We love Audi’s current and previous models – the firm combines cutting-edge technology with solid performance and beautiful, though restrained, design. The most well-known feature of the brand is its near-ubiquitous all-wheel drive. We’ve compiled some interesting facts about Audi we think you should know before you drive off in your new R8. Keep reading!
The History Behind the Four Rings
Audi is a German luxury vehicle manufacturer owned by Volkswagen AG and is headquartered in Ingolstadt. The Audi brand goes back to 1910, but VW merged many firms into the present “Audi” in 1969. Audi established its mark in motorsport in the early 1980s with the four-wheel-drive rally champion Audi Quattro. Audi has been positioned as Volkswagen’s premium challenger to Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
Where are Audis Manufactured and How Many Does it Make Per Year?
Naturally, Audi owns/operates facilities all over the place, as do locations that manufacture other VW Group products. Audis are manufactured in Hungary, Belgium, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Slovakia, China, India, Russia, and Germany’s two primary plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. In 2019, these factories produced a total of 1.8 million vehicles.
What Cars Does Audi Build?
Like arch-rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Audi never leaves a niche unfilled — SUVs of all sizes, hatchbacks, saloons, estates, four- and two-door coupes, convertibles, EVs, and even a mid-engined supercar. Audi can do it all.
Fortunately, the naming method is sound. There are As and Qs — the former are cars, and the latter are SUVs – followed by a number indicating size. The larger (and more expensive) the number, the larger (and more expensive) the automobile. So you have the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, and A8 and the Q2, Q3, Q5, Q7, and Q8.
On top of it, there are the fast variants (e.g., S3, S4, SQ8, and RS3, RS4, RSQ8) and the solo TT and mid-engined R8 supercar (e.g., S3, S4, SQ8, and RS3, RS4, RSQ8).
Other Interesting Facts About Audi
Audi Has Been Crash Testing for the Last 70+ Years.
Think crash testing is a modern invention? Think again! Audi has been conducting crash tests with cameras, dummies, and sensors for the past 75 years. They demonstrated the degree of safety of their vehicles by rolling down a slope in an Audi F7.
In 1938, Auto Union Built a 430 kmph Race Car.
As previously said, Mercedes and Audi have long been rivals both on and off the track. In 1938, right before World War II, the Auto Union enlisted Ferdinand Porsche’s assistance in designing the quickest race vehicle. The Auto Union Type C is a 560 horsepower V16 beast created by the alliance. The rear-mounted engine and improved handling allowed the Type C to reach 430 kmph on the Autobahn. Bugatti, you’ve been warned!
Audi Has Achieved Awards With its World-Class Interior Design
Audi captured the hearts of the luxury vehicle sector with a world-class interior design, road steadiness, and a client base weary of the original BMW. Audi achieved a new sales record in 2016 with 1.871 million deliveries, and the A4 earned top place in its category in the European Market.
Audi is Sending a Quattro Powered Lunar Rover to the Moon
Google is holding a competition dubbed Lunar XPRIZE, with a $30 million prize pool. The challenge encourages scientists to design a Lunar Rover capable of running for 500 meters on the moon’s surface and broadcasting a high-definition live stream from its surface. Audi has collaborated with a German team of experts to develop the ‘Audi Lunar Quattro,’ a Lunar Rover powered by Quattro.
Considering Audi’s rich history and future innovations, we can more or less say that the four rings are here to stay for good. We hope you’ve learned a thing or two and gained a much better appreciation for the world-class car brand, Audi.
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