AUDI AG builds its Audi Q7 model in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The premium SUV is assembled from its many component parts at the state-of-the-art plant owned by Volkswagen Slovakia.
The Audi Q7 is built in the ultramodern plant of Volkswagen Slovakia out of several hundred components. Production of the Audi Q7 involves several Audi sites; the Audi Q7 engines come from the Audi engine plant in Győr, Hungary.
Production of the Audi Q7 involves several Audi sites; the Audi Q7 engines come from the Audi engine plant in Győr, Hungary. Aluminum body parts are produced in the press shop using the biggest press of the Volkswagen Group. Thanks to the advanced multi-material construction using steel and aluminum, the body is almost 71 kilograms lighter than its predecessor. In the body shop, the stamped parts of the body are put together by welding, soldering and adhesive bonding. In addition, modern technologies such as laser or plasma welding are used, as well as new, unconventional technologies such as flow drill screwing (FDS), clamping or friction element welding.
After that, the car bodies go onto the assembly lines. The entire hall covers an area equivalent to 21 soccer fields. For the Audi Q7, dedicated assembly and testing devices have been installed for the special equipment and electronics in these models. Finally, the Audi Q7 passes through Checkpoint 8, the last stage of production. The cars are then driven 800 meters to the test and proving ground on the approximately 1.8-square-kilometer plant site. Here, all Audi Q7 cars undergo a defined driving program on the 2.4-kilometer asphalt oval track before they are delivered by train and truck.
Bratislava is in the far south-west corner of Slovakia. The capital has a population of more than 400,000 and is the country’s biggest city. It enjoys an exceptionally advantageous location, being the only capital city in the world to be situated bordering two other countries – Austria and Hungary.
As the country’s political, cultural and economic centre, Bratislava is not only Slovakia’s seat of government, but also a city with several universities, museums, theatres and other economic, cultural and scientific institutions.
|Site||VOLKSWAGEN SLOVAKIA, a.s., Bratislava
|Audi production start
|Models||Audi Q7, Audi SQ7, Audi Q7 e-tron
|Production||102,614 cars (2016)