GYOR, Hungary – Audi AG’s Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. plant here is boosting production capacity for V-6 common-rail diesel engines.

The auto maker will use space freed up over the last several years, as well as create new room for machining work.

“We are investing slightly over E50 million ($78 million) in the described measures, which will be increasing capacity by over 50,000 engines a year,” says Johannes Roscheck, Audi Hungaria chief financial officer.

“The first stage in the capacity increase will be taking place in September, and the next major step, the big additional machining unit, will be following in 2009.”

Audi Hungaria produced 1,913,053 engines in 2007, up 1% from 2006. The figure includes 1,562,044 gasoline and diesel 4-cyls.; 295,607 6-cyls.; 48,992 8-cyls; 6,356 10-cyls. and 54 12-cyls.

The auto maker manufactured a total 1,023,228 engines in the year’s first half, up 1% from like-2007, and expects similar results from the same mix this year, Roscheck says.

The engine plant runs on a 20-shift workweek.