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"Audi Forum Ingolstadt" officially opened

- Cross-reference: photos were sent via satellite and are available at: http://recherche.newsaktuell.de/galerie.htx?type=obs Ingolstadt (ots) - * New world of experience and service centre outside the factory gates in Ingolstadt * Around DM 170 million invested - 250 new jobs created * The highlight: the museum mobile The Audi Forum Ingolstadt has opened: today Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, together with the Bavarian Prime Minister Dr Edmund Stoiber, officially opened the new world of experience and service centre outside the factory gates in Ingolstadt. The opening ceremony was attended by more than 300 guests from the worlds of the media, business and politics. Audi has invested a total of around DM 170 million in building and extending the Forum. "With our Forum, a meeting place, we have now given the name Audi in Ingolstadt the kind of visual expression that befits a premium brand", declared Paefgen. "The Forum has been created as a point of attraction for our customers, almost 50,000 employees worldwide and also for the region of Ingolstadt." The Audi Forum Ingolstadt, which stands on a site measuring around 77,000 square metres, comprises the new museum mobile, the Customer Center for those collecting their new car in person, the Mövenpick catering establishments and the office and display building "Market and Customer". At the centre of the Forum are the Piazza, a large square for events and activities, and the Piazzetta, a small park with trees and shrubs, water features and lawns. In his speech Stoiber stressed that, with the museum mobile, the Audi Forum clearly presented both the company's heritage and its vision for the future: "Automotive history, which dates back over 100 years, is continued here with the dynamism of the new industries. Technical progress is thus presented in a whole new way." This, claimed Stoiber, is further evidence of Bavaria's role as a leading high-tech location in Germany and Europe. The museum mobile, which presents the history of Audi and its predecessor brands, is the focus of the Audi Forum Ingolstadt. The name "museum mobile" says it all: instead of a static historical display, visitors to the museum will experience constant motion: "moving walls", vehicles in a paternoster and interactive exhibits indicate that the history of mobility is always about movement. More than 50 cars and 30 motorcycles and bicycles from the history of the Audi brand and its predecessors are on display here. A key element of the Audi Forum Ingolstadt is the Customer Center, opened back in 1992, where Audi customers can collect their new cars from the factory. Around 60,000 customers took advantage of this offer last year. They are given a detailed introduction to their new car and can also set out on a factory tour from here. The Customer Center was the first "hangar" building to be constructed in compliance with the new Audi corporate design concept. It serves as an architectural model for all new Audi dealerships. The office building "Market and Customer" for more than 600 Marketing, Sales and Public Relations employees opened in September 1999. The ground floor of this building is home to numerous service providers - from the insurance service VWV to the Audi Bank direct to a travel agent - open to all Audi visitors, customers and employees. The link building between the museum mobile and the Audi Center has been newly constructed. It houses the central reception, two Mövenpick restaurants, "Marché" and "Avus", the "Bar and Lounge", a wine shop and delicatessen. Around 250 new jobs have been created at Audi and its partner companies at the Audi Forum. Xaver Meier, Chairman of the General Works Council at AUDI AG , sees the Audi Forum Ingolstadt as a clear 'yes' to the Ingolstadt plant. "The company's self-confident appearance also reflects the self-confidence of its employees." Audi's success is also the success of its motivated, dedicated workforce. The Audi Forum Ingolstadt will be open to all visitors from 16 December 2000. The opening times of the museum mobile: Monday to Thursday 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., Friday/Saturday 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., Sunday and Public Holidays 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Audi is an international developer and manufacturer of high-quality cars. The company maintains production sites in Germany, Hungary, Brazil, China and South Africa. In 1999 Audi sold around 635,000 cars and produced more than 1.2 million engines. Audi expects to sell more than 650,000 cars for the first time in 2000. Its sales revenues in 1999 exceeded DM 29.6 billion. The Audi Group currently has just under 50,000 employees. ots Originaltext: AUDI AG Internet: http://recherche.newsaktuell.de Communication: Corporate and Finance Joachim Cordshagen, Tel: +49 841 89 36340 e-mail: joachim.cordshagen@audi.de Dr. Ute Röding-Lange, Tel: +49 841 89 36384 e-mail: ute.roeding-lange@audi.de Original-Content von: Audi AG, übermittelt durch news aktuell

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