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Audi is showcasing its compact SUV study with electric drive at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Audi Q4 e-tron concept provides a glimpse of the next stage of Audi electric mobility and is due to be presented as a volume-production vehicle in late 2020/early 2021.
In late January, Audi sent its first fully electric-powered SUV onto the slopes where the world’s best ski racers battle for victory in the Hahnenkamm Race. The specially equipped Audi e-tron climbed the “Mausefalle” on the legendary “Streif”.
Audi will drive the stars to the red carpet at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival in the Audi e-tron (electricity consumption combined in kWh/100 km: 26.2-22.6* (WLTP), 24.6-23.7 (NEDC); CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 0*). In its sixth season as principal sponsor, Audi and the Berlinale will together welcome visitors to the Audi Berlinale Lounge, to dive into the festival experience directly next to the red carpet. From February 7 to 16, the Berlinale Open House Program will present varied event formats and exciting discussions with visionaries from the fields of film, culture and business on socially relevant trend topics. The Audi Berlinale Lounge is open to filmmakers and journalists as well as festival visitors.
Hat-trick for Audi: For the third time in a row, the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team has won the E-Prix in Mexico City. In front of packed grandstands at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit, Audi driver Lucas di Grassi notched up his ninth Formula E victory with a spectacular photo finish after a breathtaking maneuver in the last second.
In the hottest ever Formula E race, title defender Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler has claimed its first podium of the season in Santiago de Chile. Sam Bird from the Audi customer team Envision Virgin Racing pocketed the first victory of the Audi e-tron FE05.
The 2019 motorsport year will begin in Africa for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler: On Saturday, January 12, the second ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season was held in Marrakesh (Morocco).
Audi will present an exhibition stand at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The booth is designed around the motto "from driving experience to digital driving adventure". The in-car entertainment of the future will be in the spotlight as the brand presents an innovative entertainment format for the road – a very special movie viewing experience. Moreover, Audi will be showcasing the latest innovations revolving around the Audi e-tron and offer a first glimpse into light technologies and Car2x services. You can experience all of this from January 8 to 11, 2019.
Following a five-month break, Formula E is returning to the race track next Saturday (December 15): In Ad Diriyah, on the outskirts of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, the fifth season of the fully electric racing series will begin. The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team with Daniel Abt, Lucas di Grassi and the newly developed Audi e-tron FE05 will be on the grid as the title defenders.
The brand with the four rings presents its first fully electric series-production model, the Audi e-tron. From 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.7 seconds, a range of over 400 kilometers (248.5 mi) in the WLTP driving cycle, zero local emissions – the full-size SUV is powerful, efficient, sporty and practical for everyday driving. Its two electric motors produce up to 300 kW and combine with the electric all-wheel drive to deliver optimum performance on any terrain. A comprehensive range of charging options for at home and on the go make electric driving convenient and effortless. Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (62.1 mi)*: 26.2 - 22.6 (WLTP); 24.6 - 23.7 (NEFZ) CO2 emissions combined in g/km (g/mi): 0 * Figures depending on the chosen equipment level
Right on time for the 20th anniversary of the first Audi TT, the brand is especially highlighting the sports car character of the new model. The brand has accordingly refined the design of its icon, enhanced the performance and extended the range of standard equipment. The limited “Audi TT 20 years” anniversary model (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.2 – 7.0*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 165 – 161*) is available as a Coupé and as a Roadster. Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.3 – 6.0* Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 166 – 137* * Figures on the fuel consumption and the CO2-emissions vary in case of given ranges depending on the used combination of wheels/tires
The new Audi Q3 is a family SUV with great all-round talents. It marks a step forward with its spaciousness and versatility, as well as its technology: Just like the Audi top-of-the-line models, it features a digital cockpit and a large MMI touch display. Numerous infotainment solutions from the full-size segment connect the compact SUV with its environment. New assist systems support the driver when parking, in town and on long journeys. These also enhance comfort, as does the further developed suspension. Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7,6 - 4,7 Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 173 - 123 (Figures on the fuel consumption and the CO2-emissions vary in case of given ranges depending on the used combination of wheels/tires.)
Audi e-tron, the third: The brand with the four rings is presenting one of the stars of the 2018 Auto Show in the movie capital Los Angeles. With the electric powered Audi e-tron GT concept a four-door coupé is making its debut as a show car. The volume-production counterpart is set to follow in around two years.
In a captivating finale in South Africa, Audi driver Mattias Ekström secured once again the runner-up title in the World Rallycross Championship (World RX) at the wheel of the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro. The Swede also finished the final race of the season in Cape Town in second place behind World Champion Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen).
Spectacular finale at the fourth and final round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC): Audi Sport customer racing took a double victory and secured the title in the manufacturers' classification for the third consecutive time.
In the FIA World Rallycross (World RX) season’s penultimate round at the Estering near Buxtehude, Mattias Ekström and Andreas Bakkerud in positions two and three celebrated the first two podium finishes in a single event for EKS Audi Sport in the 2018 season. In summer-like temperatures, Ekström in the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro only had to admit defeat to World Champion Johan Kristoffersson by 1.849 seconds.
Six victories in a row! Audi driver René Rast won the season’s last race at the Hockenheimring as well, so topping his own record from the previous day. On Sunday, behind Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett, the 31-year-old German from Audi Sport Team Rosberg secured the runner-up’s spot in the championship. The DTM’s new record man in the end was only lacking four points to successfully defend the title.
On December 15, a new era in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will begin in Ad Diriyah (Saudi Arabia): Thanks to the electric cars’ greater range, the drivers will compete with only one race car for the first time. Audi now unveils the newly developed Audi e-tron FE05, with which Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi will again make a bid for the titles.
The evolution of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on October 2, 2018. The new version of the model, successful worldwide in sprint and endurance racing, is tailored closely to the customer requirements regarding technology and operating costs.
Podium on US debut: during the first outing for the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) in the USA, EKS Audi Sport scored its seventh top 3 result of the season. With temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius in Austin (Texas), both drivers in the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro reached the final for the best six. The Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud took third overall while team mate Mattias Ekström finished the final in fifth place after contact with an opponent.
The 100th victory for Audi in the DTM, another double strike by René Rast and a total of five of six possible podium places: Audi remained unbeaten on the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg (Austria), too.
At the The Charge event in San Francisco, it will finally strip off the camouflage and reveal itself to the global public: the Audi e-tron. With a range suitable for longer distances, an electric all-wheel drive, and a charging capacity of up to 150 kW at quick-charging stations, it sets a new tone for the world of electromobility. But Audi is driving more than just electromobility forward. At the event in San Francisco, Audi will showcase its plans for the future of mobility in a comprehensive theme park: along with the Audi e-tron, autonomous driving and digital business models will mark the start of a new era.
EKS Audi Sport celebrate a podium finish for the sixth time in the current FIA World Rallycross Championship season: at the ninth round of the season in the Latvian capital Riga, Mattias Ekström in the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro finished second, only 2.3 seconds behind the winner and championship leader Johan Kristoffersson (Volkswagen).
Attractive station wagons go by the name of Avant – this Audi claim applies more than ever to the new version of the bestseller. The dynamic and elegant exterior of the A6 Avant is wrapped around a spacious interior and a luggage compartment with a capacity of up to 1,680 liters (59.3 cu ft). The suspension combines comfort and sportiness on a new level; all engines come standard with a mild hybrid system for improved efficiency. The MMI touch response digital operating system is easy and intuitive to use, and the comprehensive connectivity features and numerous new and updated assist systems make the A6 Avant the ideal touring car. Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.9 – 4.5; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 155 – 119 Fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures given in ranges depending on the tires/wheels used
A thrilling race weekend with a decision on the final meters: In round eight of the FIA World Rallycross Championship season, Andreas Bakkerud and Mattias Ekström just barely missed scoring the first victory this season for EKS Audi Sport, but regained second place in the teams’ classification in front of 80,000 enthusiastic fans.
An all-new challenge is in store for DTM Champion René Rast and his fellow drivers this weekend: The team from Audi Sport will compete in the first DTM race to be held under floodlights. The Italian seaside resort of Misano Adriatico will host the first two night races in DTM history on Saturday and Sunday (August 25/26), each starting at 10.30 PM (CEST).
After scoring 25 points for winning the classification at Bathurst (Australia) in February and again at Spa (Belgium) in July, the Audi R8 LMS achieved third place at Suzuka. The Audi Sport Team Absolute Racing celebrated the podium result with the three Audi Sport drivers Christopher Haase/Kelvin van der Linde/Markus Winkelhock.
For the first time, the DTM raced on the tradition-steeped Grand Prix Circuit at Brands Hatch. René Rast from Audi Sport Team Rosberg scored 28 points over the weekend and took yet another DTM podium for Audi with a third place on Sunday.
A crazy race weekend with many highs and lows: in round seven of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Trois-Rivières, Canada, Mattias Ekström as the best Audi driver placed fourth with a small deficit.
This year’s running of the Spa 24 Hours has been a race of superlatives: Audi Sport customer racing has met with the sport cars from twelve other marques at the anniversary event of the iconic endurance race.
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler secured the title in the teams’ classification with impressive comeback drives in the season finale. Four podium positons during the weekend, including a one-two finish and 78 of a maximum of 94 possible points, turned a near unassailable deficit of 33 points before the final weekend into a 2-point advantage.
The Audi Q8 brings together the best of both worlds – the elegance of a four-door luxury coupé and the practical talents of a large SUV. The generously dimensioned interior with variable luggage compartment, state-of-the-art operating and suspension technologies as well as intelligent assistance systems make the Audi Q8 a composed companion for business and leisure. A powerful, yet efficient 3.0 TDI with mild hybrid system producing 210 kW (286 hp) provides the dynamics implied by the muscular design. With the permanent quattro all-wheel drive and a ground clearance of up to 254 millimeters (10.0 in), the SUV coupé can keep going when paved roads end. Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.8 - 6.6 (34.6 - 35.6 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 179 - 172 (288.1 - 276.8 g/mi) (Figures on the fuel consumption and the CO2-emissions vary in case of given ranges depending on the used combination of wheels/tires.)
Season highlight in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX): the event in Swedish Höljes is held from June 29 to July 1. It is regarded as the craziest world championship round of the year and is simultaneously the home race for EKS Audi Sport and Mattias Ekström.
Title defender Lucas di Grassi has given Audi an historic victory in the Formula E electric racing series. In front of a record turnout, the Brazilian won the first E-Prix on Swiss soil.
Another podium finish for EKS Audi Sport in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX). In round five of the season in Norway, Mattias Ekström in the 580-hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro celebrated second place and his first podium finish this season. Only two weeks earlier, his teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, had finished as runner-up at Silverstone (Great Britain). EKS’ newcomer in his home round in Norway made it into the final as well and placed sixth.
in his fourth event for EKS Audi Sport in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX), Andreas Bakkerud made the step onto the winners’ podium for the first time after finishing second. Mattias Ekström completed the strong showing of the powerful 580 hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro with fourth place.
Fully connected, comfortable and sporty at the same time: The new Audi A6 is more versatile than ever before. Operation with the all-digital MMI touch response system is pioneering; the connectivity and assistance systems also provide a great deal of comfort on long journeys. Its suspension combines supreme ride comfort with enhanced agility. All engines are fitted standard with a mild hybrid system. Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 5.5; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 161 – 142; Figures on the fuel consumption and the CO2-emissions vary in case of given ranges depending on the used combination of wheels/tires.
Audi electrified Berlin with a fairytale finish at the Formula E home race. Thanks to pole position, a dominant one-two finish and the fastest race lap, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is the first team to score maximum points on a race day of the electric racing series.
EKS Audi Sport in round three of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) in Belgium experienced some turbulent races with ups and downs. Mattias Ekström, who was leading the intermediate classification after qualifying at the challenging Circuit Jules Tacheny in the 580-hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, finished fourth, just barely missing the podium. His teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, on delivering a strong fight made it into the final as well, placing sixth.
At the AUDI AG Annual General Meeting, the Board of Management explains the key figures of the previous fiscal year and informs the shareholders about current developments at the company. We make all the important information about the annual meeting of AUDI AG shareholders available to you in this area.
Audi Sport customer racing has offered fans a festival of superlatives at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. From May 10 to 13, in the world’s major motorsport event, the customer sport race cars have been fielded in three different competitions for the first time. For the tenth time in a row, Audi has contested the 24-hour race. At the same time, the supporting program has featured five gripping sprint races with Audi Sport participation: the three rounds of the new WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup and the two Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup races.
What a DTM opener at Hockenheim! In Sunday’s spectacular second race, Mike Rockenfeller in the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Phoenix stormed forward to second position after starting from ninth on the grid. His teammate, Loïc Duval, and René Rast (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) scored points for Audi as well. Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) experienced an emotional DTM farewell.
Sun, rain and even snow in the end: totally crazy April weather in round two of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) and a roller coaster ride for EKS Audi Sport. After positions one and three in qualifying, expectations of the two Audi campaigners, Andreas Bakkerud and Mattias Ekström, in Portugal had been higher than positions four and seven.
Formula E continues its European tour. On Saturday, April 28, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler will stop in Paris. In the race around the Dôme des Invalides, the drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi intend to continue their strong run of results. The futuristic Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will be part of the program again. Used as a race taxi, it previously thrilled fans and guests in Rome.
On contesting his first event for EKS Audi Sport in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Andreas Bakkerud instantly achieved a podium result. In the turbulent season opener at Barcelona (Spain), the Norwegian took third place. His teammate, Mattias Ekström, was classified in sixth position following a sporting penalty.
Formula E is arriving in Europe. On Saturday, April 14, the electric racing series will make its debut in the streets of Rome. The German Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team with Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi wants to focus on further success in Italy’s capital city. Most recently, they scored victory in Mexico and a second place in Uruguay.
With the fully electric “Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo” concept car Audi is now turning electric mobility into a tangible experience in a unique way. Originally developed exclusively for virtual races on PlayStation 4, Audi is making the new race car reality in conjunction with Formula E. Starting with the race in Rome on Saturday, April 14, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will be deployed as a race taxi.
Defending Champion Lucas di Grassi took second and in doing so claimed his first podium finish of the season at the sixth round of the electric racing series Formula E in Punta del Este (Uruguay).
On the occasion of its Annual Press Conference on March 15, 2018 in Ingolstadt, AUDI AG presented the key figures for the year 2017 and provided an outlook for the year 2017. The press conference was live-streamed. Following the speeches of the Board Members, Audi broadcasted the Q&A session.
Audi continues its model initiative in the luxury class: following the new Audi A8 and the new Audi A7, the premium brand now introduces the next generation of the Audi A6. Whether in terms of digitalization, comfort or sportiness – the elegantly sculptured sedan is the all-round talent in its segment. Audi is also unveiling the prototype of its first purely electrically powered model in Geneva. The sporty SUV offers the space and comfort of a typical luxury car together with a range suitable for longer journeys.
Following a difficult first third of the season marked by technical issues and racing incidents, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler will start to round five of the season in the heart of Mexico City on Saturday (March 3). The two drivers, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, are facing another great challenge here.
Puristic and exclusive – the new Audi R8 V10 RWS (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.6–12.4 [18.7–19.0 US mpg], combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 286–283 [460.3–455.4 g/mi]) offers a very special driving experience. The high-performance sports car is the first production model from Audi with rear-wheel drive and is limited to 999 models. (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.6–12.4 [18.7–19.0 US mpg], combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 286–283 [460.3–455.4 g/mi])
The second-generation A7 Sportback is the essence of Audi’s new design language and brings the show car design of the prologue studies to production. The four-door coupé is full of innovations – in terms of networking and digitalization, the sporty-confident driving experience, as well as its versatile space concept.
Audi has been one of the principal partners of the Berlin International Film Festival since 2014. In December 2016, both Audi and the Berlinale have agreed to continue their successful partnership through 2019. The fifth year of the successful partnership began in November 2017, presenting an Audi Q7 e-tron which will enable Kosslick to drive to all of his meetings in preparation for the 68th Berlinale while maintaining a small carbon footprint.
The Formula E electric racing series on kicking off its Latin America tour celebrated a spectacular premiere which ended, however, in double disappointment for Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler: Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi both retired from the race.
In round three of the Formula E electric racing series in Marrakesh (Morocco), following a strong beginning, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler only went home with a single point.
The Audi RS 4 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.8 [26.7 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 200-199 [321.9–320.3 g/mi]) combines impressive performance with excellent suitability for everyday use. Its 2.9 TFSI twin turbo delivers 331 kW (450 hp) and packs 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of torque. The standard quattro all-wheel drive ensures the best traction and acceleration values. The RS sports suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), intelligent driver assistance systems and innovative infotainment solutions make the fourth generation of the RS icon from Audi Sport an everyday sporting hero.
For the first time, Audi will be competing in motorsport as a factory team with a fully electric race car this weekend (December 2/3). The two races in Hong Kong form the opening event of the new Formula E season in which Audi is the first German automobile manufacturer to be involved. For Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, Daniel Abt and Champion Lucas di Grassi will be at the wheel of the Audi e-tron FE04.
Quality is a core competence of the brand with the four rings. To inspire with quality leadership in the premium segment is Audi’s aspiration with regard to the mobility of the future. Audi customers have expectations for the function, comfort, value and reliability of their cars that are every bit as great as those of people using premium mobility and other services – and that will hold even more true in the future.
Audi Sport customer racing achieved a result that ended the FIA GT World Cup on a positive note for the brand. Following four victories in Macau to date, title defender Audi had to admit defeat by only 0.618 seconds this year.
The finale of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship season will take place in Cape Town this weekend. Mattias Ekström, Toomas Heikkinen and Reinis Nitišs have big aims for the event on November 11 and 12, shooting for their fifth win this season and the teams’ vice-championship title. Ekström himself is aiming to become vice-champion in the drivers’ classification as well.
2017 heralds in a new design era for Audi: The new Audi A7 Sportback is the brand’s sporty face in the full-size class and fulfills the design pledge of the prologue studies. The four-door coupé is the classic example of Audi’s new full-size class design language. At the same time, the brand with the four rings is establishing an innovative design process in the new Audi Design Center in Ingolstadt: digital design manufactory. It combines state-of-the-art CAD and 3-D visualization with traditional handcrafted modeling. The open concept of the new Design Center forms the basis for integrated, cross-disciplinary collaboration. Consumption figures for the Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI quattro S tronic: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.2 – 6.8* (32.7 – 34.6 US mpg) Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 163 – 154* (262.3 – 247.8 g/mi) *Figures depend on the wheel/tire sets used
Audi has secured all three DTM titles in the DTM finale at Hockenheim. Audi managed to defend the title in the manufacturers’ championship. Audi Sport Team Rosberg is DTM teams’ champion for the first time. René Rast clinched the drivers' title as a rookie.
Audi Sport celebrated a one-two win at the first U.S. event of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. At the California 8 Hours, Pierre Kaffer, Kelvin van der Linde and Markus Winkelhock in the Audi R8 LMS from Audi Sport Team Magnus crossed the finish line with a 2.488-second advantage in front of the sister car from Audi Sport Team Land.
Audi has fundamentally reengineered the A8 in its fourth generation. With its stylistically defining design, top-rate suspension solutions, touchscreen operating concept and superlative comfort, the luxury sedan demonstrates Vorsprung durch Technik right across the board. One of the top innovations is the Audi AI traffic jam pilot, which no other competitor offers.
Mattias Ekström claimed his fourth victory of the season in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The Swede won at the Estering from countryman Timmy Hansen and EKS team mate Toomas Heikkinen. Before the season finale in South Africa, Ekström holds third place in the drivers’ classification, and reduced the margin second placed overall man Petter Solberg to one point. In the teams’ classification, EKS still holds third place.
Mattias Ekström has won the next trophy in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. At the tenth round of the season in Riga, the Swede finished second and was only beaten by his compatriot Johan Kristoffersson. The Volkswagen driver was crowned 2017 FIA World Rallycross Champion in Latvia with two rounds to spare and therefore succeeds Ekström, who is currently third overall. Kristofferson’s PSRX Volkswagen Sweden squad also secured the teams’ championship two races before the end of the season – EKS is third in this classification.
Audi to debut three at IAA 2017: The new Audi A8 is making its show premiere in Frankfurt. It is the first production automobile to permit conditional automated driving on public roads. For the first time, drivers will be able to completely turn over the task of driving in certain situations. This step is a technological revolution. And with the double world premiere of two concept cars, Audi is also showing how the brand intends to further develop autonomous driving in the future.
With a hard-fought sixth place in Sunday’s race at the Nürburgring Audi driver Mattias Ekström has maintained his lead in the DTM and extended his advantage over Lucas Auer (Mercedes-Benz) to nine points.
With the Audi AI traffic jam pilot, the brand with the four rings presents the world’s first system that enables SAE level 3 conditional automation. The car can take over the task of driving in a traffic jam or slow moving highway traffic up to 60 km/h (37.3 mph). With traffic jam pilot engaged, drivers no longer need to continuously monitor the vehicle and the road. They must merely remain alert and capable of taking over the task of driving when the system prompts them to do so.
Mattias Ekström is back on the road to success in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. At the ninth round in Lohéac, the reigning World Champion finished third – the first podium result since his victory in Hockenheim last May. In front of 75,000 spectators, the Swede was only beaten in the final by his countryman Johan Kristoffersson and the French local matador Sébastien Loeb. In the overall standings, Ekström is third behind Kristoffersson and his team mate Petter Solberg – also like EKS in the team classification.
The DTM is returning from its summer break with an absolute highlight this weekend. The touring cars delivering more than 500 hp are going to race at Circuit Zandvoort on August 19/20. The track in the dunes on the Dutch North Sea coast is regarded as the most challenging one on the DTM calendar. Audi has celebrated nine victories there to date.
Toomas Heikkinen continued his streak in the eighth round of FIA World Rallycross Championship in Trois-Rivières by reaching the final in Canada for the fourth time in succession – a record. Any hopes of a podium finish were however destroyed by a slow puncture. The Finn was fifth in the end. Mattias Ekström was forced to retire in the semi-final with clutch problems. In the overall standings, the reigning Rallycross World Champion still holds third – as does EKS in the teams’ classification.
On Saturday, Audi celebrated a 1-2 victory with René Rast and Mike Rockenfeller at Moscow Raceway. With a spectacular comeback drive, Mattias Ekström recaptured the lead in the DTM. Following the turbulent first race of the second half of the season, three Audi drivers are ranking in the top four spots of the overall classification.
Extensively networked, automated and electrified – these characteristics define the Audi of the future. Audi AI will soon be the cipher for a variety of innovative systems which will relieve strain on the driver and simultaneously also offer him or her new possibilities to use the time spent in the car. To this end, Audi AI also uses strategies and technologies from the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. This thus puts the brand ahead of its competitors.
On the way to becoming the premium digital car company, Audi has launched the biggest transformation in its corporate history. The brand is becoming digital throughout and sustainably economical in order to redefine urban mobility. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is disruptive. Every market player is duty bound to invent something completely new from the ground up. Otherwise, there’s a risk of being left behind by the competition; not least by those who have only recently emerged onto the mobility market with new approaches, services and ideas. Just how inspired Audi is by this challenge can be seen in Barcelona. It reflects the very essence of the company and its employees. Vorsprung is in Audi’s DNA – it describes the approach that the company has always taken when driving forward its activities. An approach that Audi will also continue to pursue in the future, ensuring customers are offered solutions that create Vorsprung for them too.
Audi Sport stands for decades of experience and successes in motorsport. Audi utilises this garnered expertise to bring innovative technologies to series production. The most emotive disciplines are brought together under the Audi Sport brand – starting with the models in the R and RS line, through customer racing to factory racing.
Following a third place on Saturday and a fourth place on Sunday, Audi driver Mattias Ekström from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline left the Norisring as the leader of the DTM’s overall standings.
Round seven of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Höljes was a weekend to forget for Audi and EKS. At EKS’ home round in Sweden of all events, all three drivers missed the semi-finals. Rallycross world champion Mattias Ekström, who was racing in the DTM at the Norisring this weekend, is ranked in position three of the overall standings with five races to go.
The Audi RS 5 Coupé (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.7; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 197) unites athletic power with harmonious aesthetics and practical everyday usability. It’s newly developed 2.9 TFSI bi-turbo engine produces 331 kW (450 hp) and delivers 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of torque. The standard quattro drive distributes the power to all four wheels and guarantees traction, dynamism and stability well into the limits of the possible. The car also impresses with innovative infotainment solutions and the intelligent interplay between numerous driver assistance systems. Further information on official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide on the fuel economy, CO2 emissions and power consumption of all new passenger car models,” which is available free of charge at all sales dealerships and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany (www.dat.de).
Audi has issued invitations to its own brand exhibition to take place on July 11, 2017. On a total area of more than 10,000 square meters, the first Audi Summit will showcase pioneering solutions for the urban mobility of tomorrow – from premium mobility services to piloted driving and parking. 2,000 guests from all over the world will also experience the premiere of the brand’s new flagship, the Audi A8.
Mattias Ekström took fourth place at the sixth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017 in Hell. In his tenth World Championship finale in a row, the defending rallycross World Champion missed yet another podium finish by 0.4 seconds. In the overall standings, the Swede still holds second behind compatriot Johan Kristoffersson.
V engines from the Four Rings have been around for 29 years – the 3.6-liter eight-cylinder engine made its debut in the Audi V8 in 1988. A 2.8-liter V6 followed two years later, in the Audi 100. Things then really took off in the 1990s: in 1997 the world’s first V6 TDI appeared with the 2.5 TDI, followed in 1998 by the V8 TDI with a displacement of 3.3 liters. And in 2000 the V6 biturbo with 2.7 liters’ displacement was a very special highlight: the 279 kW (380 hp) and 440 Nm (324.5 lb-ft) of torque driving the Audi RS 4 Avant set the bar at a totally new level in the midsize category. Today, Audi uses V6 and V8 engines in all models based on the modular longitudinal platform, namely in the Audi A4, A5, A6, A8, Q5 and Q7 series. The V6 units – gasoline as well as diesel engines – operate with a displacement of 3.0 liters, and 4.0 liters in the case of the V8 engines. Their power output ranges from 160 kW (218 hp) to 445 kW (605 hp). The new 2.9 liter V6 engine in the Audi RS 5 (combined fuel consumption: 8.7 l/100 km (27.0 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions: 197 g/km (317.0 g/mi)) is a special case. Owing to the increased power and therefore greater stress on the engine, the displacement was reduced by 0.1 liters. Further information on official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide on the fuel economy, CO2 emissions and power consumption of all new passenger car models,” which is available free of charge at all sales dealerships and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany (www.dat.de).
Mattias Ekström finished fifth in the fifth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017. At the birthplace of rallycross in Lydden Hill, the reigning World Champion missed a podium finish and was forced to surrender his overall championship lead to Volkswagen driver Johan Kristoffersson. EKS holds third place in the team classification.