Audi's Brussels plant with around 3,000 employees is at risk of closing. The VW subsidiary is considering prematurely stopping production of the Q8 e-tron and Q8 Sportback e-tron models there. Audi shared this Since these are the only models currently produced in Brussels, Audi now wants to restructure and has initiated an information and consultation process required by Belgian law in this case. This could also lead to the closure of the plant if no alternatives are found.

Declining demand and structural challenges

“The Audi Q8 e-tron model family currently being produced at the Audi plant in Brussels is affected by a severe segment-specific decline in demand,” Audi explained as to the reason for the considerations. There are also “structural challenges at the Brussels site” that lead to comparatively high production costs.

The announcement of the intention to restructure is “not yet a final decision,” stressed Volker German, director of Audi Brussels. “However, this news is very moving for the staff in Brussels and for me as well.”

The VW Group works council called for “a future perspective for the plant” and its colleagues in Brussels. Audi did not comment on how long the process might take. However, comparable cases in the past have taken periods ranging from a few months to almost a year.