“Obviously, we’d have preferred taking all of our drivers with us to Japan,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “However, because of the concurrent Formula E season opener alone this wasn’t possible. I’m delighted that all three Audi Sport Teams will be on the grid at Fuji and that our customer team WRT also managed to carry out the commitment in Japan.”
Audi Sport Team Rosberg will be fielding an Audi RS 5 DTM for two-time DTM Champion René Rast. “I’ve never been to Japan and am excited to see what’s awaiting us – that’ll no doubt be a cool event,” says the German who has already tried out the circuit in the simulator. “The track at Fuji has a brutally long straight. Especially in the last section, it’s very technical. All of the cornering radii are very long. That’s going to be interesting, especially in terms of tire wear.”
Mike Rockenfeller, the 2013 DTM Champion, for the two races at Fuji will be returning to Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline with which he celebrated his first victory in the DTM at Zandvoort in 2011. “I know many mechanics and engineers of the team really well,” says the German. “I’m generally looking forward to racing in Japan. I’ve never done that before in my career. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the country, the racing series and the fan culture there.”
Loïc Duval will be competing for Audi Sport Team Phoenix. The Frenchman spent seven years of his career in Japan, lived in Tokyo, won the Super GT title in 2010 and still has many fans in Japan. “I had a fantastic time there and am looking forward to racing in Japan again,” says Duval. “I’m excited about the chance of familiarizing ‘Rocky’ and the others a little with the culture and the racing there. It’ll also be great to meet my fans from the Super GT and the Super Formula again. I’m sure that many people will turn out to see the DTM cars and us drivers. I’m just hoping for the weather to be on our side – that’s a small risk factor at Fuji in November.”
The Audi Center Kista, located in northwest Stockholm, provides customers and prospects with numerous experiences: One of the largest digital showrooms in Scandinavia with multiple options for charging electric cars or the Customer Private Lounge as a comfortable consulting suite in the style of an exclusive bespoke studio. Here the personalized Audi dream car can be displayed in a true-to-original 360° view. Hildegard Wortmann, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG: “Dealerships are and remain the backbone of our business. Particularly with new technologies, our dealers are the central point of contact for customers. With state-of-the art Audi Centers like our newest in Kista we are driving forward future-oriented topics like electrification and digitalization together with our partners and are bringing them to life for our customers.” Together with Jens Wetterfors, CEO Din Bil Sweden, and Johannes Sieberer, Porsche Holding GmbH, Wortmann opened the new 6,500 square meter building in the heart of Stockholm’s IT hub. The Din Bil Sweden Group operates the Audi Center Kista, which is owned by Porsche Holding GmbH.
The staff, that all moved from the old Järva Krog location to Kista, will also have their own highlights: Rooms flooded with light, state-of-the-art workstations and a service workshop geared optimally to employee needs with plenty of daylight. And the planning of the building is also future-oriented: This high-volume Audi dealership in the Swedish capital plans to deliver 1,400 new cars in 2020. The building can also be extended where necessary, making it ideally prepared for the new and used car markets.
Sweden ranks among the lead markets in Europe for electric mobility and is therefore an important core market for the Audi e-tron*, with deliveries here already totaling around 500 units. Porsche Holding, Din Bil and AUDI AG have also prepared the Audi Center Kista for new electric vehicles. These can be charged quickly and easily at charging points offering a total capacity of 800 amperes.
56-year-old Achim Heinfling is a trained mechanical engineer and started his career with the brand with the four rings in 1990. Since then he has held a number of management positions in various areas, including Chassis Production, Planning and Engine Production. In the 1990s, the graduate engineer supported development of the new Audi location in Győr, Hungary, where he served as Managing Director for Engine Production. He became Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI HUNGARIA Zrt. in October 2017. Achim Heinfling is very familiar with the Ingolstadt location: He was Head of Engine and Chassis Planning for three years, with the Group’s international locations were among his responsibilities.
Albert Mayer (65) will retire on October 1, 2019. The graduate mechanical engineer began his professional career at Audi in Ingolstadt in 1979 and then worked successfully for 40 years in the Audi and Volkswagen Group.
Achim Heinfling’s successor as Chairman of the Board of Management at the Audi location in Győr will be Alfons Dintner, former Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI MÉXICO S.A. de C.V. and former Head of the Pre-Series Center (VSC) of AUDI AG in Ingolstadt.
Lucas di Grassi has been an official Clean Air Ambassador of the United Nations since 2018. Off the race track, the Audi factory driver and Formula E champion of the 2016/2017 season is an avid advocate of the transformation of mobility and the special role that electric vehicles play in this context. As a representative of Formula E, di Grassi now presented his thoughts on the subject in a keynote speech in New York City.
“A few years ago, I helped shape Formula E because for me it was clear that the future will belong to electric cars – on the road and on the race track,” says Lucas di Grassi. “Advancing new technologies and inspiring people’s enthusiasm for the relevance of electric mobility regarding the climate and our health is an important concern of mine. Events such as the Climate Week here in New York City provide ideal opportunities for keeping this topic at the top of the agenda. I am proud of being able to contribute my share to this effort.”
Lucas di Grassi, together with Daniel Abt, has been competing in Formula E for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team since 2014. The most successful driver pairing of the series will enter its sixth season when it kicks off in Diriyah (Saudi Arabia) on November 22 and 23.
Audi, together with the Volkswagen Group, is among the first automobile manufacturers to have committed to the Paris Agreement. The company has set itself the ambitious goal of a successive 30-percent reduction of vehicle-specific CO2 emissions by 2025 – compared to the reference year of 2015 and along the entire product lifecycle. In addition, the company is actively involved in the development of Greenovations – innovations for the protection of the climate and the environment. An example of a promising technology is CO2 capture, a method for extracting carbon dioxide from the air. Audi has already installed such a facility near Zurich. In the long term, Audi pursues the vision of carbon-neutral mobility and intends to achieve company-wide climate neutrality by 2050.
After an exciting finish in the Austrian Alps, we can reveal the winners of the 29th Audi quattro Cup. Perez Jorge Olmos and Sanjuan Jose Olmos from Team Spain (Group A) and Peter Taschl and Peter Otti from Team Austria II (Group B) were the net winners in the world final at the largest international amateur golf tournament series. The players delivered exciting head-to-heads on the Alpine course in Kitzbühel over two rounds scored according to the Stableford system.
Hildegard Wortmann, Board Member responsible for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG: “Both golf and Audi transcend technology, delivering the perfect interplay of precision and performance, passion and team spirit. During our two decades of involvement in the Audi quattro Cup international team tournament, we have combined enthusiasm for the sport of golf with the showcasing of our Audi model.”
The players were not the only ones to enjoy the occasion – the Audi Cup also offered a varied programme of events for the attending guests – from the Alpine e-tron experience to a visit to the golf clinic through to the trick shot demo from world trick shot champions Geoff Swain and Kevin Carpenter. On board from the start again this year was the sports equipment manufacturer TaylorMade – a partner of the Audi quattro Cup since 2010 – as were Andy Proudman and Piers Ward from Me and My Golf. A special guest at this year’s Audi quattro Cup world final was the European Tour golfer Carly Booth.
The Audi quattro Cup has been an annual event since 1991 and has grown into the largest amateur golf tournament series in the world and a yardstick for amateurs in the sport. Over 1.3 million amateur golfers have taken part in the tournament series since its inception. This year, just under 80,000 golf enthusiasts from 35 countries competed as pairs in 654 qualification tournaments around the world. All of the victorious teams in the national tournaments teed off in their national finals for an opportunity to win one of the coveted starting positions in the World Final in Kitzbühel.