Audi produces in Mexico its 8 millionth vehicle with quattro technology
Audi is celebrating a special milestone: rolling off the production line at the new plant in San José Chiapa is the 8 millionth Audi with quattro drive –the technology that delivers a big, built-in boost in safety and driving performance, even on snow and ice. “The milestone car is a garnet red Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI quattro,” revealed the company in a press release.
Audi’s quattro technology made its debut in 1980, and today it is available in more than 100 model versions. The quattro all-wheel drive system is standard in the Audi Q7, the Audi A4 allroad quattro, the Audi A6 allroad quattro, the Audi A8, the Audi R8 and all S models and RS models, and it is available as an option in all other model series.
In 2015, 44 percent of all Audi customers worldwide chose models equipped with quattro drive. The Audi Q5 topped the list with about 262,000 units. The quattro models generated particularly strong sales in the United States, Canada, Russia and in the markets of the Middle East. In Germany quattro sales totaled 122,048 cars.
Audi offers the quattro drive in different versions tailored to each model. For the compact model series with transverse-mounted engines, an electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch is mounted at the rear axle.
On the R8 mid-engine sports car, the multi-plate clutch is at the front axle. According to the driving situation encountered, these active systems distribute drive torque variably to both axles.