Audi Cars

Audi's history began in the early 20th century, more than 100 years ago, when German engineer August Horch, a former blacksmith and shipbuilder founded the company. He had previously founded and left his first automobile firm, Horch. The new company's name was derived from the Latin translation of his name, Horch. Horch was barred from using his name thanks to a trademark dispute with then owners of his previous company.

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Audi Through The Years

The first Audi vehicle in production was the Type B 10/28PS, which was launched in early 1910. The earliest Audis were successful sporting cars.

A decade later, in 1920, August Horch left Audi though he stayed on as a member of the board of trustees. Soon after, the company became a pioneer in German driving safety when it introduced the country's first left-hand drive model. In the late 1930s the company was one of the first to carry out systematic rollover and crash tests.

The linked rings that make up the Audi logo were first used as the company's brand in the 1930s, although initially only racing cars bore the mark.

Audi's production capabilities were severely limited during World War II like many other German companies when factories were used for military production and then often suffered damage by bombing although some production did continue. Toward the end of the 1950s, Audi was briefly owned by Daimler-Benz. In 1964 Audi became part of the Volkswagen Group and by 1965 new models were again being branded as Audis.

Audi in America

During the 1980s, the first Audi began gaining popularity in America. The Audi 4000 sport sedan was first sold to American motorists in 1984. The following year, Audi started to work with the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) and incorporated a greater quantity of aluminum in its manufacturing processes.

In 1993, Audi presented a lightweight aluminum production car after several years of work with Alcoa. The Audi Space Frame as it was known, used new design principles like connecting aluminum sections to form a frame into which load-bearing aluminum panels are then integrated. In 1995, the Audi A4 was named as the successor to the Audi 80 and was a huge success throughout the United States. In fact, following the launch of the new A4 sales of Audi vehicles saw a 44 percent improvement over sales of the previous year.

Then in 1997, Audi launched the world's first all-aluminum volume production car, the A8, to U.S. drivers. The Audi A8's aluminum body marked a new standard in car manufacturing, thanks to the light weight of the material allowing the frame to weigh as much as 40 percent less than a comparable design made in steel. (Aluminum is also easier to recycle.) During the new millennium, Audi also added an additional SUV option, as well as several higher performance cars, and sports cars. By the end of 1999, Audi had sold its one-millionth car in the United States.

Since 1985, Audi built a range of TDI Clean Diesel cars, which boast power and performance with low fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions (fuel consumption is said to be up to 40 percent lower than comparable cars using gasoline engines). A total of more than five million TDI Clean Diesel vehicles have been sold to date.

Today, Audi is a well-respected brand throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world, and its iconic "Progress through Technology," slogan is well known.

Audi Models

Today's Audi models are sold throughout the world, including China and countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Current models include the supermini A1, the small family car A3, the compact executives A4 and A5, the executive A6 and A7, the full-size luxury A8, the compact sports car TT, the sports car R8, the compact crossover SUVs Q3, and Q5 and the full-size crossover SUV Q7.

Sport models include the small family car S3, the compact executives S4 and S5, the executives S6 and S7, the full-size luxury S8, and the compact sports car TTS. Current racing models include the RS3 small family car, the RS5 compact executive car, and the TTRS compact sports car.

Audi Products and Technologies

Today, Audi offers a wide range of vehicles, including both luxury and sports cars. One popular option recently made available by Audi is the Multi Media Interface computerized control system, which is designed to control a wide range of in-car entertainment devices as well as heating, ventilation, and satellite navigation provided through the Audi Navigation System. Another recent innovation is the white LED daytime running lights that were first introduced on the Audi S6 in 2006.

From SUVs to compact cars to full-size luxury vehicles, today Audi is maintaining a high level of success in the American market.

Select an Audi Model

Audi 90

1995 | Luxury, Sedan

The Audi 90 is an upscale version of the more common Audi 80.

Audi A3

2015, 2013-2006 | Hatchback, Midsize, Sedan

The Audi A3 was first introduced to the U.S. market in 2006, and has only been available Stateside as a five-door hatchback.

Audi A4

2014-1996 | Convertible, Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

From the beginning, the Audi A4 has been a viable option for drivers looking for a sleek car that offers performance and safety.

Audi A5

2014-2008 | Convertible, Coupe, Sports

Audi is a German car maker specializing in luxury vehicles with an emphasis on technology, speed, and comfort.

Audi A6

2014-1995 | Luxury, Sedan, Sports, Wagon

The Audi A6 is a luxury sport sedan in production since 1997.

Audi A7

2014-2012 | Hatchback, Luxury

Audi A8

2014-1997 | Luxury, Sedan

The Audi A8 has been the brand's flagship luxury sedan since its initial release in 1994.

Audi Allroad

2014-2013, 2005-2001 | Luxury, Wagon

Audi Allroad Quattro models stand out from other offroad vehicles by mixing the advantages of a high-performance car with the mild off-road abilities like many crossovers and SUVs.

Audi Cabriolet

1998-1995 | Convertible, Sports

Cabriolet is the moniker that Audi gave several of its convertible vehicles, including the A80, A4, and A5.

Audi Q5

2014-2009 | Hybrid, SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Audi Q5 is a compact luxury crossover SUV that applies some of the best features from the full-size Audi Q7 SUV and Audi's line of high-performance cars.

Audi Q7

2014-2007 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Audi Q7 is a full-size crossover luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) manufactured by the German automobile manufacturer, Audi AG.

Audi R8

2014, 2012-2008 | Convertible, Coupe, Sports

Audi released its first street-legal R8 in 2008.

Audi RS 4

2008-2007 | Convertible, Luxury, Sedan, Sports

The Audi RS 4 was in production from 2000 until 2001, and again from 2006 through 2008, offering three models with varied options.

Audi RS 5

2014-2013 | Convertible, Coupe, Sports

Audi RS 7

2014 | Hatchback, Luxury

Audi S4

2014-2004, 2002-2000 | Convertible, Luxury, Sedan, Sports, Wagon

The Audi S4 was first implemented into the Audi line in the early 1990s, and it has continued production into 2012.

Audi S5

2014-2008 | Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The Audi S5 is an automobile that any car lover would like to own.

Audi S6

2014-2013, 2011-2007, 2003-2002, 1995 | Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The Audi S6 was introduced as a premier, high-performance executive sedan in 1994 along with the Audi A4.

Audi S7

2014-2013 | Hatchback, Luxury, Sedan

Audi S8

2014-2013, 2009-2007, 2003-2001 | Luxury, Sedan

Although Audi’s history is long, the S8 was only introduced to American car buyers in early 2000.

Audi SQ5

2014 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

Audi TT

2015-2008, 2006-2000 | Convertible, Coupe, Sports

Over the years, Audi has expanded the TT series to include a hatchback coupe, with two doors and two seats, and a smaller two-seat convertible known as the Roadster.

Audi TT RS

2013-2012 | Coupe, Sports

The Audi TT RS is a relative baby within the Audi family of fine automobiles.

Audi TTS

2015-2009 | Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The 2008 Audi TTS was designed to compete with comparable class autos of similar size and shape, most notably Porsche.

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