Audi Hungaria has announced that it will invest a double-digit million euro amount in local technical development over the next two years. The focus of the investment is on the installation of a functional test bench for the development of electric drives and transmissions.
In addition, the existing test benches are to be upgraded for hybridisation and future electric drives in the spirit of the EV transformation, according to Audi. After Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, Györ is the third-largest development centre of the VW brand. The work will also focus on digital solutions, such as planning tools and vehicle simulators.
“Thanks to the investment, we will be able to further reinforce our e-testing competences and, thereby, prepare Technical Development for the era of electromobility,” Alfons Dintner, CEO of Audi Hungaria. “The highly-trained staff of our Vehicle Drive Development department is able to test all drives produced within Volkswagen Group at Audi Hungaria, providing high-quality services for the whole of the Group.”
Györ is an important production plant for Audi’s four-cylinder engines (petrol and diesel), and development work relating to design and mechanical development also takes place there, as well as in the application of the engine management system, the optimisation of engine acoustics and in the testing area of the drives.
Electromobility is not new there, however: the electric drives for the Audi e-tron quattro have been manufactured there since 2018, and production of the specially developed electric motors was expanded in 2019. The electric drives for the PPE developed jointly with Porsche are also to be assembled at the plant; preparations for this have been underway since February.