German carmaker giant Audi will move the production of its Q3 compact crossover vehicle from Spain to its plant in Győr in north-western Hungary as part of a restructuring of its global production network, Audi Hungaria Motor said.
Audi Hungaria’s managing director Peter Kössler said the decision was a testament to the Győr plant’s competitiveness. The company, however, did not reveal when production of the Q3 model would begin at the factory.
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said Audi’s decision will further strengthen Hungary’s position as a leader in Europe’s automotive industry and that it demonstrates that Hungary is an attractive investment destination with a skilled workforce. The decision also shows Audi’s commitment to Hungary. The Hungarian government, Audi and the city of Győr will collaborate to establish a regional industrial and higher education centre in the city to train future engineers for Hungary’s automotive industry, he said.
Audi produces TT Coupe models, TT Roadsters, Audi A3 Limousines and Audi A3 Cabriolets in Győr. Engine output at Audi’s plant in Hungary reached 2,022,520 in 2015, up by nearly 50,000 compared to 2014, while car output was up by around 25,000 at 160,206. Audi last year employed 11,274 people in Hungary, up from 11,411 in 2014.
via hungarymatters.hu and MTI; photo: motor1.com