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Start of production and world
premiere for the Audi A3 Cabriolet in Hungary
Györ/Ingolstadt - Audi Hungaria
continues its success story with the Audi A3 Cabriolet:
production of the new model was officially started today by the
Hungarian Prime Minister, Ferenc Gyurcsány, and Audi's Chairman
of the Board of Management, Rupert Stadler, at AUDI HUNGARIA
MOTOR Kft. in Győr. The production launch was also the world
premiere for the new Audi A3 Cabriolet and was attended by a
host of international guests.
"Car manufacturing in Hungary at
Audi Hungaria has proved an outstanding success over the past
years with production of the Audi TT Coupé and TT Roadster. We
are convinced that the Hungarian factory, with production of the
Audi A3 Cabriolet, will make a major contribution to our
strategic objective to build 1.5 million vehicles in 2015,"
announced Stadler. He added that Audi Hungaria also formed the
core of the Group's engine manufacturing operations.
The project, which was launched in
2006, required an innovative and highly flexible manufacturing
operation. Modifications to the production equipment and
infrastructure were required to manufacture the new model on the
Audi TT Coupé and TT Roadster assembly line. Investments
totalling some five million euros (1.2 billion HUF) were made in
the production equipment for the new convertible. The new model
will be manufactured using the proven production alliance with
the Ingolstadt plant (body shop, paint shop).
The vehicle production operation
in Györ (Audi TT Coupé, Audi TT Roadster and Audi A3 Cabriolet)
has a maximum capacity of 300 vehicles per day. Vehicle assembly
started at Audi Hungaria in 1998 with the production of the Audi
TT. Since then, more than 300,000 vehicles have been produced in
Győr. The new generation of the Audi TT Coupé and TT Roadster
has been assembled at Audi Hungaria since 2006. This year, over
50,000 vehicles will leave the production line in Győr.
AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft., a wholly owned
subsidiary of AUDI AG based in Győr, is one of the principal engine
suppliers to the Audi and Volkswagen Groups. It also assembles the Audi
TT Coupé and TT Roadster sports cars in Győr. In 2006, the company built
1,893,600 engines and 23,675 vehicles. For many years, Audi Hungaria has
been one of the highest-revenue companies and one of the largest
exporters in Hungary. Since 2006, Audi Hungaria has also been supplying
numerous aluminium body parts for the Audi R8.
(Nov. 30, 2007)