Audi is a premium German brand that was founded in 1909. Audi means ‘to listen’ and in 1932 it merged with three other companies to form Auto Union, which first used the four interlinked rings symbol on its racing cars.
In recent years Audi has greatly expanded its model line up. It not only offers traditional saloons (such as A4) but also sport coupes (eg: Audi TT), estates (eg: A6 Avant), supercars (eg: R8), four-door coupes (eg: A7 Sportback), hatchbacks (eg: A3), convertibles (A3 Cabriolet) and 4x4s (eg: Q5). It has also created smaller cars such as the A1 as well as other smaller coupes such as the A5.
Audi’s recent rise to prominence has been on the back of an advertising slogan ‘Vorsprung durch Tecknik’ meaning ‘Progress through Technology’. One key piece of technology Audi introduced was ‘Quattro’ or four-wheel drive, which first appeared on the Audi Quattro coupe in 1980.
Quattro drive features on all of Audi’s high performance models, which are based on standard models. These hot versions include the S6 and even hotter RS6, both of which are based on the A6.