Thursday, 21 June 2018

Audi produces five million quattros

AUDI has produced its five millionth quattro all-wheel-drive-equipped model — an A6 allroad.

AUDI has produced its five millionth quattro all-wheel-drive-equipped model — an A6 allroad.

The rugged, air-suspended Avant is just one of more than 140 variants across the Audi range currently benefiting from the all-weather grip enhancer, which made the pioneering transition from rally stage to road courtesy of the Vorsprung durch Technik brand in the Eighties.

“quattro is one of the key pillars of our brand and has been a critical factor in our history,” said Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of management of AUDI AG.

“The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system makes it possible to directly experience our ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’.

“We are committed to our pioneering role and will continue to develop this advantage with new technologies.”

A hit at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show, the 200PS Audi quattro showcased the first mainstream four-wheel-drive system.

It triggered the intensive development that has culminated in today’s leading edge Audi all-wheel-drive technology, which instils impressive all-weather traction and exceptionally high limits of adhesion in the latest quattro variants.

Last year, more than 43 per cent of Audi customers opted for the added reassurance of quattro, and the Neckarsulm plant in Germany — home of quattro GmbH — equipped one car in every two on the production line with the technology.

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