Audi Electronic Center

With a total investment of around 48 million Euro, a seven-storey building is being erected that will concentrate Audi's electronic competence and provide scope for future expansion. From May 2003 on, 750 employees from the development, purchasing and quality assurance departments will work in this building.

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Audi's Product Development facilities in Ingolstadt, Germany

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Audi's research and development facilities at Ingolstadt, Germany

The tasks performed by AUDI AG Technical Development include the development of engines (power units and transmissions), design and body development onto the development of the complete vehicle. The crash tests for vehicle safety are also part of Technical Development, as are the proving ground, the wind tunnel and the EMC measuring hall, where the electronics of the vehicle are tested for electromagnetic compatibility.


4,236 employees work in Technical Development, which covers an area of 127,400 square metres: about one-third of these are industrial workers and around two-thirds are salaried employees, with 61 percent of these being engineers. The engineer workplaces cover an area of just under 50,000 square metres. More than 42,000 square metres are occupied by workshops, and at least 35,000 square metres are taken up by test rigs.

The Electronics Centre was opened in 2003. This transparent, open-plan building concept comprising office, laboratory and workshop areas is where all sections of the company dealing with electronics come together. The seven-stores, terrace-shaped building complex provides working space for 750 employees from the areas of Electronics Development, Purchasing, Quality Assurance, Production Preparation, Service and Controlling. The Electronics Centre houses a total of six measuring and testing facilities for vehicles, e.g. a climatic test centre for weather and road simulations, a light tunnel, an MMI laboratory (Multi Media Interface) and a sound laboratory for the development of hifi concepts. In addition, there are various testing facilities for networked electronic components.

"1999 Design Team of the Year": Award for Audi Design

Ingolstadt/Essen, June 10, 1999 - The Design Centre of North Rhine-Westphalia has voted the Audi Design Team its "1999 Design Team of the Year". Peter Schreyer, Head of Audi Design, will be taking receipt of the award on behalf of the entire design team at a ceremony being held this evening in Essen. Last year's winner of this award, Stefano Marzano, of Philips Design, will be passing on the trophy, which goes by the name of "Radius", in front of 2,000 guests from the worlds of business, politics and design.

"Audi Design has succeeded in developing a distinctive, clearly identifiable formal idiom," stated the Design Centre of North Rhine-Westphalia as the reason for its decision. It commended Audi's success in transforming its image in recent years by overtly placing emphasis on design, and perceived this as evidence that Audi has acknowledged how design plays a major part in the success of the company as a whole, over and above being merely a matter of outward appearance.

Audi TT, price winning design
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Audi TT Coupé

The Design Centre of North Rhine-Westphalia has been presenting its "Design Team of the Year" award since 1987 in the context of the competition entitled "Design Innovations". As part of the "Design Innovations '99" special exhibition, which will run for four weeks in the Design Centre's Schürer Hall in Essen, Germany, Audi Design is introducing itself through a re-enactment of the sculpting of an Audi TT Coupé on a 1:1 scale.

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