|This 2014 SQ5 is Audi’s 6,000,000th vehicle with Quattro all-wheel drive. (Photo: Audi)|
Tally up the number of all-wheel drive models these rivals have individually produced over the last three and a half decades and it won’t sum up to six million, however, the number of Quattro systems built by Audi since it introduced the drivetrain on its sporty Quattro Coupe way back in 1980.
|6,000,000 Quattro drivetrains is certainly worthy of a celebration! (Photo: Audi)|
Interestingly, the Ingolstadt-based brand’s most recent million was achieved in a mere one and a half years, with 710,095 Quattro-equipped Audis rolling off the line in 2013 alone. According to the German company, almost every second Audi is equipped with Quattro technology,
|The first Audi production car to incorporate Quattro all-wheel drive was appropriately called the Audi Quattro, in 1980. (Photo: Audi)|
“Our colleagues’ expertise in the field of all-wheel drive is impressive; it demonstrates our ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ and thus makes an important contribution to the brand’s image,” said Peter Mosch, Chairman of Audi’s General Works Council. “Without our qualified and flexible team, this milestone would not have been possible in such a short time.”
And just which Audi model was responsible for hitting the six-millionth Quattro landmark? A Monsoon Grey Metallic SQ5 3.0 TDI compact utility that came down the line on Friday and is now on its way to new owners in the U.S. They’ll want to keep the 6,000,000 decal fixed to the rear window for sure.
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