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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.
What a Sunday for Audi at the Lausitzring motorsport festival! In front of an impressive crowd, Jamie Green and Mattias Ekström perfected the first one-two victory of the new Audi RS 5 DTM. With five cars in the top seven positions, Audi was the strongest brand overall.
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.
Mattias Ekström and his team, EKS, suffered a minor setback in round four of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship. At Mettet, Belgium, in an all-Scandinavian final, the reigning world champion finished in position four but, for the first time this season, had to yield to the competition on podium, but still defended his lead in the drivers’ classification.
The DTM delivered a tremendous season opener featuring two spectacular races at the Hockenheimring in front of 79,500 spectators (throughout the weekend). Following third place on Saturday, Audi achieved the first victory of the new Audi RS 5 DTM on Sunday.
Mattias Ekström and his Team EKS remain the measure of all things in the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship. In round three of the season at the Hockenheimring, the reigning world champion was again not to be beaten. In difficult weather conditions, the Swede, shortly before the DTM qualifying session for race two, prevailed against his compatriots Johan Kristoffersson and Timmy Hansen in a gripping final. In the drivers’ classification, Ekström has extended his lead. In the teams’ classification, world champions EKS continue to trail Team PSRX Volkswagen Sweden in second place.
Design study and technology demonstrator, electric car and power pack in the guise of a coupé: Audi presents a versatile concept car at the Auto Shanghai this spring. The four-door Gran Turismo Audi e-tron Sportback concept comes with a 320 kW electric drive. The formal idiom combines classic Audi elements with an array of trendsetting details: an electrifying architecture, tailored consistently to the technology and the package of the electric drive.
Everything continues to run according to plan for Mattias Ekström and his EKS team in the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2017. At the second round in Montalegre, the defending World Champion beat nine-time Rally World Champion Sébastien Loeb in a thrilling finale. With his second victory this season, the Swede extended his lead in the drivers' classification. In the team classification, World Champion EKS sits in second place behind the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden squad.
Audi Sport GmbH’s customer racing program has been experiencing rapid growth. Following Audi Sport’s launch of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car in 2009, the presentation of the second generation of this success model in 2015, and the RS3 LMS for the TCR category in 2016, the portfolio of models Audi offers to customers has been extended once again in 2017. The Audi R8 LMS has been unveiled in its GT4 variant before the New York International Auto Show on April 11, 2017.
Audi is writing a new chapter in its lightweight design success story. For the next generation of the Audi A8*, an intelligent mix of four materials is being used for the first time in the weight-bearing body structure – more materials than in any of the brand’s previous production models. The luxury sedan is thus once again rightfully claiming its role as an innovation driver in automotive lightweight design: Its low weight and impressive rigidity offer greater performance, efficiency and safety.
The 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship could not have been off to a better start from Audi and EKS’s point of view. The season opener at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya saw Mattias Ekström triumph. In the final, the reigning world champion relegated Timo Scheider (D) and Andreas Bakkerud (N) to positions two and three. This victory immediately puts Ekström back at top of the drivers’ standings. In the teams’ classification, team world champions EKS are in the top spot tied on points with Team PSRX Volkswagen Sweden.
With their high-tech suspension, the new five-cylinder engine and a sharper look the Audi RS 3 Sedan and the Audi RS 3 Sportback are at the top of their class. RS-specific details in the interior and the unmatched sound of the 2.5 TFSI engine complete the emotional driving experience. Fuel consumption of the models named above Audi RS 3 Sedan: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.4 - 8.3** (28.0 - 28.3 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 191 - 188** (307.4 - 302.6 g/mi) Audi RS 3 Sportback: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.4 - 8.3** (28.0 - 28.3 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 192 - 189** (309.0 - 304.2 g/mi) ** Figures depend on the tire/wheel combination used
Audi is presenting six new models at the Geneva International Motor Show. Making their world premieres are the Audi Q8 sport concept, which is powered by a 3.0 TFSI V6 engine with a mild hybrid system, and the new RS 5 Coupé* – the Gran Turismo of RS models.Its counterpart in motorsport, the Audi RS 5 DTM, is starting the new season with over 500 hp of power. Two more show debuts accompany the brand’s sporty presentation: the Audi RS 3 Sportback* and the Audi SQ5 TFSI*. And with the A5 Sportback g-tron*, Audi also is presenting one of its sustainable drive concepts. The natural gas-powered car combines dynamic performance, everyday usability and elegant design with low CO2 emissions.
The premiere of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet* completes the new generation of the A5 family. Up to four people can enjoy intense driving pleasure on board the open-top mid-sized model. The fully automatic acoustic hood opens and closes up to a speed of 50 km/h (31.1 mph). In the Audi S5 Cabriolet* a new six-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 354 hp and 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) of torque ensures top performance.
Audi has been one of the principal partners of the Berlin International Film Festival since 2014. Following the start of the fourth year of the involvement, both Audi and the Berlinale have agreed to continue their successful partnership through 2019.
For the seventh time Audi accompanies the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships as presenting sponsor. In St. Moritz, Audi presents itself as a partner of the athletes and as a host for fans and visitors from around the world: The four rings shape the image of the Swiss holiday resort for two weeks with the start house, barriers, finish arch, awards ceremony backdrop, number vests, shuttle cars and exhibition vehicles.
Audi is kicking off the new year with three highlights: with the Audi Q8 concept car, the premium carmaker is previewing a future production model at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. At the same time, the brand with the four rings is celebrating the world premiere of the Audi SQ5 TFSI* and publicly presenting the A5/S5 Cabriolet* for the first time.
Audi is making its production fit for the future with the smart factory. In this factory of the future, big data – the creation and intelligent connection of large volumes of data – will facilitate data driven and thus highly flexible and highly efficient manufacturing. A method of production in which Audi might no longer build its cars on an assembly line but according to a radically new, disruptive concept is modular assembly. In addition to this major project, Audi is pursuing many other exciting projects for the production of the future – from the application of virtual reality glasses to metal 3D printing.
Audi is ending an era. On Saturday, November 19, not only the current season of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) will end in Bahrain but also Audi ceasing its Le Mans sports prototype program after 18 years.
Audi presents another successful model: Sales for the second generation of the Audi Q5 begin at the start of 2017. The SUV with the four rings combines the sportiness of an Audi sedan with a multifaceted character and a highly flexible interior. Whether in its connectivity, efficiency or driver assistance systems – the new Audi Q5 once again sets standards in its segment.
For Audi, an important race is coming up before its imminent withdrawal from the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Once a year, the LMP sports cars visit China – the company’s largest market.