Audi's New A4 - Where Performance and Design Unite

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

    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Audi is again setting a benchmark among
 German sports sedans with the new generation A4, unveiled today at a press
 conference prior to the opening of the New York Auto Show.  With the A4's
 uniquely satisfying driving character, dynamic performance and design, Audi
 has created the most rewarding German sports sedan in the class.
     The all-new 2002 model A4 delivers on these promises with enhancements in
 every aspect of its performance.  The latest generation of Audi's
 revolutionary four-link front suspension and a new fully independent
 suspension in the rear set the foundation for new levels of driving dynamics.
 With a body that is 45% stiffer than the previous generation, the new A4
 telegraphs pure driving pleasure.
     True to its motorsports DNA, Audi again offers two powerful engines:  a
 completely new five-valve 3.0-liter V6 aluminum block engine producing 220
 horsepower; and the turbocharged 170 horsepower 1.8 T four-cylinder engine,
 the first turbocharged engine certified to the ULEV standard and a two-time
 Ward's Auto World "10 Best Engine" winner.
     To meet the performance demands of customers in this class, a 5-speed
 manual transmission is standard with the 1.8 T, and a 6-speed manual gearbox
 is standard with the 3.0 liter V6 to handle its increased power output.  For
 those who prefer an automatic transmission, models equipped with quattro(R)
 are available with a 5-speed Tiptronic(R) transmission including steering
 wheel controls.
     For front-wheel-drive models, Audi is introducing a revolutionary
 transmission technology, offered for the first time in a premium class
 vehicle:  a continuously variable automatic transmission known as
 multitronic(R).  The benefit of this technology is a transmission as quick as
 a manual transmission vehicle and smoother than an automatic, all with
 increased efficiency.
     For more than twenty years, Audi has been advancing the standards of all-
 wheel drive technology.  Available on every A4, Audi's legendary quattro(R)
 all-wheel drive shifts up to 67% of the engine's power from front to rear or
 up to 33% to an individual wheel in side-to-side situations.
     With its pure form, the new A4 body translates discreet sportiness into
 consistently modern architecture.  Clear-glass headlights, dual exhaust, the
 Audi signature dual grille and a high waistline inextricably link this new
 family member with Audi's design language.
     Building on the current model's excellent ergonomics, the new A4 is now
 even more refined:  both the cockpit and cabin surround the driver and
 passengers for maximum interior comfort.  There is increased legroom for both
 front and rear passengers, extra space for the head and shoulders plus one of
 the best cargo compartments in the class with 60/40 split folding rear seats.
 The high standard of comfort and quality features, which satisfies the demands
 made of the premium car class, is particularly outstanding.  This impression
 is immediately conveyed by the high-grade materials and excellent finish of
 the interior.
     A couple of highlights of the long list of standard comfort features are:
 an in-dash six-disc CD changer; and dual zone automatic climate control system
 with a sun sensor for better temperature regulation, activated charcoal filter
 and smog sensor.
     The new Audi A4 represents another milestone in the history of the brand.
 Soon after its introduction in 1995, the A4 became Audi's best selling model
 range in North America and remains so today (34,460 sold in 2000 in the U.S.
 and 3,371 in Canada).  True to the performance tastes of customers in this
 category, 87% of buyers select models equipped with the performance-enhancing
 quattro all-wheel drive and nearly half prefer manual transmissions.
     The new A4 will be built in Ingolstadt, Germany, the same site of the
 current A4 assembly.
 
     quattro is a registered trademark of Audi AG.  Tiptronic is a registered
 trademark of Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG.  multitronic is a registered
 trademark of Audi AG.
 
                            2002 AUDI A4 HIGHLIGHTS
 
     *  Powerfully dynamic design
     *  New aluminum 3.0 liter 30-valve engine producing 220 hp
     *  Audi multitronic(R) continuously variable transmission available on
        front-wheel drive models
     *  quattro(R) permanent all-wheel drive
     *  New aluminum suspension
     *  New interior and more space for occupants
     *  Audi telematics by OnStar (option)
 
 

SOURCE Audi of America
    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Audi is again setting a benchmark among
 German sports sedans with the new generation A4, unveiled today at a press
 conference prior to the opening of the New York Auto Show.  With the A4's
 uniquely satisfying driving character, dynamic performance and design, Audi
 has created the most rewarding German sports sedan in the class.
     The all-new 2002 model A4 delivers on these promises with enhancements in
 every aspect of its performance.  The latest generation of Audi's
 revolutionary four-link front suspension and a new fully independent
 suspension in the rear set the foundation for new levels of driving dynamics.
 With a body that is 45% stiffer than the previous generation, the new A4
 telegraphs pure driving pleasure.
     True to its motorsports DNA, Audi again offers two powerful engines:  a
 completely new five-valve 3.0-liter V6 aluminum block engine producing 220
 horsepower; and the turbocharged 170 horsepower 1.8 T four-cylinder engine,
 the first turbocharged engine certified to the ULEV standard and a two-time
 Ward's Auto World "10 Best Engine" winner.
     To meet the performance demands of customers in this class, a 5-speed
 manual transmission is standard with the 1.8 T, and a 6-speed manual gearbox
 is standard with the 3.0 liter V6 to handle its increased power output.  For
 those who prefer an automatic transmission, models equipped with quattro(R)
 are available with a 5-speed Tiptronic(R) transmission including steering
 wheel controls.
     For front-wheel-drive models, Audi is introducing a revolutionary
 transmission technology, offered for the first time in a premium class
 vehicle:  a continuously variable automatic transmission known as
 multitronic(R).  The benefit of this technology is a transmission as quick as
 a manual transmission vehicle and smoother than an automatic, all with
 increased efficiency.
     For more than twenty years, Audi has been advancing the standards of all-
 wheel drive technology.  Available on every A4, Audi's legendary quattro(R)
 all-wheel drive shifts up to 67% of the engine's power from front to rear or
 up to 33% to an individual wheel in side-to-side situations.
     With its pure form, the new A4 body translates discreet sportiness into
 consistently modern architecture.  Clear-glass headlights, dual exhaust, the
 Audi signature dual grille and a high waistline inextricably link this new
 family member with Audi's design language.
     Building on the current model's excellent ergonomics, the new A4 is now
 even more refined:  both the cockpit and cabin surround the driver and
 passengers for maximum interior comfort.  There is increased legroom for both
 front and rear passengers, extra space for the head and shoulders plus one of
 the best cargo compartments in the class with 60/40 split folding rear seats.
 The high standard of comfort and quality features, which satisfies the demands
 made of the premium car class, is particularly outstanding.  This impression
 is immediately conveyed by the high-grade materials and excellent finish of
 the interior.
     A couple of highlights of the long list of standard comfort features are:
 an in-dash six-disc CD changer; and dual zone automatic climate control system
 with a sun sensor for better temperature regulation, activated charcoal filter
 and smog sensor.
     The new Audi A4 represents another milestone in the history of the brand.
 Soon after its introduction in 1995, the A4 became Audi's best selling model
 range in North America and remains so today (34,460 sold in 2000 in the U.S.
 and 3,371 in Canada).  True to the performance tastes of customers in this
 category, 87% of buyers select models equipped with the performance-enhancing
 quattro all-wheel drive and nearly half prefer manual transmissions.
     The new A4 will be built in Ingolstadt, Germany, the same site of the
 current A4 assembly.
 
     quattro is a registered trademark of Audi AG.  Tiptronic is a registered
 trademark of Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG.  multitronic is a registered
 trademark of Audi AG.
 
                            2002 AUDI A4 HIGHLIGHTS
 
     *  Powerfully dynamic design
     *  New aluminum 3.0 liter 30-valve engine producing 220 hp
     *  Audi multitronic(R) continuously variable transmission available on
        front-wheel drive models
     *  quattro(R) permanent all-wheel drive
     *  New aluminum suspension
     *  New interior and more space for occupants
     *  Audi telematics by OnStar (option)
 
 SOURCE  Audi of America