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Audi Tradition in Goodwood: revival of the Silver Arrow era

The eventful and varied history of AUDI AG extends back to the 19th century. Find out more about the great personalities from the brand’s 100-plus years of history. Learn about the fascinating evolution of the various models and major milestones in the fields of car manufacturing, engine production and motor racing.

Recent Press Releases

  • 07/06/18
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    Audi Tradition in an Auto Union Silver Arrow at the silver jubilee

    Silver cars on their way to the silver jubilee: the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the world's largest historic motor racing event, celebrates its 25th edition from 12 to 15 July. Audi Tradition is participating in a fitting way with two silver-colored cars from its more than 100 years of history. An Auto Union Type C racing car from 1936 and a 1939 Wanderer Streamline Special will be competing in the event.
  • 03/19/18
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    "From 0 to 100" at Audi museum mobile

    As part of the "From 0 to 100" special exhibition, Audi museum mobile is presenting one of the most exciting moments in the history of AUDI AG: the company entering the upper executive class with the Audi 100. From March 28 to June 24, 2018, visitors can expect to see 15 variants of this historically important model which the company premiered 50 years ago.
  • 03/14/18
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    Three Audi jubilees at Techno Classica

    Audi Tradition celebrates three big anniversaries at the Techno Classica in Essen from 21 to 25 March. The 50-year-old history of the Audi 100 will be the leading brand presentation theme at the world's largest exhibition of classic vehicles. In 1968, Audi entered the upper executive segment with the sedan. Also, motor sports fans can look forward to the 1988 Audi 200 quattro TransAm and the 1938 Auto Union Type D racing car.
  • 02/20/18
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    Audi Tradition starts the 2018 festival season

    More than 20 events in the 2018 event season will allow car lovers not only to experience the historical cars of Audi but also to join the brand in celebrating a number of anniversary dates. Among the highlights in the calendar is the 25th Festival of Speed in Britain's Goodwood. There, Audi Tradition will be presenting the Auto Union Type C Silver Arrows (1936). Meanwhile, this year's presence at Classic Days at Schloss Dyck will be all about the 150th birthday of Audi's founding father August Horch. True to tradition, this year's program of events will kick off with the Techno Classica show in Essen (21 to 25 March).
  • 01/15/18
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    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.

Historic Models

01/01/15
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Audi

After parting company from Horch Motorwagenwerke AG, August Horch established a new company in 1909, again with the declared aim of building automobiles. Since Horch was unable to make further use of his own name as an automobile brand, he resorted to the device of translating his own name into Latin: “Horch“ (“Listen!“) became “Audi”. This was the starting point for the Audi factory in Zwickau.
01/01/15
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Auto Union

On 29 June 1932, Audiwerke, Horchwerke and Zschopauer Motorenwerke/DKW merged on the initiative of the State Bank of Saxony to form Auto Union AG. At the same time a purchase and leasing agreement was concluded with the Wanderer company for the acquisition of its automobile department. The new group had its headquarters in Chemnitz. When Auto Union AG was established, it was the second-largest motor vehicle manufacturer in Germany. The four interlocking rings chosen as its emblem symbolised the indissoluble unity of the four member-companies. The brand names Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer were retained. Each of the four brands was allocated a specific market segment within the new company: DKW (motorcycles and small cars), Wanderer (medium-size cars), Audi (cars in the upper midsize market segment), Horch (top-class luxury cars).
01/01/15
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DKW

Established originally in 1902 as Rasmussen & Ernst in Chemnitz, the company moved to Zschopau, in Germany’s Erzgebirge mountains, in 1907. It first manufactured and sold waste steam oil traps and other components for steam raising plant, and later added centrifuges of all kinds and painting equipment to its product range. It also supplied car parts such as mudwings and vehicle lighting. The company's founder Jörgen Skafte Rasmussen began to experiment with a steam-driven motor vehicle in 1916, registering "DKW" as a trademark. By 1919 the company’s name had been changed to Zschopauer Motorenwerke and it was manufacturing small two-stroke engines. This led in 1922 to the successful introduction of motorcycles bearing the DKW name. The first small DKW motor car appeared on the market in 1928.
01/01/15
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Horch

By the end of the nineteenth century several companies in Germany were already building cars. Among them was August Horch & Cie., established on 14 November 1899 in Cologne. August Horch was one of the pioneer figures of automotive engineering. Before setting up business on his own, he worked for Carl Benz in Mannheim for three years as Head of Automobile Production. In 1904 August Horch moved his business to the town of Zwickau and transformed it into a share-issuing company. Following differences between the Executive and Supervisory Boards, August Horch left his company in 1909.
01/01/15
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NSU

The NSU company was founded in 1873 by two mechanics from the Swabian region of Germany in the town of Riedlingen an der Donau. Seven years later it moved to Neckarsulm. In the first 20 years of its existence, it manufactured knitting machines. In 1886 the proprietors of the knitting machine factory opened a department devoted to building bicycles. From then on, two-wheeled road vehicles were to govern the company’s fortunes. Motorcycle production started in 1901, and the company’s first cars appeared five years later. Car production ceased in 1929, however, when the company decided to concentrate fully on its bicycles and motorcycles. It was almost three decades later, in 1958, when car production recommenced in Neckarsulm. On March 10, 1969 Auto Union GmbH, Ingolstadt joined forces with NSU Motorenwerke AG, Neckarsulm. The new company, known as Audi NSU Auto Union AG, was established retrospectively from January 1 onwards and had its head offices in Neckarsulm.
01/01/15
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Wanderer

In 1885, the two mechanics Johann Baptist Winklhofer and Richard Adolf Jaenicke opened a repair business for bicycles in Chemnitz. Shortly afterwards they began to make bicycles of their own, since demand at that time was very high. These were sold under the brand name Wanderer, and in 1896 the company itself began to trade as Wanderer Fahrradwerke AG. Wanderer built its first motorcycle in 1902. The idea of branching out into motor car production was finally put into practice in 1913. A small two-seater that people nicknamed "Puppchen" (loosely translated as “Baby Doll”) heralded in Wanderer's tradition of motor car production that was to last several decades.
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