quattro means Audi, and Audi means quattro
Audi celebrated a very special milestone with the completion of its five millionth Audi vehicle that is equipped with a quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The quattro was started to be offered by the company 33 years ago and now boasts a range of 140 quattro model variants.
The car that received the five-millionth quattro unit is a white Audi A6 allroad 3.0 TDI that rolled off the assembly line at the company's Neckarsulm plant where 50% of the cars produced there features the quattro drive system.
The quattro technology debuted in 1980 in the original quattro car, today, it is available as standard on the Audi Q7, R8, A6 allroad, A4 allroad, as well as all S and RS models while it is offered as an option for all their other models. In 2012, the Audi Q5 tops the list of quattro equipped vehicle from Audi with 205,600 units whereas a quarter of customers of other model lines selected a quattro drive system on the same year.
“quattro is one of the key pillars of our brand and has been a critical factor in our successful history,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “The quattro permanent all-wheel drive makes it possible to directly experience our ‘Vorsprung durch Technik.’ We are committed to our pioneering role and will continue to develop this advantage with new technologies.”