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59 production models

33 discontinued models

history
Shower gels and generally beauty-product brands have a way of appealing to customers by thrusting desire through sensorial-related names and presentation of their offers. Olfactory sense-stroking balms and soothing cashmere-touch night cream-approaches are basically the most commonly used methods of conveying beauty and easy customer-access to deeply-rooted sensorial pampering, unless beauty is forged out of steel and thousands of accurately engineered parts.

Automobiles undoubtedly fall into the latter category, and what better way of striking at least one of the remaining three senses if not building an image of a mighty engine roar or purr of a loyal cylinder sextet cradled under the bonnet of an Audi car? Audi translates as 'listen' from latin and besides expressing an unanimously accepted passion of the motorist, that of listening to the engine as if it were a never before heard dissertation on mechanics blended with boisterous 'deux ex machina' comments and demonstrations, it also marks the birth of Audi following Horch's demise, the previous name of the company that can be traced back to 1899.

Its founder, August Horch was forced out of his own company in 1909 due to trademark infringements, 8 years after the first automobile had rolled out the gates of the plant in Zwickau, Germany. After having been dispensed of, Horch started his own company under the same name which led to a fair share of trouble that came to an end as soon as Horch called for a meeting at the apartment of Franz Fikentscher to discuss the matter and come up with a new name for the company. Franz's son who was studying latin at the time was the true deliverer of the name that would later became synonymous with luxury and quality. As 'Horch' means listen in Old German, the boy simply made a switched the name with its latin corespondent, 'audi', sparking enthusiasm into the 'audience' that quickly adopted the name.

Audi's start o the German market was high lighted by the appearance of 2.6 liter engine powered vehicles followed by a series of more powerful ones, such as 4.7 L and the gas-gulping 5.7 L. Having gotten to see his company grow wings, Horch left in in 1920, four years before Audi's first 6 cylinder model was built. In 19128, Audi was acquired By Jorgen Rasmussen, owner of rival company DKW.

A few years later, a merger between Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer occurred and thus, the Auto Union was formed in 1932. Those times called for a new badge and the four interlocked rings were born as a sign of unity and identity of the newly formed auto-conglomerate. Technological improvement became a top priority that first took shape during the Second World War when an armored car was produced for the German Army.

However, all the progress would soon be severely slowed down and even halted at times due to heavy bombings. Moreover, as as soon as the conflict had come to an end, Zwickau had been caught in the soviet occupation zone that would become The German Democratic Republic in 1949. Not only that the company's activity was in jeopardy but the Auto Union had also broken up and the Union had to be restarted n new grounds, in Ingolstadt, Bavaria.

Though sluggish at first, the newly Ingolstadt based factory would attract many of the former workers and the construction of two-stroke engines would be resumed in a way similar to that of Zwickau. By 1958, Daimler-Benz had already acquired a whopping 87% of the Auto Union but its investment quickly became property of Volkswagen, the company having bought the factory and  and the brands in 1964.

Soon after the change of ownership, two-stroke engines would be eliminated in favor of the more popular and more customer appealing four-stroke ones. DKW, the leading brand of the Union at the time failed as a brand despite of the changes  it had made and Volkswagen decided to resurrect Audi. The former DKW built model was rebranded as an Audi one and was the springboard for the make of later models such as the 60, 75 and 80.

After a second merger with the Stuttgart based car-producer NSU by 1970, Audi established itself as a reliable growing brand that would later break the German boundaries and expand to new markets, including the North American one where it encountered difficulties following the release of a biased report that portrayed the car as suffering form 'unintended acceleration'. This was caused by the close placement of the brake and acceleration pedals, right next to each other. Shortly after the report was released , an abrupt decline in sales was registered that was countered only years later with the 1996 release of the A4 model.

Joining a row of successful car-producers, Audi has also garnered acclaim on the racing track with several World Record holdings, including one for Top Speed Endurance. Audi is currently enjoying a privileged position and large market share and is predicted to reach the production threshold of 1 million units by the end of this year.
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production models:
sort:yearname
AUDI R8 specs and photos

AUDI R8

coupes

Gasoline · Electric

8 generations

2021 - present
AUDI S8 specs and photos

AUDI S8

sedans

Gasoline

7 generations

2021 - present
AUDI A3 Sedan specs and photos

AUDI A3 Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2020 - present
AUDI A3 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI A3 Sportback

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid · Natural gas · Mild hybrid

9 generations

2020 - present
AUDI RS 3 Sedan specs and photos

AUDI RS 3 Sedan

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

2021 - present
AUDI S5 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI S5 Sportback

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

4 generations

2020 - present
AUDI SQ2 specs and photos

AUDI SQ2

suvs

Gasoline

2 generations

2020 - present
AUDI SQ5 specs and photos

AUDI SQ5

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline · Mild hybrid diesel

3 generations

2020 - present
AUDI Q2 specs and photos

AUDI Q2

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2020 - present
AUDI S3 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI S3 Sportback

hatchbacks

Gasoline

4 generations

2020 - present
AUDI S3 Sedan specs and photos

AUDI S3 Sedan

sedans

Gasoline

3 generations

2020 - present
AUDI S5 Cabriolet specs and photos

AUDI S5 Cabriolet

convertibles

Gasoline

4 generations

2020 - present
AUDI Q5 specs and photos

AUDI Q5

suvs

Hybrid · Diesel · Gasoline · Mild hybrid diesel

5 generations

2020 - present
AUDI A4 Avant specs and photos

AUDI A4 Avant

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel · Ethanol

8 generations

2019 - present
AUDI Allroad specs and photos

AUDI Allroad

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline · Hybrid

4 generations

2019 - present
AUDI A5 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI A5 Sportback

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

4 generations

2019 - present
AUDI RS 4 Avant specs and photos

AUDI RS 4 Avant

wagons

Gasoline

5 generations

2019 - present
AUDI TT RS Roadster specs and photos

AUDI TT RS Roadster

convertibles

Gasoline

4 generations

2019 - present
AUDI A4 specs and photos

AUDI A4

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel · Ethanol · Mild hybrid

9 generations

2019 - present
AUDI TT RS Coupe specs and photos

AUDI TT RS Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

4 generations

2019 - present
AUDI S6 Avant specs and photos

AUDI S6 Avant

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

7 generations

2019 - present
AUDI RS7 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI RS7 Sportback

wagons

Gasoline

2 generations

2019 - present
AUDI Q7 specs and photos

AUDI Q7

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline · Hybrid gasoline

4 generations

2019 - present
AUDI SQ7 specs and photos

AUDI SQ7

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

2 generations

2019 - present
AUDI S6 specs and photos

AUDI S6

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

7 generations

2019 - present
AUDI S4 specs and photos

AUDI S4

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

7 generations

2019 - present
AUDI RS6 Avant specs and photos

AUDI RS6 Avant

wagons

Gasoline

5 generations

2019 - present
AUDI RS5 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI RS5 Sportback

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

2019 - present
AUDI S4 Avant specs and photos

AUDI S4 Avant

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

7 generations

2019 - present
AUDI RS 5 specs and photos

AUDI RS 5

coupes

Gasoline

3 generations

2019 - present
AUDI TT Coupe specs and photos

AUDI TT Coupe

coupes

Gasoline · Diesel

9 generations

2020 - present
AUDI A1 specs and photos

AUDI A1

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

4 generations

2019 - present
AUDI A6 Avant specs and photos

AUDI A6 Avant

wagons

Diesel · Gasoline · Hybrid

8 generations

2018 - present
AUDI TT Roadster specs and photos

AUDI TT Roadster

convertibles

Gasoline · Diesel

8 generations

2020 - present
AUDI Q3 specs and photos

AUDI Q3

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline · Mild hybrid

4 generations

2018 - present
AUDI R8 Spyder specs and photos

AUDI R8 Spyder

convertibles

Gasoline ·

7 generations

2021 - present
AUDI A6 specs and photos

AUDI A6

sedans

Diesel · Gasoline · Hybrid

8 generations

2018 - present
AUDI A8 specs and photos

AUDI A8

sedans

Diesel · Gasoline · Hybrid · Hybrid gasoline · Mild hybrid

10 generations

2021 - present
AUDI S7 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI S7 Sportback

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2019 - present
AUDI RS 3 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI RS 3 Sportback

hatchbacks

Gasoline

4 generations

2021 - present
AUDI A7 specs and photos

AUDI A7

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid · Mild hybrid diesel

3 generations

2017 - present
AUDI A4 Allroad specs and photos

AUDI A4 Allroad

wagons

Diesel · Gasoline

3 generations

2019 - present
AUDI S3 Cabriolet specs and photos

AUDI S3 Cabriolet

convertibles

Gasoline

2 generations

2016 - present
AUDI S5 specs and photos

AUDI S5

coupes

Gasoline

3 generations

2016 - present
AUDI S3 specs and photos

AUDI S3

hatchbacks

Gasoline

6 generations

2016 - present
AUDI A5 specs and photos

AUDI A5

coupes

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2016 - present
AUDI A3 Cabriolet specs and photos

AUDI A3 Cabriolet

convertibles

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2016 - present
AUDI A5 Cabriolet specs and photos

AUDI A5 Cabriolet

convertibles

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2012 - present
AUDI Q5 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI Q5 Sportback

suvs

Mild hybrid

1 generation

2020 - present
AUDI Q8 specs and photos

AUDI Q8

suvs

Diesel · Hybrid gasoline · Gasoline

1 generation

2018 - present
AUDI e-tron specs and photos

AUDI e-tron

suvs

Electric

1 generation

2019 - present
AUDI Q4 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI Q4 Sportback

suvs

Electric

1 generation

2021 - present
AUDI RS Q8 specs and photos

AUDI RS Q8

suvs

Gasoline

1 generation

2019 - present
AUDI Q3 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI Q3 Sportback

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2019 - present
AUDI SQ8 specs and photos

AUDI SQ8

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

2019 - present
AUDI e-tron Sportback specs and photos

AUDI e-tron Sportback

suvs

Electric

1 generation

2019 - present
AUDI Q4 e-tron specs and photos

AUDI Q4 e-tron

suvs

Electric

1 generation

2021 - present
AUDI SQ5 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI SQ5 Sportback

suvs

Diesel

1 generation

2020 - present
AUDI e-tron GT specs and photos

AUDI e-tron GT

sedans

Electric

2 generations

2021 - present
 
discontinued models:
sort:yearname
AUDI 100 Coupe specs and photos

AUDI 100 Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

2 generations

1970 - 1976
AUDI 100/ 200 specs and photos

AUDI 100/ 200

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

5 generations

1991 - 1994
AUDI 100/ 200 Avant specs and photos

AUDI 100/ 200 Avant

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

1991 - 1994
AUDI 80 Avant RS2 specs and photos

AUDI 80 Avant RS2

wagons

Gasoline

1 generation

1994 - 1996
AUDI 80 Avant S2 specs and photos

AUDI 80 Avant S2

wagons

Gasoline

1 generation

1993 - 1995
AUDI 80 S2 specs and photos

AUDI 80 S2

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1993 - 1995
AUDI 80/ 90 specs and photos

AUDI 80/ 90

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

1986 - 1995
AUDI 80/ 90 Avant specs and photos

AUDI 80/ 90 Avant

wagons

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

1991 - 1995
AUDI 90 specs and photos

AUDI 90

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1987 - 1991
AUDI A1 Quattro specs and photos

AUDI A1 Quattro

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

2012 - 2013
AUDI A1 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI A1 Sportback

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2012 - 2015
AUDI A2 specs and photos

AUDI A2

vans

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

1999 - 2005
AUDI A3 specs and photos

AUDI A3

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

6 generations

2016 - 2017
AUDI A4 Cabriolet specs and photos

AUDI A4 Cabriolet

convertibles

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2005 - 2008
AUDI A4 DTM Edition specs and photos

AUDI A4 DTM Edition

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2005 - 2007
AUDI A8 (D2) specs and photos

AUDI A8 (D2)

sedans

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

1999 - 2002
AUDI Cabriolet specs and photos

AUDI Cabriolet

convertibles

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1991 - 2000
AUDI Coupe specs and photos

AUDI Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

2 generations

1991 - 1996
AUDI Coupe S2 specs and photos

AUDI Coupe S2

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1990 - 1996
AUDI Quattro specs and photos

AUDI Quattro

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1980 - 1991
AUDI R8 GT specs and photos

AUDI R8 GT

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

2010 - 2013
AUDI R8 GT Spyder specs and photos

AUDI R8 GT Spyder

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

2011 - 2013
AUDI RS 4 specs and photos

AUDI RS 4

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2005 - 2008
AUDI RS 4 Cabriolet specs and photos

AUDI RS 4 Cabriolet

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

2006 - 2009
AUDI RS Q3 specs and photos

AUDI RS Q3

suvs

Gasoline

2 generations

2015 - 2015
AUDI RS5 Cabriolet specs and photos

AUDI RS5 Cabriolet

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

2013 - 2015
AUDI RS6 specs and photos

AUDI RS6

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

2008 - 2010
AUDI S1 specs and photos

AUDI S1

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2014 - 2018
AUDI S1 Sportback specs and photos

AUDI S1 Sportback

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2014 - 2018
AUDI S4 Cabriolet specs and photos

AUDI S4 Cabriolet

convertibles

Gasoline

2 generations

2006 - 2008
AUDI S8 Plus specs and photos

AUDI S8 Plus

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2015 - 2019
AUDI Typ R specs and photos

AUDI Typ R

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

1928 - 1932
AUDI V8 specs and photos

AUDI V8

sedans

Gasoline ·

1 generation

1988 - 1994