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The Audi allroad quattro, the latest addition to the quattro
family, is to be launched on the market on 12 May. The price range
starts at EUR 40,350 for the allroad quattro 2.5 TDI (132 kW/180
bhp); the allroad quattro 2.7 T (184 kW/250 bhp) with 6-speed gearbox
and Low Range transmission costs EUR 46,630. This model is also
available with the 5-speed tiptronic.
"The Audi allroad quattro combines the comfort of a saloon car
with outstanding off-road performance, and is the present culmination
of our quattro success story, which dates back 20 years", declared
Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI
AG, in the run-up to the international press presentation in
Schladming, Austria. Paefgen: "The allroad quattro will give a
further boost to the advance of the quattro concept." The annual
production capacity for this model, which is manufactured at the
Neckarsulm plant, is around 20,000 units.
The demand for Audi models with permanent four-wheel drive has
been growing rapidly for the last 20 years: quattro models accounted
for an increased 30.9 percent of total production in the 1st quarter
of 2000 (1st quarter of 1999: 21.5 percent). This is equivalent to
50,860 of a total of 164,846 vehicles manufactured in this period.
The most popular quattro was the Audi A6. 20,261 A6 quattro models
were built in the first three months, an increase of 39.6 percent.
Audi has produced over 800,000 quattro vehicles since the quattro
was launched on the market 20 years ago. Ten percent of all Audi
models were supplied with permanent four-wheel drive five years ago.
Last year more than one quarter of all Audi vehicles sold were
quattro models. In 1999, every fifth newly registered car with
four-wheel drive in Germany was an Audi. The 1,000,000th Audi quattro
is set to leave the production line this year.
Audi is an international developer and manufacturer of
high-quality cars. The company produces in Germany, Hungary, Brazil,
China and South Africa. In 1999, Audi sold around 635,000 cars and
produced more than 1.2 million engines, bringing in sales revenues in
excess of DM 29.6 billion. The Audi Group has around 47,000
Note to editors: A photo of the Audi allroad quattro can be
obtained through "obs" (dpa).
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