August Horch establishes A. Horch & Cie in Cologne.
The first Horch car appears on the road.
August Horch & Cie Motor- und Motorwagenbau established in Reichenbach/Vogtland on March 3
Following a disagreement with the supervisory board, August Horch leaves August Horch Motorwagenwerke AG, which had been based in Zwickau since 1904, and founds a new company, also in Zwickau. He chooses the Latin translation of his surname as the name of the new company: Horch (“hark”) thus becomes Audi.
Audi becomes the first manufacturer in Germany to introduce left-hand drive and central gear change as standard.
The world’s first volume-built car with front-wheel drive is introduced: the DKW Front (F1).
The Saxon companies Audi, DKW and Horch and the automotive department of Wanderer Werke merge to form Auto Union AG, with its headquarters in Chemnitz. The company chooses four interlinked rings as its logo.
Auto Union AG in Saxony is dispossessed by the Soviet occupying forces; the factories are dismantled.
A few months after the war, a central depot for Auto Union parts is set up in Ingolstadt to supply the vehicles traveling in Western zones.
Auto Union AG is deleted from the Commercial Register of the city of Chemnitz.
The newly founded Auto Union GmbH is entered in the Commercial Register of the city of Ingolstadt. Production of the DKW RT 125 W motorcycle and the DKW F 89 L high-speed van begins in former garrison buildings.
Auto Union GmbH is acquired by Daimler-Benz AG.
A new plant goes into operation in Ingolstadt for the production of the DKW Junior small car. This forms the nucleus of the Audi plant today.
Auto Union GmbH’s capital is doubled to DM 160 million; Volkswagenwerk AG initially takes over 50.3 percent of the shares.
Auto Union GmbH presents a new model with four-stroke engine. Its name: Audi. This marks the end of the DKW two-stroke era.
Auto Union GmbH becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagenwerk AG.
The last DKW passenger car of the Type F 102 leaves the assembly line.
Auto Union GmbH merges with NSU Motorenwerke AG (established 1873) to form Audi NSU Auto Union AG.
“Vorsprung durch Technik” becomes Audi’s advertising slogan.
Audi quattro: The first production car with permanent all-wheel drive is presented in Geneva.
The third generation of the Audi 100 goes down in the annals of technology history as the world’s most aerodynamic production sedan, with a drag coefficient of 0.30.
Audi NSU Auto Union AG is renamed AUDI AG. This means that the products and the company share the same name.
In September of the 1986 model year, Audi launches the Audi 100 and 200 models with fully galvanized bodies.
The third generation of the Audi 80 excels with its excellent aerodynamics and fulli galvanized body. As part of the preperations for production, the body shop and paint shop are extensively modernized.
With the 2.5-liter, five-cylinder TDI, Audi introduces the direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine.
Audi presents the Audi duo, a hybrid model based on the Audi 100 Avant.
AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. is established in Győr (Hungary) as a fully owned subsidiary of AUDI AG. The plant is officially opened on October 12, 1994.
Audi takes a quantum leap in automotive engineering with the market launch of the Audi A8 with its revolutionary aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF).
The agreement for the takeover of Lamborghini is signed on July 24.
The Audi Forum Ingolstadt has its official opening ceremony on December 15. With a combination of museum, factory tours, direct vehicle collection arrangements, restaurants and tourism services, Audi adds a new facet to the brand experience for customers, visitors and employees alike – in architecturally attractive surroundings.
With the Audi A2 1.2 TDI, the world’s first four-door vehicle with a fuel consumption of 3 liters per 100 km (78.40 US mpg) is presented to the public.
Audi takes charge of the sporty brand group within the Volkswagen Group. The Audi brand group comprises the brands SEAT, Lamborghini and Audi.
Inauguration of “Concept Design Munich.” This studio develops creative concepts for the entire Audi brand group.
The Audi Forum Neckarsulm is officially opened.
AUDI AG increases its number of sites. Audi production starts in Brussels (Belgium) and Aurangabad (India).
By delivering 1,003,469 units to customers, Audi crosses the threshold of one million automobile sales for the first time in company history.
The Audi brand celebrates its 100th birthday on July 16.
Audi presents its first high-performance sports car powered purely by electricity at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) – the Audi e-tron.
Audi has been producing the Audi Q3 at the SEAT site in Martorell, Spain, since spring.
As part of the growth strategy, expansion of the Győr plant to an automotive production site begins in June.
FAW-VW and AUDI AG announce the construction of a second plant in Foshan in southern China, with completion scheduled for late 2013.
Audi announces it will construct a plant in San José Chiapa, Mexico. This facility will produce the Audi Q5 starting in 2016.
AUDI AG acquires the tradition-steeped Italian manufacturer of sports motorcycles Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. with headquarters in Bologna.
Audi sets a new sales record by selling 1,455,123 automobiles.