The heart of AUDI AG beats at the company’s main site in Ingolstadt. The establishment of Auto Union GmbH in Ingolstadt 65 years ago started a new chapter in the history of the automobile manufacturer, which had previously been at home in Saxony. In buildings of Ingolstadt’s former fortifications, the company began to produce spare parts, motorcycles and DKW automobiles. In 1985, the company’s name was changed from Auto Union GmbH to AUDI AG; since then, the products and the company have had the same name.
Meanwhile, Audi has twelve production sites in ten countries. The worldwide production network is being constantly expanded; the latest examples are the planned new plants in Mexico and Brazil. In addition, the domestic sites are being strengthened through investment. They are the backbone for the Group’s international success.
Between 2014 and 2018, AUDI AG will invest approximately € 22 billion in the biggest investment program in the company’s history. More than half of that amount will flow into the German plants, most of it into Ingolstadt. On average, more than one billion Euro will be invested in Ingolstadt each year until 2018. Preparations are being made for the next generation of the Audi A4* and the plant is also being prepared for the new Audi Q1. The announcement that this model will be built at the main plant is a future-oriented model decision for the plant and a clear commitment to Ingolstadt as a production site. The company’s headquarters and Technical Development are located here – and this is where the ideas come from. In Ingolstadt, Audi develops all its new models, researches innovative technologies, and refines its cars’ design. Additional buildings are being constructed for these purposes, such as the new suspension department and a new design center.
A car drives off the production line in Ingolstadt every 30 seconds; more than 2,500 Audi models each day. They include the model series Audi A3*, Audi A4, Audi A5* and Audi Q5* with their respective derivatives.
Audi doesn’t only build automobiles in Ingolstadt, but also assumes responsibility in the region in its role as an economic engine. In the past ten years, the company has recruited more than 6,000 new employees; 37,400 people meanwhile work at Audi in Ingolstadt (as of December 31, 2013). This is a new employment record. As the biggest employer in the Ingolstadt region, Audi wants to enhance the quality of life here and therefore cooperates closely with representatives of the city of Ingolstadt, local companies, associations, educational facilities and social institutions.
The Audi site in Ingolstadt has been growing for many years and now covers a total area of 2,737,500 square meters. The numerous cranes on the premises show that the plant’s growth is continuing. In addition to many new buildings in the area of Technical Development, the mobility center and the process building were completed last year, while the new Audi A4 body shop is under construction. Furthermore, a large and modern office complex for more than 2,800 employees is being constructed in the “Area South,” where Audi’s premises border onto the city center.
The space available at Audi’s main site is limited. In November 2013, Audi therefore opened a new production facility in the Münchsmünster industrial park 30 kilometers east of Ingolstadt. A competence center is under construction here in several stages on a site of 31 hectares for the production of die-cast aluminum structural parts, hot- and cold-formed pressed parts and suspension components. The new production plant is a further element of Audi’s growth strategy. The great advantages of the site in Münchsmünster with a total area of 46 hectares include proximity to the main plant and good transport connections via federal highways. A link to the main railway line is planned. Audi will gradually ramp up its production volumes here. In 2016, approximately 800 people will work in Münchsmünster, including about 250 newly recruited employees.
West of Ingolstadt in Neuburg an der Donau there is located a new 47-hectare site: Audi Neuburg. Audi customers and guests are able to experience the entire model range of the Four Rings on a test track since May 2014. On and off-road, interested parties will be able to experience the Audi models dynamically: in courses offered by the Audi driving experience center, on the handling track, on the dynamics surface or on the off-road course. The centrally located customer building offers presentation space on several levels as well as a restaurant. From the observation deck, customers have a good overview of the entire area and the cars being tested.
Also at this site in Neuburg, the motorsport competence center is being built – the new center of Audi Sport. Based in Neuburg, the motorsport team will organize and coordinate Audi’s worldwide racing activities – an average of 20 races in twelve countries each year. As of autumn 2014, approximately 300 employees in Neuburg will develop, design and build all the racing cars for Audi’s motorsport activities. The engines for those cars will continue to be supplied from Neckarsulm. The new racing cars will then be tested in Neuburg in their first roll-out drive.
* The fuel consumption and emissions values of all models mentioned in the text and of all models available on the German market are listed in the last chapter of this basic information.