Audi has named Alfons Dintner (43) head of the Brussels plant that it recently took over from Volkswagen.

Dintner was formerly paint shop head at Audi's Ingolstadt plant.

Audi said EUR100m would be spent on the plant this year to build the A3 and a new small car from 2009.

Audi took control of the plant on 13 March, following an agreement with unions to build the new small car there at a rate of 100,000 units a year.

In the interim, the A3 will be built there as well as various Volkswagen models.

Audi has committed to producing 84,000 cars a year at the plant between 2007 and 2009. The A3 was previously built at the plant between autumn 2004 and the end of 2005.

Volkswagen announced last November that it would end Golf production in Brussels, and retain around 1,000 out of about 5,000 jobs to continue producing only the Polo at the plant.

The decision led to a protracted strike.