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Martorrel site is now producing the second generation of Audi A1

SEAT SA is commencing production of an all-new car at its Martorell facilities in Spain. However, its plant won't be assembling a new SEAT car. The Spanish carmaker is now assembling the next generation of Audi’s small city car – the new 2019 Audi A1.

The sight of SEAT producing Audi vehicles isn't surprising as both carmakers are members of the larger Volkswagen Group. In addition, the A1 isn't the Audi vehicle produced at SEAT’s Martorrel site. In the middle of 2011, the VW Group assigned the SEAT facility to produce the Audi Q3 luxury subcompact crossover. Since then until July 2018, the Martorrel site had been producing the previous generation of the Audi Q3 and total Spanish production of the subcompact crossover reached nearly 800,000 units.

When the second generation of the Audi Q3 was unveiled, it was decided that the production of the subcompact crossover will be moved from Martorell to the Gyor facilities in Hungary. On the other hand, the previous generation of the A1 was assembled in Brussels. The idle manufacturing capacity at Martorrel left by the Audi Q3 might have prompted the VW Group to transfer the production of the second generation from Brussels to Martorell.

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500,000th Audi TTS Coupe was just assembled in Hungary

The original Audi TT was first produced back in April 1998, at a factory located in Gyor, Hungary. And after many years, the 500,000th unit has rolled off the production line -- an important milestone for the company. The 500,000th unit is a TTS Coupe finished in Viper Green, and is currently on its way to its owner in the United Kingdom. Across three generations, Audi has produced over a million units of the TT.

The TTS Coupe is a beefed-up version of the TT Coupe. Under its hood is a turbocharged 1,984 cc engine that gives out as much as 286 horsepower at 5,300-6,200 rpm and 380 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 5,200 rpm. In just 4.7 seconds, the roadster can accelerate from 0-100 kilometers per hour before continuing on to its top speed on 250 km/h. The engine comes standard with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that gives power to the all-wheel drive. The TTS is definitely one fast car.

The price range of the TTS Coupe varies depending on the seat options - Nappa leather or Alcantara.

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Audi E-Tron Sportback confirmed to hit production in 2019

Audi currently does not have any fully electric model that they can call their own after the R8 E-Tron has been discontinued last year. But this year, they showed us concepts of the E-Tron Quattro and the E-Tron Sportback (at Auto Shanghai), and the good news is that the zero-emissions SUV will finally begin production at their Brussels, Belgium factory. The SUV will then be followed by its sleeker counterpart, the Sportback, in 2019.

What sets the E-Tron Sportback apart from the others is the fact that it is a “four-door gran turismo”, with a powertrain of 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts) at standard, and an impressive 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts) when the boost mode is activated. In just four and a half seconds, it can hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour). That’s very impressive for a full electric vehicle, but we shouldn’t be too excited until the production model has been tested, and that’s a long while from now.

In today’s world, there is this thing we call “range anxiety”. It simply refers to the stress or anxiety that people who own EVs get, knowing that their car runs on battery power, and that it can simply shut off when the battery gets drained. So the issue is whether they would get to their destination before they’ll have to recharge their vehicles, especially for long distance drives.

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Audi CEO confirms there won't be a Sport Quattro Concept production version

Sorry to say this to the Sport Quattro Concept fanatics. If you guys have been hoping for the production of this iconic concept to begin, prepare for your dreams to be quashed. Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport, has no interest in producing the said model. Although Winkelmann referred to it as a “nice dream,” he feels like there is so much more to take care of in the company, and that as of now, it is not his top priority. Instead, the Audi CEO is currently focusing on the company’s lineup.

In 2010, Audi initially launched the RS5 concept to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Quattro, as a contemporary version of the original Quattro sports coupe (first launched in 1980 at the Geneva Motor Show). This was followed by an update in 2013 when they presented the Sport Quattro with a hybrid 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 TFSI engine, boasting an output of 690 horsepower (515 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 NM) of torque, wearing a stunning yellow paint.

And just a year later at the 2014 Consumer Electronics show, the red Sport Quattro Laserlight concept made its debut, again with added features such as the laser-assisted matrix LED headlights. Unconfirmed reports say that a production version is in the plans and had long been expected to arrive after all these years of concepts being showcased.

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Too pricey even for an electric supercar? Or did Audi just give up too soon? Dreadful sales perhaps? Whatever the reason is, the fact is that Audi has officially stopped production of its all-electric R8 e-tron rear-wheel-drive coupe, just around a year since it launched this eco-friendly supercar to the market.

Audi first unveiled the production version of pure-electric R8 e-tron at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. It was intended to be a showcase of Audi’s advanced battery technology and expertise in electrical system before it launches more practical electric vehicles, including a production version of the Audi e-tron quattro concept in 2018. It is underpinned by the same platform that underpins the conventionally powered R8, but employs pure electric power as propulsion.

The 532 bhp 5.2-liter V10 engine in the R8 has been replaced by an electric powertrain that includes a 92 kWh lithium ion battery that sends power to two electric motors that generate a combined 456bhp of max output and 679 lb ft of peak torque.

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In assembly operations, an unnecessary step would result to wasted time, effort and resources. That is why at Audi, they are checking whether each of the listed assembly steps is necessary, ergonomic, and feasible for the production process.

Yes, even before the German premium carmaker makes the initial prototypes of a new vehicle, its engineers working in the Pre-Series Center check each step in a 3-D projection.

Using virtual tools, these engineers assemble vehicle components, and at the same time determine whether a certain assembly step is viable for production line workers.

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Audi is increasing the production of A3 Sportback e-tron at its main plant in Ingolstadt. The plant is expected to come out with 50 cars on a daily basis. Audi AG Board of Management Member for Production Dr. Hubert Waltl revealed that the production of the A3 started last summer and with the integration of the assembly work to the line, there is no more need to separate the manufacture of the different parts.

Waltl adds that this shows not just the flexibility but also the efficiency of those who plan the production as well as its employees. Audi hopes that the A3 Sportback will change how people will view mobility.

The A3 Sportback is a five-door vehicle with a 1.4-liter engine and 75-kW electric motor. This combination allows the car to have a 204 horsepower output with a fuel consumption of 1.5 liters for every 100 kilometers.

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Audi has started production of the 2015 TT Roadster at its Gyor site in Hugary. The launch was graced by Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi Rupert Stadler, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and the Mayor Zsolt Borkai of of Győr. The Audi TT Roadster will be the fourth Audi model to go into series production at Audi Hungaria following the A3 Sedan, A3 Cabriolet and TT Coupe.

Rupert remarked that the start of production of the new Audi TT Roadster underscores Audi Hungaria’s position in the carmaker’s global production network. Audi started full vehicle production at its site in Győr, Hungary in June 2013.

Prior to that, the carmaker is already building engines at the site. So far, the site has churned out over 100,000 cars. Audi Hungaria’s new auto plant in Gyor is currently being manned by a 4,000-strong workforce. Hubert Waltl, Board of Management Member for Production at Audi, remarked that the move to build a plant in Gyor 21 years ago a decisive step in its development into an international group.

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Audi’s plant in Neckarsulm is the place where the German manufacturer builds the A4, A5, A8, Q7 as well as the R8 supercar. On Friday, things were changed as Audi moved the R8 production in the Böllinger Höfe industrial park, which is located just six kilometers from the main plant in Neckarsulm.

According to Audi, the Böllinger Höfe site covers 23 hectares, which is just a quarter of the total area of the plant located in Neckarsulm. Audi R8 production got underway in the new site on August 25, three weeks after the last R8 came off the production line at the Neckarsulm plant.

The expansion is part of Audi’s 22 billion euros investsment around the world by 2018 and according to the press release, half of these money will be invested in the facilities located in Germany. In addition, 650 million euros will be invested each year at Neckarsulm.

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Although there were plenty of rumors regarding the green light for producing the Urus SUV in order to launch it in 2017, Lamborghini is still waiting the approval from Audi. According to company president Stephan Winkelmann, Audi needs to needs to give the approval for Lamborghini’s Urus SUV and despite the fact that the vehicle undergone early conceptual engineering, the decision has yet to come.

A Lamborghini official told Autocar that discussions are continuing and eventually, the Urus will make it into production. Still, the company is concerned by various factors such as the trouble in the Middle East.

If built, the Lamborghini Urus will be based on Audi’s MLB platform, which will be used by the next-generation Audi Q7 as well as the next-generation Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg and the upcoming Bentley SUV.

Read the entire article Audi delays decision to build the Lamborghini Urus due to financial conditions

Audi launched its A1 supermini-sized economical car back in 2010 and it appears that the vehicle is quite popular since the 500,000th unit rolled off the production line. That’s right folks, 500,000 Audi A1 cars were produced at the plant in Brussels. The jubilee model was a Misano red Audi A1 S line, powered by a 1.4-liter TFSI engine and built for a customer in Germany.

For those who don’t know, the 1.4-liter TFSI engine produces 122 hp (90 kW) as well as 200 Nm (147 lb-ft) of torque and when paired with a 6-speed manual transmission it offers a fuel consumption of 4.4 l/100 km on the highway, 6.8 l/100 km in the city and a combined 5.3 l/100 km.

When using the seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission, the Audi A1 is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.1 seconds, while top speed is 200 km/h or 124 mph. The model you see in the photos starts at 23,000 euros in Germany.

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Audi is adding a third shift at its Gyor manufacturing site in Hungary in mid-August to prepare for the serial production of the new Audi TT Coupe, plant production chief Gerd Walker said in a statement.

The site currently produces the TT Coupe and Roadster, the A3 sedan and A3 convertible and could produce up to 160,000 vehicles annually. The Gyor site produced 42,851 cars and 1.93 million engines in 2013, most of which were exported.

Audi has invested more than EUR900 million ($1.23 billion) to expand site to cover all production processes in a project completed in 2013.

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Audi has rolled off the production its six millionth unit endowed with quattro drive at its Ingolstadt site. The six millionth unit, an Audi SQ5 in monsoon gray metallic, will be delivered to a family in the United States.

The unit marks global success of Audi Quattro, which has reached it six millionth quattro driven car since building the first one in 1980. Now, Audi has around 170 quattro versions, making it as the brand offering the widest selection of all-wheel drive vehicles among luxury car makers.

Audi built 710,095 cars with quattro drive. The carmaker also builds around 2,000 quattro drive models daily off its production lines at its Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm sites. Customers have been flocking to Quattro models. In fact, 44 percent of Audi customers opted for a quattro model in 2013.

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Bentley will produce W12 engines for sister brands Volkswagen and Audi starting 2015. The ultra-luxury carmaker said that its Crewe headquarters in England will become a ''center of excellence'' for W12 engines, which are fitted in Bentley models, Audi A8 sedan and the VW Phaeton.

W12 engines for Audi and VW are currently assembled in VW's Salzgitter engine plant in Germany. Bentley builds the 6.0-liter W12 engine for its Continental GT coupe, Continental GTC convertible and Flying Spur limousine.

The engine will also power its new SUV. The decision means that the plant’s W12 engine production will surge to 9,000 annually in 2017/18 and will result to the creation of 100 jobs, Bentley said.

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Audi has a dynamic start this year thanks to strong demand on models such as the A3, Q5 and A6, A7 and R8. In order to maintain the same path, the German manufacturer will boost output of its best-sellers and as a result it added 33 shifts at its German plants in January and February. In February alone, the German company added ten special shifts in Ingolstadt and three in Neckarsulm.

Meanwhile eight additional shifts are planned in Ingolstadt and two more in Neckarsulm this month. Board of Management Member for Production Dr. Frank Dreves: “Our Audi models are very popular all over the world; our order books are full. This makes us confident that we will grow again this year as well. For the coming months, we anticipate ongoing good utilization of capacity and additional shifts at our two domestic plants in Germany.”

“The Works Council approved the special shifts that the management applied for in the first few weeks of the year in order to make our manufacturing as economic as possible. The order situation is excellent and the additional shifts demonstrate the high flexibility of our employees. The workforce is thus making a significant contribution to the competitiveness of the production sites in Germany within the Group’s international production network,” stated the Chairman of Audi’s General Works Council, Peter Mosch.

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Audi’s Neckarsulm Plant will hold the topping-out ceremony at its new 23-hectare production facility at Böllinger Höfe, around 18 months after construction commenced. Audi is currently building a logistics hall and new production facilities for the Audi R8, with the first unit expected to roll off the assembly line in mid-2014.

Welcome around 200 guests to the topping-out ceremony for the new facility are Fred Schulze, Plant Manager; Franciscus van Meel, Managing Director of quattro GmbH; and Dieter Braun, Head of Plant Logistics at the Neckarsulm site.

The new facility – which represents a quarter of the entire Audi site in Neckarsulm -- is currently considered as the largest construction project in the Heilbronn region. Schulze remarked that new production facility is “a key element for the future viability and competitiveness of the Audi site.” He added that the construction project provides the space needed for high-volume production in Neckarsulm.”

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Audi plans to revive vehicle production in Brazil in 2014 as part of its bid to unseat BMW as the world’s largest luxury car maker in terms of sales. Audi plans a BRL500-million ($221.8 million) investment in Brazil by 2016, according to chief executive Rupert Stadler. Audi is expecting to sell around 30,000 vehicles in Brazil by 2018, including imported units.

Stadler said that they expect the Brazilian luxury car market to surge 170 percent in the next few years. He added that Audi is strengthening its position in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Audi’s announcement came a year after BMW disclosed plans to invest EUR200 million ($267 million) on a new Brazilian site, where it seeks to build up to 30,000 vehicles annually starting 2014. BMW is currently on its toes as it staves off aggressive challenges from Audi and Mercedes-Benz, which have both vowed to become the best-selling luxury carmaker in the world.

The No. 3 Mercedes is considering producing vehicles in Brazil, an option which decision will be known by the end of the year, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said during the Frankfurt auto show. Meanwhile, Audi will build the A3 sedan and the Q3 SUV at Volkswagen Group's Sao Jose dos Pinhais site in Brazil, starting next year. Audi commenced producing the A3 at the Sao Jose dos Pinhais site in 1999, but stopped its output in 2006 due to poor sales.

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Audi has reached a new production milestone after recently building its three-millionth Audi A3. Audi launched the A3 compact in 1996. The three-millionth Audi A3 is a 2.0 TDI quattro version in five-door Sportback form. This form is one of the three body styles available in the third-generation A3 range, which will be now available in a four-door saloon option.

Audi is planning to introduce more variant of the A3 in the near future. Audi built a total of 152,993 A3 series cars in 2012 at its Ingolstadt site in Germany. The figure included A3 and A3 Sportback models as well as S derivatives. The recently launched Audi A3 Sportback accounted for largest part of the output at the plant in 2012, with around 700 examples rolling daily off the assembly line. Audi sold around 913,000 examples of the first-generation Audi A3.

The second generation Audi A3 was very successful as well, with nearly 2 million examples delivered to customer from its launch in 2003. The second-generation A3 was known for dominating the compact segment terms of technology and quality.

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For the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), which will open its doors in September, Audi is preparing a big surprise for its fans – an extreme lightweight sports coupe based on the Quattro Concept.

The new car will be a resurrection of the legendary 1984 Sport Quattro, and according to the German media it will be a 2+2 seater much sharper and more sculptural than the concept version. Audi will use the A5 platform to build the new Quattro successor, which will be 4.4 metres long, 1.87 m wide and a height of just 1.34. The German manufacturer will use a mix of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) to build its new car, but also magnesium and aluminum in order to obtain a total weight of 1,300 kg.

Under the hood, we will not find the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine found on the concept version and capable to deliver 408 hp and 480 Nm of torque. In fact, the new sports car will get a bigger 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 found also on the RS6 and RS7 delivering up to 650 hp.

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According to the latest reports from Autocar, it appears that Audi decided that the R4 must go into production. Previewed by the e-Tron Spyder Concept, the new Audi R4 received the official green light as part of company’s future sports car programme.

Despite the fact that there were some concerns that it was too close to the TT, the R4 is becoming a reality and will share the same platform with a new entry-level Porsche and a Volkswagen two-seater. According to an unmentioned source who spoke with Autocar, the new R4 will not go on sale until after the third-generation Audi TT hits the dealerships and the exact launch timing is still a secret. Some of our sources suggest the fact that the R4 might go on sale by the end of 2014.

The R4 will step alongside the second-generation R8, which will also share some styling lines seen on the E-Tron Spyder Concept. Insiders told Autocar that the new R4 will share most of its elements of its front-end structure with the third-generation Boxster, which means that it will be closely related to the 911, just like the Boxster. The car will use a modified version of the current 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine delivering over 200 hp.

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