Audi agrees to continue to make cars in Germany and wants to build two new electric SUV in Ingolstadt from 2021. Both the union and the management of the VW brand thus secured 60,000 jobs, at least until 2025.
The agreement is to guarantee employment at Audi’s German facilities and more concretely in Ingolstadt. There at the Audi headquarters, two electric SUV will be built from 2021 but no further details have been given. It seems likely though that at least one of the novel models will utilise the new premium platform Audi is working on with Porsche reportedly rather than Volkswagen’s global EV platform MEB.
Audi had recently been criticised for its decision to make the e-tron SUV in Brussels, starting next year, followed by the e-tron Sportback in 2019, also in Belgium (we reported). However, Audi’s extensive electrification strategy includes the launch of 20 electrified models by 2025, of which more than half will be all-electric models. The push for e-mobility is global and thus the brand’s plans include facilities in Mexico and Hungary to produce Audi plug-ins.