A Brief History of Audi
Audi started in the early 1900s by August Horch, who named the company after the Latin translation of his last name. The company made its first car, the Audi Type A Sport-Phaeton, which was largely successful in racing events, coming in first thrice in the Austrian Alpine Run. In 1920, Horch left the company to take a high position in the ministry of transport. Shortly after he left, Audi became the first German car brand to produce a car that was left-hand drive, the Audi Type K.
The Audi logo came about after a merger of four companies. In 1928, engineer Jørgen Rasmussen acquired majority shares in Audi. Soon, the company merged with Rasmussen’s DKW, Wanderer and Audi’s old competitor Horch to form the Auto Union in 1932. The merger led to the creation of the four interlocking rings.
Since then, Audi has been pushing boundaries in innovation, including in their sleek design, in-dash technology, and fuel efficiency. From SUVs to Coupes and Convertibles, there is an Audi for every age group. Here is a comprehensive list of Audi models that are on the road today:
- A3, S3, and RS 3
The A3 is the subcompact, entry-level Audi. The S3 and RS 3 are sportier versions of the A3.
- A4 and S4
The A4 is Audi’s compact vehicle offered as a sedan and more rugged “allroad” wagon. The S4 is a sportier version of the A4.
- A5, S5, and RS 5
The A5 is like the A4 but with a more expensive body style. It comes in sportback, coupe and cabriolet versions.
- A6 and S6
The A6 is Audi’s midsize luxury sedan that has been redesigned for the 2019 model year.
- A7, S7, and RS7
The sportback version of the A6.
Audi’s full-size luxury sedan. It comes with luxury, driver assistance and advanced tech features.
The Q3 is the SUV equivalent of the A3. It’s a subcompact crossover, the smallest “Q” vehicle.
- Q5 and SQ5
Audi’s best-selling vehicle in the US market, the Q5 is Audi’s luxury compact SUV. The SQ5 updates the vehicle to a faster, more expensive engine.
Audi’s full-size luxury SUV. It was the first Audi SUV model that was released in 2005.
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AUDI Aktiengesellschaft (pronounced [ˈaʊdi]) designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes automobiles and motorcycles. Audi oversees worldwide operations from its headquarters in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany. Audi-branded vehicles are produced in seven production facilities worldwide.
Audi has been a majority owned (99.55%) subsidiary of Volkswagen Group since 1966, following a phased purchase of AUDI AG’s predecessor, Auto Union, from Daimler-Benz. Volkswagen relaunched the Audi brand with the 1965 introduction of the Audi F103 series.
The company name is based on the surname of the founder, August Horch. “Horch”, meaning “listen”, becomes “Audi” when translated into Latin. The four rings of the Audi logo each represent one of four car companies that banded together to create the company. Audi’s slogan is Vorsprung durch Technik, meaning “Advancement through Technology”. Recently in the United States, Audi has updated the slogan to “Truth in Engineering”. Audi is part of the “German Big 3” luxury automakers, along with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which are the three best-selling luxury automakers in the world.
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