded the best fiscal year in its lengthy history
Current financial reports
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