Fifty years on since the first four-ringed model reached the UK – the two-millionth Audi has been sold.Back in 1965, when just 32 Audi cars had UK homes – it would have seem unlikely that an amazing two million more would follow.
The first Audi sold in the UK was a ‘compact executive’ in a model range of just one – known internally as the F103 or publicly as the “The Audi”.
This initial foray into the British car market would prove to be the starting block for a range that in 2015 numbers some 51 model types from city cars to ten-cylinder supercars, and has recently welcomed the A3 Sportback e-tron – the first ever plug-in hybrid and two millionth car to be sold in the UK car.
Audi AG is now even closer to selling two million cars across the world in just one year – around 1,741,000 cars were delivered to customers worldwide in 2014.
Director of Audi UK, Andre Konsbruck, was delighted, “It’s hugely gratifying for the team in the UK to reach this significant milestone in the brand’s history in the UK, but it’s the contributory figures lying behind the headline number which really speak volumes about our recent past and our future aspirations.”
Adding, “Domestically the brand has risen from humble beginnings in the Sixties to become the leader in the premium segment, and the last two decades have delivered virtually constant, and in all but three years record-breaking, growth. These are really robust foundations on which we plan to build consistently and substantially with the help of an ever expanding portfolio of models.”
‘The Audi’ was produced at the company’s Ingolstadt plant in Bavaria – which remains Audi’s headquarters to this day – and it was the first car to roll of the production line with a four-stroke engine rather than the more common two-stroke design.
The 1700cc powertrain produced a mere 71bhp – a fraction of the 562bhp that the top of the range R8 LMX manages.
Priced at £160,000 – the 5.2-litre V10 engine will take this supercar from a standing start to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 198mph.
Available as a two-door coupe, four-door saloon or estate, ‘The Audi’ was fundamentally the forerunner to the Audi 80 and 90 – which went on to form the theoretical foundation of the A4 which was the compact executive saloon that began Audi on its path to success.