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.
In the 2017 fiscal year, the Audi Group made extensive preparations for the production of numerous new models within the scope of its model initiative. Despite various challenges, deliveries of the Audi brand increased to the record figure of 1,878,105 (1,867,738) cars.
The Audi Group generated revenue of EUR 60,128 (59,317) million in the 2017 fiscal year. Operating profit was negatively impacted by special items especially in connection with the diesel issue.
Before special items, the Audi Group achieved strategic target with an operating return on sales of 8.4 percent.
The Audi Group delivered a total of 2,105,084 (2,088,187) cars to customers in the 2017 fiscal year. The core brand Audi increased its delivery volume to 1,878,105 (1,867,738) vehicles – a new record in company history. The brand with the Four Rings is renowned in particular for its sporty vehicles with progressive design, innovative technologies and high-quality workmanship.
3,815 (3,457) supercars of the Lamborghini brand and 55,871 (55,451) sporty motorcycles of the Ducati brand were delivered in the 2017 fiscal year.
The high-performance models of the traditional Italian brand Lamborghini are the embodiment of high driving dynamics, modern and unmistakable design, consistent use of 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, lightweight construction and powerful engines.
A large part of Audi’s production is located at the Group headquarters in Ingolstadt, alongside Technical Development, Sales and Head Office. Here Audi produces Audi A3 series models, A4 series models and those of the Audi A5 as a Coupé, Sportback and sporty S and RS versions. The Audi Q2 also comes off the assembly line in Ingolstadt. In the financial year 2017, the new Design Centre was completed at the northern end of the Ingolstadt site. Here designers, project managers and model engineers work together on the future series models and show cars of “the brand with four rings”.
In Neckarsulm, Audi manufactures models from the Audi A4, A5, A6 and A7 series and the Audi A8, the brand’s flagship. The site in Baden-Württemberg is one of the most versatile automotive plants in the Volkswagen Group. What’s more, Neckarsulm is the headquarters of Audi Sport GmbH – a wholly owned subsidiary of AUDI AG. As well as the high-performance models of the R8 series, which are manufactured exclusively at the Neckarsulm site, Audi Sport GmbH offers its customers sporty, high-performance cars with its RS models which represent the top models in the respective series. Audi Sport GmbH also stands for exclusive customisation options and high-quality, brand-related accessories. Audi Sport GmbH is also responsible for Audi Sport customer racing.
In Győr (Hungary), Audi Hungaria Zrt. develops and manufactures engines for AUDI AG, for other Volkswagen Group companies and for third parties. As part of the plant expansion at the Győr site, Audi built an automotive plant there with a complete production chain – from pressing plant, body shop and paint shop to assembly line. It’s from here that the Audi A3 Limousine and the Audi A3 Cabriolet emerge, along with the Audi TT and TT Roadster models, including the sporty S and RS versions. Moreover, in the financial year 2017, the first electric motors for the electrified powertrain of Audi’s first purely electric SUV were manufactured. The Audi Q3, which is currently produced in Martorell (Spain), will in future be manufactured in Győr. Since it was founded in 1993, Audi Hungaria has developed into one of Hungary’s biggest exporters and highest turnover companies.
In 2018 the mass production of Audi’s first all-electric SUV will begin at its Brussels plant (Belgium). The Audi Group’s Belgian site also has its own battery assembly. The Audi A1 has been produced here exclusively since 2010. As part of the restructuring of our production network, the model is being relocated from Belgium to our Spanish site at Martorell.
As part of the Volkswagen group of companies, in Europe Audi manufactures the Audi Q7 at its Bratislava site (Slovakia) and produces the Audi Q3 in Martorell (Spain). The Audi Q7 also rolls off the assembly line in Kaluga (Russia).
In Aurangabad in India, the Audi A3, A4 and A6 models are manufactured as limousines along with the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7 as part of the Volkswagen group of companies outside Europe.
In Changchun (northern China) the A4 L and A6 L long-wheelbase limousines, the Q3 and the Q5 are produced for the local market by associated company FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd. Since the end of 2016, the first locally produced Audi plug-in hybrid, the Audi A6 L e-tron, has been rolling off the assembly line. Production of the Audi A3 Sportback and the Audi A3 Limousine began in Foshan in southern China in 2014.
Audi has also been manufacturing in the Brazilian city of São José dos Pinhais, near Curitiba, since 2015. In the south of the country with the world’s sixth-largest economy, the A3 Limousine and the Q3 drive off the assembly line.
Our newest automotive plant was opened in 2016 in San José Chiapa in Mexico. Here the second generation Audi Q5 is produced for the world market.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. in the northern Italian city of Sant’Agata Bolognese manufactures super sports cars and super SUVs and produces the series of both the Aventador and the Huracán super sports cars and the Urus, the world’s first Super Sport Utility Vehicle. The Sant’Agata Bolognese site was significantly expanded in preparation for the market introduction of the Lamborghini Urus. By expanding the production area from around 80,000 square metres to about 160,000 square metres and using new manufacturing technologies, the production capacity of around 7,000 vehicles per year was almost doubled.
At its headquarters in Bologna (Italy), Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A manufactures all the models in its product portfolio. The company also manufactures motorbikes from its Scrambler, Diavel, Monster, Hypermotard, Multistrada, SuperSport and Superbike series at its Thai plant in Amphur Pluakdaeng. The Scrambler, Diavel, Monster, Hypermotard, Multistrada and Superbike models are also manufactured under contract in the Brazilian city of Manaus.
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.