Audi Anniversary Dates 2018

Audi Anniversary Dates 2018

Audi Anniversary Dates 2018

In their digital booklet entitled “Anniversary Dates 2018”, Audi Tradition provides information about the most important products, records and milestones in the history of Audi. There, prospective customers can learn more about the previous brands of the Four Rings and about groundbreaking models like the Audi V8.

Sixty years ago, Auto Union GmbH, as it was then called, began construction of a new production facility in Ingolstadt. From it arose the most modern European automotive factory of its day. One year later the first DKW Junior rolled off the assembly line.

Ten years later, in 1968, the team in Ingolstadt presented the Audi 100. This predecessor of the Audi A6 brought Auto Union GmbH into the upper mid-class. The Audi 100 became a trailblazer for the success of today’s AUDI AG.

Thirty years ago, in 1988, the Four Rings finally took the first step into the premium class – with the Audi V8 . Ten years later, in August 1998, another milestone of the company’s history arrived at the dealers: the Audi TT Coupé. Now in its third model generation, the TT continues to thrill customers today.

Other data from the history of Audi worth remembering this year:
150 years ago – Birth of August Horch; 80 years ago – Auto Union Grand Prix type D racing car; 80 years ago – Death of Bernd Rosemeyer; 40 years ago – Audi 80 B2; 30 years ago – Audi 200 TransAm; 25 years ago – Audi Space Frame (ASF); 25 years ago – establishment of Audi Hungaria Motor Kft.

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Audi quattro Ski Cup to start new season

Audi quattro Ski Cup to start new season

Audi quattro Ski Cup to start new season

The original start house of the superstars, professional timekeeping and a finish arch just like in the World Cup: The Audi quattro Ski Cup makes participants feel as if they were competing in a World Cup race themselves. This weekend, the series will embark on a tour of four Alpine countries for the third time. Ten events, each featuring a race on a giant slalom course, are on the calendar. The best athletes will qualify for the finale in Kitzbühel from March 23 to 25.

The field of entrants is made up of Audi customers, invited by regional partners, and public participants. About 3,100 athletes took part in the competitions last year. While the inaugural season started with two venues, ten illustrious locations will be hosting the events in the next four months: Obergurgl, St. Moritz, St. Anton am Arlberg, Verbier, Megève, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Kitzbühel, Alta Badia, Davos and Madonna di Campiglio. Registration is possible at www.audiquattroskicup.com.

At the finale, a renowned skiing legend will join the participants as team captain. Furthermore, in addition to competing in the individual categories, the amateurs will be pitted against each other in a team event. This competition will be about winning the prestigious nations’ trophy.

The “amateur series with a World Cup feeling” took cues from the Audi quattro Cup for golfers. Since its launch about 25 years ago, more than a million amateurs around the world have participated in this tournament series. When the skiers start their season this weekend, the golfers will be selecting the winner in their world finale in Mexico.

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“Auto Trophy 2017”: three first places for Audi

“Auto Trophy 2017”: three first places for Audi

“Auto Trophy 2017”: three first places for Audi

More than 41,000 readers and online users of AUTO ZEITUNG voted for their favorites in the 30th “Auto Trophy” poll. The Audi Q2 won through in the category “Best SUV up to €25,000” against 22 other competitors. 16.6 percent of participants chose the compact all-rounder. The Audi Q7 picked up 16.1 percent of the votes in the “Best luxury SUV” category, leading the pack of 13 fellow competitors by a significant margin. A total of 260 models in 15 categories were in the running for the “Auto Trophy 2017” awards.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler accepted the prize from Volker Koerdt, Editor-in-Chief of AUTO ZEITUNG. “Both of these awards affirm the enormous interest of our customers in SUV models – from the Audi Q2 with its youthful character to the Audi Q7 with its luxury class comfort,” said Stadler. “By the middle of the next decade, roughly one of every two Audi vehicles we deliver will be an SUV.”

In addition, the brand with the four rings received the prize for the “Best design worldwide.” “At Audi the design always expresses Vorsprung durch Technik,” said Audi design chief Marc Lichte. “Progressive design is distinguished by the complete harmony of form and function – a perfect solution that impresses with its simplicity.”

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Works Council and Company secure future of Audi together

Works Council and Company secure future of Audi together

Works Council and Company secure future of Audi together

“We have long been fighting for a job guarantee up until the end of 2025. Our colleagues need that certainty, and that is something we can now finally give them,” declared Peter Mosch at the start of the works meeting.

The General Works Council Chairman also emphasized the vital importance of these firm decisions by the Company in an age of ongoing digitalization and new drive technologies, in order to allay employees’ fears about the future. “That is why specifically the decision on the two new all-electric SUVs is another milestone on our road to a secure future,” added Mosch. The employee representatives took the decision as firm evidence that Audi will not merely rise to the challenges of digitalization and electric mobility, but will lead the way in those fields.

It is their belief that further investment by the Board of Management in future technologies, qualification programs, domestic locations and employment will take the Company in a very promising direction.

“It’s clear that the electrification of the site and the expected developments in the car market will continue to demand flexibility from the workforce, but equally clear that the Company needs to rise to the challenge to make this future employee-friendly. Come what may,” declared General Works Council Chairman Peter Mosch.

The Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI, Rupert Stadler, views the Audi plan of attack as a clear commitment to the German sites and to maintaining their competitiveness. The plan of attack envisages 20 electrified models by 2025, of which more than ten will be automobiles with all-electric drive; this is earmarked as a core component of the “Audi. Future.” agreement. “Building up manufacturing capacity for electric cars in Germany is at the heart of this pact for the future, which we are currently negotiating. It demonstrates our clear commitment to the future of the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm plants.” And with an eye to the current challenges, Stadler added: “The transition to electric mobility and the general volatility of car markets demand immense flexibility from the Company and its workforce.”

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IONITY – Pan-European High-Power Charging Network Enables E-Mobility for Long Distance Travel

IONITY – Pan-European High-Power Charging Network Enables E-Mobility for Long Distance Travel

IONITY – Pan-European High-Power Charging Network Enables E-Mobility for Long Distance Travel

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche today announced joint venture IONITY that will develop and implement a High-Power Charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles across Europe. Launching approximately 400 HPC stations by 2020, IONITY will make long-distance journeys easier and marks an important step for electric vehicles. Based in Munich, Germany, the joint venture is led by Chief Executive Officer Michael Hajesch and Chief Operating Officer Marcus Groll, with a growing team, set to number 50 by the start of 2018.

“The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles. IONITY will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel,” said Hajesch.

Creation of 20 charging stations starting in 2017
A total of 20 stations will be opened to the public this year, located on major roads in Germany, Norway and Austria, at intervals of 120 km, through partnerships with “Tank & Rast”, “Circle K” and “OMV”. Through 2018, the network will expand to more than 100 stations, each one enabling multiple customers, driving different manufacturer cars, to charge their vehicles simultaneously.

With a capacity of up to 350 kW per charging point, the network will use the European charging standard Combined Charging System to significantly reduce charging times compared to existing systems. The brand-agnostic approach and Europe-wide distribution is expected to help make electrified vehicles more appealing.

Choosing the best locations takes into account potential integration with existing charging technologies and IONITY is negotiating with existing infrastructure initiatives, including those supported by the participating companies as well as political institutions. The investment underlines the commitment that the participating manufacturers are making in electric vehicles and relies on international co-operation across the industry.

The founding partners, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group, have equal shares in the joint venture, while other automotive manufacturers are invited to help expand the network.

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