Audi Announces Partnership With OnStar to Provide Telematics Services To Audi Customers

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Audi of America

    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Audi of America will partner with
 OnStar to bring telematics services to their customers beginning with the
 redesigned Audi A4 later this year, Audi of America Vice President Len Hunt
 announced today at the New York International Auto Show.
     "Audi customers deserve and expect to have the latest safety and
 convenience features incorporated into the new, technologically advanced A4,"
 Hunt said.  "Introducing a state-of-the art telematics program into the A4,
 shows that Audi will use the best technology and capability available from
 around the globe to satisfy our customers' needs."
     "OnStar is very pleased to have developed a relationship with Audi of
 America, which further validates the OnStar brand as the industry leader in
 the area of in-vehicle communications and services," said Chet Huber,
 president of OnStar.
     "Audi telematics by OnStar" will offer customers a variety of safety,
 security and convenience features, such as automatic notification of air-bag
 deployment, remote door lock/unlock, stolen vehicle tracking, route guidance
 and concierge services.  In addition, Audi owners will be able to retrieve
 personalized Internet-based information like e-mail and news reports through
 OnStar Virtual Advisor, or make hands-free cellular phone calls via a personal
 calling system.  Eventually, Audi telematics by OnStar will be available
 throughout the product line.
 
     About Audi
     Audi is an international developer and manufacturer of high-quality cars.
 The company has been distributing Audis in the United States since 1969.  In
 2000, Audi of America reported its all-time best sales year by selling 80,372
 vehicles in the United States, the company's largest export market.  Worldwide
 sales in 2000 were about 650,000 worldwide.  Audi maintains production sites
 in Germany, Hungary, Brazil, China and South Africa.  For more information on
 Audi of America, visit the Web site at www.audiusa.com .
 
     About OnStar
     OnStar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors Corp., uses GPS
 satellite technology and wireless communication to link the driver and vehicle
 to the 24-hour OnStar Center, where advisors provide real-time, personalized
 help.  OnStar services include automatic air bag notification, stolen vehicle
 tracking, emergency services, remote door unlock, roadside assistance with
 location, remote diagnostics, route support, convenience services and
 concierge services.  New services include OnStar Personal Calling, which
 allows drivers to make and receive phone calls in a completely hands-free,
 voice-activated manner through a powerful phone embedded in the vehicle, and
 Virtual Advisor.  For more information on OnStar, visit the Web site at
 www.onstar.com
 
 

SOURCE Audi of America
    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Audi of America will partner with
 OnStar to bring telematics services to their customers beginning with the
 redesigned Audi A4 later this year, Audi of America Vice President Len Hunt
 announced today at the New York International Auto Show.
     "Audi customers deserve and expect to have the latest safety and
 convenience features incorporated into the new, technologically advanced A4,"
 Hunt said.  "Introducing a state-of-the art telematics program into the A4,
 shows that Audi will use the best technology and capability available from
 around the globe to satisfy our customers' needs."
     "OnStar is very pleased to have developed a relationship with Audi of
 America, which further validates the OnStar brand as the industry leader in
 the area of in-vehicle communications and services," said Chet Huber,
 president of OnStar.
     "Audi telematics by OnStar" will offer customers a variety of safety,
 security and convenience features, such as automatic notification of air-bag
 deployment, remote door lock/unlock, stolen vehicle tracking, route guidance
 and concierge services.  In addition, Audi owners will be able to retrieve
 personalized Internet-based information like e-mail and news reports through
 OnStar Virtual Advisor, or make hands-free cellular phone calls via a personal
 calling system.  Eventually, Audi telematics by OnStar will be available
 throughout the product line.
 
     About Audi
     Audi is an international developer and manufacturer of high-quality cars.
 The company has been distributing Audis in the United States since 1969.  In
 2000, Audi of America reported its all-time best sales year by selling 80,372
 vehicles in the United States, the company's largest export market.  Worldwide
 sales in 2000 were about 650,000 worldwide.  Audi maintains production sites
 in Germany, Hungary, Brazil, China and South Africa.  For more information on
 Audi of America, visit the Web site at www.audiusa.com .
 
     About OnStar
     OnStar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors Corp., uses GPS
 satellite technology and wireless communication to link the driver and vehicle
 to the 24-hour OnStar Center, where advisors provide real-time, personalized
 help.  OnStar services include automatic air bag notification, stolen vehicle
 tracking, emergency services, remote door unlock, roadside assistance with
 location, remote diagnostics, route support, convenience services and
 concierge services.  New services include OnStar Personal Calling, which
 allows drivers to make and receive phone calls in a completely hands-free,
 voice-activated manner through a powerful phone embedded in the vehicle, and
 Virtual Advisor.  For more information on OnStar, visit the Web site at
 www.onstar.com
 
 SOURCE  Audi of America