Audi is positioning itself for further growth by investing €13 billion between 2012 and 2016. Product development remains focused on lightweight construction and electric/hybrid drive mobility.

Audi is positioning itself for further growth by investing 13 billion euros between 2012 and 2016. Product development remains focused on lightweight construction and electric/hybrid drive mobility as the majority of the funds, approximately 2 billion euros per year, will be earmarked. It is the largest investment program in the company's history.

On top of the 3500 employees hired in 2011, Audi will recruitment an additional 1200 employees in 2012 while funds will also be applied towards expanding German site locations in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. This includes property, plant and equipment.

Thomas Sigi, Member of the Board of Management for Human Resources at AUDI AG, said, "We are aiming to achieve strong growth on an international scale and boost our lightweight construction and electric mobility areas of expertise in particular. That is why we will be hiring even more people and are planning to appoint a further 1,200 experts next year."

To further bolster the plan, Audi also re-confirmed the A8 Hybrid and R8 e-tron (in limited production) will take to the streets in 2012. Also making their market debuts in 2012 are the next generation A3 and A6 allroad quattro.

Audi to invest 13 billion euros by 2016, confirms A3 and R8 e-tron for 2012