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.
Audi achieved new record figures for
production, vehicle sales, revenue and profit before tax in the 2006
The revenue of the Audi Group rose
by 17.1 percent in the 2006 financial year to the all-time
record level of EUR 31.1 billion. This rate of increase is
significantly higher than the growth rate for vehicle sales
(up 9.2 percent). The brand with the four rings enjoyed an
even steeper rise of 43.2 percent in the operating result,
to EUR 2,015 million.
Profit before tax reached EUR 1,946
million and therefore showed a rise of 48.5 percent. This is
its highest ever level in the history of the company. Profit
after tax was EUR 1,343 million, representing a rise of 63
The Audi Group achieved significant
growth of 4.5 percentage points in the return on investment,
to 14.2 (9.7) percent.
The Audi brand established a new
record for vehicle sales for the eleventh year in succession
in 2006: it delivered 905,188 vehicles to customers
worldwide, representing a rise of 9.2 percent or 76,079
vehicles (2005: 829,109*). Record numbers of vehicles were
sold in 41 markets.
The subsidiary Lamborghini improved
on the previous sales record from 2005 (1,600 units),
selling 2,087 vehicles (up 30.4 percent).
Car production (including Lamborghini)
climbed by 14.1 percent in 2006 to the record level of 926,180
vehicles. With quattro versions accounting for 33.1 percent of this
total, the Ingolstadt-based car manufacturer is now the market
leader for four-wheel-drive vehicles in the premium segment. Engine
production by the Audi Group climbed 11.8 percent to 1,895,695