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Description

Audi AG is a German automaker in the Volkswagen Group. It can trace its historic roots to several automakers from the early 20th century, though Audi's present-day form is created by Volkswagen in 1969.

History

The surname of Audi's original founder, August Horch, means 'listen' in German, and 'audi' is the Latin word bearing the same meaning. The four rings of the Audi logo each represent one of the four companies that merged into Audi's predecessor, Auto Union, which formed in 1932.
Before WWII, economic pressure of the time led Auto Union to focus on economy cars, and the Audi brand disappeared in 1939.
In the 1960s, Volkswagen acquired a 50% holding in Auto Union, including the DKW and Audi brands with the rights to the new engine design funded by Mercedes-Benz. In 1968, VW relaunched the Audi brand with the Audi 100.

Technical Uniqueness

  • Galvanization: Audi was the first mass-market automaker to produce 100% galvanized cars to prevent corrosion.
  • Aluminium Space Frame: Audi introduced the aluminium space frame (ASF) that is lightweight and that improves torsion rigidity compared to a conventional steel frame with the D2 A8. Currently, A8, R8, and TT use the ASF.
  • Drivetrain Layout: While Audi vehicles are frequently equipped with quattro all-wheel drive, many are available with front-wheel drive. However, unlike most manufacturers, Audi equips its larger vehicles with longitudinal engines that stick in front of the front axle, producing the characteristic front overhang.
  • Engines: To accommodate longitudinally-mounted engine in front of the front axle, Audi has used a couple of rare engine configurations: It is one of two (alongside Volvo) to have used the inline-5 engine, which is still available today. It was also the first to use a W12 engine that is now exclusive to Bentley.

Current Lineup

Audi's current vehicle lineup consists of hatchbacks, sedans, wagons, and crossovers:
  • Hatchback: A1, A3, S3, RS3
  • Sedan: A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, S3, S4, S5, S6, S8, RS3, RS5, RS7
  • Wagon: A4, A6, S4, RS4, RS6
  • Crossover: Q2, Q3, Q5, Q7, Q8, e-tron, SQ2, SQ5, SQ7, SQ8, RS Q3, RS Q5, RS Q8
  • Convertible: A3, A5, TT, R8, S3, S5
  • Coupe: A5, TT, S5, TTS, RS5, TTRS
  • Sports Car: R8

Scores

No review has been published yet.

Products

Thumbnail of product Audi Q4 e-tron / Q4 Sportback e-tron Compact Electric Crossover

Audi Q4 e-tron / Q4 Sportback e-tron Compact Electric Crossover

Audi Q4 e-tron is compact an electric crossover that sits between the Q3 and Q5. It is available both with a standard roof or a sloped "coupe" roof...
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Audi Q5 / SQ5 Sportback Crossover (FY, Typ 80A)

Audi Q5 Sportback is the latest addition to Audi's "coupe" crossover lineup. Based on the 2nd-gen Q5 (FY, Typ 80A) compact crossover, the Q5 Sportb...
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Audi (RS) e-tron GT Electric Sedan

Audi e-tron GT is a luxury electric executive sedan. Slotted to compete against Tesla Model S, the e-tron GT shares its platform and chassis design with the ...
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Audi Q2 Subcompact Crossover (2020 Facelift)

Audi Q2 is a subcompact crossover built on Volkswagen's MQB platform and shares underpinnings with the Audi A3 Mk3, Volkswagen Arteon, and VolksWagen Golf, e...
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Audi S3 Sportback Hatchback & Sedan (4th gen, Typ 8Y)

The 4th-gen Audi S3 is the high-performance version of the company's popular hatchback; to accommodate the preference of certain markets, it is also availabl...
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Audi A3 Sportback (4th gen, Typ 8Y)

Audi A3 established the premium compact class in 1996. The 4th-generation Audi A3 incorporates new design and efficiency technologies and features that make ...

Articles

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Audi Q4 e-tron Review Rundown

The Q4 E-tron is Audi's first mass-market electric car. The Q4 e-tron is available with three power levels and two battery sizes. The 50 e-tron has two AC electric motors driving both axles, while the 35 and 40 e-tron each has a single AC motor driving th
08 Jul 2021
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Audi Q5 Sportback (2nd, FY) Review Rundown

Audi Q5 Sportback borrows the front end styling of its long-established sibling and mates it with a new liftback style rear end. The sloping nature of the roof reduces rear head room, while the angled tailgate robs 10 litres of boot space underneath the c
22 Mar 2021
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Audi e-tron GT Review Rundown

The first electric vehicle to wear Audi Sport's coveted RS badge, the e-tron GT shares in effect all of its componentry with the Porsche Taycan. While the Taycan is billed as a high-performance saloon, Audi is making a point of difference by pitching the
22 Mar 2021
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Audi Q2 (facelift) Review Rundown

Audi Q2 is a subcompact crossover built on Volkswagen's MQB platform and shares underpinnings with the Audi A3 Mk3, Volkswagen Arteon, and VolksWagen Golf, etc. For the 2021-facelift, Audi has revamped the exterior design and refreshed the technology insi
21 Mar 2021

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