The Audi Group, comprising the two brands Audi and Lamborghini, has for many years been one of the world’s leading carmakers in the premium and supercar segment. Through the acquisition of DUCATI MOTOR HOLDING S.P.A., Bologna (Italy), and its subsidiaries, the Audi Group has moreover since July 2012 been able to offer its customers motorcycles built by one of the most successful manufacturers in that segment.
The core of the Company comprises the Audi brand, whose vehicles delight customers with their outstanding modern design, technological innovations and high build quality. The ambition to fulfill challenging customer expectations with pioneering vehicle concepts is manifested in the brand essence “Vorsprung durch Technik,” which encompasses the brand values sportiness, sophistication and progressiveness.
The brand with the four rings increased its deliveries by 11.7 percent in fiscal 2012 to the record total of 1,455,123 (1,302,659) vehicles.
|AUDI VEHICLE DELIVERIES BY REGION||2012||Share in percent|
|Europe excluding Germany||475,867||32.7|
|China (incl. Hong Kong)||405,838||27.9|
The Italian traditional brand Lamborghini builds exclusive supercars that are the embodiment of technological expertise, captivating design and dynamic handling. In addition to the models of the Audi and Lamborghini brands, the Audi Group supplies vehicles of other Volkswagen Group brands through its sales subsidiaries.
Through the takeover of the Italian brand Ducati, the Audi Group has further raised its profile and now embodies sportiness, innovation, passion and a consistent premium philosophy more strongly than ever.
The Audi Group has its headquarters in Ingolstadt. In addition to Technical Development, Sales and Administration, this location is home to the bulk of manufacturing operations. The Audi A3 and A3 Sportback models, the A4 car line, the A5 Sportback and the A5 Coupé, RS 5 Coupé and Q5 models are built in Ingolstadt. Bodies for the A3 Cabriolet and for the TT car line are also made at the Group’s main location
The Neckarsulm plant is where the A4 Sedan, the A5 and RS 5 Cabriolet models, the A6 car line, the A7 Sportback and the A8 luxury sedan are manufactured. Neckarsulm is also home to quattro GmbH, a fully owned subsidiary of AUDI AG. In addition to attractive high-performance vehicles such as the RS models, quattro GmbH builds the R8 line of supercars at its bespoke manufacturing operations there. The Company also offers an exclusive customization program and high-grade lifestyle articles that embody the spirit of the brand with the four rings.
International production locations
AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft., Győr (Hungary), develops and manufactures engines for AUDI AG, for other Volkswagen Group companies and for third parties. The Coupé and Roadster versions of the Audi TT as well as the A3 Cabriolet are also built there in partnership with the Ingolstadt plant. The early part of 2012 also saw the Hungarian company celebrate the topping-out ceremony for the new auto plant, where a further model of the A3 car line will be built from 2013. Since its founding in 1993, that company has grown to become one of Hungary’s largest exporters and highest-revenue enterprises.
AUDI BRUSSELS S.A./N.V. in Brussels (Belgium) specializes in being the sole plant to build the A1 and A1 Sportback.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., based in the northern Italian town of Sant’Agata Bolognese, manufactures the exclusive Gallardo and Aventador supercar models. The 12-cylinder engines for the Aventador are also built there by Lamborghini.
The Q7 and Q3 SUV models are made at the VW Group manufacturing locations in Bratislava (Slovakia) and Martorell (Spain) respectively.
The joint venture FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd., Changchun (China), produces long-wheelbase versions of the A4 Sedan and A6 Sedan, as well as the Q5, to supply the local market.
In Aurangabad (India), the A4 Sedan, A6 Sedan, Q5 and Q7 models are built for the local market at the VW Group plant.
Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. manufactures motorcycles of the Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Streetfighter and Superbike models in Bologna (Italy). This company also builds Diavel and Monster motorcycles at a plant in Amphur Pluakdaeng (Thailand).
Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg, is the major shareholder of AUDI AG and controls approximately 99.55 percent of the share capital. Volkswagen AG includes the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Audi Group in its own Consolidated Financial Statements. Control and profit transfer agreements exist both between Volkswagen AG and AUDI AG, and between AUDI AG and its principal German subsidiaries.
2012 brought major economic challenges. There was a marked slowdown in global economic growth as the year progressed.
The newly introduced models already stimulated demand in 2012. Thanks to the attractive, sporty product portfolio, over 1.45 million Audi brand vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide in the past fiscal year. That represents an increase of 11.7 percent – or more than 150,000 automobiles – within the space of just one year.
The dynamic sales growth meant that the Audi Group’s revenue rose by 10.6 percent to EUR 48.8 billion. The operating profit just topped the previous year’s figure at EUR 5.4 billion, despite higher expenditure on new products and technologies and significant advance payments towards the expansion of the worldwide production network. The operating return on sales of 11.0 percent was again above the long-term target corridor of eight to ten percent and comes as further evidence of the Company’s sustained high profitability.