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Audi builds its six-millionth Quattro-equipped car

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Default Audi builds its six-millionth Quattro-equipped car

Now 34 years since the advent of the original Audi Quattro, the House
of the Four Rings has built its six millionth vehicle equipped with
all-wheel drive – only a year and a half since it hit the five-million

From AB

Ingolstadt, 2014-07-11
Six-millionth Audi with quattro drive

- Production jubilee at Audi
- Nearly every second Audi is equipped with quattro technology
- Board of Management Member for Production Dr. Hubert Waltl:
"The global success of the quattro is a credit to a motivated
production team"

Jubilee at Audi: The six-millionth Audi with quattro drive rolls off
the production line at the Ingolstadt plant today – only about one and
a half years after the five-millionth quattro. Audi will deliver the
jubilee car, an Audi SQ5* in monsoon gray metallic, to a family in the
United States. This new production record demonstrates the global
success of Audi quattro. Since the original quattro, the first Audi
with permanent all-wheel drive in the year 1980, this technology has
conquered the roads of the world. With approximately 170 quattro
versions, the brand with the Four Rings offers the biggest selection
of all-wheel drive vehicles amongst the premium manufacturers.

"Dynamism and sportiness, the utmost technical precision and
safety – that's what Audi's quattro technology stands for. More than
30 years ago, it was recognized as a pioneering accomplishment; today,
it is synonymous with technical progress," states Dr. Hubert
Waltl, Board of Management Member for Production at AUDI AG. As
recently as February 2013, Audi celebrated its five-millionth car with
permanent all-wheel drive. After just one and a half years, the
company has reached the six-million mark. "Six million times Audi
quattro drive – that's an outstanding performance! 30 years of quattro
success are a credit to our motivated production team, which
consistently and efficiently implements the Audi production

"Our colleagues' expertise in the field of all-wheel drive is
impressive; it demonstrates our 'Vorsprung durch Technik' and thus
makes an important contribution to the brand's image," says Peter
Mosch, Chairman of Audi's General Works Council. "Without our
qualified and flexible team, this milestone would not have been
possible in such a short time."

In 2013, Audi produced a total of 710,095 automobiles with quattro
drive. At the two German sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, a total
of about 2,000 Audi models with all-wheel drive roll off the
production lines every day. Permanent all-wheel drive convinces
customers worldwide. 44 percent of all Audi customers decided in favor
of a quattro model in 2013. No other premium manufacturer sells more
cars with all-wheel drive. The best-selling model was the Audi Q5,
followed by the Audi A4. Audi's all-wheel drive is in particularly
strong demand in the United States, Canada, Russia and the Middle
East. Audi models with quattro are in high demand also in Germany: In
the first half of the year, the company produced approximately 61,150
Audi models with quattro drive for the German market.

With approximately 170 quattro-model versions – including the
different body shapes, engines and transmissions – Audi offers the
biggest selection of all-wheel drive cars amongst the premium brands.
The quattro technology is available across all model series. The
models Audi Q7, Audi R8, Audi A4 allroad, Audi A6 allroad and all S
and RS models are only available with quattro drive.

In 1980, the Four Rings presented quattro drive for the first time at
the Geneva Motor Show in the legendary original quattro. That model,
which was actually planned for production in a small series, stayed in
the product range until 1991. Since then, Audi has continuously
developed its quattro drive system.

The international reputation of quattro was boosted not least by
legendary advertising campaigns and motorsport achievements: The TV
commercial in which an Audi 100 CS drives unaided up the ski jump in
Kaipola, Finland, has had a cult following for almost 30 years. Walter
Röhrl's triumphal drive in 1987 is also unforgettable. The racing
driver set a new course record with the Audi Sport quattro S1 in the
Pikes Peak mountain race in Colorado, USA. His list of achievements on
the racetrack includes four times winner of the World Rally
Championship, three victories at Pikes Peak, winner in the driver and
brand categories of the TransAm Championship, two DTM titles, ten
times winner of the National Super Touring Car Championships and one
Touring Car World Cup. After all-wheel drive was excluded from factory
touring car racing in 1998, a racecar with all-wheel drive was not
allowed on the circuit again until 2012. Audi's team in Ingolstadt
sent the Audi R18 e-tron quattro with hybrid technology to take part
in the race and achieved a double victory, which was to be repeated in
the following years, 2013 and 2014. In the FIA World Endurance
Championship (WEC), Audi won both the driver title and the brand title
with the hybrid sports car ion the years 2012 and 2013.

Fuel consumption of the models mentioned:
Audi A4:
Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 10.7 - 4;
CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 249 - 104
Audi A4 allroad:
Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 7.1 – 5.6
CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 164 - 145
Audi A6 allroad:
Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 8.9 – 6.1
CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 206 - 159
Audi Q5:
Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 8.5 – 4.9
CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 199 - 129
Audi SQ5:
Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 6.8
CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 179
Audi Q7:
Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 10.7 – 7.2;
CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 249 – 189
Audi R8:
Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 14.9 – 12.4;
CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 349 – 289

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