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About Audi Cars

Four auto manufacturers joined forces in 1932 to create the luxury brand that became Audi. It is now owned by Volkswagen AG, the second-largest carmaker in the world. The acknowledged founder of the company is August Horch, who incorporated August Horch & Ce. Motorwagenweke AG in 1904 but left to form another company in 1909. His former partners in the first company sued him to retain his name on their vehicles, prompting him to come up with an alternative (Audi is a Latin version of Horch).

The merger of four auto manufacturers in 1932 (Audi, Horch, DKW, and Wanderer) under the name Auto Union AG revolutionized German car making by producing a six-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive, called the Audi Front. After World War II the company moved its operations to Bavaria in West Germany but struggled to regain its place in the manufacturing world. In 1959 Daimler-Benz bought the Auto Union company, and in 1964 Volkswagen bought 50 percent of it, mostly to use its factories to produce more Beetles.

Auto Union engineers secretly developed the Audi 100, and when it was presented to Volkswagen’s director, Heinz Nordhoff, who approved of putting Audi vehicles like it into production. Audi was introduced in the U.S. in 1970, and many of its models shared components with Volkswagen’s more pedestrian vehicles.

Quick Facts

  • Audi A4 is the most-recalled Audi vehicle
  • Audi A6 Avant is the least expensive car from Audi starting from $ 16,495.00
  • Audi A3 has an MPG of 30 miles/gallon / 42 miles/gallon which is the highest gas mileage in the city and on highways
  • Audi A5 has the most trims available with 9 variations released

Number of Audi Sales in the United States

Audi U.S. Sales Reports - By Month

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2015 11,541 11,455 17,102 16,827 18,428 18,262 17,654 18,794 17,340 17,700 16,700 20,399
2016 11,850 11,718 18,392 17,801 18,728 18,445 18,364 19,264 17,617 17,721 17,118 23,195
2017 13,201 13,741 18,705 18,711 19,197 19,416 18,824 19,811 19,308 19,425 19,195 26,977
2018 14,511 15,451 20,090 19,104 19,315 19,471 19,221 20,907 19,350 16,056 17,082 22,765
2019 14,253 13,560 20,302 15,024 18,892 19,409

Audi Car Sales in The United States from 2015 to 2019

Year Car Sales
2015 202,202
2016 210,213
2017 226,511
2018 223,323
2019 101,440

Average Pricing for Audi Popular models

Popular Audi Models Average Price
A8 $ 80,714.28
TT $ 38,226.76
A4 Avant $ 33,257.14
S6 $ 71,464.34
RS5 $ 67,766.22
allroad $ 41,258.81
S4 Avant $ 45,688.04
TTS $ 51,534.21
A3 e-tron $ 40,509.57
e-tron $ 80,184.62
V8 $ 51,979.55

Interesting Facts About Audi

Before August Horch left Audiwerke, its first vehicles produced were sport Phaeton style, and Audi is credited with the first left-hand-drive vehicles in 1921.
The investigatory journalism television show 60 Minutes faked a segment on the Audi 5000’s alleged “unintended acceleration” issue that was blamed for several deaths and hundreds of accidents. The repercussions were felt in plummeting sales of both new and used models between 1986 and 1991. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration determined that most drivers affected had been startled by high idle speeds when shifting from park to drive and exacerbated the problem by fumbling for the brake and hitting the accelerator instead. Sales did not rebound until 2000.
Audi’s recalls for the unintended acceleration issue became industry-standard safety measures, including requiring the driver to step on the brake before engaging the transmission.
The brand’s cutting-edge concept vehicle at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show was the AI:Trail, an all-electric SUV with drones for headlights. Its four batteries allow for about 300 miles offroad range, 33-inch tires give it a crab-like appearance and tremendous ground clearance while LIDAR technology provides nearly autonomous travel. It’s not completely unlike the Volkswagen I.D. Buggy concept vehicle that was unveiled earlier in the year – but more elite of course.
All of Volkswagen’s models, including Audi, are implicated in the 2015 revelations that the company cheated emissions standards through technology that manipulated equipment to release lower-than-actual exhaust fumes when being tested. In 2019, after $30 billion in combined environmental fines, civil charges were leveled against the company directors with knowledge of the scheme because they did not tell investors about the duplicity.
The Volkswagen AG company, which owns Audi and other luxury brands such as Bugatti, Porsche, and Lamborghini, is the second most valuable in the world after Toyota. Volkswagen sold over 10 million vehicles in 2018 and was valued at $80 billion.

In 2018 the company unveiled a new way of labeling its cars according to engine displacement. Rather than a single digit number following the model letter (generally A was the smallest and Q the largest in the fleet), they’re now using double digits as follows:

30 109-128 hp (81-96 kW)
35 147-160 hp (110-120 kW)
40 167-201 hp (125-150 kW)
45 226-248 hp (169-185 kW)
50 281-308 hp (210-230 kW)
55 328-368 hp (245-275 kW)
60 429-455 hp (320-340 kW)
70 536+ hp (400+ kW)

How to Identify and Decode Audi VINs


The first three digits of a VIN on an Audi will be the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI). The WMI contains information such as the manufacturer, country of origin, and type of vehicle.

Audi vehicles will have one of the following WMI numbers as the first three numbers in the VIN.

WMI Code Manufacturer
WAU Audi
WA1 Audi SUV
WUA Audi Sport GmbH
93U, 93V Audi Brazil

Position 4 through 8 are the vehicle descriptor series (VDS). These characters are used to identify the model, series, engine, trim, and safety features. The codes change regularly when new series of models or entirely new vehicles are added. There are no consolidated lists of all the possible codes for U.S. Audi vehicles.

Position 4 identifies the model of Audi. There are hundreds of Audi models represented.


Position 5 is the engine identifier. As with position four, engine codes change from year-to-year.


Position 6 identifies the safety equipment installed by the Audi factory. These numbers also change frequently. An archived approved VIN chart for MY 2014 by the NHTSA includes the following information.

Restraint systems:

Character-All (Active-Dr/Pass) (Airbag Dr/Pass) (Advanced Front Airbag)

A Side Airbags Front, Side Guard Air Curtain.
B Side Airbags Front & Rear, Side Guard Air Curtain.

Position 7 and eight identify the model number used by Audi. These numbers change frequently and are not stored in one place.


Position 9 is used as a check digit. The check digit is a code 0-9 or X that indicates the solution of an algorithm using the letters and numbers of the VIN. This digit allows for a VIN to be verified as a valid number.


Position 10 is the model year. One of the following codes will indicate the year.

A 1980, 2010
B 1981, 2011
C 1982, 2012
D 1983, 2013
E 1984, 2014
F 1985, 2015
G 1986, 2016
H 1987, 2017
J 1988, 2018
K 1989, 2019
L 1990, 2020
M 1991, 2021
N 1992, 2022
P 1993, 2023
R 1994, 2024
S 1995, 2025
T 1996, 2026
U 1997, 2027
W 1998, 2028
X 1999, 2029
Y 2000, 2030
1 2001, 2031
2 2002, 2032
3 2003, 2033
4 2004, 2034
5 2005, 2035
6 2006, 2036
7 2007, 2037
8 2008, 2038
9 2009, 2039

Position 11 is the factory at which the vehicle was manufactured. Audi vehicles are produced primarily in Ingolstadt, Germany, as indicated with the letter A in the VIN. Various other factories exist and use the same codes as other Volkswagen Group vehicles.


Position 12 through 17 is the serial number that identifies the specific vehicle, like a fingerprint. Serial numbers are not consecutive and do not indicate earlier or later production.

Safety and Recalls for Audi Cars

Defective airbag inflators have affected recalls for many vehicle manufacturers, and Audi was not immune. The following vehicles are involved:

  • 2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet, S4 Cabriolet, A6 Avant, A6 Sedan and S6 Sedan vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B".
  • Certain 2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant, A4 Sedan, A6 Sedan, S4 Avant and S4 Sedan vehicles, 2007-2008 A4 Cabriolet, RS4 Sedan, S4 Cabriolet and S6 Sedan vehicles, and 2006-2008 A6 Avant and 2008 RS4 Cabriolet vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Mislabeled vehicles could lead to misunderstandings of future recalls for owners of 2015 Audi A3 1.8T FWD S Tronic and 2.0T Quattro S Tronic vehicles. A recall will replace the existing vehicle production date labels.

Owners of certain 2015-2017 Audi A7 autos face recall for head curtain airbags that may not deploy correctly in the event of a crash.

There is a recall on 2013-14 Audi A8 and S8 vehicles built between March 12 and July 15, 2013, because the glass in the standard sunroof may shatter.

A piece of the fuel pump assembly has been recalled in 2009-2012 Audi Q5, and 2007-2012 Audi Q7 vehicles equipped with gasoline engines because a crack may form allowing fuel to spill.

A recall affecting 2010-2013 Audi A8 vehicles manufactured May 15, 2010, to May 14, 2012, will fix a potential leak in the coolant system, preventing a leak that could affect the engine control module.

Audi Recalls

Audi had 1087 from 1980 to 2021 of which the most recalled model is 2017 Audi Q5 and the least is 2016 Audi TT. Audi had the most recalled during 2018.

Model Number of Recalls
2017 Audi Q5 #1 with most recalls 6
2015 Audi Q3 #2 with most recalls 3
2005 Audi A6 #3 with most recalls 3
2004 Audi A4 #4 with most recalls 3
2019 Audi RS5 #5 with most recalls 22
2016 Audi TT #6 with most recalls 2

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