Audi 80 and Audi A4 history
The models in Audi's midsize class -- the Audi A4 and its predecessor, the
Audi 80 -- constitute the heart of the brand. The company recently
celebrated a true milestone in production. In early October, the ten
millionth midsize Audi rolled off the assembly line: a Misano Red Audi S4
with a black and alabaster-white interior and a V6 engine generating 245 kW
(333 hp) of output.
"Ten million midsize vehicles is an achievement which makes us thrilled and
proud," says Frank Dreves, Board Member for Production at AUDI AG. "Thanks
to its sophisticated technology and excellent quality, the Audi A4 is our
bestseller -- winning over customers in every market since it was launched.
With our strong team and our effective Audi production system, we will
continue writing this success story, especially as a modified version of
the Audi A4 will soon be launched."
Audi has been producing the A4 model family at its Ingolstadt site since
1994 and, since 2007, via the "production turntable" in Neckarsulm, as
well. The Audi A4 sedan, the A4 Avant, the A4 allroad quattro, the S4
sedan, and the S4 Avant roll off the assembly line in Ingolstadt. A certain
number of A4 sedan models are produced at the Neckarsulm site.
"The Audi A4 family ensures that capacity utilization will remain high in
the long term at our key plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm -- and
therefore ensures job security," explains Peter Mosch, Chairman of the
General Works Council at AUDI AG. He adds: "This success was made possible
in large part by our Production colleagues, who utilize their extensive
expertise, relentless devotion to top quality, and considerable commitment
to build the Audi A4."
Peter Kössler, Plant Manager in Ingolstadt, emphasizes: "The success story
of the Audi A4 could not have been written here without the productivity
and motivation of our Ingolstadt team. Work in Production becomes more
complex all the time. We master this challenge by means of our streamlined
processes and the expertise of our top team."
Midsize Audi models are proven champions -- and have been for 39 years.
Right from the very first Audi 80, launched in 1972, the brand with the
four rings set new standards in lightweight design, performance, and
agility. Four generations of the Audi 80 had been produced by 1994-95, when
it was replaced by the Audi A4 -- which is currently in its fourth
generation. The five millionth Audi A4 left the factory in March 2011.
The extensive changes made recently make the Audi A4 more appealing than
ever before. The sedan, the Avant, the allroad quattro, and the S4 models
now feature technologies which make them even more efficient and sporty --
regarding the engines, chassis, and infotainment. New design modifications
lend visible expression to progress.
Midsize vehicles have always played the leading role at Audi -- and not
just in terms of volume. Over the course of 39 years, they have embodied
monumental innovations. The quattro drivetrain with a self-locking
differential, fully galvanized vehicle bodies, S tronic, and the sport
differential have demonstrated, time and again, Audi's commitment to
Vorsprung durch Technik. The brand offered the Audi duo -- a hybrid model
based on the Audi A4 Avant -- as long ago as 1997.
Midsize Audi cars have displayed excellence in motorsport, as well. The
midsize class is namely home to legendary rallye vehicles -- the Audi
Rallye quattro and the Audi Sport quattro -- as well as superior circuit
racing cars such as the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO, the Audi 80 Competition,
the Audi A4 quattro (STW), and the Audi A4 DTM. Audi's midsize class has
always been ahead of the competition.
Tyre Safety: Premium v. Budget Tyres Wet Braking Test - Continental Car Tyres
Choosing a tyre can be difficult. They look similar and until you get them
on the car, you don't know how they are going to perform out on the road.
Watch this wet braking test to see the difference between a set of premium
tyres and a set of cheaper budget tyres that look similar but perform very
differently on the road.
The budget tyre took an average of 14 metres or 3 and 1/2 car lengths extra
to stop. When the premium tyre had come to a stop, the car on budget tyres
was still travelling at 31mph.