BUDAPEST -- Audi is exploring a possible expansion of engine manufacturing capacity at its Hungarian plant in the western town of Gyor, business daily Vilaggazdasag reported on Monday.
Citing Peter Lore, Audi's communications director in Hungary, the paper said this was a possibility being considered due to very good market prospects, which could create further new jobs on top of an ongoing expansion of the factory.
Lore could not be reached immediately for comment.
The Gyor plant assembled 938,903 engines in the first half, up 7.1 percent of the same period of last year, Audi said on its Web site last week. The number of cars rolled out had increased by 14.2 percent in that period to 24,542 units, it said.
Audi, a luxury brand of Volkswagen AG, has said it would hire 2,100 new workers in Hungary as it expands the plant.
The carmaker said last year it would invest about 900 million euros ($1.30 billion) to lift local production to 125,000 vehicles a year once the expanded plant begins full production from 2013.
The plant currently produces the TT coupe, TT roadster, A3 cabriolet and RS3 sportback. Another A3 derivative will also be built in Gyor, Audi said.
Sources: Reuters and Bloomberg