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Audi Brussels factory to receive 500 million euro investment

Great news for the Audi Brussels factory in Belgium as the company’s local CEO Patrick Danau has announced a major investment at this plant. Over the next five years, the company will invest no less than 500 million euros, with the money going towards getting the factory ready to produce two new models.

One of these models will replace the A1 on the assembly line while the other could be the second generation Q3 compact crossover, although they are currently negotiating regarding the identity of this second model. Thanks to this major investment, annual production at Audi Brussels could increase from the current 120,000 units to 150,000 cars.

It is not known for sure at this point where the 500 million euro investment will also create additional jobs at Audi Brussels. However, Patrick Danau did say that high factory labor costs are restrictive but he did add the factory will remain open for business for at least ten years from now.

At the moment, the factory in Brussels produces only Audi’s entry-level model, the A1, but before that they also made the fifth generation of the Volkswagen Golf. In the past this was the location where the classic Volkswagen Beetle was assembled which was followed by the Passat and then by the tiny Lupo. At various stages, the Audi Brussels factory also put together the Audi A3 as well as the Volkswagen Polo.

Adrian Padeanu

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