Audi driver René Rast (30) is the 2017 DTM Champion, so having written a chapter in motorsport history. The German secured the title in his first DTM season – a feat most recently achieved by the Italian Nicola Larini 24 years ago. On Saturday, Audi had already secured the manufacturers’ and teams’ classifications early in the DTM finale at Hockenheim.
“Golden October” at Hockenheim and a perfect day for Audi: The manufacturer from Ingolstadt on clinching a one-two win in the penultimate race of the season secured all three DTM titles early. Audi managed to defend the title in the manufacturers’ championship. Audi Sport Team Rosberg is DTM teams’ champion for the first time. Drivers from all three Audi teams – Mattias Ekström, race winner Jamie Green, René Rast and Mike Rockenfeller – still have chances of clinching the drivers’ title on Sunday.
AUDI AG ended the third quarter with an increase of 2.6 percent in September sales compared to 2016. In the past month, the company sold 178,350 units. The picture was mixed among the top markets: While sales grew in the United States (+9.6%) and in China (+7.2%), the figures in Germany were down 0.5 percent year-on-year. Since January, the manufacturer delivered around 1,380,800 premium automobiles to customers, reducing the cumulative decline to 2.0 percent compared with 2016, the strongest sales year ever in Audi history.
Automobile production at Audi Hungaria has achieved a new milestone: The 500,000th car, an Audi TTS Coupé, rolled off the line in Győr and is now on its way to its new owner in the United Kingdom. The car is painted in exclusive “viper green” and equipped with a 2.0 four-cylinder gasoline engine (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.3 – 6.7 (32.2 – 35.1 US mpg), combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 168 – 155 (270.4 – 249.4 g/mi*). The engine was also produced by the Audi Hungaria plant.
Oliver Hoffmann (40) took over as Head of Technical Development at Audi Sport GmbH on October 1. He succeeds Stephan Reil (52) in this role, and is now responsible for the upcoming product campaign from the Audi subsidiary brand. By 2020, the number of Audi Sport series production models is set to increase from 11 to 16.
Further information about the official fuel consumption figures and official, specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide to fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption of new cars,” which is available free of charge from all sales outlets and from DAT (Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH), Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany (http://www.dat.de).