Audi in Germany
AUDI AG - The plant in the heart of the German State of Bavaria, is not only the biggest production facility of AUDI AG, but also home to its head offices and Technical Development division. The Audi A3, A4, A5 and Q5 model series, together with their respective derivatives, are produced at the site in Ingolstadt. The Audi TT Coupé, TT Roadster, the corresponding TTS and TT RS models as well as the Audi A3 Cabriolet and the RS 3 Sportback pass through the body shop and the paint shop.
Apart from the Technical Development division, Production with press shop, body shop, paint shop and assembly is also located at the Ingolstadt site. Also to be found at this location is the Audi Training Department, which offers training and continued professional development for our employees. Last year, 583,824 cars left the production line at the company headquarters.
With 33,729 employees, Audi is the region’s biggest employer. AUDI AG contracted more than 1,300 experts in 2011, primarily in the future-oriented fields of electric mobility and lightweight construction. And the company is still growing − 2,000 additional experts will be employed in Germany alone in 2012.
The Audi Forum Ingolstadt, which attracts more than 500,000 visitors from all over the world each year, offers its guests interesting insights into the world of the four rings. The Audi Forum features highly modern architecture; it delights visitors with its gastronomy and a diverse range of cultural events. The Audi museum mobile, where historic exhibits and contemporary presentation methods tell the story of more than one hundred years of the history of the Audi brand, is also located close by.
A guided tour of the plant, which takes place in the production facility at the premium manufacturer, is a very special experience. Visitors follow the entire production workflow of an Audi at close hand and learn interesting facts about the company’s innovative production know-how.
|Area||2,737,500 square metres|
|Employees||35,386 (as at: December 31, 2012)|
|Models||Audi A3, Audi A3 Sportback, Audi S3, Audi S3 Sportback, Audi A4, Audi A4 Avant, Audi S4, Audi S4 Avant, Audi A4 allroad quattro, Audi RS4 Avant, Audi A5 Sportback, Audi A5 Coupé, Audi S5 Sportback, Audi S5 Coupé, Audi RS 5 Coupé, Audi Q5, Audi Q5 hybrid quattro, Audi SQ5 TDI, body shop/paint shop for the Audi TT Coupé, Audi TT Roadster, Audi TTS Coupé, Audi TTS Roadster, Audi TT RS Coupé, Audi TT RS Roadster, Audi A3 Cabriolet|
|Production||551,889 cars (2012)|
Many typical Audi innovations first saw the light of day at the company’s second German plant. The Audi A5/S5 Cabriolet, Audi A6 Saloon and Avant, Audi S6, Audi A6 allroad, Audi A6 hybrid, Audi A7/S7 Sportback, Audi A8/S8, A8 hybrid and A8L are currently built in Neckarsulm. quattro GmbH, which is also based there, builds the high-performance vehicles Audi RS 6, Audi R8 and Audi R8 Spyder, Audi R8 GT and R8 GT Spyder as well as the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet, the Audi RS 6 Avant and the Audi RS 7. The Audi Forum Neckarsulm offers its visitors a fascinating automotive experience.
Car manufacturing in the region at the confluence of the Neckar and Sulm rivers dates back more than a century. The company that prompted the emergence of this industry was NSU. Starting out as the knitting machinery manufacturer Neckarsulmer Strickmaschinenfabrik, it merged with Auto Union GmbH in 1969. Audi NSU AUTO UNION AG changed its name to AUDI AG in 1985 and transferred its registered office to Ingolstadt.
The focus of Technical Development operations at Neckarsulm is on the areas of lightweight body construction, interiors, and petrol and diesel engines. The results achieved by the Lightweight Design Centre in Neckarsulm have already led to a tally of patents running into three figures, as well as numerous international awards. Alongside the key material aluminium, the inventors of the lightweight body construction concept investigate in particular the use of fibre composites. By steadfastly building on this commitment, the new engine test centre and the pilot plant facility for fibre-reinforced composites were inaugurated in 2012. Sports engine development is also based at Neckarsulm. It celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009.
|Established||1873 in Riedlingen (from 1880 in Neckarsulm)
|Area||Approx. 1 million square metres|
|Employees||14,764 (as at: December 31, 2012)|
|Models||Audi A4, Audi A5 Cabriolet, Audi S5 Cabriolet, Audi RS 5 Cabriolet, Audi A6, Audi A6 hybrid, Audi A6 Avant, Audi S6, Audi A6 allroad quattro, Audi RS 6 Avant, Audi A7, Audi S7, Audi RS7, Audi A8, Audi A8 L, Audi A8 hybrid, Audi S8, Audi R8, Audi R8 Spyder, Audi R8 GT, Audi R8 GT Spyder|
|Production||262,965 cars (2012)|