Audi to add third shift at Hungarian factory image

Audi plans to manufacture its new generation TT sports car at its plant in Gyor, Hungary. To prepare for the car’s production launch it’s now going to add a third workers’ shift at the facility.

The manufacturing facility will gain additional employees for the production of the new generation of the sports car in mid-August, just prior to the launch of the model. The Gyor, western Hungary factory already produced the TT Coupe and its open top variant, besides the A3 sedan and convertible – at an annual potential production capacity of 160,000 units.

“We are preparing for serial production of the new Audi TT Coupe with full steam. Introduction of the third shift is inevitable,” said the plant’s production boss, Gerd Walker.

The plant, located 20km (75 miles) from Budapest, last year made just 42,851 autos and 1.93 million engines, much of them for export. Volkswagen AG’s luxury division Audi committed to the facility another 900 million euros ($1.23 billion) in order to extend the flexibility of the plant -it can cope now with the entire production spectrum. The expansion, finalized in 2013, also attracted the unwanted attention of the EU commission – which is now probing the Hungarian state aid offered to Audi to support the investment. The government gave Audi 133.3 million euros in relation to the expansion project.

Via Automotive News Europe