History of the site
Christian Schmidt establishes a workshop for the production of knitting machines in Riedlingen on the Danube.
The company moves to Neckarsulm.
Bicycle production begins.
Motorcycle production begins (in Germany’s first motorcycle factory).
Production of automobiles begins (“Original Neckarsulmer Motorwagen”).
World economic crisis puts an end to automobile production.
The plant is completely destroyed in World War II; production gradually resumes beginning in mid-1945.
NSU Werke AG is the world's largest bicycle plant.
Automobile production resumes with the NSU Prinz I to III
Production of the NSU Wankel Spider, the world’s first production car with a rotary piston engine, begins.
Series production of the NSU Ro 80 begins; on account of the futuristic design and rotary piston engine, it is voted “1967 Car of the Year.”
Merger with AUTO UNION GmbH Ingolstadt to become AUDI NSU AUTO UNION AG; the majority shareholder is Volkswagen AG.
Oil crisis: The plant faces closure. In the legendary “March on Heilbronn,” workers fight successfully to save the plant.
To better utilize production capacity, contract manufacturing of the Porsche 924 begins; the Porsche 944 follows shortly thereafter.
The Audi 100 achieves a coefficient of drag of 0.30 – a world record.
Fully galvanized body is introduced in the Audi 100 and Audi 200.
Company renamed AUDI AG and headquarters moved to Ingolstadt.
AUDI AG enters the full-size car class with the Audi V8.
Introduction of turbocharged diesel engine with direct fuel injection in a passenger car.
First DTM victory for Audi with an Audi V8.
Start of production of the Audi A8, the first series-produced car in the world with a completely aluminum body (ASF).
Production of the Audi A2, the first aluminum, large-volume production car, begins.
Victory in Le Mans with the newly developed FSI direct fuel injection.
Audi Forum Neckarsulm opens.
German premiere of the Audi R8 sports car.
First victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a diesel engine developed in Neckarsulm.
Establishment of the production turntable between the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm plants with the start of production of the Audi A4 Sedan.
Inauguration of the new toolmaking shop.
Audi acquires a 23-hectare plot in the Böllinger Höfe industrial park, Heilbronn.
Inauguration of the FRP Technical Center and the new Engine Test Center