The Audi AG is a German car manufacturer that designs, manufactures, produces, markets, and sells luxury vehicles. Audi is part of the Volkswagen Group and has its roots in Ingolstadt, Bavaria. Audi brand vehicles are produced in nine production plants around the world. The origins of the company are complex and date back to the beginning of the 20th century. The first companies were founded by engineer August Horch. and two other manufacturers who led to the creation of the Auto Union in 1932. The modern era of Audi essentially began in the 1960s when the Auto Union of Daimler-Benz was taken over by Volkswagen. After relaunching the Audi brand with the introduction of the Audi F103 in 1965, Volkswagen merged Auto Union with the NSU engine factories in 1969, creating the present form of the business.
Audi makes vehicles in seven factories around the world, some of which are shared with other brands in the VW group, although many sub-assemblies such as engines and transmissions are made in other factories in the Volkswagen group. In September 2012, Audi announced the construction of its first North American production plant in Puebla, Mexico. This system was put into service in 2016 and produces the second-generation Audi Q5. From 2002 to 2003, Audi led the Audi Brand Group, a division of the Volkswagen Automotive Group, made up of Audi, Lamborghini, and SEAT, which focused on sporting values, the brand of the product, and the performance of the brands being under the greatest responsibility of the Audi brand.
In January 2014, Audi operated a stand with the Wireless Power Consortium at the Consumer Electronics Show, where a phone compartment compliant with the Qi standard for open interfaces was presented. In May, most Audi dealerships in the UK erroneously claimed that the Audi A7, Audi A8, and Audi R8 had been subjected to NCAP safety tests, all of which gave five out of five stars. In fact, none have been tested.
In 2015 Audi admitted that at least 2.1 million Audi cars were involved in the Volkswagen emissions scandal, in which software installed in cars manipulated emission data to trick regulators and pollute cars more than the government has mandated for models Audi A1, Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi A5, Audi A6, Audi TT, Audi Q3, and Audi Q5 were involved in the scandal. Audi has promised to quickly find a technical solution and upgrade the cars to operate within the framework of emission regulations. Ulrich Hackenberg, director of research and development at Audi, has been suspended due to the scandal. Despite wide media coverage of the September scandal, Audi said sales in the United States had increased 16.2% in the month under review. The parent company of Audi Volkswagen announced the arrest of the boss of Audi Rupert Stadler on June 18, 2018.
In November 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency proposed the 3-liter diesel versions of the Audi A6 Quattro, Audi A7 Quattro, Audi A8, Audi A8L, and Q5 2016 as additional models with software installed to reduce emissions from devices. These models, therefore, emitted nitrogen oxides up to nine times the legal limit when the car found that it was not connected to emission testers.
In November 2016, Audi announced its intention to build an assembly plant in Pakistan. The local partner of the company purchases land for an installation in the Korangi Creek industrial park in Karachi. Approval of the plan would result in an investment of $30 million in the new facility. Audi plans to cut 9,500 jobs in Germany from 2020 to 2025 to finance electric vehicles and digital work. Audi has supported the technology of producing synthetic diesel from water and carbon dioxide. Audi calls synthetic diesel E-Diesel. It also works on synthetic petrol. In logistics, Audi uses scanner gloves for recording parts during assembly and automatic robots to convert factory cars into rail vehicles.