Audi is getting ready to make a push for mass production of electric vehicles and is readying a production network for the mobility of the future. Audi’s plant in Brussels, Belgium, currently makes the A1 super-mini, but will send A1 production to Audi’s Martorell plant in Spain so it can focus on the e-tron Quattro. This will push Audi Q3 production, currently being produced in Spain, to Gy?r, Hungary. This big shuffling of vehicle production shows Audi’s priority for electric vehicles and how important they are to the four-ringed brand.
“The new model distribution will enhance our production efficiency and strengthen all of the sites involved,” According to Rupert Stadler, Audi’s Chairman of the Board of Management. “It will allow us to utilize further synergies within the Volkswagen Group and to bundle key competencies.” The model decisions protect jobs and promote the internationalization of the production network.
According to Audi, the e-tron Quattro Concept first shown at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is a very clear representation of the final product and is near production ready. It will be a sportier SUV that will slot between the Audi Q5 and Q7 in the brand’s SUV lineup. The e-tron Quattro’s three electric motors and high-capacity battery allow it to produce 496 hp and achieve 500 km (310 miles) of range while also offering everyday practicality and fun performance. The Brussels plant will exclusively produce this e-tron Quattro and will even have its own battery production, making it the key plant for electric vehicle production in the Volkswagen Group.