Audi to build an “A3 derivative” in Hungary from 2013 image

An automobile production plant with a complete process chain – from a press shop, body shop and paint shop all the way to an assembly hall – is being built at the Gy?r site.

German premium carmaker Audi Ag., celebrates the roofing ceremony for its new automobile plant in Hungary.

Starting in 2013, Gy?r will produce 125,000 automobiles per year. The first model will be an A3 derivative, the company said.

The new generation of the Audi A3 has been officially presented to the public last month at the Geneva Motor Show and the model is wearing the 2013 model year in its name. The vehicle is the first model to use the MQB platform (Modular Transverse Matrix) which will also underpin more future models like the future generation of the Volkswagen Golf.
Audi says that the three-door version will be the first one to make its appearance and the model is 4,237 mm long, 1,777 mm wide and 1,421 mm tall, with a weight loss of 80 kg compared to its predecessor.
Form-hardened steel is used in the floor, A and B-pillars and roof arches, shedding 18kg. The aluminium wheelarches and bonnet save 7kg and the new floor insulation is 600g lighter. Plastic rivets replace hundreds of metal screws, too, saving 4g per rivet.

Excellent cabin detail ranges from the multi-layered pieces of dashboard trim that give a 3D effect to air vents which offer spot and diffuse functions. The floor of the 365-litre boot can be latched up at an angle for easy access to the spare wheel well, and fixed flat at two heights to boost space.

An S3 motivated by a 270-hp turbo four is scheduled for 2015, while an RS3 powered by a derivative of the 360-hp turbocharged five-cylinder from the TT RS is due a year after that.
The A3 sedan is scheduled to arrive in 2014 at a price likely to exceed the current five-door’s $28,145 base sticker by a couple grand.