Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Porsche and Audi developing shared architecture for electric cars

The joint electric offensive by Porsche and Audi was launched ten months ago. Now the premium manufacturers are deepening their development partnership and achieving concrete results. The goal of the cooperation, which will create a pioneering architecture called the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), is to shape the mobility of tomorrow together and to put future electric vehicles on the market more quickly.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Audi Sport to start 2018 season in America and Australia with strong customer teams

  • Daytona 24 Hours to open North American IMSA Series
  • Intercontinental GT Challenge to kick off with Bathurst 12 Hour in Australia
Two weeks following the one-two win in the 24-hour race in Dubai, the new Audi R8 LMS GT4 will now be racing in North America. The audience there will get to see the customer sport race car for the first time in the traditional opening round of the IMSA Series at Daytona from January 27 to 28. Just one week later, on February 4, the Intercontinental GT Challenge will kick off in Australia.
With its product offensive Audi Sport customer racing is strengthening its presence in international motor racing. “While motorsport in many series is still at rest at the beginning of the year our customers are already racing in three international events,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “We’re particularly pleased to see how popular our new models already are. The GT3 and GT4 versions of the Audi R8 LMS and the Audi RS 3 LMS are in high international demand.” In Dubai, a total of 13 driver squads relied on one of these three race cars. At Daytona, the touring and the two GT sports cars are competing as well. The Audi R8 LMS GT3 will be battling in the 24-hour race for Audi’s third victory in the GTD class after 2013 and 2016. Team Magnus Racing was victorious two years ago and is returning with an Audi R8 LMS. The cockpit will be shared by three Americans, John Potter, Andy Lally, Andrew Davis, and German Audi Sport driver Markus Winkelhock. Team Montaplast by Land-Motorsport in 2017 just barely missed victory by 0.293 seconds and is going to race with the two Audi Sport campaigners Christopher Mies and Kelvin van der Linde, plus his brother, Sheldon van der Linde, and Jeffrey Schmidt.
As part of the supporting program of the iconic 24-hour race, spectators can expect to see a strong field and thrilling battles in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. TCR race cars are admitted for the first time. Five teams from Audi Sport customer racing’s circle are fielding a total of seven Audi RS 3 LMS. In the GS class, three Audi R8 LMS GT4 cars, distributed to two teams, are making their debut. Both classes are contesting a joint 4-hour race.
Australia, Audi will be battling for overall victory seven days later. In 2011 and 2012, customer teams supported by Audi Sport customer racing won the 12-hour classic on the Bathurst race track with the Audi R8 LMS. The challenging roller coaster circuit 200 kilometres west of Sydney will open the 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge. Rounds in Europe, Asia and North America complete the calendar. Audi in 2016 and 2017 was the overall winner in the drivers’ and manufacturers’ classifications. This year, the four rings are tackling the defence of both titles.
Eight GT3 race cars are taking on the challenge in Australia. Team Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing will be on the grid with five Audi Sport drivers, Kelvin van der Linde, Frédéric Vervisch, Christopher Haase, Christopher Mies and Markus Winkelhock, plus local touring car ace Garth Tander. Audi Sport Team WRT is contesting a race in Australia for the first time. One of the two cockpits will be shared by Audi Sport campaigners Robin Frijns and Dries Vanthoor with Blancpain GT Sprint Champion Stuart Leonard. At the wheel of the second WRT Audi will be last year’s FIA WEC GT Am Trophy winners Mathias Lauda, Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy together with local hero Will Davison. Three privateer teams from Australia and one from New Zealand are completing the circle of Audi’s customer teams at Bathurst. “This puts us in a good position in America and in Australia for the next two endurance races,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing.
Driver lineups
Daytona GT3
Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS
Andrew Davis/Andy Lally/John Potter/Markus Winkelhock (USA/USA/USA/D)

Montaplast by Land-Motorsport Audi R8 LMS
Kelvin van der Linde/Sheldon van der Linde/Christopher Mies/Jeffrey Schmidt (ZA/ZA/D/CH)

Daytona GT4
GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4
Daren Jorgensen/Cameron Lawrence/Rick Parfitt Jr. (USA/USA/USA)

GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4
Andrew Davis/George Kurtz/James Sofronas (USA/USA/USA)

CarBahn Motorsports Audi R8 LMS GT4 Sameer Gandhi/Tyler McQuarrie/Mark Siegel/Jeff Westphal (USA/USA/USA/USA)
Daytona TCR
eEuroParts Audi RS 3 LMS Lee Carpentier/Kieron O’Rourke (USA/USA)

Compass Racing Audi RS 3 LMS
Rodrigo Sales/Kuno Wittmer (USA/CDN)

Compass Racing Audi RS 3 LMS
Roy Block/Pierre Kleinubing (RA/BR)

Compass Racing Audi RS 3 LMS
Britt Casey Jr./Tom Long (USA/USA)

JDC Motorsports Audi RS 3 LMS

Murillo Racing Audi RS 3 LMS
Matt Fassnacht/Justin Piscitel (USA/USA)

RS Werkes Audi RS 3 LMS
Don Istock (USA)

Bathurst GT3
Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS
Kelvin van der Linde/Garth Tander/Frédéric Vervisch (ZA/AUS/B)

Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS
Christopher Haase/Christopher Mies/Markus Winkelhock (D/D/D)

Audi Sport Team WRT Audi R8 LMS
Robin Frijns/Stuart Leonard/Dries Vanthoor (NL/GB/B)

Audi Sport Team WRT Audi R8 LMS
Paul Dalla Lana/Will Davison/Pedro Lamy/Mathias Lauda (CDN/AUS/P/A)

Supabarn Audi R8 LMS
James Koundouris/Theo Koundouris/Duvashen Padayachee/Ash Walsh (AUS/AUS/AUS/AUS)

Hallmarc Audi R8 LMS
Marc Cini/Dean Fiore/Lee Holdsworth (AUS/AUS/AUS)

Daniel Gaunt/Ash Samadi/NN (NZ/AUS)

International Motorsport Audi R8
LMS Richard Bagnall/Matt Halliday/Jonny Reid (NZ/NZ/NZ)

Article source: www.audi.co.uk

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Good ideas from employees: AUDI AG saves approximately €108.6 million in 2017

Record results for the Audi Ideas Program: AUDI AG accepted and implemented approximately 15,000 suggestions for improvements from employees in 2017. This led to savings for the automobile manufacturer at its plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm of approximately €108.6 million last year, which is 23.4 percent more than in the previous year.

Audi places importance on quick and lean processes in its ideas management: Experts from the relevant departments examine the employees’ suggestions at headquarters and decided directly on implementation. An online tool informs the employees about how the process is progressing and ensures maximum transparency. An internal ideas agency accompanies and advises the employees. The Audi employees receive financial rewards from the company for suggestions that are implemented, the amount of which depends on the savings achieved.

“We always encourage our employees to look very closely at their own working area and to question the status quo,” stated Joachim Kraege, Head of Organization and Consulting at AUDI AG, “because the creativity and inventiveness of everyone at Audi are crucial success factors for us.” Klaus Mittermaier, Chairman of the Group Works Council at AUDI AG: “It is our workforce that makes the long‑term success of our brand possible. The Audi Ideas Program shows that very clearly. So it’s very important to us as members of the Works Council that our colleagues personally profit from their improvement suggestions.”

Often it is apparently small, unspectacular ideas from one’s own working area that improve processes, avoid waste or make work easier. For example, two auto‑mechatronics apprentices had the idea of marking torque‑wrench sockets green and red. The color system eases the fitting of the sockets, prevents the wrong use of the tool and therefore saves time. 

Thanks to the idea of two employees in engine development, Audi saves approximately €100,000 each year. The two maintenance workers noticed that the ventilation systems in their buildings were operating day and night. Their suggestion: reducing the fans’ speed when no‑one is present. 

Meanwhile, the ventilation systems are switched on during the week only from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.
In the area of quality assurance, three employees improved the method of measuring car doors: They reduced the time required to adjust the measuring instruments from 34 to just 18 minutes for each door. As a result, they and their colleagues save 200 working hours each year, in which they can now concentrate on other tasks. 

There has been an employee suggestion scheme at Audi for 50 years now, and the Ideas Program has existed in its current form since 1994. The Audi Group has established ideas programs also at its other plants in Europe. In Győr and Brussels, the company implemented more than 10,100 employee suggestions in 2017 and thus saved approximately €33 million.

Article source: www.audi-mediacenter.com

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Double delight for ŠKODA as Octavia and Superb take top honours at the 2018 What Car? Awards

ŠKODA has continued its winning streak at the What Car? Awards, driving off with two category wins and no fewer than five price point victories. Widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the automotive world, the 2018 What Car? Awards are among the most coveted in the industry. The new Octavia and Superb once again proved unbeatable in the eyes of the What Car? judging panel – with both models repeating their victories in their respective sectors.

Milton Keynes, 25 January 2018: Leading ŠKODA’s silverware haul was the recently updated Octavia, which reclaimed the title of Best Family Car. The Octavia’s 2018 victory was the model’s third category triumph in five years – a remarkable achievement given the number of models competing in the sector. The judging panel praised the Octavia’s exceptional all-round ability, with What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford adding: “The Octavia has long been the car that we'd recommend to people looking for comfort and space from their family hatchback. But an update last year has made it better than ever. Our favoured 1.5-litre petrol engine is both strong and frugal, the suspension is perfectly judged for UK roads and the Octavia can take more luggage than most estate cars.”
Not to be outdone by its smaller sibling, the Superb Estate proved unbeatable once again, and was named Best Estate Car 2018 for the third year in a row. Despite the arrival of new models within the sector, the Superb’s cavernous interior, high quality, remarkable value for money and low running costs saw it rise to the top of the list once again.
Commenting on the Superb’s hat-trick of Estate Car titles, Steve Huntingford, What Car? Editor said: “The Superb Estate is classy, comfortable and so spacious that we struggle to think of another car that offers quite so much room inside. In addition, it’s exceptionally good value, offering all the quality and equipment of far more expensive cars. In short, it excels in every area a good estate car should.”
In addition to the two category awards, ŠKODA was also recognised as price point winners in four categories. With many class categories featuring models with vastly different prices, What Car? recognises models that are the best value within a set price bracket.
The recently revised Citigo was named a price point winner in the City Car category, while its supermini stablemate the Fabia was also named a winner in the Estate Car category (which was won by the Superb). The Superb was named a price point winner in the Executive Car category while the Karoq was a price point victor in the Family SUV category.
Further details of the What Car? Awards can be found in the February 2018 edition of the magazine and at www.whatcar.com. Additional assets for all ŠKODA models are downloadable from SkodaMedia.
Article source: www.skoda.co.uk

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Production line for the KAROQ in Mladá Boleslav

ŠKODA AUTO reacts to high customer demand and will also manufacture their new compact SUV in Mladá Boleslav. The company has invested 16.6 million euros in the production line.
At the turn of the year, ŠKODA AUTO began series production of the new ŠKODA KAROQ at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav. Following in the footsteps of Kvasiny, it is the second Czech plant to be used by the brand to manufacture the new compact SUV. ŠKODA is now producing four model ranges in Mladá Boleslav – the FABIA, RAPID and OCTAVIA also roll off the production line there. Up to 320 ŠKODA KAROQs can be made each day at the brand’s main plant.

“The high demand for our SUV models underlines the fact that – with the ŠKODA KAROQ and the ŠKODA KODIAQ – we have launched the right vehicles at the right time,” said ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics Michael Oeljeklaus. “We are proud to have established Mladá Boleslav – beside Kvasiny - as a further production site for the KAROQ in the Czech Republic,” added Oeljeklaus.

The first ŠKODA KAROQ from Mladá Boleslav rolled off the assembly line a few days ago. The plant in Kvasiny had started production of the new compact SUV at the end of July 2017. With the market launch of the KAROQ in October 2017, the long-established Czech brand continues to vigorously press ahead with its SUV campaign, which began with the KODIAQ. In addition to the KAROQ, ŠKODA currently manufactures the FABIA and FABIA COMBI, the RAPID and RAPID SPACEBACK, as well as the OCTAVIA and OCTAVIA COMBI models at its main plant. This means that from now on, four model ranges are being produced in Mladá Boleslav.

In 2017, almost 547,000 ŠKODA vehicles left the factory there. ŠKODA AUTO has invested around 16.6 million euros in the KAROQ production line at its main plant.

The new compact SUV combines the brand-typical emotive and dynamic design with an extraordinary amount of space, new driver assistance systems as well as powerful and highly efficient engines. The individually programmable digital instrument panel is available for the first time in a ŠKODA. The KAROQ’s display can be personalised and connected with the infotainment system. Thanks to an LTE module and Wi-Fi hotspot, every passenger in the ŠKODA KAROQ can be ‘always online’.

As part of ŠKODA’s 2025 Strategy, the brand will be consistently pressing ahead with the expansion of its model range over the coming years. The primary focus will be on expanding their SUV portfolio. The start of series production for the ŠKODA KAROQ at a second site marks the brand’s next milestone. ŠKODA KAROQ is the only model which is produced in two Czech plants of the company.
Article source: www.skoda-auto.com

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

1,878,100 automobiles sold: Audi closes 2017 with new record-breaking sales

AUDI AG has increased its global sales for the eighth year in a row. Despite a turbulent first half of the year, the company achieved a new record-breaking figure: Around 1,878,100 deliveries represent an increase of 0.6 percent. The Four Rings sold more than in the previous year in all three core markets in 2017: In the United States, Audi achieved new record-breaking sales month by month and closed the year 2017 with growth of 7.8 percent. In China, Audi not only managed to offset the poor delivery figures from the first half of the year, but even achieved a cumulative increase of 1.1 percent in the year-end spurt. In Germany, sales built on the very high level in 2016 with an increase of 0.4 percent.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Modern and intuitive: ŠKODA Media Services app

ŠKODA has extensively revised their free smartphone app. Entire world of ŠKODA available anytime, anywhere: offer includes the latest press information and motorsport news. 
The practical smartphone app ŠKODA Media Services now features a new design and enhanced functionality. Among other things, users benefit from the clear menu navigation and improved user-friendliness. The virtual offer includes not only current information on the models and the brand’s motorsport engagement but also exciting stories from the world of ŠKODA. The ŠKODA Media Services app is now available to download free for iOS and Android.

Even more attractive and clearer than ever: The completely redesigned ŠKODA Media Services app offers real added value, benefitting from a revised structure and quicker, more intuitive navigation. Users can access the latest press releases and stay up-to-date with current motorsport news. Exclusive stories from the ŠKODA Storyboard online platform not only provide reading enjoyment, but also offer added value in terms of content.

ŠKODA has incorporated additional, useful functions into the completely redesigned ŠKODA Media Services app. Users can opt for push messages whenever new content is published and can use the ‘read later’ option to add articles to their reading list.

The extensively revised ŠKODA Media Services app offers journalists, in particular, a useful tool to simplify their research. Press representatives can receive information from the world of ŠKODA in a clear format anytime, anywhere – from the brand series to corporate news. Furthermore all current and future fans of the brand will appreciate the modern added value of the new ŠKODA Media Service app.

The application can be downloaded from the official stores for Android or iOS.
Article source: www.skoda-auto.com