500,000th Audi A1 rolled off the production line in Brussels

Article by Christian A., on October 15, 2014

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.

Moreover, when the jubilee model rolled off the production line, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium visited the Audi plant in Forest, a municipality of Brussels as well as Prof. Thomas Sigi, Board of Management Member for Human Resources and Labor Relations Director at AUDI AG, and Patrick Danau, General Director at Audi Brussels.

With an assured road posture – strong, distinct, and full of personality, the Audi A1 is the premium choice and the athlete for its segment. The prominent surrounding shoulder outline, the colour-contrast of its roof arch, and the uniquely sharp-sloping C-pillars provide the three-door an undeniable profile. The proportions also display the energetic lines: 3.95 m (12.96 ft) long, the newest model from Audi is an inspiring 1.74 m (5.71 ft) wide but just 1.42 m (4.66 ft) high. The wheelbase is 2.47 m (8.10 ft), and the overhangs are congruently short.

Audi A1 design is compactly integrated into the company's design motif and distinct in the compact group - sensitive, strong, and progressive. Audi’s reputation for moving many ideas and advances from its concept vehicles into its series cars continues with the Audi A1. Numerous features and novel concepts from the 2007 Audi A1 project quattro show car are already in the Audi A1 production series.

The front has an undeniable family similarity, but it has distinct accents and advanced in its details. The single-framed grille, for instance, is a congruous integration into the front, and its angular top corners represent a new revolutionary phase. Its braces have a horizontal arrangement to accentuate the front’s width. The big, plastic modelled air inlets have horizontal bars that add to the sporty A1 appearance. The fog lamps sit in their outermost corners.

The solidly styled headlamps also have a uniquely special appearance. The A1 appears determined and focused. A boldly curved wing frames the headlight interiors. As in each Audi, the daytime running lights come standard. With the available xenon plus, the daytime running lights use LEDs and a light guide. They look like a single strip tracing the wing.

Press Release

Jubilee in Brussels: 500,000th Audi A1

  • King Philippe of Belgium visits the Audi site in Brussels
  • Audi’s Board of Management Member for Human Resources Prof. Thomas Sigi: “The Brussels team produces the A1 family with experience, skill and passion”

500,000 Audi A1* cars produced at the plant in Brussels. The jubilee model, a Misano red Audi A1 S line, drove off the assembly line today. The car is equipped with a 1.4 liter TFSI engine and is destined for a customer in Germany. His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium visited the Audi plant in Forest, a municipality of Brussels, on this special day. Prof. Thomas Sigi, Board of Management Member for Human Resources and Labor Relations Director at AUDI AG, and Patrick Danau, General Director at Audi Brussels, showed the monarch around the modern automobile factory.

“The King’s visit on the jubilee of the Audi A1 is a special honor for the Brussels team,” stated Audi’s Board of Management Member for Human Resources Thomas Sigi. “Our employees here produce the A1 family with experience, skill and passion, and at the same time demonstrate the international competitiveness of the plant in Belgium.”

“We are delighted that King Philippe has visited our plant,” added Patrick Danau, General Director at Audi Brussels. The program for the King’s visit focused on the workforce of Audi Brussels and the new technical developments at the plant. Another aspect that was emphasized was the successful model of dual education and training, with which Audi combines theoretical education at local colleges with practical experience in its apprentice workshops.

Audi has been producing its A1 family at the state-of-the-art plant in Brussels for nearly four years now. “Together with our team, we make a significant contribution to the Group’s growth and competitiveness,” stated Danau.

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