The 1949 founding of Auto Union GmbH in Ingolstadt opened a new chapter in the history of the carmaker, whose headquarter had previously been in the German state of Saxony. The company started out by producing spare parts, motorcycles and DKW vehicles in Ingolstadt’s defunct fortress. In 1985, Auto Union GmbH was renamed AUDI AG, the brand name for the company’s products ever since.
The plant – in the heart of Bavaria – has since become not only the company’s largest production facility, but also home to Audi Group headquarters and the Technical Development division of AUDI AG. The site covers a total area of 2,737,500 square meters (29,466,204 sq ft). Buildings occupy just under 976,000 square meters (10,505,576 sq ft) of this area. The usable area is approximately 2,071,000 square meters (22,292,058 sq ft). Not only the Technical Development division but also Production and its press shop, body shop, paint shop, assembly shop and Audi’s Training Department are onsite. 551,889 Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi A5 and Audi Q5 were built in Ingolstadt in 2012. In addition, the Audi TT Coupé and the Audi TT Roadster as well as their TTS and TT RS counterparts as well as the Audi A3 Cabriolet and the Audi RS 3 Sportback are produced in the body shop and paint shop before being sent to Audi Hungaria in Győr to be assembled.
The Audi site in Ingolstadt has been growing for years – but available space is limited. Audi is therefore expanding in the eastern part of Ingolstadt. A new plant in the Münchsmünster industrial park will meet the need for additional production capacity. Spread across 27 hectares, competence centers will manufacture hot-formed and cold-formed components, structural parts made of die-cast aluminum and chassis components. The new premises will also feature an energy control center, a health clinic and a fire station as well as onsite Logistics and Plant Service staff. Pre-production of parts is scheduled for late 2013, when the manufacturing facilities for components and die-cast aluminum begin production along the southern edge of Münchsmünster.
In Neuburg, to the west of Ingolstadt, the Audi driving experience center is under construction. This future home to world-class driving experiences will allow Audi customers and guests to experience the entire model range of the Four Rings. The Audi driving experience center will provide visitors exciting onroad and offroad options. Driving classes will be offered on a handling track, a vehicle-dynamics course or an off-road course. A center for customers will offer a restaurant and several floors for showcasing. An observation deck will allow customers to survey the entire site and watch cars on the courses.
Audi Sport will relocate to Neuburg in 2014 – more specifically, to the Motorsport Competence Center. All Audi motorsport pursuits will then be under one roof. Audi Sport in Neuburg will develop, conceptualize and manufacture new sports prototypes. It will also organize and oversee Audi racing endeavors worldwide. The new building will be perfectly suited to functions and processes, in turn providing an ideal environment for Audi Sport. Curious visitors will be able to take a look behind the scenes.