The all-new Audi Q2 has entered series production at the main plant of the company in Ingolstadt. The new Q2, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, represents the 13th model series of the brand. Audi employees are producing the new Q2 on the A3 line. It passes through the body shop, paint shop and assembly together with the Audi A3. This required extensive modifications while production was running as well as new logistics planning.
Albert Mayer, plant director at the Audi site in Ingolstadt, emphasized: “The start of series production of a new model is always a great challenge and something special for a plant and its employees. We are proud to be building the Audi Q2 – the Q‑family entry model – here in Ingolstadt for the world market. I would like to thank the Audi team for the successful start of production.” Production of the Audi Q2 is now being gradually increased to approximately 450 units a day. At the Ingolstadt site, Audi is investing in innovative methods to master the increasing complexity of production. For the start of production of the Audi Q2 for example, a fully automatic module store for the drivetrain was installed on the assembly line, increasing local storage capacity.
Max Wäcker, deputy chairman of the works council, stated: “The works council has worked consistently and successfully to ensure that the Audi Q2 is built in Ingolstadt. This is necessary for good utilization of our main plant’s capacity and is therefore a great success for all Audi employees in Ingolstadt.” With the Q2, the company is continuing the success story of its Q-family. The Audi Q2 starts with six different engines: three TFSI and three TDI units delivering between 116bhp and 190bhp. Orders can soon be placed for the new model from Ingolstadt. Just to add to your knowledge, the Audi site in Ingolstadt is the largest production facility within the Audi Group and the second-largest car plant in Europe. The company produces more than half a million vehicles a year in Ingolstadt with a new Audi driving off the assembly lines there every 30 seconds – more than 2,500 cars a day.