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Audi Motor Cars Through the Years

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A Pictorial Glimpse of Audi Motor Cars

Audi AG is headquartered in Ingolstadt, Germany and has been a wholly-owned (99.55%) subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen AG) since 1964. Volkswagen Group re-launched the Audi brand with the 1965 introduction of the Audi 60 range. Shortly thereafter the name was acquired as part of Volkswagen's purchase of the Auto Union assets from former owner, Daimler-Benz.

The company name is based on the surname of the founder August Horch, the name itself an English cognate with the English word "hark", meaning listen — which when translated into Latin, becomes Audi.

Audi was created On 25 April 1910 as the   Audi Automobilwerke GmbH Zwickau and (from 1915 on  named the Audiwerke AG Zwickau )

The Audi 10/22 hp Type A (16 kW) Sport-Phaeton, became the first Audi produced in 1910, followed by it's successor Type B 10/28PS during the same year. Audi began with a 2,612 cc inline-four motor model Type A, succeeded by a 3,564 cc version, and in addition, a 4,680 cc and 5,720 cc models. These autos were a success even in sporting events. The first six-cylinder model, the Type M, 4,655 cc was produced in 1924.

August Horch left Audiwerke in 1920 for a position at the German ministry of transport, yet he was still involved with Audi as a board of trustees member. During September 1921, Audi was the first German auto producer to build a production auto, the Audi Type K, with left-hand drive. Subsequently left-hand drive spread and became dominate in the 1920s since it gave a superior view of approaching traffic, making passing safer.

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Introductions

In the mid-to-late 1990s, Audi presented new advances including the utilization of aluminum construction. Delivered from 1999 through 2005, the Audi A2 was a super mini from the future., conceived from the Al2 idea, with numerous elements that recovered consumer confidence, such as the aluminum space frame, which was a first in production auto design. In the A2 Audi additionally extended their TDI innovation using economical three-cylinder engines. The A2 was amazingly aerodynamic and was designed using a wind tunnel. The Audi A2 was chastised for its high cost and was never truly a sales success yet it planted Audi as a cutting-edge producer. The model, a Mercedes-Benz A-Class contender, sold generally well in Europe. Nonetheless, the A2 was discontinued in 2005 and Audi chose not to deliver an immediate replacement.

The next major model change occured in 1995 when the Audi A4 took the place of the Audi 80. A new classification plan was applied to the Audi 100 which became the Audi A6 (with a minor facelift). This additionally implied the S4 turned into the S6 and another S4 was presented in the A4 body. The S2 subsequently was discontinued. The Audi Cabriolet proceeded on (in light of the Audi 80 platform) until 1999, picking up the engine upgrades en route. A new A3 hatchback version (sharing the Volkswagen Golf Mk4's platform) was announced in 1996, and the radical Audi TT coupe and roadster were debuted in 1998 in based upon similar underpinnings.

The available engines all through the range were a 1.4 L, 1.6 L along with a 1.8 L four-cylinder, 1.8 L four-cylinder turbo charged, 2.6 L and 2.8 L V6, 2.2 L turbo five-cylinder plus the 4.2 L V8 engine. In 1998, the V6s were supplanted by updated 2.4 L and 2.8 L 30V V6s, with marked power improvement along with torque and smoothness. Advance engines were added en route, including a new 3.7 L V8 and 6.0 L W12 engine in the A8.


Early Audi's

1923 Audi Type E
1923 Audi Type E
1949 Audi IFA F9
1949 Audi IFA F9

2003 Audi Quatro
2003 Audi Quatro
The Audi Quattro is a road and rally car, produced by the German automobile manufacturer Audi, part of the Volkswagen Group. It was first shown at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show on 3 March. Production continued through 1991.

2012 Audi A6
2012 Audi A6
The Audi A6 is an executive car made by Audi, now in its fifth generation. As the successor to the Audi 100, the A6 is manufactured in Neckarsulm, Germany, and is available in sedan and wagon configurations, the latter marketed by Audi as the Avant. Audi's internal numbering treats the A6 as a continuation of the Audi 100 lineage, with the initial A6 designated as a member of the C4-series, followed by the C5, C6, C7 and the C8. The related Audi A7 is essentially a sportback (fastback) version of the C7-series and C8-series A6, but is marketed under its own separate identity and model designation.

Audi A3 (1996-present)

2017 Audi A3
2012 Audi A3
The Audi A3 is a small family/subcompact executive car manufactured and marketed since 1996 by the Audi subdivision of the Volkswagen Group, now in its third generation.

Audi PHEV

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron PHEV

Field testing in the U.S. began by mid-2012 with a fleet of 17 all-electric A3s. The testing was conducted among Audi's engineers and company employees only. Audi decided to produce only a plug-in hybrid version. Sales across Europe began in August 2014. Deliveries in the U.S. began in December 2015. The first 227 units were registered in Germany in August 2014. As of December 2015, global sales totaled 12,994 units, of which 12,945 units were registered in Europe[186] and 49 units in the United States.

Audi Q7 e-tron PHEV

The first units of the diesel-powered SUV were registered in Germany in April 2015. Cumulative sales in Germany totaled 344 units through April 2016

Audi Sports Cars

Audi R8 (2006-present)

2019 Audi R8
2019 Audi R8
The car is exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG's private subsidiary company manufacturing high performance automotive parts, Audi Sport GmbH (formerly quattro GmbH), and is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo and presently the Lamborghini Huracán platform. The fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame, and uses an aluminium monocoque which is built using space frame principles. The car is built by Audi Sport GmbH in a newly renovated factory at Audi's 'aluminium site' at Neckarsulm in Germany.

Audi TT (1998-present)

2019 Audi TT
2019 Audi TT
The Audi TT is a 2-door sports car marketed by Volkswagen Group subsidiary Audi since 1998, and now in its third generation. The first two generations were assembled by the Audi subsidiary Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. in Győr, Hungary, using bodyshells manufactured and painted at Audi's Ingolstadt plant and parts made entirely by the Hungarian factory for the third generation. For each of its three generations, the TT has been available as a 2+2 coupé and as a two-seater roadster employing consecutive generations of the Volkswagen Group A platform, starting with the A4 (PQ34).

Audi Suv's

Audi e-tron (2018-present)

2019 Audi E-Tron
2019 Audi E-Tron
The Audi e-tron is a fully-electric compact luxury crossover SUV produced by Audi, which was unveiled as a concept car at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is the company's first electric mass production car, and will be launched in early 2019.

Audi Q3 (2011-present)

2019 Audi Q3
2019 Audi Q3
The car uses the Volkswagen Group A5 (PQ35) platform of the Volkswagen Golf Mk5, the same as the Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUV. The Q3 slots above the Audi Q2 subcompact crossover SUV. Compared to the compact luxury crossover SUV Q5 and mid-size luxury crossover SUV Q7, which are positioned more for family practicality and off-road performance, the Q3 is aimed as more of a lifestyle/sports automobile. Design and development began following board approval in the second half of 2007. Julian Hoenig's design was chosen for production and frozen in 2009

Audi Q5 (2009-present)

2018 Audi Q5
2018 Audi Q5
The Audi Q5 is a series of compact luxury crossover SUVs produced by Audi from 2008. The original first-generation (Typ 8R) model was the third member of the B8 family to be released after the Audi A5 and fourth-generation A4, all being based on the Audi MLB platform.

Audi Q7 (2005-present)

2019 Audi Q7
2019 Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury crossover SUV made by Audi, unveiled in September 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Production of this 7-seater SUV began in the autumn of 2005 at the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant in Bratislava, Slovakia. It was the first SUV offering from Audi and went on sale in 2006. Later, Audi's second SUV, the Q5, was unveiled as a 2009 model. Audi has since unveiled a third SUV model, the Q3, which went on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2011. The Q7 shares a Volkswagen Group MLB platform and chassis with the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne and the Volkswagen Touareg

Audi Q8 (2018-present)

2019 Audi Q8
2019 Audi Q8
Audi Q8 is a full-size luxury crossover SUV coupé made by Audi that was launched in 2018. It is the flagship of the Audi SUV line, and is being produced at the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant.


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