Audi announced it will continue expanding production at its German plants beginning with March, due to ‘stable’ demand for luxury vehicles in the US.
VW’s Audi said it will add 12 special production shifts at its German plants located in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, due to increased demand for models such as the A7 coupe, the A6 sedan and the Q5 SUV, according to spokesman Joachim Cordshagen. Audi is also considering the possibility of adding more shifts at these plants from the second quarter.
Audi began adding more shifts at its German factories since the beginning of this year, and the measures might increase first-quarter output by about 5,000 units in first-quarter output by about 5,000 units in Neckarsulm, Cordshagen.
At the end of 2012 Audi announced it will invest 13 billion euro ($17.2 billion) through 2016 for its global operations, 8 billion from this sum to be spent for its two main German plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. The money will also be used for Audi’s plan to expand in other markets, building plants in China and Mexico and adding new technology to its plants in China and Hungary.
“We have no plans to take the foot off the accelerator, because when the crisis is over, there will be another recovery,” Chief Executive Rupert Stadler said in an interview at Audi’s Ingolstadt headquarters.