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. Since 2012, motorbikes from the traditional Italian brand Ducati have supplemented the range. Furthermore, the Audi Group also supplies other Volkswagen Group brands to customers via sales companies.
Despite challenging market conditions, the Audi Group successfully maintained its course of growth in 2015. The company increased deliveries of vehicles from core brand Audi by 3.6 per cent to a new all-time record of 1,803,246 (1,741,129) units. Mainly due to the positive volume development, revenue for the Audi Group increased by 8.6 per cent to € 58,420 (53,787) million.
The operating return on sales for the Audi Group, despite high upfront expenditure for cutting-edge technologies, new products and the expansion of the international production network, was - at 8.3 per cent - within the strategic target corridor of 8 to 10 per cent.
The Audi Group delivered a total of 2,024,881 (1,933,517) cars to customers in the past fiscal year. Core brand Audi increased the number of cars delivered by 3.6 per cent to 1,803,246 (2014: 1,741,129) units – a new all-time record for the company. The brand with the four rings is especially noted for its unmistakable design, innovative technologies and high quality standards. This is expressed in the brand essence “Vorsprung durch Technik”, which encompasses the brand values sportiness, progressiveness and sophistication.
The high-performance models of traditional Italian brand Lamborghini are the embodiment of extreme driving dynamics, modern and unmistakable design, lightweight construction as well as high-quality materials and workmanship.
The motorcycles of the Ducati brand are noted above all for their sports appeal, modern design, low weight and powerful engines.
A large proportion of the production is based at Group headquarters in Ingolstadt, as well as technical development, sales and administration. Here, Audi produces the entire A3 family, including the A3 e-tron, the first plug-in hybrid model from the Audi brand, and the A3 g-tron, which runs either on natural gas, petrol or e-gas produced by Audi. The Audi RS 3 Sportback and the A4 family models, the RS 4 Avant, the A5 Coupé and Sportback, the RS 5 Coupé and the Q5 are also produced here. The Audi Q2, the latest model in the AUDI AG product portfolio, also comes off the assembly line in Ingolstadt.
In Neckarsulm, Audi builds the Audi A4 Sedan, the A5 and the RS 5 Cabriolet, the models in the A6 series including the RS 6 Avant, the A7 and RS 7 Sportback, as well as 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 in the R8 series, which are built exclusively at the Neckarsulm plant, quattro GmbH supplies customers with RS models, the sporty high-performance vehicles that represent the top models in the respective series. Furthermore, quattro GmbH offers exclusive customisation options and high-quality lifestyle articles relating to the Audi brand.
In Győr (Hungary), AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. develops and manufactures engines for AUDI AG, for other companies in the Volkswagen Group and for third parties. As part of extending the plant at the Győr site, Audi built a car manufacturing facility with a complete production chain – from press shop, body shop and paint shop through to assembly. In June 2013, series production of the A3 Sedan started at the site, and production of the A3 Cabriolet began in October 2013. The TT and TT Roadster models are also produced here. Since it was established in 1993, the company has developed into one of the largest exporters and highest-revenue companies in Hungary.
The models in the A1 family are made exclusively in Brussels (Belgium) by AUDI BRUSSELS S.A./N.V.
Within the Volkswagen Group’s production network, Audi builds the Q7 and Q7 e-tron as well as the Q3 - including RS Q3 – at the sites in Bratislava (Slovakia) and Martorell (Spain) respectively, while the A6 models and long-wheelbase A8 L are manufactured in Kaluga, Russia.
In Aurangabad (India), the A4 Sedan and the A6 Sedan are built along with the Q3, Q5 and Q7 at facilities within the Volkswagen Group production network.
In Changchun (China), the long-wheelbase A4 L and A6 L Sedans, the Q3 and the Q5 are produced for the local market by joint venture company FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd. At the end of 2016, the first locally produced Audi plug-in hybrid – the Audi e-tron – will come off the assembly line in Changchun. In 2014, production of the Audi A3 Sportback and the A3 Sedan began at the new plant in Foshan in southern China.
Audi has been represented in Indonesia since January 2011, when it concluded a commissioned production agreement with INDOMOBIL/Garuda Mataram Motor for the assembly of A4 and A6 models in a semi-knocked-down (SKD) production process.
In addition, Audi has had a production facility in Curitiba, Brazil, since 2015. The A3 Sedan comes off the assembly line here, in the south of the world’s sixth largest economy.
Audi is currently building a new car plant in San José Chiapa, Mexico. The Audi Q5 will be built here in future. The most modern production plant in the Audi world is being built on the 460-hectare site (including Just In Sequence Park).
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. builds exclusive supercars in Sant’Agata Bolognese in northern Italy, where it produces the Aventador and Huracán supercars.
Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. produces all models in its product portfolio at its corporate headquarters in Bologna (Italy). The company also builds motorcycles from the Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Superbike and Scrambler series in Amphur Pluakdaeng, Thailand. Furthermore, the Diavel, Hyperstrada , Multistrada, Superbike and Scrambler models are also produced in Manaus, Brazil, under a commissioned production agreement.
Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg, holds around 99.55 per cent of the share capital of AUDI AG. A control and profit transfer agreement exists between the two companies. Instead of a dividend, outside shareholders of AUDI AG receive a compensatory payment on their stockholding. The amount is based on the dividend paid on one Volkswagen AG ordinary share, which is determined at the Annual General Meeting of Volkswagen AG. AUDI AG shares are traded on seven stock exchanges.