German Federal President Joachim Gauck and the Belgian royal couple visit the Audi plant in Brussels

The German Federal President Joachim Gauck visited the Audi plant in Brussels on the second day of his three‑day state visit to Belgium. At the invitation of the King and Queen of Belgium, President Gauck and Ms Daniela Schadt visited the Audi site south of the Belgian capital to engage in an exchange of ideas. The talks focused on the first fully electric SUV in the history of Audi, which will roll off the assembly line at the Brussels site starting in 2018, as well as the interaction with the pluralistic workforce at Audi Brussels.

At the very beginning of the visit, the distinguished guests signed the visitor’s book at AUDI AG and took a close look at the Audi e-tron quattro concept car. The battery‑electric technology study, which Audi presented at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September 2015, is fully suitable for everyday driving thanks to a range of more than 500 kilometers. The Audi e-tron quattro concept offers a real glimpse of the first volume‑production electric car of the brand with the four rings, which will go into production at the Audi Brussels site in 2018.

Around 2,500 employees from a total of 27 different nations currently work at Audi Brussels. The Brussels plant was awarded certification by the prestigious “Top Employers Institute” at the beginning of the year for its diverse offerings in the area of Human Resources. Audi is the trailblazer of the “dual training” system in Belgium. Since 2012, Audi Brussels has worked in close cooperation with two partner schools from both the French‑speaking and Flemish parts of the country in order to help young people get off to a good start in their careers.

Audi produces the Audi A1 family exclusively in Brussels.