Back in 2008, I tested the $251,000 Audi RS6. Of course, it was suitably epic with a 430kW 5-litre V10 motor and 650Nm of torque. Why am I even mentioning this in the same review as the humble A4? Continue reading “Audi 2016 A4 TDI quattro sport review” »
For any type of car 10 million is a big number to produce, but when it comes to luxury sedans that number is absolutely huge. Audi has a right to celebrate as it’s now produced 10 million A4/80 models.
Audi first produced the A4’s predecessor, the Audi 80, back in 1972 and the model line has stayed popular ever since. The 80 went through four-generations until it was replaced by the A4 in 1994. The A4 is now in it’s fourth generation and has seen over 5 million units produced.
The 10 millionth 80/A4 built was a red Audi S4 with a black and alabaster-white interior which rolled off the assembly line earlier this month.
The A4 is assembled at Audi’s plant in Ingolstadt, Germany with some models produced at the automaker’s Neckarsulm plant near Stuttgart. The current A4 comes in several variants including the sports-focused S4 models and has recently been facelifted.
If you like it or you don’t the Audi A4 is still a car that deserves respect especially now that five million of the model have been produced.
Audi built the milestone model at its plant in Ingolstadt, the car was a 2.0 TFSI Quattro variant in Misano Red.
Five million cars is a huge number with the A4 helped by a variety of body shapes including a wagon, sedan and the CUV-styled Allroad model. There is also higher-spec options like the Quattro all-wheel-drive system and sports variants.
The A4 is currently in its fourth generation and is known as the B8, which represents a continuation of the Audi 80 lineage. The first A4 was designated as the B5-series, followed by the B6, B7, and the current B8. Continue reading “Audi builds five-millionth A4 model” »
The Audi A4 exclusive line – Looks serious
Driving and static beauty shots, including luggage loading and interior detail
Luxury sports sedans are made all over the world, but the undisputed kingpins of the class are the Germans. The BMW 3 Series has stood as the champion of the segment for decades, but not anymore. According to German government records of new vehicle registration, the Audi A4 was the best-selling premium car of 2008, beating out the 3-Series, along with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
By the numbers, 98,714 A4’s were sold in Germany over the course of last year, making it the second most popular new car in Germany behind the Volkswagen Golf. But the Germans love Audi more than just the A4, which was introduced last year, the A6 and TT also topped their segments, contributing to Audi’s strongest growth in the German market and across Western Europe. The innovators in all-wheel traction and aluminum construction saw their entire market share rise last year by 0.8% to a total of 8.1% of the German new car market.
Audi has retained its position as New Zealand’s number 1 luxury brand for the 2nd consecutive year. Official government LTNZ registration results for 2008 show that Audi is the most successful luxury brand in New Zealand for the 2nd consecutive year. Despite difficult economic conditions, over 1,000 customers took possession of a new Audi in 2008 in New Zealand, resulting in a record market share for the brand.
The strong result was due to many factors, one being the very strong model range which included the new A4 sedan and Avant, the introduction of the A5 Coupe range and an improved A3 range, including a Cabriolet for the first time.
Dane Fisher, newly promoted Audi General Manager remarked “The product line up in New Zealand is stronger than ever and will only be further enhanced in 2009. Our model lineup, quattro offering and a strong brand image fits well with New Zealanders and their lifestyle which has resulted in a dominant market share position.”
New products for the brand continue through into 2009 with the arrival of the Audi Q5 SUV, A5 Cabriolet, enhanced A6 and allroad range and the re-introduction of the iconic S4 sports sedan and Avant. The future looks bright for the brand from Ingolstadt, Germany to maintain future growth.
AUDI AG has achieved its stated objective of selling one million cars in 2008 for the first time in its history. With 1,003,400 cars sold worldwide, Audi increased its unit sales volume by 4.1 percent over the prior year (2007: 964,151).
In the past year, the Ingolstadt-based firm has launched 12 new or upgraded models. This gives Audi the advantage of having the youngest model range in the premium segment. The most important introductions were the Audi A4 sedan and Avant, product upgrades of the A3 and A6, and the brand-new Audi Q5, to be launched in New Zealand in February.
Audi has officially launched the A4 Avant (wagon) version of the A4 series which offers a large cargo space of up to 1,430 litres.
The A4 Avant comes with the same engineering layout as the sedan; its newly developed five-link front suspension has been moved far forward. This provides for an ideal axle load distribution and thus for the highest degree of handling precision and agility.
Audi offers the A4 Avant with five engines options, of which two each are petrol and three are TDI units. While they provide ample power, their fuel consumption, compared to their predecessors, has been reduced by an average of more than ten percent — a convincing testimony for Audi’s efficiency strategy. The wide spectrum of drive train choices and the many sport and comfort technologies employed — inherited from the luxury class — make no secret of the high technical competence of the brand with the four rings.
Compared to its predecessor, the designers tweaked the proportions into a new sporty ratio. The front overhang was shortened, the hood and the wheelbase were extended visibly. The new A4 Avant measures 4.70 metres, nearly 12 centimetres more than its predecessor. It is significantly stiffer and safer than its predecessor, while, at the same time, dropping about 10 percent of its weight thanks to intelligent light-weight steel construction. In its 1.8 TFSI configuration, the new A4 Avant weighs in with a total of just 1,470 kilograms.
With a base size of 490 litres, the new Audi A4 Avant has a larger trunk than any of its immediate competitors. When the rear seat backs are folded down, the cargo space reaches up to 1,430 litres. The rear backrest is split at a ratio of 40:60, with an optional separate ski bag. Audi provides a number of luxury features, like the optional electro-mechanical tailgate drive and luggage retainer set.
The ambience inside the new A4 Avant is light and spacious. The legroom in the back measures 895 millimetres — the best figure in the premium midsize segment. The same goes for the headroom of 971 millimetres.
The new Audi A4 Avant will be launched with two powerful and smooth-running petrol engines and three TDI units. The 1.8T, 2.0TDI and the 2.7 TDI models come with the 8 speed multitronic transmission.
The 3.0 TDI and 3.2 FSI variants come with the 6 speed tiptronic transmission and have quattro permanent all-wheel drive as standard. Under normal driving conditions, this distributes the forces at a ratio of 40:60 between the front and rear axle. This emphasis on the rear end perfectly harmonizes with the overall dynamic character of the new A4 Avant. If needed, the self-locking centre differential transfers the majority of the torque to the axle with the better traction.
In the driveline of the new A4 Avant, the differential has moved directly behind the engine. It has switched places with the clutch or the torque converter. It was therefore possible to move the front axle 154 millimetres forward. This solution provides for a longer wheelbase, a shorter front overhang and a balanced distribution of the axle loads, thus improving handling in particular.
The dynamic suspension of the new Audi A4 was redesigned from top to bottom. The pivot bearings and the five links per wheel making up the front axle are made of aluminum, just like the front crossmember, which gives the front end of the body more rigidity. The steering box is located far to the front and deep down so that the steering impulse can be led directly to the wheels via the tie-rods. The rack-and-pinion steering provides an immediate feel for the road, and its highly efficient servo pump improves fuel consumption by about 0.1 litre/100 km.
For the rear axle, Audi applied the track-controlled trapezoidal link principle of the larger A6 and A8 series. For the most part, the suspension is made of aluminum; the separate layout of the springs and shock absorbers produces subtle responsiveness.
A number of innovative technologies make the driving experience even more dynamic and exciting. The optional ‘Audi drive select’ control system accesses those technology components which affect the driving experience. It influences the engine’s fuel intake, the tiptronic shifting points, and the power steering assistance provided. With the push of a button, the driver decides if these components are to operate in a comfortable, medium, or sporty mode. If the car is equipped with the MMI operating system, a fourth mode is available, which the driver can individually program.
In connection with Audi drive select, there are two additional modular components. One of them is an adaptive controller for the shock absorbers that is linked to a sports suspension which lowers the body by about 20 millimetres. The second component is the optional ‘Audi dynamic steering’, which operates using a superposition gear. Depending on the driving speed, it varies the steering ratio continuously. In the limit range, it works with ESP to stabilize the new A4 Avant with small lightning-quick steering interventions. The system is also extremely useful when understeer occurs and when braking when traction is only available on one side. The leading-edge Audi dynamic steering system far surpasses solutions offered by the competition. Audi drive select can be ordered with dynamic steering, damper control or both.
The new A4 Avant has available many new new optional features compared to its predecessor such as panoramic glass sunroof, nagivation, TV reception, Bang & Olufsen sound system, Ipod preparation (standard on quattro models) adaptive lights and rear camera parking aid.
The Audi A4 Avant, already the most successful premium wagon in the midsize class worldwide represents 50% of the A4 range retails. Launched in August this year, the range is priced from $71,900 for the A4 1.8T multitronic. All models are available with the S line package.