As with virtually all automakers, Audi has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. Demand dropped in many parts of the world and car production came to an abrupt end at several factories. These unexpected disruptions are evidenced by the number of cars built in the first quarter of the year. Audi has released its Q1 2020 report, providing a breakdown of car production by model.
While many of the cars suffered from a production decline, there were several models that were actually assembled in greater volumes, including the A3 and A6 sedans as well as the A4 and A6 Allroad Quattro wagons. Interestingly, production of the company’s most expensive car – the R8 Spyder – nearly doubled compared to Q1 2019, but the V10 naturally aspirated droptop remains Audi’s lowest-volume model. At the other end of the spectrum, the Q5 took the lead with nearly 60,000 units, down from almost 75,000 in the same period of last year.
Overall, customer deliveries fell by 21.1 percent in the first three months of the year to 352,993 cars (down from 447,247 in 2019). If there is a silver lining in all of this, Audi’s decline is actually lower than the drop in demand for the overall market, which went down by 23.3 percent. The situation is gradually returning to normal as production in China has largely resumed and all dealerships in the People’s Republic are now operational. In Europe, Audi has been restarting operations since late April.
Speaking of China, it’s worth mentioning the production figures published above include the 91,180 vehicles assembled by the associated company FAW-Volkswagen. In addition, the production number for the Q2 baby crossover includes the 273 examples of the Q2 L e-tron electric model built by the aforementioned FAW-VW. The same goes for the table about deliveries to customers.
Since Audi is technically the owner of Lamborghini, the associated numbers of the Sant’Agata Bolognese company are also listed in the Audi Group Quarterly Report. The full document can be found HERE where there are additional details about production, for each of the car and engine factories, along with info regarding motorcycle production and customer deliveries for the Ducati brand.