Audi Building Compact Car in Belgium



The Wall Street Journal reports that Audi will take control over a VW Group assembly plant inBrussels, Belgium, and will begin producing a new compact vehicle there by the end of the decade.

The report, via the Dow Jones wire, says that Audi will take full control of the factory, which had built the VW Golf until recently. With Golf production consolidated at two other plants, the Belgian factory had been without a future product.


Workers at the Brussels plant have approved work changes, including boosting the work week from 35 to 38 hours, to win Audi’s new project for the plant. Audi plans to build up to 100,000 compacts in the factory each year beginning in late 2009. Until then, both VW and Audi will take a share of the plant’s production.


Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed his goal for Audi sales of one million units by 2008 and 1.5 million cars by 2015. Last week, Stadler told TheCarConnection that Audi would not need to consider a U.S. assembly plant until its sales reach 1.2 million units, which would presumably be a target for the first years of the next decade.


Audi sold just over 900,000 cars last year, and is adding the A5 coupe this year, at projected worldwide volumes of 25,000 to 30,000 vehicles annually.


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