Audi at a glance
With the Audi and Lamborghini brands, the Audi Group has long been one of the most successful car manufacturers in the premium and supercar segment. In addition, the sales subsidiaries of the Audi Group supplies cars of other Volkswagen Group brands to customers. Since 2012, motorcycles of the traditional Italian brand Ducati have complemented the product range of the Audi Group.
The high-performance models of the traditional Italian brand Lamborghini are the embodiment of extreme driving dynamics, modern and unmistakable design, lightweight construction as well as high-caliber materials and build quality.
The motorcycles of the Ducati brand are noted above all for their sports appeal, modern design, low weight and high-performance engines.
The Group headquarters in Ingolstadt are home to Technical Development, Sales and Administration as well as a large proportion of Production. The Audi A3 and A3 Sportback, the models of the A4 family, the RS 4 Avant, the Coupé and Sportback versions of the A5, the RS 5 Coupé and the Q5 are built there. We also make the bodies for the current TT car line in Ingolstadt.
In Neckarsulm, Audi builds the Audi A4 Sedan, the A5 and the RS 5 Cabriolet, the models of the A6 car line including the RS 6 Avant, the A7 and the RS 7 Sportback, plus the A8 luxury sedan. Neckarsulm is also home to quattro GmbH, a fully owned subsidiary of AUDI AG. In addition to the high-performance models of the R8 car line, which are built exclusively at the Neckarsulm plant, quattro GmbH supplies its customers with the RS model range. These sporty high-performance vehicles represent the top models in their respective car line. An exclusive customization program and high-grade lifestyle articles relating to the Audi brand are other core areas of activity of quattro GmbH.
International production locations
AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. develops and manufactures engines for AUDI AG, for other Volkswagen Group companies and for third parties in Győr (Hungary). Vehicles of the TT car line are also built there, including the RS models. As part of extending the plant at the Győr location, Audi built a car-manufacturing facility with a complete production chain – from press shop through body shop and paint shop to assembly. Series production of the new A3 Saloon began in the new facility in June 2013. The new A3 Cabriolet has also been built at the new plant since October 2013. This company has developed into one of the biggest exporters and highest-revenue enterprises in Hungary since its establishment in 1993.
The models of the A1 family are made exclusively in Brussels (Belgium) by AUDI BRUSSELS S.A./N.V.
Audi builds the Q7 and Q3 SUV models – including the RS Q3 – at the Volkswagen Group manufacturing locations in Bratislava (Slovakia) and Martorell (Spain) respectively.
In Changchun (China), the joint-venture company FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd. produces long-wheelbase versions such as the A4 L and A6 L Sedan, the Q3 and the Q5 to supply the local market. 2014 will see the opening of the new plant in the southern Chinese city of Foshan, where the A3 Sportback and A3 Sedan will be built.
In Aurangabad (India) the A4 Sedan and the A6 Sedan as well as the Q3, the Q5 and the Q7 are built at the Volkswagen Group plant.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. manufactures exclusive supercars in the northern Italian town of Sant’Agata Bolognese. In addition to the Aventador car line, the Gallardo models were in production until November 2013. The follow-up model to the successful Gallardo – the newly developed Huracán – will also be made at the headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. produces all models in its product range at its company headquarters in Bologna (Italy). In ad¬dition, it builds motorcycles of the Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster and Multistrada model lines in Amphur Pluakdaeng, Thailand. As well as this, the Diavel, Monster and Multistrada models are made at Manaus in Brazil on a contract manufacturing basis.
The major shareholder is Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg, which controls around 99.55 percent of the share capital of AUDI AG. The Volkswagen Group includes the 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 a large number of its German subsidiaries.
The Audi Group continued its successful course of growth in 2014. Despite the challenging market environment, the Company increased deliveries of its core brand Audi by 10.5 percent to the new record of 1,741,129 (2013: 1,575,480) cars. Overall, the Ingolstadt-based maker of premium cars established new sales records in over 50 individual markets. The dynamic development in volume had a positive impact on Audi Group revenue, which increased to € 53,787 (2013: 49,880) million.
At € 5,150 (5,030) million, operating profit for the Audi Group was up on the prior-year level, despite high upfront expenditures for forward-looking technologies and new products as well as for the expansion of the international production network. Continuous improvements to processes and cost structures along the entire value chain once again favorably impacted profit performance. The operating return on sales for 2014 reached 9.6 (2013: 10.1) percent and was therefore at the upper end of the strategic target corridor of 8 to 10 percent.