Audi Brussels will not build new generation Q8 e-tron, management confirms
The management of Audi Brussels confirmed to the trade unions on Monday that the new generation of the Q8 e-tron luxury SUV will not be produced at the Vorst plant. This was reported by De Tijd and confirmed by Ronny Liedts, chief delegate of ACV-CSC Metea.
"We have been informed that the current generation will be produced in Brussels until 2027," says the union representative. "We are looking for a new model to be built here". It is unknown where the new model will be built, but factories in China and Mexico will likely take over production.
At the union's request, Brussels management will convene an exceptional works council to confirm the continuation of current production officially.
Last year, the workforce was assured that the jobs of the 3,000 permanent employees would be safeguarded for at least this year. Audi Brussels also employs 500 people on temporary contracts.
Since the closure of the Renault plants in Vilvoorde (1997), Opel in Antwerp (2010) and Ford in Genk (2014), Audi Brussels is the only remaining car assembly plant in Belgium, along with Volvo Cars in Ghent.
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