Audi: Company History, Current Models, Interesting Facts ...


Audi is one of the most popular high-end automobile companies in the world. They are headquartered in Germany and have production facilities in nine countries worldwide. Among the company’s best-selling current models are the Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A8, and the Audi TT. The brand has been a majority owned subsidy (currently 99.55%) of the Volkswagen Group since 1966.

Company History

The companies that later became Audi were first founded in the mid 1880s. These included Wanderer and NSU. Audi itself was established in 1899 by August Horch. Banned from using the name “Horch” as a trade name in his new business, he made the decision to call his new company “Audi” after a business meeting with close friends. Audi means “to listen” in Latin while Horch means “Hark!” or “hear” in German. The name Audi was officially entered into the company’s register in 1910.

The first Audi automobile was produced later that year. It was known as the Audi Type A Sport-Phaeton. The following year, 1911, its successor, the Type B, was produced. Both models featured four-cylinder engine models. It wasn’t until 1924, that the first six-cylinder model Audi appeared.

Today, many people know Audi for its iconic logo of four rings. These four rings each symbolize a separate company that merged into Audi in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

A lull in the production of cars with the name Audi occurred during World War II. This lull lasted for more than two decades. It wasn’t until the Audi 100 was developed and produced in 1968 that Audi was back on the map. The Audi 100 proved to be a huge success, ensuring the company’s future success.

Since then, Audi has continued to produce top-of-the-line cars. They remain today as one of the most well respected luxury automobile manufacturers in the world.

Flagship Model

Audi’s current flagship model is the Audi A8. The company has manufactured and marketed this particular automobile since 194.

The A8 is a four-door, full-size luxury sedan. It is now in its third generation of manufacturer. The car is notable for being the first mass-market car built on an aluminum chassis. There are numerous different features that you can choose from when purchasing the A8 including front or all-wheel drive, engine type and size, transmission type, and any number of extras.

Audi also offers a special high-performance version of the A8. It is known as the S8. An additional model with improved fuel efficiency is also for sale. They also have plans for a line of electric powered cars.

Current Models

Audi currently produces twenty-three different models of cars. These models are divided into four primary classes. These classes include Audi cars (A models), Audi coupes and SUVs, Audi sport (S models), and Audi RennSport/Racing (RS models).

Audi’s current line of car includes the A1 (a supermini), the A3 (a small family car), the A4 (a compact executive car), the A5 (a compact executive car), the A6 (an executive car), the A7 (an executive car), and the A8 (a full-size luxury car).

Their line of couples and SUVs include the TT (a compact sports car), the R8 (a sports car), the Q3 (a compact crossover SUV), the Q5 (a compact crossover SUV), and the Q7 (a full-size crossover SUV).

The Audi sports line includes the S3 (a small family car), the S4 (a compact executive car), the S5 (a compact executive car), the S6 (an executive car), the S7 (an executive car), the S8 (a full-size luxury car), and the TTS (a compact sports car).

Finally, the Audi line of RennSport/Racing cars includes the RS4 (a compact executive car), the RS5 (a compact executive car), the RS7 (an executive car), and the TT RS (a compact sports car).

Needless to say, Audi has a lot of options as far as its current line of automobiles goes. Thanks to a variety of variations and features available to each model, there truly is an Audi automobile that is perfect for just about everyone.

Previous Models

With near constant production since 1968, Audi has produced an amazingly diverse range of automobiles over the past 40 plus years.

The Audi 100 was the first car the company produced since World War II. It was manufactured between 1968 and 1974. The Audi 50, Audi 80, and Audi 200 were popular choices during the 1970s. The company continued to manufacturer first class cars including the Audi Quattro, Audi Coupe, Audi V8, Audi Cabriolet, Audi TT, and their current line of cars from the 1980s until the present day.

Interesting Facts
The German-based automobile manufacturer Audi is one of the most prestigious car companies in the world. Along with BMW and Mercedes-Benz (both German companies as well), Audi is among the top three luxury car manufacturers in the world.

Audi’s official slogan is “Advancement through Technology.” They have recently updated their official United States slogan to “Truth in Engineering.” Audi has also achieved much success in motorsports, particularly in rally racing and circuit racing.

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