Audi Ag., on Tuesday said the company plans to hire some 1,200 specialists in 2012. From 2012 through 2016, the Audi Group is planning to invest a total of € 13 billion, mainly in new products and technologies and in expanding its sites.
“We are aiming to achieve strong growth on an international scale and boost our lightweight construction and electric mobility areas of expertise in particular. That is why we will be hiring even more people and are planning to appoint a further 1,200 experts next year.”
“To maintain our profitable growth, we will step up investment spending on new products,” said Axel Strotbek, Member of the Board of Management for Finance and Organization at AUDI AG.
However, according to Rupert Stadler, Audi’s CEO, 2012 is going to be tougher year for the automobile market than 2011.
The executive pointed out the typical challenge for economic trouble in the EU and perhaps the U.S.
Stadler, who has set a goal of making Audi the world’s top premium car maker by 2015, told Reuters carmakers have a better chance of growing in the premium segment because emerging markets like China will produce a crop of millionaires in dollar terms.