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Audi celebrates production of eight-millionth Quattro-equipped car

Monday 23 January 2017, By Autovolo

Audi celebrates production of eight-millionth Quattro-equipped car

Audi celebrates production of eight-millionth Quattro-equipped car

Audi has built the eight-millionth car to be fitted with Quattro, the company’s legendary four-wheel-drive system.

The landmark car, a Garnet Red Q5, was produced at the German brand’s San José Chiapa plant in Mexico.

Quattro made its debut in 1980, and the system has now become a key part of the brand’s identity.

Today, Quattro is offered on more than 100 Audi model variants, and it comes as standard on several vehicles, including the Q7, R8, A8 and S3. It is available as an option on every model series Audi currently makes.

In 2015, more than 40 per cent of new Audis ordered were fitted with four-wheel drive, with the Q5 SUV being the most popular model, shifting 262,000 examples.

Regions such as North America, the Middle East and Russia were the markets in which Quattro was most popular, while Audi’s home market of Germany saw more than 122,000 Quattro-equipped vehicles delivered.

Quattro rose to fame in the 1980s, when the famous four-wheel-drive cars ruled the world’s rally stages. Audi claimed four World Rally Championship titles, along with six Pikes Peak Hill Climb wins and 11 national Super Touring Car Championships.