Audi to build site in Münchsmünster to ease production in Ingolstadt

Article by Anita Panait, on January 24, 2012

Audi has acquired a 40-hectare lot in the Münchsmünster industrial park where it will build another plant. The acquisition is in line with the carmaker plan’s to ease the already tight production at its Ingolstadt site, where the space has become limited. Audi will develop around 27 hectares of its Münchsmünster land. Scheduled to operate in 2013 are a press shop with transfer presses; production lines for form-hardened body components; facilities for machining chassis parts; and an aluminum die-casting foundry.

Audi’s Ingolstadt site has been pushed to its limits with more models being produced at the plant. In 2005, Audi was only producing four models in Ingolstadt – the Audi A4 Sedan, A4 Avant, Audi A3 and A3 Sportback. The plant has since expanded to accommodate four more units -- the Audi A5 Coupé, A5 Sportback, Audi A4 allroad quattro and Audi Q5.

With eight units competing for production and logistic space in Ingolstadt, Audi saw it timely needed to construct a new site in Münchsmünster. The industrial park was near the Ingolstadt site and has the necessary infrastructure for producing cars.  “It allows us to free up capacity at existing plants and to use sites in the surrounding area for future technologies,” says Audi Production Board Member Frank Dreves.

Audi marked as priority the construction of the aluminum die-casting foundry and a building for machining chassis components.  Dreves said the die-cast components are a central element of the company’s lightweight construction strategy.  Dreves said that Audi will be able to improve on its technology and ensure the long-term supply of die-cast aluminum parts if it has its own die-cast foundry.

The Audi A5 models – which include the Coupé, the Cabriolet, and the Sportback – have continuously impressed car owners with their elegance, flowing silhouettes, muscular surfaces, and sharp lines. And with the Audi A5 product improvement, sharp new accents are added to the design.

Newly improved A5 has a high-gloss black single-frame grille with beveled upper corners, revamped grilles, sculpted grille lateral bars and Audi rings, a new bumper with pronounced air inlets and massive struts, and flat fog lights. It also has sharply chiseled edges that give its engine hood a 3D look and that make its entire front end look even wider and flatter.

Aside from these, the new Audi 5’s headlights have been updated, with their lower edge now forming a wave and their interior now restructured. You also have optional xenon plus headlights, which are framed by LED daytime running lights forming a narrow, homogenous clasp. What’s more, the Audi offers adaptive light system complete with dynamic turning light and cornering light. Additionally, the redesigned rear lights are optionally available with continuous LED light strips. Also, the bumper now includes several additional details.

Moreover, improvements to the Audi 5 include an additional millimeter to each of the dimensions in its exterior. This makes the Audi A5 Sportback 4.71 meters or 15.45 feet long and both the Coupé and Cabriolet 4.63 meters or 15.19 feet long. The range of colors has also been reshuffled so it is now made up of 16 colors. For the Audi A5 Cabriolet’s fully automatic acoustic top, you can choose from four available colors. Meanwhile, those interested in an even more dynamic look can avail of the S line exterior package.

Audi A5’s vehicle bodies have impressively high rigidity, high vibrational comfort, low weight, and outstanding crash safety. Their front fenders are aluminum, which is a material promotes improved axial load distribution. They also boast aerodynamic fine-tuning measures such as lined underbody.

The A5 models have interiors that reflect the Audi brand’s culture, which is characterized by a harmonious balance of surfaces and proportions, top-quality fit, excellent finish, and fine materials. The cars are now more elegant than ever with their new steering wheels, new steering column stalks, a flattened ring option, and narrow chrome clasps that frame the control elements.

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