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Efficient and clean: exhaust aftertreatment for gasoline and diesel engines

  • Total exhaust aftertreatment system reduces nitrogen oxide emissions of TDI engines by more than 90 percent
  • Audi in charge of systems for new V6 TDI engine generation within the VW Group
  • Gasoline particulate filter completes exhaust gas purification of SI engines
Audi is using complex exhaust aftertreatment systems to meet increasingly lower emission limits. Besides the utilization of in-engine technology, the latest gasoline and diesel engines meet the strict standards especially due to powerful and sophisticated exhaust gas purification systems. Particulate filters complement catalytic exhaust aftertreatment on both TDI and TFSI engines.

What are the current challenges of exhaust gas purification?

The required levels illustrated by the example of nitrogen oxide emissions for diesel engines show how much stricter emissions legislation has become. While the Euro 3 limit from 2000 onwards was still set at 500 mg/km, only 80 mg/km have been permissible for new type approvals according to Euro 6d since 2020. Within the space of two decades, the limit has dropped to less than one sixth. The move from Euro 5 to Euro 6 alone resulted in 56 percent of the total reduction. On January 1, 2020, the Euro 6d standard superseded the previously valid Euro 6d TEMP limits for newly homologated models. Starting on January 1, 2021, all new vehicles seeking first-time approvals will have to comply with the new standards, including the strict requirements of the RDE (Real Driving Emissions) test method that targets emissions in real-world day-to-day driving. Nitrogen oxides – also referred to by their chemical abbreviation NOx – are formed when nitrogen from the air reacts with oxygen during the combustion process. The proportion of nitrogen oxide is particularly high with diesel engines because these units are designed to operate with a surplus of air.

How has Audi composed its exhaust aftertreatment system for the V6 TDI?

Audi is responsible for the basic development of the V6 TDI engines of the new Evo 3 generation within the Volkswagen Group. As the requirements imposed by stricter emission standards keep increasing, the engineers have to improve the efficiency of exhaust gas purification. In the case of exhaust aftertreatment, this requires larger design volumes of the catalytic converters, among other things. With the current new development for the V6 TDI, Audi has achieved a compact combination of all technologies. The flow of the two exhaust gas tracts on the outside of the two cylinder-bank sides converges behind the engine in front of the firewall, where the exhaust gas turbocharger is located. Directly downstream in the exhaust system is an oxidation catalyst, referred to as NSC. The name stands for NOx Storage Catalyst. It is directly followed by an SCR-coated diesel particulate filter (SDPF). The abbreviation SCR stands for Selective Catalytic Reduction. The second SCR catalyst is located further downstream in the exhaust system below the vehicle’s underfloor.

How does multi-stage exhaust gas purification work on TDI engines?

The oxidation catalyst (NSC) close to the engine can temporarily store nitrogen oxides up until the regeneration stage. This catalyst is effective even at low engine operating temperatures, for instance following a cold start. Regeneration occurs by means of a short-term mixture enrichment triggered by the engine control unit. Thus, besides storing and subsequently neutralizing the nitrogen oxides, the catalyst oxidizes unburned hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide and water vapor, using the oxygen molecules of the temporarily stored NOx.
Another stage to reduce nitrogen oxides is triggered by the injection of the AdBlue additive. Because this aqueous urea solution is injected into the exhaust system at two points where temperatures differ, using one dosing module at each point, the total system is referred to as twin dosing. Subsequently, the chemical process of urea thermolysis occurs in the exhaust system, which converts the AdBlue additive into ammonia. The ammonia reacts with the SCR-coated diesel particulate filter (SDPF) close to the engine, and on the second SCR catalyst, located further downstream in the exhaust system, with nitrogen oxides that have not been converted yet. This results in the formation of water and elemental nitrogen, which accounts for about four fifths of our Earth’s atmosphere.

What are the benefits of a twin dosing system?

Twin dosing of the aqueous AdBlue urea solution is particularly effective. It takes advantage of the different conditions in various areas of the exhaust system to enhance the effectiveness of the total system, adjusted to diverse operating conditions. In this way, Audi manages to convert more than 90 percent of the nitrogen oxides across a wide temperature and operating range. Thus, twin dosing decisively contributes to meeting NOx emission limits. If the vehicle is driven in high-load conditions for a longer period of time, such as on expressways or while towing a trailer, exhaust gas temperatures in the SDPF close to the engine significantly increase, resulting in a decline of nitrogen oxide conversion rates. This provides the stage for the second injection of AdBlue upstream of the second active SCR catalyst, which is located significantly further downstream in the vehicle’s underfloor on a lower temperature level. This enables the total system to achieve high conversion rates across a wide range.

When will this V6 TDI engine be launched and in which model ranges will it be used?

Twin dosing technology in the V6 TDI will be used from the Evo 3 generation onwards. It is available in diesel engines with three liters of displacement in three different performance classes and will be installed for the new year in all models featuring this engine.

Audi emphasizes sophisticated emission reduction technology also with spark ignition (SI) engines. How does Audi reduce pollutant levels for its gasoline units?

Just like with the TDI, the purification of exhaust gases starts with a variety of internal engine technologies for the TFSI units, in other words the turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engines. Audi uses the B cycle, also known as the Miller combustion process, in various engines. It yields major fuel economy benefits especially during an easy-going driving style. Under low load and low engine speed, the two-stage Audi valvelift system (AVS) closes the intake valves earlier. This results in a shortened compression stage which, combined with lower throttle losses and the long expansion phase, specifically in the predominantly occurring part-load operating range, yields emission and fuel economy benefits. The cylinder on demand system is another in-engine method for reducing consumption. It deactivates individual cylinders in operating conditions with low load demands. An alternative method is indirect injection. It complements FSI gasoline direct injection, reduces consumption and increases engine power output. The utilization of a gasoline particulate filter (GPF) in the exhaust system is common to all systems.

Why do SI engines require a gasoline particulate filter?

Most of Audi’s gasoline-powered models use efficient TFSI technology, in other words gasoline direct injection engines. Turbocharging is additionally utilized in the majority of models. The objective is to effectively purify exhaust gas even in unfavorable operating ranges. The GPF reduces carbon particulate emissions caused especially when cold-starting gasoline engines by as much as 90 percent. Since 2018, all of Audi’s model ranges approved according to the Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard have been equipped with gasoline particulate filters, with two exceptions: the two-liter TFSI engine of the EA888 model range for natural gas engines such as the one used in the Audi A4 Avant g-tron and Audi A5 Sportback g-tron and the 1.5 TFSI unit in the Audi A3 Sportback 30 g-tron. These engines do not require such a filter because methane, which is also referred to as CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), burns without particulate emissions.

How does a gasoline particulate filter work?

The exhaust gas has to flow through a fine-pored cordierite ceramic body behind the catalytic converter. The operating principle of this gasoline particulate filter is similar to the exhaust gas purification technology of a diesel engine: The exhaust gas flows through porous ceramic cell walls, which form small, closed channels toward the intake and exhaust side, respectively. The particulate matter sticks to the rough ceramic surface. Depending on the individual driving style, the regeneration of the filter takes place in a process that is simpler than that of a diesel engine because a gasoline unit does not generate particulate matter in every operating condition. Likewise, due to its design principle, exhaust gas temperatures of spark ignition engines are higher than those of compression ignition engines. Due to controllable oxygen supply via theengine control unit and a subsequent additional short-term temperature increase in the exhaust system, the amount of the charge, which is clearly less than that of a diesel unit, easily lends itself to post-oxidation and neutralization.

What distinguishes Audi’s system compared to the competition?

Audi uses especially voluminous gasoline particulate filters. In the case of the EA888 two-liter four-cylinder engine, it has a volume of 3.2 liters. Its design featuring back pressure optimization enables favorable power and torque curves. GPF operation is sensor-monitored on all models across the board. Thanks to this monitoring process, the frequency and duration of regeneration are oriented to the condition of the filter, which results from the actual individual everyday driving profiles of any customer. This reduces emissions and the environmental burden, and increases the service life of the filter.

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Exceptional compact sports car for individualists:
Audi gives the SQ2 an even sharper design


  • 2.0 TFSI with 221 kW (300 PS), 0–100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.9 seconds
  • Seven-speed S tronic and quattro drive as standard, combined with an S sport suspension with progressive steering and Audi drive select dynamic handling system
  • New striking design details, new Audi connect services and assist systems
  • Matrix LED headlights with intelligent high-beam control now available as an option
The sporty SUV in the compact segment now has an even fresher look: Audi has revised the SQ2
. Thanks in part to the new headlights and bumpers, its appearance is even sportier and more striking, and new Audi connect services and assist systems make driving the car even more effortless. It also offers a strong performance: The 2.0 TFSI with 221 kW (300 PS) accelerates the SQ2 from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.9 seconds. Thanks to quattro all-wheel drive and the S sport suspension, the power is applied smoothly to the road.

Since its debut two years ago, the SQ2 has made a name for itself as a car full of character. It is a dynamic compact SUV for individualists who value standalone design, a high utility value, and dynamic handling. The key figures speak for themselves: 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.9 seconds, top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph), and an average fuel consumption of just 7.7 liters per 100 km (30.5 US mpg).
Sporty all-around engine in peak form: the 2.0 TFSI
The 2.0 TFSI draws its power from 1,984 cm3 of displacement and is a sporty all-around engine. It is installed in many Audi models – in the SQ2
, it delivers 221 kW (300 PS) and a constant 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of torque across a broad range of between 2,000 and 5,300 rpm. The turbocharged four-cylinder has an excellent throttle response, and its sound becomes fuller as the speed increases. This is due in part to the flaps in the exhaust system.

The 2.0 TFSI has some progressive technologies for power and efficiency on board. The Audi valvelift system (AVS) switches the stroke of the outlet valves between two levels as needed, thereby optimizing the charge cycle in the lower engine speed range in particular: The improved flow of exhaust gas to the turbocharger results in an agile response and powerful torque build-up. Sophisticated thermal management controls the coolant flow, and the exhaust manifold integrated in the cylinder head helps the engine to warm up quickly, which allows exhaust gas aftertreatment to be activated early on. Needless to say, the Audi SQ2 complies with the limits of the new Euro 6 AP emission standard.

Driving pleasure and driving safety: the seven-speed S tronic and quattro drive
The seven-speed S tronic is standard in the Q2 top model**. Its lower gears feature short, sporty ratios while the seventh gear is long to reduce fuel consumption. Drivers can operate the lightning-fast dual-clutch transmission in modes D or S, or shift themselves. If the Audi drive select system is in “efficiency” mode, the clutch disengages when coasting, allowing the compact sport SUV to freewheel.

The quattro all-wheel drive provides the updated Audi SQ2

with the crucial amount of additional dynamism and stability. Its electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch distributes the torque smoothly between the axles. Should the front wheels lose traction, the clutch redirects it completely to the rear within a few milliseconds. The SQ2 is fitted with the latest generation of the multi-place clutch, which features many improvements, for example to the bearings and oil supply, that increase its efficiency. The pump is powered by a low-wear, brushless electric motor. The entire clutch is just under one kilogram (2.2 lb) lighter than the part in the predecessor model. This is due in part to the fact that the control unit is integrated in the clutch housing.

The driving pleasure provided by the electronically controlled quattro drive has remained at the same high level. During sporty driving, the clutch can direct some of the torque to the rear axle and thereby increase dynamism as soon as the driver turns the wheel. The quattro management system enables precise turn-in during load reversal, and provides maximum control and reliability when drifting on a low-friction surface. The wheel-selective torque control rounds off the handling with minor brake interventions at the relieved wheels on the inside of the curve.

Dynamic character: suspension and steering in the Audi Q2
The S sport suspension of the Audi SQ2 lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.8 in). The standard progressive steering is geared in such a way that its steering ratio becomes more direct as the angle increases. This makes the SQ2** even more agile – when maneuvering, in urban traffic, and in tight curves.

The standard equipment of the sporty compact SUV also includes the Audi drive select dynamic handling system that offers the profiles “auto,” comfort,” “dynamic,” “efficiency,” and “individual.” It changes the character of the steering, the seven-speed S tronic, the engine, and other systems. The driver can press a button to set the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) to off-road mode.

The Audi SQ2

rolls off the line with 18-inch alloy wheels and size 235/45 tires at the main Audi plant in Ingolstadt. The range offered by Audi and Audi Sport GmbH also includes 19-inch wheels with size 235/40 tires (standard with the SQ2 exterior package). The large brakes have a diameter of 340 millimeters (13.4 in) at the front axle and 310 millimeters (12.2 in) at the rear axle. Their brake calipers feature S badges and are painted red as an option.

Strong character with angles and edges: the exterior design
With its angles and edges, the Audi SQ2, which measures 4.21 meters (13.8 ft) in length, is a car full of character. Its design has become even more expressive with the update. The octagonal Singleframe is now slightly lower, and the slats in its insert also interpret the polygon motif that characterizes the entire car. There are narrow slits between the grille and the hood. Wide frames painted in selenite silver surround the large implied air inlets.

LED headlights are standard, and Audi installs the new Matrix LED headlights as an alternative. One shared module houses seven individual LEDs. The intelligently controlled high beam light always illuminates the road as brightly as possible without blinding other road users. Ten further light-emitting diodes installed behind rhomboid optical components generate the daytime running light. Seven LEDs generate the dynamic turn signals independently. LED lights are installed at the rear as standard. When installed with the Matrix LED headlights, they also feature dynamic turn signals. In this case, the headlights and rear lights present dynamic light sequencing when the car is locked and unlocked.

In the side view of the revised Audi SQ2, the aluminum-look mirror housings, the strips along the sills, the roof edge spoiler, and the silver blades on the C-pillar add accents. The rear bumper with its pentagonal polygons varies the design motif of the front apron and two exhaust tailpipes are each framed by the diffuser insert. The luggage compartment is located behind the tailgate and has a volume of 355 to 1,000 liters (12.5 to 35.3 cu ft) depending on the position of the rear backrests.

The color palette of the Q2 top model includes ten colors and the attachments are painted in contrasting Manhattan gray as an option. The blades on the C-pillars are available in selenite silver (standard), vehicle color, Manhattan gray, platinum gray, and brilliant black. With the black styling package, the Singleframe, the air inlet grilles, and the diffuser are finished in gloss black, and the bumpers feature a contrasting paint finish. The SQ2 exterior package also applies black styling to the mirror housings, the blade on the C-pillar, and the tailpipe trims. The roof edge spoiler features a special contour here, and quattro logos on film adorn the doors.

Dark tones, specific and upscale materials: the interior
As is the case with all Audi S models, the interior of the SQ2

is dominated by dark tones and particularly high-quality surfaces. The headlining is designed in black and the door panels feature a new material that is pleasant to touch. The pedal caps and the footrest are made of stainless steel and the illuminated door sill trims sport S logos. The display shows S-specific start screens when the ignition is switched on.

All equipment in the sportiest Q2 model is bundled in packages; there are four packages for the upholstery and colors. Customers can choose from a combination of fabric and leather (standard), pure fine Nappa leather – with a rhombus pattern as an option – and a mixture of leather and the microfiber material Dinamica, which is replacing Alcantara. It looks and feels like suede but consists mainly of recycled polyester, which is sourced from textiles and PET bottles, for example. Accent stripes and contrasting stitching adorn the seats. They are available in rock gray, black, and magma red. The optional backlit trim strip constitutes a major exception in the segment.

New structure: operation and display, packages and equipment
The Audi SQ2

comes as standard with automatic air conditioning, a sport multifunction steering wheel, and the sport seats. The optional convenience features are bundled in the climate control, comfort, function, interior, infotainment, dynamism, and assist systems packages. In terms of operation and infotainment, the range extends to the Audi virtual cockpit, which can be switched over to a sports view, and the MMI navigation plus (available with the navigation package). It is operated via a rotary pushbutton on the center console.

The top-of-the-line infotainment system brings the Audi connect services with LTE plus speed on board, and a Wi-Fi hotspot integrates the passengers’ mobile devices. The services of Audi connect emergency call & service and Audi connect remote & control are new additions and are both part of the standard equipment. They allow the owner to lock the vehicle remotely or check the fuel level, for example. To do this, owners can use the myAudi app on their smartphones, which is also free. The Audi smartphone interface, the Audi phone box, and the Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System complete the infotainment program.

Even greater confidence on the road: the driver assist systems
The compact Audi SQ2 is also at the cutting edge in its segment in terms of driver assist systems. It comes with the Audi pre sense front safety system as standard. This system can contribute to preventing potential accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists, or other vehicles in front of the car or reducing their severity.

The adaptive cruise assist, which can help the driver in many situations with accelerating, decelerating, and steering within the lane, is a new addition to the optional systems. In order to maintain lateral guidance, the driver only needs to touch the capacitive steering wheel gently, which is part of the system, to prove that they are paying attention. In combination with the camera-based traffic sign recognition, the adaptive cruise assist ensures that the car decelerates in certain situations, for example when approaching speed limits and town signs. As soon as the restricted area ends, it accelerates the SQ2

again. The park assist is another optional system. It steers the sports SUV into and out of parking spaces automatically.

From EUR 45,700: presales of the SQ2 have already started
Presales of the revised Audi SQ2 will start shortly in Germany and other European countries. Deliveries are scheduled to start at the beginning of 2021. The prices in Germany start at EUR 45,700 (including 19 percent value added tax).

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Athletic highlight: the Audi TTS competition plus

  • New equipment line for the Audi TTS
  • Coupé and Roadster feature sporty design details in the interior and exterior
  • Exclusive offer from Audi Sport GmbH: “bronze selection” for Audi TT and TTS
Stylish and sharper: Audi is launching a sporty equipment line and a design-oriented special model for its TT family. The Audi TTS competition plus is an athletic highlight. The new “bronze selection” variant for the TT
and the TTS exudes confident elegance.

The new “competition plus” equipment line sharpens the sporty status of the Audi TTS with targeted design details. The Audi TTS
now generally features a more powerful TFSI engine that outputs 235 kW (320 PS) and generates a maximum torque of 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft). The Coupé accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.5 seconds (Roadster: 4.8 seconds). Top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h (155.3 mph). The seven-speed S tronic, quattro permanent all-wheel drive, and the Audi magnetic ride controlled shock absorber system are on board as standard.
The standard equipment of the TTS competition plus includes LED headlights, wrapped Audi rings on the side sills, privacy glazing (Coupé only), brake calipers painted in red, and high-gloss black 20-inch wheels with a 10-spoke design. The fixed rear wing as well as other exterior details in dark colors, such as the black Audi rings at the front and rear, highlight the dynamic ambitions at first glance.
Chronos gray, glacier white, tango red, and turbo blue are available for the exterior paint finish.
Striking highlights: the interior
The driver glances at the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit with variably adjustable display modes for driving and on-board computer information. The exclusive leather upholstery and trim further enhance the sporty interior of the TTS competition plus. Fine Nappa leather in ebony with contrasting stitching in express red or ara blue is combined with a rhombus pattern and the S embossing on the backrests of the front seats Accordingly, the elements of the seat trims and center console come in chrome paint finish, slate gray (fine paint finish, slate gray for the Roadster), satin paint finish, turbo blue, or gloss paint finish, tango red (exclusively for the Coupé). In addition, the inlays come in carbon design as a standard feature. The inner rings of the air vents are painted in satin turbo blue or gloss tango red (exclusively for the Coupé). The high-grip gear lever knob is designed in Alcantara. Thanks to a combination of Alcantara and leather from Audi exclusive, the flat-bottomed steering wheel sits particularly well in the driver’s hands. A 12 o’clock marker in gray or red (with blue or red interior equipment) combined with contrasting stitching in ara blue or tango red add a further accent in the driver-oriented cockpit. With the tango red interior, the floor mats are adorned with contrasting stitching in the corresponding color and framed with durable artificial leather.
Stylish: Audi TT and TTS “bronze selection”
A further design highlight will expand the attractive portfolio in the second quarter: The “bronze selection” special model is an offer from Audi Sport GmbH that will be available for both the Audi TT
and the Audi TTS
. True to the name, the elements of the seat trims, center console, and air vents in the interior feature a fine paint finish, bronze, and copper contrasting stitching adorns the sport seats plus. The choice of colors for the body includes chronos gray, glacier white, and mythos black, which match the elegant bronze hue of the 20-inch wheels with their 5-V-spoke star design. The wrapped Audi rings in the same color on the side sills catch the eye.
In addition to LED headlights and rear lights, a B&O sound system, inlays in aluminum drift, and an expanded leather package with contrasting stitching also come as standard. Two large round tailpipes with chrome-plated trims on the right and left give the rear end a striking appearance. The sporty rear of the TTS features the familiar two dual tailpipes. The honeycomb grille of the Singleframe grille is painted in gloss black for the TT and matte titanium black for the TTS.
The Audi TTS competition plus and the upgraded model series will go on sale in Germany in November 2020. The Coupé will cost around EUR 61,000 (with 19% VAT) and the Roadster will cost around EUR 63,700 (with 19% VAT). Deliveries are scheduled to start at the beginning of next year. The “bronze selection” package will cost EUR 6,190 (with 19% VAT) for the TT and EUR 4,490 (with 19% VAT) for the TTS and will be available for order in the spring of 2021. Deliveries will also start in the spring of 2021.

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Five category victories: Major success for Audi in the Auto Trophy readers’ poll of the magazine Auto Zeitung

  • A1 Sportback, A3 Sportback, Q2, Q8, and e-tron Sportback in 1st place
  • The readers picked from 442 models in 21 categories
  • Audi COO Oliver Hoffmann: “Our successful A3 keeps on winning”
Victories in five categories: Audi achieved a major success in the Auto Trophy 2020 voting by readers of the specialist magazine Auto Zeitung. The A1 Sportback, A3 Sportback, Q2, Q8, and e-tron Sportback models each won in their categories. For the A3, it was already the third important award within the space of a few weeks. It previously claimed victory in its category in the “autonis” design competition by auto, motor und sport and the “Golden Steering Wheel” from Auto Bild.

“The success with the Auto Trophy confirms that we are on the right track with our model policy,” said Oliver Hoffmann, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Technical Development. “I am particularly happy that our successful A3 Sportback keeps on winning in comparative tests and competitions. It presents our technological expertise in the compact segment – from digital daytime running lights and the modern operating concept to all-round connectivity. It is a perfect all-around vehicle, sporty and balanced, and a real eye-catcher.”
The Auto Trophy took place for the 33rd time this year. 18,811 readers of Auto Zeitung voted on the best brands and models from a total of 442 cars in 21 categories. The participants each had two votes: one for the overall winner of the category and one for the best imported model. The A3 Sportback won its category with 15.0 percent of the vote.
The A1 Sportback won in the “City Cars” category with 21.7 percent of the votes cast. The most compact Audi model is an ideal companion not only in urban environments but also on longer journeys. Its infotainment and driver assist systems are on par with the full-size class.
The Q2, which emerged victorious among the SUVs under EUR 25,000 with 17.4 percent of the votes, is a versatile compact SUV with good all-around qualities. The Q8, which dominated in the “Luxury SUV” category with 13.9 percent of the votes, combines great practical talent with the elegance of a four-door luxury coupé and confident driving characteristics. The same can be said of the fully electric Audi e-tron Sportback (winner of the “Electric SUV” category with 19.0 percent): The dynamic SUV coupé combines elegance with powerful performance and high-tech features with great everyday usability.

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Sporty, practical and elegant:
The Q5 Sportback and the SQ5 Sportback TDI


  • The new SUV coupé captivates with its powerful and progressive design
  • Tremendous variability and high everyday utility, towing capacity of up to 2.4 metric tons
  • New light generation: rear lights with digital OLED technology
  • SQ5 Sportback TDI
Following the Q3 Sportback and the e-tron Sportback, Audi now presents its third crossover utility vehicle, or CUV: the Q5 Sportback. This coupé with dynamic lines addresses customers who appreciate not just an expressive design and technical innovation but also a sporty character and a high level of everyday usability. Topping the line is the SQ5 Sportback TDI
. Its three-liter TDI offers concentrated power of 251 kW (341 PS) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque.

The Audi Q5 Sportback exudes a powerful presence as is typical for the Q models from Audi. Large air inlets flank the octagonal Singleframe. The headlights with their distinctive daytime running light signature feature LED or optional Matrix LED technology. The continuous, elegantly sweeping shoulder line emphasizes the wheels and with them the quattro all-wheel drive. The side sill trim on the doors imbues the CUV with stability and robustness. The greenhouse extends low over the body and begins its downward slope early so that the third side window tapers sharply to the rear. The starkly sloped rear window and the seemingly high-mounted rear bumper give the Q5 Sportback a dynamic and powerful appearance.
Innovative: rear lights with digital OLED technology
Audi offers the rear lights featuring innovative digital OLED technology upon request. Each light includes three organic light-emitting diodes, which radiate an especially homogeneous red light. Each LED is divided into six segments, which can be controlled individually. Customers can select from three rear light signatures when ordering their vehicle, each of which includes a dynamic coming and leaving home lighting scenario. An additional sporty graphic is displayed when “dynamic” mode is chosen in the Audi drive select system. If another vehicle approaches the stationary Q5 Sportback from the rear to within less than two meters, all OLED segments illuminate, providing proximity detection.
Large selection: colors and materials
Audi offers the new crossover utility vehicle in the “advanced” and “S line” exterior lines. Differences lie in the Singleframe, the side air inlets and in particular the rear bumper. There are 12 paint finishes and a variety of trims for the add-on parts to choose from, including the black styling package and both full and contrasting paint finishes. At 4.69 m (15.4 ft), the Q5 Sportback is seven millimeters (0.3 in) longer than its sister model, the Q5. It shares the same height (1.66 m [5.4 ft]) and width (1.89 m [6.2 ft]), but at 0.30 the drag also turns out lower.
The long wheelbase of 2.82 meters (9.3 ft) provides ample room on board. With its horizontal lines, the interior is clean and airy. The “design selection” and “S line” interior lines each give it an even more elegant or sporty appearance. They come in a wide selection of colors and upholstery materials, including top-quality fine Nappa leather. The “design selection” line includes the ambient lighting package plus – its lighting effects subtly bring out the typical Audi manufacturing finish.
Flexible space configuration: rear seat bench plus
The luggage compartment has a volume of 510 l (18.01 cu ft), which increases to 1480 l (52.3 cu ft) when loaded to the roof and with the rear seats folded down. Audi also offers the newest member of the family with the optional rear seat bench plus, which can be shifted laterally and has adjustable seat back angles. This expands the volume of the luggage compartment in the base configuration by up to 60 l (2.1 cu ft) – on the other hand, it offers enhanced comfort for the rear-seat passengers when the seat back and seating surface are set all the way back. The storage and luggage compartment package is also available as an option. A power tailgate is standard. In combination with the optional convenience key, it can be opened with a simple foot gesture.
The SUV in the guise of a coupé shines with a number of additional practical qualities. With its 150 kW (204 PS) 2.0 TDI engine, it can tow trailers with a total weight of up to 2.4 metric tons (braked, 12 percent gradient). Roof rails are available as an option. Hill descent control ensures safety when driving on steep slopes.
More ground clearance off-road: the adaptive air suspension
Thanks to its tight setup, the standard sport suspension offers direct contact with the road. Audi also offers an alternative suspension with controlled dampers or the versatile and comfortable adaptive air suspension. It adjusts the ride height over a wide range of 60 mm (2.4 in). The ground clearance can be increased by as much as 45 mm (1.8 in) when driving on unpaved roads, while the body is lowered by 15 mm (0.6 in) when driving fast. This reduces drag while increasing efficiency at the same time.
The vehicle’s stability also benefits from its low center of gravity. For convenient loading, the rear body can be lowered 55 mm (2.2 in) when the vehicle is stationary.
The optional dynamic steering varies the steering ratio and power assist as a function of the driving speed. A direct ratio and greater power assistance makes the car easy to handle when driving slowly, while at higher speeds the more indirect ratio has a positive effect on straight-line stability. The wheel diameters range from 18 to 21 inches, while there is a choice of no fewer than 21 wheel designs.
The engine range at launch: two TDI engines and one TFSI
The Audi Q5 Sportback will be launched on the market in Europe with three engine versions – two TDI engines and one TFSI. Their power output ranges from 150 kW (204 PS) to 210 kW (286 PS). All the engines come in under the thresholds set in the new Euro 6d ISC-FCM AP emission standard, which places strict limits on nitrogen oxide emissions in road tests.
A 2.0 TDI engine is responsible for propulsion in the Q5 Sportback 40 TDI quattro
. It produces 150 kW (204 PS ) and 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of torque, and accelerates the large CUV from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 222 km/h (137.9 mph). A 12 V mild hybrid system (MHEV) increases the efficiency. Its belt-driven starter-alternator can recover energy when decelerating and store it in a compact lithium-ion battery. What’s more, the MHEV system allows coasting with the engine off, while the start-stop range already begins at a speed of 22 km/h (13.7 mph). A second variant of the 2.0 TDI will follow after the market launch.
A seven-speed S tronic and the efficient quattro drive with ultra technology provide the power transmission for the four-cylinder diesel engine. In normal driving conditions, it directs the torque exclusively to the front wheels. The moment all-wheel drive is required, two clutches instantly activate the rear axle, even predictively in many situations.
The Audi Q5 Sportback 50 TDI quattro
offers even more power and torque: This model offers 210 kW (286 PS) and 620 Nm (457.3 lb-ft) – enough for a standard sprint in 5.7 seconds and maximum speed of 240 km/h (149.1 mph). The MHEV system works here with 48 V and is even more effective than it is in the four-cylinder diesel. The eight-speed tiptronic goes through the gears smoothly and swiftly; the quattro permanent all-wheel drive uses a mechanical center differential. It distributes 40 percent of the torque to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear and, when necessary, directs the majority of it to the axle with better traction.
With the 2.0 TFSI, a four-cylinder gasoline engine, the Audi Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro
sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.1 seconds and takes it to a top speed of 240 km/h (149.1 mph). The gasoline engine produces 195 kW (265 PS) and 370 Nm (272.9 lb-ft) of torque. Like the two-liter TDI, it uses a 12 V mild hybrid system, the seven-speed S tronic transmission, and the quattro drive with ultra technology.
Digital and intuitive: controls and connectivity
For the controls, displays and infotainment, the Q5 Sportback takes over for the Q5 the third-generation modular infotainment system or MIB 3. When fully equipped, the digital Audi virtual cockpit plus with 12.3-inch display and a head-up display are also on board. The multifunction steering wheel plus enables the safe and simple operation of the most important functions and displays.
The MMI navigation plus infotainment system is paired with a 10.1-inch touch display. Its natural language voice control uses the knowledge of the cloud and can be activated by saying “Hey Audi.” Many vehicle settings can be stored in individual user profiles and saved on the myAudi customer portal in the cloud. Some online services from the broad portfolio of Audi connect use the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet for functions that include alerting drivers to hazards. The myAudi app tightly connects the car with the customer’s smartphone. Optional hardware modules such as the Audi phone box or the Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System supplement the infotainment system.
Helpful and efficient: the driver assist systems
The Audi Q5 Sportback is equipped with numerous driver assist systems. The adaptive cruise assist can take over accelerating, decelerating and keeping in lane for the driver in many situations. The driver only has to touch the capacitive steering wheel to maintain lateral guidance. A second high-tech system is the predictive efficiency assist, which supports a predictive driving style. The turn assist, the swerve assist, the cross-traffic assist and exit warning systems also enhance safety. The standard Audi pre sense city system helps to avoid or mitigate the consequences of collisions with road users in front of the car.
Sporty top-of-the-range model: the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI
At the forefront of the range is the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI
. Its cultivated three-liter diesel engine produces an output of 251 kW (341 PS), the powerful torque of 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) is constantly available from 1,750 rpm to 3,250 rpm. An actuator in the exhaust system lends the sound tone and richness. Performance: 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.1 seconds, top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph) (electronically limited).
The 3.0 TDI has been made even better in many details. The pistons have been changed from aluminum to forged steel. This new material reduces heat losses and because of its strength does not incur any weight penalty compared with aluminum pistons The solenoid valve injectors are able to inject the fuel with a constantly high level of precision because a new piezoelectric sensor monitors the closing of the needle. It can perform up to eight individual injections per work cycle and also meter minimal fuel quantities with high precision.
A small, light compressor wheel rotates in the turbocharger of the V6 diesel engine, getting up to speed especially quickly – an important factor for the spontaneous and powerful development of torque. The intercooler now runs via a new, indirect water-air cooler in the inside V of the engine. The quick build-up of the boost pressure benefits from the short intake air routes.
MHEV and EPC: even more efficiency and spontaneity
The 3.0 TDI brings with it two technologies that reduce fuel consumption and enhance spontaneity. The 48 V mild hybrid system (MHEV) recovers up to 8 kW of power when decelerating. With the electricity from the lithium-ion battery, the CUV can coast for up to 40 seconds with the engine off, after which the belt-driven starter-alternator comfortably restarts the engine. Another building block in the 48 V network is the electric powered compressor (EPC). When moving off and accelerating from low rotational speeds, it accelerates the build-up of the boost pressure and ensures that the 3.0 TDI responds spontaneously.
Two SCR catalytic converters: exhaust gas aftertreatment
As in all TDI engines, Audi employs the twin dosing technology with two SCR catalytic converters in the Q5 Sportback for the aftertreatment of the exhaust gas. The first of these catalytic converters lies directly behind the manifold in the exhaust line and serves as a particulate filter at the same time; the second is located away from the engine under the vehicle floor. With the two catalytic converters, different operating situations and a wide temperature window for the exhaust gas can be covered. Thanks to the twin dosing technology, the SQ5 Sportback TDI
also comes in well below the limits set by the new Euro 6d ISC-FCM emission standard.
Changing gears quickly and smoothly: the eight-speed tiptronic
As with the 3.0 TDI version of the Q5 Sportback, a fast and smooth-shifting eight-speed tiptronic handles the power transmission in the S model. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive transfers the torque variably as needed to the front and rear axles. On request, Audi can supplement this with the sport differential, which actively adjusts the distribution of the torque between the rear wheels when driving in a sporty style, directing more torque to the outside wheel that has better grip – making the vehicle even more agile when cornering at speed. The outside rear wheel is also given more torque when accelerating out of tight radii in order to further increase the dynamism.
Supreme precision: the suspension
The suspension of the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI
is able to handle the performance of the powerful diesel drive with supreme ease. Five-link suspensions direct each of the four wheels. 20-inch wheels with 255/45 tires are standard, but 21-inch wheels from Audi or Audi Sport GmbH are available as an alternative. Six-piston brake calipers made of aluminum and brake disks with a diameter of 375 mm (14.8 in) are mounted on the front axle. The S sport suspension with damper control lowers the body by 30 mm (1.2 in) compared with the Q5 Sportback and offers an especially wide spread between comfort and dynamism.
Along with the optional sport differential, engine, steering and the automatic transmission, the controlled dampers are integrated in the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system, which allows the driver to manage the character of these systems via six profiles. A seventh profile (allroad) is added if the adaptive air suspension with S-specific tuning is on board – the air suspension adapts the body’s ride height to the driving situation at the time. Dynamic steering is another optional module.
New highlights: exterior and interior design
Distinctive details help the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI
leave an even more powerful impression. Vertical brackets give structure to the large side air inlets on the front bumper. Filigree bars connect large octagonal honeycombs with each other in the octagonal Singleframe grille. Audi LED headlights are installed as standard, Matrix LED headlight with automatic high beam and dynamic turn signals are available as an option. The rear bumper integrates a bracket in matte aluminum, under which the diffuser insert and four chrome-plated oval tailpipe trims can be found. The new digital OLED technology can be chosen for the rear lights.
The interior of the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI
is designed in black or dark gray colors, the illuminated aluminum door sill trims are decorated with S logos. There is a choice of three upholstery options for the electrically adjustable sport seats with the embossed S logos. Contrasting stitching adorns the seats and the steering wheel; a massage function and seat ventilation are available on request. Brushed aluminum is standard for the inlays, the alternatives are two carbon designs and a piano finish.
Market launch: first half of 2021
The Q5 Sportback and the SQ5 Sportback TDI
roll off the assembly line at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico. They can be ordered now and will be launched on international markets in the first half of 2021. For the Chinese market, the CUV will be built in CKD production at the Changchun plant.


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New dimensions in lighting technology

  • Digitization of light opens up multi-faceted communication channels
  • Audi lighting technology combines exceptional design with high functionality
  • Close teamwork between Lighting Technology and Light Design as a success formula
Audi is advancing into new dimensions in automotive lighting technology. Originally, vehicle lighting mainly served the purpose of ensuring traffic safety for all road users. Previously unknown prospects are now opening up in the wake of digitizing headlights and rear lights: light becomes a medium of external communication and interaction, personalizes design, and provides customers with new styling and customization options.

Lighting has made a veritable technology leap: The evolution from halogen light to xenon headlights to LED technology in automobiles took less than two decades. These milestones of new technologies provided customers with noticeably added value. As well as continually enhancing visibility, Audi lighting has been defining the face of the brand’s models in every era while extending everyday usability by an equally communicative and aesthetic dimension.
In the wake of the transformation of lamps, both illumination and energy efficiency improved. Now, digitization provides another innovation boost with all-new design potential: Light is becoming smart. By means of light signals, the car interacts with its surroundings. As far back as in 2003, the then A8 offered adaptive light with automatic-dynamic headlight range control before a camera on the windshield began detecting other road users in 2010. Two years later, the brand underpinned its innovative prowess and pioneering role in the R8: The introduction of the dynamic turn signal that allows indicated directional changes to be perceived out of the corner of one’s eye marked a significant gain in safety – and still does. In 2017, following their debut in the R8 LMX, Audi presented LED headlights featuring HD Matrix technology with the laser as an additional high-beam light in the A8 luxury sedan – a world innovation in large-scale production. Now, the premium manufacturer is digitizing the Matrix LED headlight while adding even greater variety. The digital OLED rear lamps in the new Q5 have been opening the door to car-to-x communication since this year and, for the first time, make choices of new taillight designs possible at the time of configuring the vehicle.
As well as intelligently illuminating the road, Audi provides its models with an unmistakable personality using distinctive signatures and dynamic lighting scenarios. Even at this juncture, customers are offered various model-dependent lighting signature options, to be followed by further differentiations. The dynamic turn signal or the impressive scenarios of the leaving and coming home functions cause the light to strike an emotional chord. Going forward, lighting technologies will make driving even safer, the individuality of each model even more visible, and external communication even more effective.

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Compact hybrid with 245 PS system output:
The Audi A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e


  • 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of system torque and an electric range of up to 74 kilometers (46.0 mi)
  • Black styling package, red brake calipers, and sport seats as standard
  • Available for order this week, base price in Germany EUR 40,395
Audi continues its electrification campaign in the compact class: Presales of the A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e will start in Germany this week. The brand with the four rings is thereby complementing the A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e
with a sporty model that has more power and more extensive equipment. Its plug-in hybrid drive has a system output of 180 kW (245 PS) and 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of system torque.

Like its sister model, the new A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e is equipped with a 1.4-liter combustion engine. It outputs 110 kW (150 PS) and 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque. The electric drive is powered by a permanently excited synchronous machine that outputs 80 kW and 330 Nm (243.4 lb-ft) of torque.
Control software generates the extra 30 kW (41 PS) of system output and 50 Nm (36.9 lb-ft) of torque as compared to the A3 40 TFSI e
. It regulates the optimum interplay between the two drives under maximum power requirements. The electric motor complements the combustion engine in the corresponding engine speed ranges. The electric motor is integrated into the housing of the six-speed S tronic, which transfers the power to the front wheels. A package consisting of 96 prismatic cells in the lithium-ion battery stores 13.0 kWh of energy. The A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e
charges with a maximum of 2.9 kW. An empty battery can be recharged in around five hours from a conventional domestic power socket.
Powerful performance and long range
With a system output of 180 kW (245 PS) and 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of system torque, the compact PHEV model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.8 seconds, and continues up to a top speed of 232 km/h (144.2 mph). Its fuel consumption in the NEDC cycle is 1.5 to 1.4 liters per 100 kilometers (156.8–168.0 US mpg), corresponding to 34 to 31 grams of CO2 per kilometer (54.7–49.9 g/mi). The Audi A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e always starts up on electric power. The driver can cover up to 74 kilometers (46.0 mi) according to the NEDC standard (63 kilometers (39.1 mi) in the WLTP cycle) with zero local emissions. The fully electric top speed is 140 km/h (87.0 mph).
Four driving modes for high efficiency
In “Auto Hybrid” mode, which is the main operating mode, the combustion engine and the electric motor divide the work intelligently. Depending on the situation and the driver’s preference, the car can coast, recuperate – in overrun mode and while braking – or boost together with the electric motor and TFSI.
When the driver selects the “Battery hold” or “Battery charge” modes, the hybrid management maintains the state of charge of the battery at a constant level or increases it in a targeted manner. Drivers can prioritize electric drive with the EV button. The driver controls further functions via the central MMI display, the six-speed S tronic, or the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. Special displays inform the driver about the drive’s activity: For example, the digital instrument cluster displays, the engine output, the drive mode, the battery’s state of charge, and the range. The MMI display also provides visualizations of the energy flows.
Sporty equipment
The exterior of the Audi A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e
features an expressive design: The black styling package and a Singleframe grille with high-gloss black inlays emphasize the car’s sporty character. Upon request, Audi offers the Matrix LED headlights with non-blinding high beams and dynamic cornering lights. Their digital daytime running lights, a pixel array consisting of 15 LED segments, generate an E-shaped light signature – the symbol of the plug-in hybrid drive. The brake disks behind the 17-inch wheels are larger than those of the 40 TFSI e: They have a diameter of 340 millimeters (13.4 in) at the front and 310 millimeters (12.2 in) at the rear. All brake calipers are painted red. Unlike the 40 TFSI e, the standard equipment also includes Audi drive select, sport seats, tinted windows, two-zone automatic air conditioning, and the convenience key. The A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e is available from EUR 40,395.29 in Germany (EUR 41,440 with 19% VAT). Customers are entitled to a subsidy of EUR 6,750.

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Audi e-tron GT enters series production:
Carbon-neutral production begins at the Böllinger Höfe


  • Neckarsulm site producing the first fully electric Audi to be built in Germany
  • Accepting orders from spring 2021
  • Audi Board of Management Member for Production Kössler: “Net carbon-neutral production at the Böllinger Höfe is another step toward the achievement of our sustainability goals”
At the Böllinger Höfe, passion meets precision, innovation and sustainability: Series production of the fully electric-powered Audi e-tron GT is getting underway there. High performance and environmental awareness go hand-in-hand here. With 100 percent eco-electricity and heat from regenerative sources, production is net carbon-neutral. The resource-conserving vehicle production process also avoids paper and packaging, uses aluminum and polymer closed loops, and in a first for a new Audi model was planned without any physical prototypes at all.

Series production of the Audi e-tron GT, the brand’s most powerful electric vehicle is launching at the Neckarsulm site. The production process at the Audi Böllinger Höfe is every bit as unique as the car itself. No vehicle bearing the four rings has ever been readied for series production as quickly. “As the electric and sporty spearhead of the Audi product portfolio, the e-tron GT is also a perfect fit for the Neckarsulm site, especially for the Böllinger Höfe sports car production facility,” says plant manager Helmut Stettner. That series production could be started on time despite the corona pandemic is the result of pooled competences and outstanding teamwork.
The Neckarsulm site had already been a focus site for plug-in hybrids, boasting the highest density of electrified models at Audi with the plug-in and mild hybrid versions of the A6, A7 and A8. “With the Audi e-tron GT, we are producing the brand’s first fully electric car to be built at a German production site and are thus taking another giant step toward the future,” adds Stettner.
Net carbon-neutral production of the Audi e-tron GT
It’s not just the Gran Turismo’s drive concept that is sustainable: The entire production process at the Böllinger Höfe is net carbon-neutral. In early 2020, the entire Neckarsulm site began using exclusively eco-electricity. A combined heat-and-power plant fired with biogas provides the heat required for production at the Bölllinger Höfe. Audi uses carbon credits from certified climate protection projects to offset emissions that currently cannot be avoided using renewable sources of energy.
“Following in the footsteps of the Brussels and Győr sites, the Böllinger Höfe is now the first Audi production facility in Germany where production operations are net carbon-neutral. This is an important milestone for the Neckarsulm site and another step along our path to carbon-neutral production sites worldwide by 2025,” says Peter Kössler, Audi Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics, summarizing the central goal of the Mission:Zero program at Audi.
The Mission:Zero environmental program comprises a variety of measures in production and logistics to effectively and sustainably reduce the ecological footprint. Focal points include decarbonization, resource efficiency, biodiversity and innovation solutions for using water.
Green logistics: climate neutral to the plant
On the path toward carbon-neutral production, Audi is taking a consistent approach and considering the entire value chain. Logistics is thus just as important as vehicle production itself. All of the rail traffic at the Neckarsulm site is climate neutral. A variety of locomotives with CNG (compressed natural gas) or electric drives are used for shunting between the trailer yard and the plant grounds. At the initiative of Audi experts, a key carrier also uses trucks powered with biomethane for the road transport of its shipments. And two trucks powered with LNG (liquefied natural gas) are already being used to deliver parts to the site over longer distances. Another is to be added to the fleet by the end of the year. Each of them reduces emissions of CO2 by up to 20 percent and nitrogen oxides by approximately 85 percent compared with conventional diesel trucks.
Closed loops protect the environment
Important resources are also being conserved and raw materials recycled at the site, too. The best example of this is the “Aluminum Closed Loop.” This refers to a closed recycling chain for aluminum sheet offcuts produced in the press shop at the Neckarsulm site, such as during manufacture of the sidewall frame for the Audi e-tron GT. With an extreme drawing depth of 35 centimeters (13.8 in) between the highest and lowest point, it is responsible for the pronounced shoulders above the wheel arches and thus forms the extremely distinctive quattro blisters of the e-tron GT. Every last technical possibility in the demanding processing of aluminum is tapped to do this. Thanks to the Aluminum Closed Loop, the site saves several thousand metric tons of CO2 emissions each year by returning homogeneous aluminum sheet offcuts to the supplier, where they are recycled and ultimately reused at Audi.
But ecological thinking doesn’t stop with aluminum. The motto for the recycling of polymers is: “turning the old into the new.” In a current pilot project, polymer waste from A6 and A7 assembly is sorted homogeneously, chopped up and then processed into special fibers. These filaments are then used in the 3D printers for the production process. The internal 3D printing team at the Böllinger Höfe is specialized on a wide variety of assembly aids precisely tailored to the requirements of the employees. Over 100 of these aids are used in the production of the Audi e-tron GT. The aim of the recycling project is to create a perfect polymer closed loop.
Systematically conserving resources
The closed loops are not the only approaches to conserve raw materials. The e-tron GT is the first Audi whose production was planned without the use of any physical prototypes. All assembly sequences were tested virtually using software developed in-house and virtual reality applications, and are now being used successfully in practice in series production. Some of the special containers for the transport of sensitive parts were also planned without prototypes using the new virtual method. This saves metal, but also packaging to protect the parts. Keywords: waste and paper avoidance. The body shop and assembly are already largely paper free. New projects, such as a maintenance app that eliminates the need for conventional, written records, also save paper. Logistics is currently testing digital labels, which should also make a contribution: Electronic labels will thus replace paper stickers on the shelves with parts containers. These are not only extremely energy efficient, but also can be easily reprogrammed in the event of changes. This is a key advantage over the conventional disposable labels. An Audi project team is also working with suppliers on additional solutions for systematically reducing packaging and thus waste.
The perfect blend of smart factory and precise craftsmanship
High quality, high performance and a passion for detail have always been distinctive features of the Böllinger Höfe. The Audi R8 has been built here since 2014. The sports car craft-scale production facility, which is part of the Audi Neckarsulm site, was expanded, upgraded and retooled in 2019 for the integration of the e-tron GT. The two most powerful and fastest series-production Audi models ever are manufactured here. “The production of two technically completely different cars on one assembly line is unique within the Group,” says Production Head Wolfgang Schanz. “Integration of the fully electric, four-door coupe transformed our small-series production facility at Audi Böllinger Höfe into a highly flexible, high-tech production facility that nevertheless retains its craft-scale character.” Customers will be able to place their orders for the fully electric Gran Turismo shortly after the world premiere early next year.

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Efficiency – charging comfort – everyday usability:
the plug-in hybrids from Audi


  • Wide spectrum: Audi now offers PHEV models in seven product lines
  • Systematic development: real all-rounders among the plug-in hybrids
  • Electrified SUV entry: Q3 and Q3 Sportback now carry the "e"
Audi is rapidly expanding its range of plug-in hybrid models. The latest models of the A3 Sportback, Q3, and Q3 Sportback, as well as the Q8 complement the portfolio in the compact segment and full-size class. Their common strengths are a confident driving experience, straightforward charging management, and great everyday usability. These three strengths make up the fundamental target triangle in the development work for the plug-in hybrid models at Audi.

Audi is now offering its PHEV models (PHEV = plug-in hybrid vehicle) in seven product lines. After the large A6, A7 Sportback, A8, and Q7 models, the offering became available to the compact class with the new A3 Sportback in the summer of 2020. The Audi Q8 followed in the fall. The Q3 and Q3 Sportback are the most recent plug-in hybrid models. The compact SUVs constitute the new entry into the world of electrified Q models. All current plug-in hybrid models from Audi carry the “TFSI e” abbreviation.
Intelligent drive management system: driving modes and recuperation
The first aspect of the target triangle in the development work for the PHEV models stands for a confident driving experience. The drive concept of the PHEVs provides great efficiency and high recuperation power. As a result, a large portion of everyday journeys can be covered on purely electric power and with zero local emissions. At low speeds, what is known as the Acoustic Vehicle Alert System generates the legally prescribed e‑sound.
In “Auto Hybrid” mode, which is the main operating mode, the TFSI and the electric motor divide up the work intelligently and with maximum efficiency, using fully electric power at low speeds, predominantly the TFSI engine at higher speeds, and often a combination of the two. The electric motor provides support when accelerating or wherever there is a high load requirement. When the driver depresses the accelerator firmly, the interplay between the electric motor and the gasoline engine creates a powerful boost. When accelerating from low rotational speeds, for example, the electric motor bridges the tenths of a second that the turbocharger needs to build up pressure. When driving at consistent rotational speeds, it sometimes functions as an alternator, thereby shifting the load point of the TFSI to operating ranges with higher efficiency.
The predictive operating strategy helps with consumption reduction and recuperation in driving operation. In hybrid mode and when route guidance is activated, it controls the powertrain in such a way that the battery charge is distributed intelligently across the entire driving route. It evaluates data from the navigation system, sensors, and assist systems continuously. The predictive operating strategy takes real-time events such as traffic jams or dense city traffic into account and adapts its calculations to the driver’s style. Based on this information, it calculates a rough plan for the journey.
At the same time, it prepares a fine plan for short distances, working together closely with the predictive efficiency assist (PEA). The PEA uses the data of the on-board sensors to identify upcoming town signs, intersections, speed limits, and vehicles driving in front.
Hybrid mode integrates two further modes that the driver can activate in the MMI operating system. If the driver selects “Battery hold,” the current state of charge of the battery is maintained in order to save energy for driving with purely electric power in an urban environment later on, for example. In “Battery charge” mode, the battery is charged while driving so that more energy is ultimately available for driving with purely electric power later on, for example in urban areas. Drivers can use the EV button to prioritize driving with fully electric power.
As soon as the driver takes their foot off the accelerator pedal, the hybrid management system and the predictive efficiency assist jointly decide between the two possibilities of letting the models coast with deactivated drive or decelerating them – like in the case of the A3 and Q8 – via the electric motor and recuperating. When the automatic transmission is in S gear, all models go into distinctive coasting recuperation.
The electric motor performs brake operations up to around 0.3 g alone – i.e. the vast majority of decelerations in everyday driving – and recovers energy. Only when the driver depresses the brake pedal more heavily do the hydraulic wheel brakes come into play as well, activated by an electric brake booster. The transition is almost unnoticeable and is referred to as brake blending. The brake pedal always provides excellent feedback and can be modulated precisely. Recuperation remains active. While braking, the A3 TFSI e and the Q3 TFSI e recover up to 40 kW of energy; the Q8 TFSI e quattro recovers up to 80 kW.
Special displays inform the driver about the activity of the drive. Aside from the current system output being demanded, the digital instrument cluster displays the Audi drive select mode and drive mode, as well as the state of charge of the battery. It also shows the electric range and total range. The central MMI display visualizes the flow of energy as well as the portion of the distance driven using the combustion engine and the electric motor.
Convenient charging management at home and on the road
The second aspect of the target triangle of Audi development is charging management. The PHEVs in the compact class charge with 2.9 kW and 3.6 kW, respectively, while the medium-size class and full-size class models charge with up to 7.4 kW. For example, it takes between two-and-a-half and four-and-a-half hours to charge the battery using an industrial power socket. Due to their greater electric consumption, the larger classes have a bigger battery and consequently a higher charging capacity.
Most PHEV customers charge their vehicles once or twice a day, usually in their own garage in the evenings or at work. If desired, they can use certified Volkswagen Naturstrom at home, which is generated from 100-percent-renewable energy sources.
According to a study conducted by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, 95 percent of all private journeys in Germany are less than 50 kilometers (31.1 mi) long, and 99 percent are less than 100 kilometers (62.1 mi) long. This means that the Audi plug-in hybrid models cover the common customer profile. The Q8 55 TFSI e
covers up to 59 kilometers (36.7 mi) on fully electric power in the NEDC, and the Q3 and Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e cover up to 61 kilometers (37.9 mi). The compact A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e
can drive up to 78 kilometers (48.5 mi) with zero local emissions.
The e-tron Charging Service from Audi ensures convenient charging while on the road. With just one card, it grants access to around 155,000 AC charging points in 26 European countries. All plug-in hybrid models from Audi come with two cables as standard: the compact charging system with a cable for domestic and industrial power sockets and a mode 3 cable with a type 2 plug for public charging terminals.
The myAudi app makes everyday life even more convenient by allowing customers to use the Audi connect services on their smartphones. Customers can check the battery and range status remotely, start charging processes, program the charge timer, and access the charge and consumption statistics. The app and the car display the charging stations at the current location as well as the destination. The app can also be used to heat or cool the car before setting off. Customers can preserve the vehicle’s electric range by using electricity from an electric outlet for this. Depending on the how they are equipped, they can also activate heating of the steering wheel, seats, mirror, windshield, and rear window as well as the seat ventilation via the pre-entry climate control.
Make room: high everyday usability
The third aspect in the target triangle is everyday usability. This initially arises from the first two matters of frequent electric operation and straightforward charging management. However, a decent amount of space for passengers and luggage as well as a high level of variability for everyday and leisure-related tasks are equally important. The lithium-ion battery of the plug-in hybrid models features a space-saving and compact design and is integrated in the vehicle structure. Its installation position is based on the technology platform: In the PHEV models with a longitudinally mounted engine (MLB), it is located below the luggage compartment. In the models with a transverse engine (MQB), it is positioned in front of the rear axle, and the fuel tank is located below the trunk. Although the loading floor is raised slightly as compared to the conventional models, it does not feature a step. This creates an even surface with no restrictions when it comes to loading the vehicle. A trailer hitch – usually with the same towing capacity as the conventional counterpart – is continuously available, with the exception of the A8 TFSI e.
Suitable for every model: the technology components
Audi has designed its PHEV models, with both longitudinally and transverse mounted engines, as parallel hybrids. A gasoline engine always serves as the combustion engine. In the compact A3 Sportback
Q3, and Q3 Sportback models, it is a 1.4 TFSI with an output of 110 kW (150 PS). The plug-in hybrids from the A6 and A7 Sportback product lines use the 2.0 TFSI with 185 kW (252 PS). The Q8, A8 and Q7
are powered by the 3.0 TFSI, which outputs 250 kW (340 PS).
The electric motor is a permanently excited synchronous machine (PSM) that outputs between 80 and 100 kW depending on the model. It is integrated in the housing of the automatic transmission, where it forms what is known as the hybrid module together with the separating clutch, which connects the TFSI engine with the drivetrain. An electric oil pump in the automatic transmission ensures oil supply and therefore gear changes even when the TFSI is deactivated.
In terms of power transmission, the plug-in hybrids demonstrate the technological bandwidth of Audi. In the compact models, a six-speed S tronic sends the drive force to the front wheels. The full-size and luxury class models, which have longitudinally mounted engines, are equipped with either a seven-speed S tronic or an eight-speed tiptronic, and quattro drive comes as standard. The A6 and A7 Sportback feature the quattro with ultra technology, i.e. automatically engaging rear-axle drive. The A8, Q7, and Q8 have a permanent quattro drive with a purely mechanical center differential.
Depending on the model, the lithium-ion battery stores between 13.0 and 17.9 kWh of energy. In the compact models and the Q8 TFSI e quattro, it integrates prismatic cells in a fixed housing. The cooling circuit of the battery is connected to the low-temperature circuit, which supplies the electric motor and the power electronics. This improves the efficiency of the electric motor and ensures longer battery availability at high loads and high outside temperatures.
Up to seven driving profiles: Audi drive select as standard
The Audi drive select system comes as standard in all PHEV models with the four rings. Depending on the model, it offers up to seven driving profiles that the driver can select in the MMI system: comfort, efficiency, auto, dynamic, individual, offroad, and allroad. Audi drive select influences the setup of the drive, automatic transmission, steering, and suspension, as well as various optional systems, such as the air suspension. Depending on the setting, the interaction between the systems also changes, for example the thresholds from which both drives work together or the electric motor supplies the boost and thus the maximum torque.
Attractive: subsidy for the technology
In addition to all these technological strengths, these models are also made economically attractive to customers in Germany. When purchasing a new car, they are entitled to a subsidy of EUR 5,625 or EUR 6,750 (depending on the base price) for most models. As company cars, the PHEV models are taxed at a flat rate of 0.5% of the gross list price.

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Audi ends 2020 with the most successful quarter in the company’s history

  • Over 500,000 cars delivered between October and December
  • A total of 1.69 million delivered worldwide in a challenging year
  • New best figures in China: 727,358 cars (+5,4%)
  • Hildegard Wortmann, Board Member for Sales and Marketing: “We aim for further growth in 2021”
AUDI AG ended 2020 with the most successful quarter-year in the company’s history for cars delivered: between October and December the company supplied 505,583 cars to its customers – more than half a million in a quarter for the first time ever. In a challenging year, marked globally by restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Audi delivered a total of 1,692,773 models, a fall of 8.3 percent compared with the previous year. In China, however, the company nevertheless attained new best figures with a total of 727,358 vehicles supplied (+5.4 percent).

“Thanks to an extremely strong performance internationally by our team, around the middle of last year we emerged from the first wave of corona. Following a strong third quarter, this made a major contribution to the successful final push in 2020,” says Hildegard Wortmann, Board Member for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG. “The global situation continues to be challenging at present. Nevertheless, for 2021 we have set ourselves ambitious targets, aim to achieve continued growth, and view the future with optimism.”
Through the expansion of digital sales and service offerings, for example Audi Live consultation, the Four Rings brand has reacted flexibly and successfully to the challenges of the corona pandemic. Ongoing digitalization of sales and experience gained during the first wave of coronavirus in spring have contributed strongly to Audi ending 2020 with the most successful quarter-year in the company’s history.
AUDI AG is continuing its transformation into a provider of sustainable premium mobility and is by some distance the biggest maker of electric vehicles among the three German premium brands. The successful Audi e-tron model (including the Audi e-tron Sportback) registered a significant increase in demand last year, with growth of 79.5 percent (47,324 cars) compared with the previous year. The Audi e-tron is the global top seller among electric vehicles made by German premium manufacturers. In Norway it is even the best-selling of all models. In Germany the Audi e-tron (including the Audi e-tron Sportback) was able to more than double its sales volume in the final quarter in comparison with the previous year.
In respect of other models in the range, Audi increased deliveries especially for the Audi Q3 (+18.1% in comparison to the previous year) and the Audi A6 (+11.8%). The high-performance models from Audi Sport were also extremely popular with customers: More than 29,300 cars delivered in 2020 marks a new best, and a clear increase of 16.1 percent compared with the previous year.
In China Audi supplied more cars to customers last year than ever before. A total of 727,358 automobiles represents a rise of 5.4 percent. The fourth quarter, too, was more successful than any previous period, with 214,467 cars supplied (+7.7%). In the largest market for the Four Rings, rapid economic recovery and high demand for individual mobility led to new record figures. The development was especially positive for the Audi Q2 (+33.8%), the Audi A6 (+41.1%), the Audi A7 (+142.1%), and the Audi A8 (+13.8%).
In the USA 186,620 deliveries of new cars represented a fall of -16.7 percent year on year. Strong consumer demand and the upward trend towards the close of the year demonstrate that the outlook for 2021 is favorable, however. Rising demand can be seen in the SUV segment above all: the share of SUVs in 2020 was 66 percent, and in the fourth quarter it rose to as much as 74 percent. Significant impulses came in the year as a whole from the Audi Q3 (+83.9%) and the Audi e-tron (+10%). In the final quarter the sales performance of the Audi Q5 (+15%) and the Audi Q8 (+11%) was particularly strong.
In Europe, car deliveries declined in 2020 by 19.5 percent to 619,723 units. Nevertheless, the trend was positive for the Audi e-tron (+80.6%, including the Audi e-tron Sportback) and the Audi Q7 (+6.3%). In the fourth quarter an upwards trend was already evident again, despite increasing restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic: the delivery of 178,891 cars between October and December was a rise of 2.5 percent compared to the previous year. In Germany the company supplied 214,427 cars to customers (-21.1%). In Audi’s home market, demand rose clearly again in the fourth quarter: 61,231 vehicles delivered represented a rise of 9.2 percent.

Vehicles delivered by AUDI AGTotal
20202019change vs 2019
- Germany214,427271,613-21.1%
- United Kingdom107,892139,026-22.4%
- France45,72858,241-21.5%
- Italy50,06064,056-21.8%
- Spain37,28450,904-26.8%
Chinese Mainland + Hong Kong727,358690,083+5.4%

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Preventing blackouts with intelligence:
Audi e-tron is ready for grid-optimized charging


  • Dynamic and delayed charging can relieve the local power grid
  • Smart meter gateway as the new module in the domestic power grid enables intelligent communication between the grid operator and electric car
  • Audi e-tron and charging system connect meet technical requirements
When several electric cars are charging at the same time, the street will go dark – that is one gloomy vision of the future that skeptics of electric mobility are painting. As part of a small-scale test, Audi has found a clear answer to this problem: Intelligent and grid-optimized charging relieves the grid and can help to increase the acceptance of electric mobility further. The Audi e-tron models and the charging system connect are already prepared and ready.

As part of a research project, Audi collaborated with GISA and other partners to simulate an overload scenario in the local power grid: multiple electric cars charging simultaneously and with high power on a street supplied by a local network transformer.
What is known as grid-optimized charging is designed to counteract this scenario through the intelligent management of charging procedures and thereby prevent a grid overload. Dynamic management of the charging procedure is achieved through targeted communication between the electric car and the grid operator. In practice, this will mean delayed charging, taking into account the desired time of departure and the actual load in the power grid. At the end of the day, the test shows a win-win situation: The electric car uses downtime to fully charge with dynamic charging capacity adjustment while also relieving the power grid without restricting the customers’ mobility needs. This is made possible by new modules in the domestic power grid that allow the house, the electric car, and the power grid to speak the same language.
Digital power connection: the SMGW
The central component is what is known as a smart meter gateway (SMGW) – a device that is already mandatory today if a household’s power consumption exceeds 6,000 kWh per year. The SMGW establishes a highly secure data connection between the house and the grid operator via a certified IT backend. All necessary information and control signals are transmitted in a targeted manner – either to the home energy management system (HEMS) or directly to the charging system connect that Audi offers as an option.
This allows the charging capacity of the Audi e-tron or Audi e-tron Sportback to be reduced as required – up to 11 kW as standard and by up to 22 kW upon request. Both models are equipped with the necessary intelligence, and Audi intends to provide its future electric models with this ability as well.
Outlook: individual charging management for each car
In the medium term, the new networking technology will allow the charging capacity, charging time, and charging duration to be controlled for each car. In addition, some attractive prospects may arise: A customer who is able to charge their Audi e-tron at work could accept certain limitations while charging at home, for example. In return, they would obtain the power from their provider at a discounted price.
Intelligent charging of electric cars is an important element of the sustainable energy industry of the future. Provided that use is made of the potential, it may also be possible to use electric cars as flexible storage devices for solar and wind power – a resource with very inconsistent availability. AUDI AG has set itself ambitious targets on the way to emissions-free mobility: The company is working on making its vehicle fleet CO2-neutral by 2050. In order to achieve this aim, Audi is pursuing a broad electric offensive that involves launching around 20 fully electric models by 2025.
Connectivity: participants of the energy industry speak a common language
The technical standards and communication protocols necessary for grid-optimized charging have already been drawn up. The new DKE application rule AR-E 2829-6, which describes the exchange of information between the domestic grid connection and the energy industry, is the main guideline. The EEBUS data model serves as the communication protocol. It was developed by the EEBUS e.V. initiative in which Audi is involved as well. It aims to connect the participants of the future energy industry in Europe on the basis of a common language.
Research project: four strong partners for Audi
Audi worked with highly specialized partners on the pilot project in Chemnitz and contributed its extensive expertise in the areas of electric mobility and charging infrastructure. IT service provider GISA GmbH functioned as the initiator of the project and administrator of the SMGW. The software for the backend was provided by Robotron Datenbank-Software GmbH. KEO GmbH developed the software for the communication interface of the SMGW. EMH metering GmbH & Co KG provided the hardware for the intelligent measuring system.

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New Euro 6d emission standard: Audi has converted its model range

  • Models in the sales program comply with the strict limits
  • The Euro 6d standard focuses on RDE tests on the road
  • The twin-dosing technology lowers NOx emissions effectively in the TDI models.
As of the beginning of 2021, Audi has converted its vehicle range to the new level of the Euro 6d emission standard. All models included in the currently valid sales program comply with the strict limits of the Euro 6d-ISC-FCM standard.

The conversion was an organizational tour de force for the company. The challenge entailed using the existing capacities at the test rigs in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm in the best way possible – despite the coronavirus crisis and the lost working hours and production downtimes that accompany it. Currently, 193 models are certified according to the new level of the emission standard, the vast majority of the previous range. A few additional models will follow in the first months of the new year.
Extensive: A4 and A5 family with 58 engine/transmission variants
The approval authorities define a model in this context as an engine/transmission variant in connection with a certain body form. This includes a powertrain consisting of an engine and a transmission that is used in a certain product line – such as a 2.0 TDI with a seven-gear S tronic and quattro drive. Every body variant – such as a sedan, Sportback or Avant – results in a separate engine/transmission variant. The diverse A4 and A5 family has a total of 58 engine/transmission variants.
The Euro 6 emission standard has already been in effect since the beginning of 2015 for new vehicles. Since then, the limit value for nitrogen oxides of 80 milligrams per kilometre (128.7 mg/mi) has applied for cars with a diesel engine. For cars with a gasoline engine, it is 60 milligrams per kilometre (96.9 mg/mi). With each new level of the standard, the European Union has raised the requirements for the measurement methods, measurement cycles, measurement procedures, and boundary conditions for testing. The new Euro 6d-ISC-FCM level of the standard, which has applied for all new vehicles since January 1, 2021, has an even stronger focus on Real Driving Emissions (RDE) than the previous level: The vehicles must now comply with the limits even during these RDE tests, which are carried out on the road under defined conditions. A conformity value of 0.43 accounts for the tolerances of the measuring devices, however. In addition, Euro 6d requires an on-board fuel consumption monitoring system. Audi has implemented this in the form of software in the engine control unit.
The technology: twin dosing and particularly voluminous gasoline particulate filters
Audi made a considerable effort to ensure that the values were under the new emission limits in all conditions. Twin-dosing technology is a key factor for the diesel models for both inline four-cylinder and V6 engines. Audi had already gradually introduced twin-dosing technology to the compact models with traverse-mounted diesel engines and the six-cylinder models in the mid-size range during 2020 – such as in the Audi A3, A4, A5, and Q5.
For the models with gasoline engines, the focus was on the carbon particles that are produced primarily in the event of a cold start. Audi started equipping its gasoline models with gasoline particulate filters back in 2018. They are particularly voluminous and reduce particulate emissions by up to 90 percent. Further information as well as animations and illustrations relating to the after-treatment of the exhaust gas for gasoline and diesel engines can be found in the Tech Focus newsletter.

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Audi more than fulfilled the CO2 fleet targets for Europe in 2020

  • Average CO2 emissions of new models are 101.5 g/km in Europe, more than two million grams below the legally required level – an improvement of around 20 percent compared to the previous year
  • The company made an important contribution to the results of the Volkswagen Group
  • Audi e-tron series and plug-in hybrids have a positive effect on the fleet figures
  • Board Member for Sales and Marketing Hildegard Wortmann: “In 2021 we are extending our range of electrified models by two new segments”
Audi has more than fulfilled its CO2 fleet target for Europe in 2020 on the basis of preliminary figures. With a calculated average of 101.5 g/km, the company lay well below the legally required value of 105.6 g/km. This result corresponds to an improvement of around 20 percent compared to the average of the previous year. In this way, the brand within the Volkswagen Group made a positive contribution to the total fleet result.

“Sustainability is a central pillar of our corporate strategy. We regard the CO2 fleet value as an important indicator and will press ahead strongly with our electrification offensive,” says Hildegard Wortmann, Member of the Executive Board of AUDI AG for Sales and Marketing. “We will continue to consistently increase the proportion of battery-electric and electrified models in our portfolio. In 2021 we are launching attractive all-electric models in two further different segments.” Audi will shortly introduce the Audi e-tron GT, an emotional Gran Turismo and the brand’s highest-performance electric car. It will be followed by the Audi Q4 e-tron, the first Audi model based on the high-volume modular electrification platform (MEB) of the Volkswagen Group.
The basis for calculating the fleet figures are the approximately 585,000 newly registered vehicles in the 28 countries of the European Union and in Norway and Iceland. A positive influence on the fleet figure derives in particular from the significant rise in deliveries of the all-electric Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback, as well as the brand’s plug-in hybrids. In 2020 Audi already had nine plug-in hybrid models in the portfolio, some of them in major series such as the A3, A6, A7 Sportback, Q7 and Q8 – from the compact range to the top range. By 2025 Audi aims to supply more than 30 electric models, around 25 of them fully electric. Pre-sales of the Audi Q3 45 TFSI e (fuel consumption combined in l/100 km*: 1.7 – 1.4; power consumption combined in kWh/100 km: 16.0 – 14.4; CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 39 – 32) and the Audi Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e (fuel consumption combined in l/100 km*: 1.7 – 1.4; power consumption combined in kWh/100 km: 15.9 – 14.6; CO2-emissions combined in g/km: 38 – 33) started only at the beginning of this year.
Transformation into a provider of sustainable premium mobility
In this way AUDI AG is continuing its transformation into a provider of sustainable premium mobility, and is at present the biggest premium maker of electric vehicles among the three German premium brands. Demand for the successful models in the e-tron series rose by 79.5 percent (47,324 vehicles) compared to the previous year. Globally the Audi e-tron is the best-selling electric vehicle of German premium manufacturers. In Norway it was the highest-selling model of all in 2020. In Germany the Audi e-tron series was able to more than double its sales volume in the final quarter of last year in comparison to 2019.

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Save the Date:
Online world premiere of the Audi e-tron GT


  • Digital presentation as part of the Day of Progress on 9 February 2021
  • Fully electric Gran Turismo continues the electrification offensive
  • Audi e-tron GT* is the new spearhead of the Four Rings
Sustainability, emotional design, and high performance: the new Audi e-tron GT* combines these qualities in a re-interpretation of ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’. The world premiere of the electric spearhead of the Four Rings will take place with two digital events on 9 February 2021.

Audi will make a virtual presentation of the new Audi e-tron GT* as part of the Day of Progress. Online streaming begins at 1 p.m. (Central European Time) at the Neuburg an der Donau site. In the Sprint of Progress the model will demonstrate all of the high performance characteristics of modern electromobility. The world premiere of the Audi e-tron GT* will then take place as part of the hour-long Celebration of Progress at 7 p.m. Markus Duesmann, CEO of AUDI AG, and Hildegard Wortmann, Board Member for Sales and Marketing, along with further prominent guests like designer Stella McCartney, will present the highlights of the new model. Both events will be streamed. With this new model AUDI AG presses further ahead with its transformation into a provider of sustainable premium mobility, and re-defines ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’.
Hildegard Wortmann, Board Member for Sales and Marketing, invites personally to the Day of Progress.

The Day of Progress will also be streamed on the following channels:
Sprint of Progress, 9 February 2021, 1 p.m. (Central European Time):
  • (German, English, Spanish, French)
  • the YouTube channels @Audi (English), @AudiFrance (French) and @audiespana (Spanish)
  • the Facebook page @Audiofficial (English) and @Audifrance (French)
  • the LinkedIn page @Audi-AG (English)
  • Audi China channels (Chinese)
Celebration of Progress, 9 February 2021, 7 p.m. (Central European Time):
  • (German, English, Spanish, French)
  • the YouTube channels @Audi (English), @AudiFrance (French) and @audiespana (Spanish)
  • the Facebook page @Audiofficial (English) and @Audifrance (French)
  • the LinkedIn page @Audi-AG (English)
  • Audi China channels (Chinese)

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World premiere of the new Audi RS 3 LMS

  • Second generation of the entry-level model from Audi Sport customer racing
  • Customer benefits significantly increased in many areas
  • Managing Director Julius Seebach: “The Audi RS 3 LMS stands for records”
Audi Sport customer racing continues its model offensive. The second generation of the Audi RS 3 LMS follows in the footsteps of one of the brand’s successful touring cars. Improved in many areas, the new model for global TCR racing had its virtual premiere at Audi Sport in Neuburg an der Donau on February 5.

“We are underlining the importance of motorsport for our road-going products and presenting a race car still in disguise before the spearhead of the corresponding production model is on the market,” says Julius Seebach, Managing Director Audi Sport GmbH and responsible for Audi Motorsport. “The Audi RS 3 LMS is a clear commitment to customer racing and stands for records in our program. We want to continue the remarkable series of successes of the first generation with the new model.” No other customer racing car with the four rings has been produced as often in a single generation as the first-generation RS 3 LMS, of which 180 units have been built. The compact race car is not only a top performer commercially, but also in sporting terms: In just four years, the entry-level touring car achieved 764 podium places in 1,051 races worldwide, including 279 victories. 16 titles in drivers’ championships and 38 championship successes in other categories round off its record, including the title of TCR Model of the Year 2018.
“The development goals for our latest model focused on the customers,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Whether it’s about running times or setup options, safety or ergonomics: we want to offer the teams a car that is even more of a race car than before.” The second-generation Audi RS 3 LMS presents itself with new developments in all areas that serve two goals: To make the production-based entry-level model an even better race car and to optimize customer benefits in all areas. Despite this, the model remains affordable in purchase and maintenance, offers an even higher level of safety and provides plenty of driving pleasure with up to 250 kW (340 hp).


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Artificial intelligence for greater sustainability and quality of life in cities: GREENTECH FESTIVAL and Audi give GREEN FUTURE Award to Zencity

  • Israeli start-up Zencity developed an intuitive AI tool for cities to determine the desires and needs of their inhabitants while also taking silent minorities into account
  • Other nominees for the GREEN FUTURE Award include Strabag (pollutant- and noise-reducing asphalt) and Sensoneo (intelligent waste management)
  • Nico Rosberg, Marco Voigt, and Judith Kühn (GREENTECH FESTIVAL) handed over the award together with Henrik Wenders (Audi) as part of the digital world premiere of the Audi e-tron GT
  • Nico Rosberg: “Time is a critical factor when it comes to climate change. We need to act now, and start-ups like Zencity provide us with the necessary tools.”
The GREENTECH FESTIVAL and Audi as one of the founding partners of the sustainability platform created by Sven Krüger, Marco Voigt, and Nico Rosberg awarded the GREEN FUTURE award together for the first time as part of the world premiere of the Audi e-tron GT. The prize is part of the GREEN AWARDS of the festival and distinguishes projects and persons that promote environmentally compatible urbanization while making an important contribution to improving the quality of life and urban infrastructures at the same time. The award went to Tel Aviv–based start-up Zencity, which developed an algorithm that collects and analyzes social media posts and local news from cities.

The UN already predicted that more than two thirds of people will live in cities by the middle of this century in its “World Urbanization Prospects” study in 2018. Already in 2030, the United Nations expect that there will be 43 megacities worldwide. Making life in cities as environmentally friendly and socially just as possible is therefore one of the major tasks of this decade. By initiating an award precisely for this endeavor, the GREENTECH FESTIVAL and AUDI AG aim to draw attention to this challenge and promote innovative solutions, support founders in the early stages of their projects, and encourage public dialogue.
GREEN FUTURE Award as a special prize of the GREENTECH FESTIVAL
Nominees included projects from the fields of energy, water, mobility, construction and living, digitalization, safety and security, and resources. The jury was comprised of representatives of the WWF, Deutsche Bahn, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), and the fashion label of rap artist Marteria Green Berlin, who are also members of the GREEN AWARDS jury of the sustainability platform. The jury evaluated the projects in terms of their contribution to environmental protection, scalability, technical innovation, and future viability. The GREEN FUTURE Award is a special prize that is part of the GREEN AWARDS of the festival and highlights the opportunities of sustainable technologies for the cities of the future.
As part of the digital world premiere of the latest electric car from Audi, the Audi e-tron G, two of the founders of the GREENTECH FESTIVAL, Nico Rosberg and Marco Voigt, CEO Judith Kühn and Henrik Wenders, Senior Vice President Audi Brand, handed the award to Assaf Frances, Director Urban Policy & Partnerships of Zencity in a live ceremony. Nico Rosberg: “Time is a critical factor when it comes to climate change, and we need to act now. Start-ups like Zencity provide us with the necessary tools. We need technologies like Zencity’s AI to live up to our responsibility and put a stop to the destruction of our environment. With this special award, we are demonstrating what today’s technology is already capable of when it comes to shaping our near future in urban areas that is sustainable and offers quality of life. We made a conscious decision to award the GREEN FUTURE Award in a different setting today, so as to reach as many new people as possible and spark their enthusiasm for a sustainable lifestyle.” Henrik Wenders, SVP Audi Brand: “Audi stands for Vorsprung – our aim is to use technology to contribute to a sustainable future and to shape urban mobility in such a way that the main focus is on the people. As an active partner of the GREENTECH FESTIVAL, we want to provide real added value and do our part to find answers to the pressing questions of the future.”
Algorithms are the key for developing local solutions
Zencity was developed by Eyal Feder-Levy and Ido Ivri as an intuitive AI tool for local administrations. It uses an algorithm to find social media posts, websites, local news, and other online sources that contain information referring to the cities in which the people making these posts live. Advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning allow millions of user data points from the defined area, such as within a city’s limits, to be processed and to generate informative findings on this basis. Customers of Zencity include municipal authorities that can use this data as a basis for understanding the needs of their inhabitants and making them a reality. This method conserves resources and replaces expensive and time-consuming face-to-face surveys, citizen hotlines, and committee meetings. This way, the tool helps all inhabitants of a city to gain the attention of political decision-makers and does so in an automated way, without complex reporting processes or bureaucratic obstacles. Zencity is already in use in 160 cities, including Chicago, Ottawa, and Tel Aviv.
Nominations for Strabag and Sensoneo
Other nominees included Strabag and its CIAir project and Sensoneo with its solution for intelligent waste management. The clean asphalt from Strabag reduces noise emissions by up to 35 percent as compared to conventional asphalt. The gritting material used for the asphalt consists of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) mixed with titanium dioxide. When exposed to sunlight, it breaks down nitrogen oxides bound in the air and converts them into harmless nitrates. The material is incorporated directly into the hot asphalt surface. Sensoneo offers intelligent waste disposal solutions for cities and companies. They range from plant tracking for containers and all the way to an automated on-demand solution for more efficient collection planning. This way, three solutions for smart waste management are combined: asset management, waste monitoring, and route planning.


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More powerful battery, longer range:
upgrade for the Audi plug-in hybrids Q5, A6, and A7

  • PHEV models now equipped with 17.9 kWh lithium-ion storage battery
  • Longer electric range of up to 91 km in accordance with NEDC
  • Audi A6 Avant now also available as a 50 TFSI e model from EUR 61,790

Upgrade for the Audi plug-in hybrids Q5, A6, and A7 Sportback: The TFSI e models now come with even greater battery capacity. The lithium-ion battery now delivers 14.4 kWh net (17.9 kWh gross) and allows an increased electric range of up to 91 kilometers, measured in accordance with the NEDC cycle (73 km according to the WLTP). The A6 Avant is now also available as a 50 TFSI e quattro
. Its price in Germany starts at EUR 61,790.

The plug-in hybrids Audi Q5 TFSI e and Audi Q5 Sportback TFSI e as well as the A6 Sedan, A6 Avant, and A7 Sportback now have a 17.9 kWh lithium-ion storage battery in the rear instead of their previous gross capacity of 14.1 kWh. As a result, the electric range increases to up to 91 kilometers (A6 Sedan 50 TFSI e
) in the NEDC, depending on the model. The maximum charging capacity is 7.4 kW. This allows the Audi PHEV models to be fully charged in around two-and-a-half hours when connected to a sufficiently powerful power connection. The dimensions of the lithium-ion battery have not changed despite its increased energy content.
Longer electric range – same variability and everyday usability
The luggage capacity, usability, and variability remain unchanged: Depending on the model, the luggage capacity is between 405 liters (A6 Avant) and 465 liters (Q5). With the rear bench seat folded down, the maximum usable space for luggage increases to 1,535 liters (A6 Avant) and 1,405 liters (Q5), respectively. The luggage compartment floor is still level, i.e. designed without a step, in all models.
Audi A6 Avant 50 TFSI e quattro
: the entry-level plug-in for commuters and fleet customers

The A6 Avant 50 TFSI e quattro
, which now completes the PHEV range from Ingolstadt, is particularly attractive for commuters and fleet customers. It outputs 220 kW (299 PS) of system power and has a maximum torque of 450 Nm. Propulsion is provided by a 2.0 TFSI and an electric motor with an output of 105 kW. As in all plug-in hybrid models from Audi, charging system compact is part of the standard equipment. It comprises cables and plugs for domestic and industrial power sockets and a control panel. The base price for the A6 Avant 50 TFSI e is EUR 61,790. In Germany, it is eligible for the environmental bonus and also benefits from the 50% company car tax reduction – the same applies to the other Q5 and A6 models as well as the A7 Sportback 50 TFSI e
Four driving modes: now also including “Charge” mode
The five part-time electric vehicles have another new feature: In addition to the familiar operating modes “EV,” “Auto,” and “Hold,” there is now a fourth operating mode called “Charge” mode. It allows the battery to be charged by the combustion engine while driving if necessary, for example before driving into environmental zones.
The Q5, A6 Sedan, and A7 Sportback models are available in two output variants as before: as a 55 TFSI e with a system output of 367 PS and as a 50 TFSI e with 299 PS. Both variants combine a 2.0 TFSI engine with an electric motor that is integrated in the seven-speed S tronic direct-shift transmission.
With the battery upgrade for the PHEV models Q5, A6, and A7 as well as the new A6 Avant 50 TFSI e quattro model
), Audi is continuing its electrification strategy. The compact models A3 Sportback, Q3, and Q3 Sportback, as well as the full-size class and luxury models Q7, Q8, and A8 are also available as plug-in hybrids.

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A new dimension of e-mobility:
the Audi Q4 e-tron sets a benchmark for interior and operation


  • Spaciousness of the compact e-model exceeds the benchmark of its class
  • Augmented reality head-up display as pioneering display technology
  • New steering wheel generation with touch operation, MMI display with a diagonal of up to 11.6 inches
Welcome aboard: The driver and passengers experience entirely new dimensions in the new Audi Q4 e-tron. The spaciousness of the electric compact SUV far exceeds the current class boundaries, and offers an amount of space comparable to that offered in the full-size class. The display concept has also reached a new dimension: The augmented reality head-up display brings the real and virtual worlds together, and the MMI display has a diagonal of up to 11.6 inches (option will be available around the end of the year). The new steering wheel generation with touch operation represents the new electric model’s course for the future. In terms of stowage compartments, the Audi Q4 e-tron scores high with a total volume of around 25 liters (0.9 cu ft), and the bottle holders in the top section of the doors are a further highlight. The airy and progressive interior design allows customers to experience the new technology era.

New and cleverly solved: the packaging
With the Q4 e-tron, Audi is presenting a true all-rounder – it is a confident companion for everyday life and leisure, and is suitable in every way as a household’s main car. At 4,590 millimeters (15.1 ft) long, 1,865 millimeters (6.1 ft) wide, and 1,613 millimeters (5.3 ft) high, the exterior dimensions of the Q4 e-tron place it in the larger compact SUV segment. The architecture of the modular electric drive system (MEB) on which the compact electric SUV from Audi is based enables a completely new division of space. While the front overhang measures just 86 centimeters (33.9 in), the wheelbase measures a generous 2.76 meters (9.1 ft) – even more than in the medium-sized SUV segment. The resulting interior measures 1.83 meters (6.0 ft) in length, which is similar to a large full-size class SUV.
Welcome aboard: comfortable entry, generously spacious
Even getting into the Audi Q4 e-tron is a comfortable experience: The doors open wide, and the seats are in a comfortably high position. The driver and up to four passengers enjoy a generously spacious interior, made possible in part by the fact that there is only a flat step instead of a center tunnel. The seat position in the second row is almost seven centimeters (2.8 in) higher than at the front, while still offering plenty of headroom – and the knee room is positively luxurious. When it comes to spaciousness, the compact electric SUV from Audi surpasses its direct competitors in the premium segment.
A wealth of storage compartments: 24.8-liter (0.9 cu ft) volume and ergonomic bottle storage
As a true all-around vehicle and family car, the Audi Q4 e-tron comes with a generous amount of storage compartments, which add up to a volume of 24.8 liters (0.9 cu ft) including the glove compartment. The center console integrates two cup holders, a 4.4-liter (0.2 cu ft) stowage compartment with a cover, two (or four as an option) USB type-C sockets, and the Audi phone box for the mobile phone upon request. All four door trims feature holders for bottles holding up to one liter that are located far up in the front section of the armrest and are therefore very easy to reach. The upper bottle holders were developed in close cooperation between designers and engineers; finding a spot for them in the limited door space was a real challenge.
The luggage compartment of the Audi Q4 e-tron provides 520 liters (18.4 cu ft) of space for luggage. Folding down the backrests, which are divided in the ratio 40:20:40, creates a virtually level surface; when loaded to the roof, the luggage compartment provides a volume of 1,490 liters (52.6 cu ft). This corresponds to the level of the next-higher SUV segment. Audi also provides a partition net and luggage compartment package upon request. It includes a loading floor that can be inserted at two height levels, for example.
Fully digital at four levels: the operating concept
Just as in all of its models, Audi is relying on a fully digital operating and display concept with a flat menu structure in the Q4 e-tron as well. It comprises four levels: the digital instrument cluster or Audi virtual cockpit for the driver, the central MMI touch display, the natural-language voice control, and the optional augmented reality head-up display – it is a new pioneering piece of technology.
A new dimension: the augmented reality head-up display
With the optional augmented reality head-up display in the Q4 e-tron, Audi is taking a huge step forward in display technology. It reflects important information via the windshield on two separate levels, the status section and the augmented reality (AR) section. The information provided by some of the assist systems and the turning arrows of the navigation system as well as its starting points and destinations are visually superimposed in the corresponding place on the real-life outside world as content of the AR section and displayed dynamically. They appear to be floating at a physical distance of roughly ten meters (32.8 ft) to the driver. Depending on the situation, they appear considerably further ahead in some cases. The driver can understand the displays very quickly without being confused or distracted by them, and they are extremely helpful in poor visibility conditions.
The field of view for the AR content from the driver’s perspective corresponds to a diagonal of around 70 inches. Below it is a flat near-field area window, known as the status section. It displays the speed driven and the traffic signs as well as the assist system and navigation symbols as static displays that appear to be floating roughly three meters (9.8 ft) ahead of the driver.
The heart of the system: the picture generation unit
The technical heart of the augmented reality head-up display is the picture generation unit (PGU), which is located deep inside the long instrument panel. A particularly bright LCD directs the light beams it generates onto two level mirrors, and special optical components separate the portions for the near-field and distant areas. The level mirrors direct the beams onto a large concave mirror that can be adjusted electrically. From there, they reach the windshield, which reflects them into what is known as the eyebox, and thus onto the driver’s eyes. At an apparent distance of ten meters (32.8 ft), or even further away depending on the situation, the driver sees the symbols just as clearly as their real-life environment.
Predictive picture generator: the AR Creator
What is known as the AR Creator serves as the mastermind and picture generator on the software side. It is a processing unit in the modular infotainment platform (MIB 3) that is comprised of multiple individual modules. The AR Creator renders the display symbols at a rate of 60 frames per second and adapts them to the geometry of the projection optics. At the same time, it calculates their location in relation to the environment, on which it obtains information via the raw data of the front camera, the radar sensor, and the GPS navigation. Its software consists of roughly 600,000 lines of programming code, around 50 percent more than the entire control system of the first version of the Space Shuttle.
While performing its computing work, the AR Creator takes into account that there are always a few fractions of a second between the identification of an object by the sensors and the output of the graphic content. During these brief time windows, the Q4 e-tron can change its position considerably, be it due to braking or a pothole. Multiple computations are performed continuously to ensure that the display in the eyebox does not jump into the wrong position.
One of them takes place in the camera software. For another, the AR Creator uses the most recent data to make a predictive calculation of the car’s continued forward movement. In a further computation, it estimates the vertical movement on the basis of data supplied by the camera, the radar and the sensors of the stabilization control (ESC). These insights are incorporated into the “shake compensation,” which takes place a few milliseconds before the picture is output and whose task is to prevent any disruptive shaking of the display.
Navigation: the drone flies ahead
The augmented reality head-up display demonstrates its strengths in a particularly impressive way in the context of navigation. On the road, what is known as the drone – a floating arrow – shows the next point of action on the route. It is dynamic: When approaching an intersection, for example, the floating arrow first announces the turning maneuver before an animated arrow steers the driver onto the road with precision. If the route then continues straight ahead, the drone flies ahead and disappears in order to then reappear with sufficient time before the next point of action. The distance to the turning point is displayed in meters in the lower window of the near-field area.
Even if the driver activates the adaptive cruise assist, which keeps the car in the center of the lane, the augmented reality head-up display assists them with visual hints. As soon as the Audi Q4 e-tron approaches a lane marking without the turn signal having been activated, the lane departure warning superimposes a red line on the real-life lane marking. Another example is in relation to a vehicle driving in front: If it is active, the car is marked on the display with a colored stripe – this allows the driver to understand the status of the adaptive cruise assist or adaptive cruise control without being distracted. A red marking and a warning symbol appear if the adaptive cruise assist prompts the driver to verify that they are paying attention.
Three variants: the digital cockpit
The standard digital instrument cluster has a 10.25-inch diagonal and is operated via the multifunction steering wheel. The power meter, which is located next to the speedometer on the display, summarizes all important information on the drive, from the output and the state of charge of the battery in percent, and all the way to recuperation. The Audi virtual cockpit is the first option level. It integrates the navigation map and infotainment control and can be switched between two views. The Audi virtual cockpit plus is the top-of-the-line version. It offers the “classic,” “sport,” and “e-tron” layouts, where the power meter plays the main part. Many displays can be configured freely via the MMI here.
Up to 11.6-inch diagonal: the central MMI touch display
The MMI touch display with acoustic feedback has a 10.1-inch diagonal and a resolution of 1,540 x 720 pixels. It is configured as an MMI radio plus with DAB reception as standard, and is used to control the infotainment system as well as a number of comfort functions. In addition, it allows text input in handwriting. In the optional large version, the display comes with an 11.6-inch diagonal and a resolution of 1,764 x 824 pixels. It is the largest display in the Audi portfolio to date and will be available at the end of the year.
Good understanding: voice control
The natural-language voice control, which is activated with the keywords “Hey Audi,” is the third control level in the Audi Q4 e-tron. It understands many entries and requests in everyday language, for example “Where is the nearest charging station?” If MMI navigation advanced is on board, it performs an online comparison in many cases.
Progressive and airy: the interior design
The new era of technology into which Audi has entered is also reflected in the interior of the Q4 e-tron. The instrument panel presents itself with progressive elegance and underlines the airy feeling of spaciousness. The cockpit features a markedly three-dimensional design, and its geometric volumes are interrelated in an electrifying way.
In the Audi Q4 e-tron, the operating and display units take on the function of design elements more than ever. The digital instrument for the driver is embedded like a diamond between two volumes – a short one on the left-hand side, which incorporates an air vent, and a long one on the right-hand side. It extends all the way to the front passenger door and integrates further air vents. The central MMI touch display, which appears clean and light, occupies the space in front of it. It is tilted toward the driver and well placed for ergonomic accessibility.
A lean inlay, which is known as the tech layer, lies above the display and connects it with the instrument panel. The choice of surface materials for the panel includes open-pore lime wood, aluminum in two different designs, and plastic. A technical hybrid fabric that is made partially from recycled material will be available for the inlay of the interior S line shortly after the market launch.
Depending on the equipment package, the further contours of the instrument panel, which are known as accent surfaces, are designed in various silver and gray tones to match the inlay.
The most striking of these contours runs across horizontally, dividing the instrument panel into two zones, and is decorated with a distinctive e-tron badge. Immediately below it, also facing the driver, lies the operating unit for climate control. Below it, a large operating panel with a black-panel look extends into the space. It holds the compact shifter for selecting the gears, a capacitive rotary volume control, the start/stop button, the hazard warning light switch, and the Audi drive select button. In addition, there are buttons for further functions that are designed as seamless touch surfaces in a black-panel look and backlit with white light.
The future in our hands: steering wheels with touch operation
The steering wheels in the Audi Q4 e-tron are also setting course for the future of mobility. With their double-spoke design, they belong to a new generation. The Four Rings on the impact absorber feature a flat design, and the bottom spoke bears the e-tron logo. The upper spokes feature touch surfaces in a black-panel look whose functional areas are also backlit to indicate the respective active buttons. Slight protrusions separate them from each other, thereby making them easier to use, and the buttons provide soft haptic feedback when pressed. As on a smartphone, there are not only touch gestures but also swipe gestures, for example for scrolling through lists.
The steering wheels are available in different versions. The top-of-the-range version features paddles affixed to the steering wheel for coasting recuperation and a two-part trim on the spokes. The heated rim is flattened at the top and bottom here – a solution that makes the interior ambiance seem even more futuristic. Be it look, function, or feel – the new steering wheel clearly expresses the progressive character of the Q4 e-tron.
Excellent safety: the front seats
The front seats in the Q4 e-tron represent the state of the art in terms of safety technology. In the event of a side impact, what is known as the center airbag unfolds from the right-hand bolster of the driver’s seat in addition to the side airbags to ensure that the driver and front passenger do not collide with one another. Seat heating, electric adjustment, and electric lumbar support are available as an option. The seats are available in a basic version and a sport version with visually integrated head restraints, and optionally with a rhombus pattern.
When it comes to interior colors, customers can choose between black, steel gray, Santos brown, or pergament beige. The total of nine equipment packages also includes a stitching package. Five packages are available for the basic version, while the other four are available for the interior S line. They differ with regard to the door sill trims, the paint color of the accent surfaces, the material of the armrests, and the headlining. All optional equipment packages for the interior include white LED lighting, or, alternatively, the multicolor ambient lighting package plus. Some features are reserved exclusively for the interior S line: illuminated aluminum door sill trims, pedals with stainless steel supports, a black headlining, S embossing in the seat backrests, a steering wheel rim made of perforated leather with contrasting stitching, and S badges.
Dinamica and Puls: seat upholstery made with recycled polyester
The interior S line also has a great deal to offer in terms of upholstery materials. Customers who prefer traditional materials can choose between a leather/artificial leather mixture and the premium fine Nappa leather. The combination of artificial leather and the microfiber material Dinamica is another novel variant. It looks and feels like suede but is made of 45 percent recycled polyester, which is sourced from textiles and PET bottles, for example.
The Puls upholstery, also in combination with artificial leather, is a further option for the interior S line. Secondary raw materials are used here, too: Up to 50 percent of the textile used consists of recycled PET bottles, which are transformed into yarn in an elaborate procedure. This results in a material that has the same quality standards in terms of look and feel as conventional textile upholstery. In a set of seats for the Q4 e-tron, 26 1.5-liter plastic bottles are given a new purpose.
Audi goes electric: the Q4 e-tron is being launched in a dynamic market segment
The electric offensive at Audi continues to pick up steam. The Q4 e-tron follows the large SUV models e-tron and e-tron Sportback, as well as the sporty e-tron GT. The Q4 e-tron plays a key part in the brand’s electrification strategy. It is being launched in a particularly attractive and fast-growing market segment, the class of compact SUVs. For Audi customers, it offers an entry into the world of electric premium mobility at an attractive price.

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Start of production for Audi Q4 e-tron

  • Production of the Audi brand’s first electric SUV gets under way in Germany
  • Modular electric drive matrix creates synergies and spaciousness
  • Carbon-neutral production at the multi-brand plant in Zwickau
Audi goes “back to its roots”: In Zwickau in Saxony, the birthplace of this long-standing German company, production of the Audi Q4 e-tron has finally started. The fully electric compact model is the first electric SUV to be produced by Audi in Germany. The Q4 e-tron features a Volkswagen-made modular electric drive matrix (MEB), a highly versatile and variable platform that is suitable for numerous fully electric models and offers considerable scope for leveraging synergies.

At the multi-brand plant in Zwickau, the Audi Q4 e-tron will be rolling off the same production line as the Volkswagen ID.4 and, in the future, another Volkswagen model. Here, 1,400 assembly line employees of Volkswagen Saxony are also producing the compact electric SUV, which, thanks to the MEB interior architecture, offers spaciousness on a par with the full-size class. Working alongside their colleagues from Volkswagen, more than one hundred Audi employees prepared for the start of production – from production planning and technical development through to quality assurance. The press tools for producing the body parts all come from Audi’s very own toolmaking shop. With its expressive design, the Audi Q4 e-tron poses enormous challenges when it comes to precision and surface perfection. Audi toolmakers from Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm were involved right from the initial development stages. The process of trying out the press tools, which weigh many tons, also took place in Audi plants.
Peter Kössler, AUDI AG board member for Production and Logistics: “The cross-brand collaboration in Zwickau demonstrates once again the enormous synergy potential that we enjoy with the Volkswagen Group. The on-schedule start of production of the Audi Q4 e-tron is testament to the outstanding teamwork – among the Volkswagen and Audi colleagues alike. Our compact electric SUV is unmistakably a true Audi that will wow our customers with its outstanding quality and everyday usability.”
Dr. Stefan Loth, Chairman of the executive management of Volkswagen Saxony: “With the start of production of the Audi Q4 e-tron, the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau is now a multi-brand plant. As a result, we are writing yet another chapter in the long history of the automotive industry here in Saxony. I’d like to thank all the Audi employees who are currently manufacturing the vehicles to the very highest quality, in the agreed-upon volume, and on schedule.”
Zwickau and the Audi brand enjoy a long tradition: The Audi car plants were established here in 1909. The Volkswagen plant there has been converted to an all-electric plant and is now an integral part of the Group’s electric offensive. Back in November 2020, more than 200 Audi employees – mainly junior employees who have successfully completed their vocational training – were temporarily deployed to Volkswagen Saxony in Zwickau for a twelve-month stint. As part of a “human resources hub,” they will be given the opportunity to boost their skills and expertise in the pioneering field of electric mobility.
The Audi Q4 e-tron will be unveiled to a global audience in the middle of April and launched on the European markets in the summer of 2021. As a result, the Audi brand’s electric offensive continues to pick up steam. By 2025, Audi plans to launch more than 20 fully electric models and expand its PHEV offering. The two main Audi plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm are also set to manufacture fully electric vehicles: So beginning in 2022, the first electric model based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) – developed jointly with Porsche – will roll off the Ingolstadt assembly line.
The Audi Q4 e-tron is being launched in the highly attractive and growing market segment of compact SUVs. For Audi customers, it offers an entry into the world of electric premium mobility at an attractive price. Not only does the compact model offer almost as much space in its interior as a full-size SUV, but the display concept featuring an optional augmented-reality head-up display is also pioneering in its class.
Production of the Q4 e-tron will be carbon-neutral right from the start. The Zwickau plant covers its entire energy needs using renewables and has a highly efficient combined heat-and-power plant.Audi is also working to further minimize CO2 emissions in the value chain. When the Audi Q4 e-tron reaches the end of its life cycle, its battery is to be used in second-life concepts or recycled as a source of raw materials.

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Precision in every detail: Toolmaking translates the emotional design of the Audi Q4 e-tron into sheet metal

  • The pressing tools weigh up to 47 tons and exert 1.600 tons of pressure
  • Several hundred individual parts and tens of thousands of working hours per tool
  • The Audi Q4 e-tron will make its world debut on April 14
Striking lines, smooth surfaces, and eye-catching quattro blisters – with its Q4 e-tron, Audi is taking the next step in the evolution of its electric models’ design language. The compact SUV brings the lines that the Audi Q4 concept demo car introduced at the beginning of 2019 to a production model. This is the responsibility of Audi’s toolmaking team, which translates the designers’ ideas into production and their emotionality into sheet metal with the utmost precision. Precision down to a thousandth of a millimeter when designing and building the tools, in fact – which is why toolmaking plays such a crucial role in Audi’s high standards of quality.

Captivating precision: the side panel of the Audi Q4 e-tron
Whether viewed from the front, side, or rear, the Q4 e-tron captivates onlookers from every angle thanks to its expressive SUV design. The side panel of the coupe derivative, which brings the lines of the July 2020 demo car into a production model, is a prime example of just how complex the vehicle is to manufacture. Major challenges come together in a small area at the rear – the D-pillar merges seamlessly with the side edge at the top, while the rear spoiler extends in the opposite direction, and further down the blister, as Audi refers to the edge above the wheel, extends over the taillight with its tight radii and deep undercut. All of these curves and lines are implemented with an impeccable surface finish and maximum precision.
Audi’s toolmaking team is responsible for this – they translates the designers’ visions into reality. Its method planners sit at the table in the early stages of development and review proposals with respect to feasibility. Coordination and development are carried out digitally via computer in most cases. For the Q4 e-tron, the toolmakers from Audi’s two German sites divided up the work – the specialists from Ingolstadt were responsible for the side panel, doors, and roof, while their colleagues in Neckarsulm were in charge of the engine hood and tailgate.
Cast-iron colossus: 4.50 meters long with a weight of up to 47 tons
Toolmaking is where highly complex functionality meets uncompromising precision and heavy metal. Each of the pressing tools used to produce the side panels is a cast-iron colossus – approximately 4.50 meters long, 2.40 meters wide, and 1.35 meters high, weighing up to 47 tons. They are the product of tens of thousands of hours of manual work and contain up to 500 individual parts, from the filling and processing slides weighing several tons to the blank holders and forming jaws to the cutters and punches. A single set of large tools takes several months to assemble.
The finished tools are first installed in single-stage tryout presses and then in the large transfer press lines – most of them initially at the Audi factory in Ingolstadt before being transported to Zwickau, where the Q4 e-tron is manufactured. Numerous optimization phases lie in between, often involving only a few thousandths of a millimeter. Does the curvature of the sheet metal part exhibit a tiny sink mark or an unacceptable bulge? Do the parts exhibit any barely discernible thinning or minute wrinkles anywhere after each stage of the production process? Modern optical measuring systems provide exact data – but they still cannot replace the sharp eye of a human being, their sensitive fingertips, and their sense of how the sheet metal behaves in the press.
Six strokes: mass production in the press facility
When mass production is up and running, the Zwickau press lines need a total of six production steps to form the side panel, each using a specific tool. Between them, grippers transfer the component from one tool to the next. The first one draws the sheet into the desired shape, and the subsequent tools are used to trim the sheet, for example in the area surrounding the side windows, to create the fine edges and lines, the assembly holes, and the complicated undercuts – folds and shapes on the inside of the sheet metal parts that are necessary for the subsequent joining processes in body construction. Because the sheet tends to spring back slightly, it is specifically reshaped in each work step. What enters the forming process as a flat blank emerges at its end as a three-dimensional component with the highest degree of precision and an emotional design.
The EV offensive picks up speed: The Q4 e-tron launches in a dynamic market segment
Audi’s electric offensive continues to pick up steam, with the Q4 e-tron following in the footsteps of the large Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback SUV models as well as the high-performance e-tron GT. The Q4 e-tron plays a central role in the brand’s electrification strategy, launching in a particularly attractive and fast-growing market segment, the compact SUV class. For Audi customers, it offers a competitively priced entry into the world of premium electric mobility.
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