13 October 2014

Audi Brand Car Production By Model : 2000-09

In typical Germanic fashion, this decade was about an expansion of models. The Q range of SUVs arrived as did the A5. production fell in 2009, during the economic downturn, but rebounded thereafter.

A4: The compact executive model remained the most popular throughout.

A3: It clawed its way to the second most popular model through the decade, although not that convincingly.

A6: This medium executive model was a strong performer and continues to be so.

Q5. The second of the Q models quickly established itself as a strong seller. The medium SUV as I would call it benefited from the rush to anything high riding with pretensions of off road ability.

A5. As a compact executive, in reality it is a sporty A4. However, the sloping roof of the hardtop sportback gave Audi the idea to have it as a unique model. A coupé and convertible round out the range.

The sporty A4... I mean A5.

Q7. This large SUV has been arrived with a splash but since has been only moderately successful. It is built in Slovakia.

TT. Audi have had a good run with the small sports executive, considering sports cars are not as popular as they once were. Production is variable depending on when a new model arrives.

A4 A3 A6 Q5 A5 Q7 TT A8 R8 A2 Tot
00 234.8 145.9 246.0 - - - 56.8 12.9 - 32.2 728.5
01 309.3 144.8 182.3 - - - 39.3 11.7 - 49.4 736.8
02 360.3 125.5 178.8 - - - 34.7 10.9 - 37.6 747.8
03 353.8 159.4 168.6 - - - 32.3 21.7 - 27.3 763.3
04 345.2 181.3 195.5 - - - 23.6 22.4 - 19.7 787.8
05 337.7 225.0 215.4 - - 1.2 12.3 21.5 - 10.0 823.1
06 341.1 231.8 229.0 - 0.5 72.2 23.7 22.5 - - 920.8
07 314.2 231.1 243.8 - 25.6 77.4 56.8 22.2 4.1 - 975.3
08 378.9 222.2 214.1 20.3 57.6 59.0 41.8 20.1 5.7 - 1019.7
09 282.0 206.7 182.1 105.1 84.9 27.9 22.8 8.6 2.1 - 922.3

A8. The luxury barge of the range continued its uneventful passage through the 10 years covered here. 

R8. This 2 seater, mid-engined sports car is based on a Lamborghini platform and is built by quattro, near Stuttgart. It is made in small numbers as the halo car for Audi.

A2. Audi entered the super mini executive class in 2000 with this 5 door hatchback. It was never popular and was quietly withdrawn after only a few years. 

Summary: A decade that laid the platform for a title bid of top selling premium marque in the world. More recently, strong sales in China has made this possible. VW has turned a solid performing part of its empire into a successfully selling and very profitable brand for the company.

The A2 lost in the desert somewhere.  

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