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With 538,103 cars built in 2017, the Ingolstadt parent plant is the Audi Group’s largest production facility and Europe’s second-largest car factory. Globally networked, Audi Ingolstadt is the company’s flagship plant in terms of its technological prowess. This is where the Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi A5 and Audi Q2 car lines are built. A big draw for members of the public is the Audi Forum, which attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year.

Ingolstadt in detail


The Ingolstadt site is AUDI AG’s most important location. With the founding of Auto Union GmbH in Ingolstadt 67 years ago, a new chapter began for the carmaker formerly headquartered in Saxony. The company started out by producing spare parts, motorcycles and DKW vehicles in Ingolstadt’s former fortress. In 1985, Auto Union GmbH became AUDI AG, and the company and its products have borne the same name ever since.



Sustainability and environmental protection


Balancing economics and ecology is a core aspect of Audi’s identity. The company takes a transparent approach to environmental protection at the company and gets every employee involved in the related activities. This ensures that Audi systematically meets its environmental goals. The Audi Production System (APS) has been used intensively for this purpose in recent years as a means of implementing the company’s environmental policy at all levels. By participating in the fourth Bavarian Environmental Pact, AUDI AG makes important contributions not only to sustainable development but also to environmental protection.

Along the way to sustainable mobility, it is essential that the environmental balance of an automobile’s entire lifecycle is optimized even before the first kilometer is driven. The company is therefore working hard to improve the carbon footprints of its manufacturing sites. AUDI AG has set itself the target of reducing its specific CO2 emissions by 25 percent by the year 2018 compared with emissions in 2010. With respect to energy supply at Audi’s German sites, there are plans to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 40 percent per reference unit by 2020. Audi is also pursuing its vision of manufacturing of all vehicles made in Ingolstadt completely CO2-neutral and free of waste water. The other sites will gradually follow.

Environmental protection also means using natural resources sparingly. For instance, it is important to reduce noise emissions, waste water and energy consumption.

Audi Forum Ingolstadt


Audi Forum Ingolstadt is the Audi experience world at the company’s largest site. The ensemble of buildings with stylish glass architecture grouped around a central piazza has impressed visitors since it opened in 2000. With an area of 77,000 square meters, each year it offers some 400,000 visitors various ways of getting to know the brand with the four rings.

Last year, over 73,000 customers decided to pick up their new Audi in the customer center at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt – more than ever before. This means that in 2016, about 25% of all the Audi cars sold in Germany was driven by its new owner for the first few meters over the piazza at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt.



Key figures


The plant, in the heart of the German State of Bavaria, is not only AUDI AG’s biggest production facility, but also home to its head offices and Technical Development division. The site covers an area of more than 2,700,000 square metres – equivalent to more than 300 football pitches.

Ingolstadt, located on the River Danube, is the fifth-largest city in the State of Bavaria with a population of 133,000. Audi is the region’s biggest employer, with 43,952 employees (as at December 31, 2016).

The Ingolstadt plant in figures

Area 2,737,500 square metres
Employees 44,217 (as at: December 31, 2017)
Models Audi Q2, Audi A3, Audi A3 Sportback, Audi A3 Sportback e tron, Audi A3 Sportback g tron, Audi S3, Audi S3 Sportback, Audi RS 3 Sportback, Audi A4 Limousine, Audi A4 Avant, Audi S4 Limousine, Audi S4 Avant, Audi A4 allroad quattro, Audi A5 Sportback, Audi A5 Coupé, Audi S5 Sportback, Audi S5 Coupé, Audi RS 5 Coupé
Production (2017)
583,103 cars