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Germany: First Audi A3 Sportback e-tron drives off the assembly line

November 22, 2014
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The first Audi A3 Sportback e-tron has rolled-off the the assembly line in Ingolstadt. The A3 Sportback e-tron is the brand’s first production plug-in hybrid vehicle. Approximately 50 units will be produced each day as of now. Audi said that most of the assembly work is integrated into the A3 line because many parts are common.

The plug-in hybrid compact five-door is equipped with a combination of a 1.4 TFSI petrol engine and a 75 kW (100 hp) electric motor, and has a combined output of 150 kW (204 hp). Audi’s first plug-in hybrid has a driving range of up to 50 kilometers in purely electric mode and up to 890 kilometers more with the 1.4 TFSI engine. The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as per the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is 1.5-liters per 100 kilometers and 35 g/km respectively.

More details are available in Audi’s press release below.

On the line and on time: Production of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron – Press Release

  • First plug-in hybrid model drives off the assembly line in Ingolstadt
  • Assembly processes integrated into the A3 line
  • Maximum safety for employees, top quality for customers

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron assembly line

Approximately 50 cars every day, with the same timing and on the same assembly line as the other models: Audi is now ramping up production of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron*. The premium manufacturer is producing its first plug-in hybrid model at the brand’s main plant in Ingolstadt.

“We started series production of the Audi A3 Sportback e‑tron in the summer,” said Dr. Hubert Waltl, Board of Management Member for Production at AUDI AG. “Most of the assembly work is integrated into the A3 line; no separate manufacturing is necessary. That demonstrates the flexibility and efficiency of our production planners and employees.”

With the Audi A3 Sportback e‑tron, Audi is launching the mobility of the future. The compact five‑door combines a 1.4 TFSI combustion engine with a 75 kW electric motor, resulting in a total system output of 150 kW (204 horsepower). Despite the sporty driving performance, fuel consumption in the NEDC is just 1.5 liters per 100 kilometers (35 grams of CO2 per kilometer). The A3 Sportback e‑tron can travel up to 50 kilometers in purely electric mode and up to 890 kilometers more with the gasoline engine.

“We first of all ramped up production of the A3 Sportback e‑tron to about 30 cars a day in September,” explained Board of Management member for Production Waltl. “Our peak is approximately 50 units each day now. In any case, we are keeping additional capacity available.”

Peter Kössler, head of the Ingolstadt plant, stated: “Working with high‑voltage systems in series production was a new challenge for us, but we mastered it well. At all stages of assembly, we achieve maximum levels of safety for our employees and quality for our customers.”

Safety is given top priority during the entire assembly process. All the employees who come into contact with the A3 Sportback e‑tron have received technical safety instructions for the new technology; some employee who are directly involved are qualified as specialist electricians for automotive technology.

*Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 1.7 – 1.5;
Combined electricity consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.4 – 11.4;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 39 – 35

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron 16″:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 1.5;
Combined electricity consumption in kWh/100 km: 11.4;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 35

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