The five centers will be located in Bucharest, in the southeastern city of Constanta, in the eastern city of Iasi, in the southern city of Craiova and in the western city of Timisoara. The units in Constanta and Iasi will be ready around June and July. This way, Audi will count 16 centers in Romania by year-end.

The auto maker will spend 500,000 euros in 2009 to upgrade employees and to recruit specialists for the units countrywide, according to Halmagianu.

Audi will release four new car models this year, including Audi A5 Cabriolet. The company also aims to expand the car portfolio to 45 models by 2015.

The carmaker is present in more than 100 countries and counts 57,000 employees, of which 45,000 in Germany. Its headcount in Romania currently stands at 700.