Audi Celebrates Building 5 Million Quattro Vehicles

Audi marked something special when a white A6 allroad 3.0 TDI rolled off the assembly line in Neckarsulm, Germany.

That car is the five millionth to be built with the brand’s quattro all-wheel drive technology. Currently, Audi can boast having built more than 140 quattro variants, it said in a press release.

“Quattro is one of the key pillars of our brand and has been a critical factor in our successful history,” said Audi chairman of the board of management Rupert Stadler.

In 2012, Audi says over 43 percent of its customers chose to buy their car with quattro all-wheel drive. The Q5 SUV was most frequently purchased with the system, which is particularly popular in North America, Russia and the Middle East.

Quattro debuted in 1980 and has since progressed to encompass several systems. In the A3, Q3 and TT, power is biased to the front wheels but is capable of diverting almost all the engine’s power to the rear. Most models, on the other hand, put 60 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels by default while torque is distributed between the wheels to maximize traction.

Finally, the RS4 and RS5 use a version that can direct up 85 percent of the torque to the front wheels, or up to 70 percent to the rear.

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