Audi's international production network is being prepared for the mobility of the future. Large series production of the first purely electric SUV is to begin at Audi's site in Brussels in 2018 with the plant also producing its own batteries. Production of the Audi A1 will transfer from Belgium to Martorell in Spain while the Audi Q3, which is currently built in Spain, will be produced in Gyor, Hungary in the future.
This model rotation will benefit all sites within Audi's global production network. "The new model distribution will enhance our production efficiency and strengthen all of the sites involved." said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management at Audi AG. "It will allow us to utilise further synergies within the Volkswagen Group and to bundle key competencies." This decision will also protect jobs and promote the internationalisation of the production network.
Audi Brussels will exclusively produce the very first battery-electric SUV from Audi as of 2018. The Audi e-tron quattro concept study presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015 gave a clear indication of the final product version which will fit between the Q5 and the Q7 in the product portfolio. Fitted with three electric motors and a high-capacity battery, the Audi e-tron model will offer a maximum of sportiness, driving dynamics and efficiency. It will provide full everyday practicality with a range of more than 500km and quick battery charging.
The Brussels plant will also have its own battery production and will become a key plant for electric mobility at the Volkswagen Group.
For this to happen, the Audi A1 will now be built in Martorell in Spain rather than Brussels. The Hungarian plan in Gyor will then take over production of the Audi Q3 from Spain. This site already produces four Audi models: the Audi A3 Sedan, the Audi A3 Cabriolet, the Audi TT and the Audi TT Roadster.