INGOLSTADT, Germany -- Audi wants to use Volkswagen group's ForMotion austerity program to speed up engineering processes and launch new vehicles on the market quicker.
The German automaker, which is a VW subsidiary, is already analyzing the cost of every stage of engineering.
The most cost-efficient process will be the benchmark for future projects.
"The shorter those processes the lower the cost," says Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi's head of concept development.
The development of the new A6 -- from the approval of the styling to production startup -- took 26 months.
Hackenberg plans to cut this period to 24 months for future vehicles.
He believes that there is an opportunity to cut costs even more on making tools for large parts, such as control panels, fenders and other body shell components. He wants to cut the construction period for those parts to 10 months from a year.
Hackenberg says ForMotion allows for improved networking between Audi and the other brands within the VW group.
One result is a new generation of door locks that has a greater variety of functions and is less expensive than the locks used now. The locks will be used in all high-volume vehicles from Audi, VW, Skoda and Seat. Audi is using the locks, which are manufactured by supplier Intier, in the new A6 and the A3 Sportback.
VW group started the E2.2 billion ForMotion cost-cutting program in spring. Through ForMotion and other saving measures, VW says it cut costs by more than E400 million during the first half of the year.