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Expansion in Györ: Audi creates jobs in Hungary and Germany

(PresseBox) (Ingolstadt/Györ, ) .
- Audi Hungaria to invest around €900 million by 2013 in automotive production facilities at its Györ location, creating 1,800 new jobs
- Audi CEO Rupert Stadler: "We are forming the right conditions to achieve our ambitious goals for growth."
- General Works Council Chairman Peter Mosch: "A works agreement protects jobs at the German locations until the end of 2014."

AUDI AG has announced significant initiatives as it sets course for sustained growth and secure jobs. The company's Supervisory Board today decided to expand Audi's production plant in Györ, Hungary over the next three years. The Board of Management and General Works Council also agreed to extend existing employment guarantees for both German locations in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm until Dec. 31, 2014.

"By expanding our site in Györ, we are further developing our international competitiveness and are thereby forming the right conditions to achieve our ambitious goals," said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. Audi's goal is to be the most successful maker of premium cars by 2015 and to sell 1.5 million cars per year.

In order to create the production capacity to achieve this, AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. has purchased nearly 200 hectares next to its existing factory in Györ. The land was purchased from the Hungarian government for €23 million this summer. Audi will also invest around €900 million by the end of 2013 to expand the automotive production plant. At present body shells for the Audi models assembled in Györare produced in Ingolstadt and transported to Hungary by rail. In the future, the plant will have its own complete production chain including body manufacturing, paint shop and assembly.

Beginning in 2013 about 125,000 cars per year will roll off the line in Györ, including the Audi TT Coupé and TT Roadster sports cars, the A3 Cabriolet and another A3 derivative. In addition, the car manufacturer will create 1,800 new jobs at its Hungarian site. After the plant is upgraded, Audi will support more than 15,000 jobs in the region through its permanent workforce at Audi Hungaria as well as through its service providers and suppliers.

"This expansion to create a complete automotive plant is a clear commitment to the Györ production site," said Frank Dreves, Member of the Board of Management at AUDI AG for Production and Chairman of the Supervisory Commission of AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. "At the same time, this decision provides important advantages for the entire company. The hub concept allows us to compensate for temporary over- and under-capacities across locations."

Dr. Werner Widuckel, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Human Resources, described the developments as a win-win situation: "Not only are we creating 1,800 new positions in Györ, we're also safeguarding the jobs in Ingolstadt and Neckersulm through the development of new career fields. We are pushing forward with our involvement in important future technologies, for which Audi will be hiring around 500 new employees at both German locations during this year alone."

Peter Mosch, Chairman of the General Works Council of AUDI AG said these safeguards were particularly important. He said: "We support Audi's policies which are oriented on growth and employment. Not a single job in Germany is threatened by the expansion. This has been ensured until 2014 by the employment guarantee agreed by employee representatives and the Board of Management."

For the first time, a production hub is also being arranged at Györ that will work in conjunction with the site at Ingolstadt. This means that a new A3 derivative could be built in either Hungary or Germany. "In Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, stable employment will be ensured through measures including the development of additional fields of competence - such as advanced development in lightweight construction and electromobility," Mosch said.

The Audi Hungaria subsidiary was founded in 1993 with Györ playing a special role producing innovative and more efficient engines. Since 1998 the site has also possessed assembly capacities that are currently being used to build the Audi TT Coupé, the TT Roadster and the Audi A3 Cabriolet. With the purchase of the new parcel of land, the plant area has been enlarged from 176 to 366 hectares. Construction site preparations for the expansion of the production facilities are to begin during the current year.

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The Audi Group sold around 950,000 cars of the Audi brand in 2009. The Company posted revenue of €29.8 billion and an operating profit of €1.6 billion. Audi produces vehicles in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Győr (Hungary), Changchun (China) and Brussels (Belgium). Aurangabad in India saw the start of CKD production of the Audi A6 at the end of 2007, of the Audi A4 in early October 2008 and of the Audi Q5 in July 2010. Production of the new Audi A1 has been running at the Brussels plant since May 2010. The Company is active in more than 100 markets worldwide. AUDI AG's wholly owned subsidiaries include AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft., Automobili Lamborghini Holding S.p.A. in Sant'Agata Bolognese (Italy) and quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm. Audi currently employs around 58,000 people worldwide, including 45,500 in Germany. Between 2010 and 2012 the Audi Group is planning to invest €5.5 billion, mainly in new products, in order to sustain the Company's technological lead embodied in its "Vorsprung durch Technik" slogan. By 2015, Audi plans to increase the number of models in its portfolio to 42.

Audi has long been fulfilling its social responsibility on many levels - with the aim of making the future worth living for generations to come. The basis for Audi's lasting success is therefore formed by environmental protection, the conservation of resources, international competitiveness and a forwardlooking human resources policy. One example of AUDI AG's commitment to environmental issues is the newly established Audi Environmental Foundation.

AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft., a fully owned subsidiary of AUDI AG based in Győr, is one of the major engine suppliers to the Audi and Volkswagen Group. Furthermore, the Audi TT Coupé and TT Roadster sports cars are assembled in Győr. The plant also began assembly of the Audi A3 Cabriolet in November 2007. Since 2006 Audi Hungaria has delivered numerous aluminum body parts for the Audi R8. In 2009, 1,383,909 engines and 32,603 cars were built here. Audi Hungaria has long been one of Hungary's highest-earning companies and biggest exporters. Total investment since the founding of the company amounts to €3.89 billion.