Audi Cars – From Nonentities to Technically Innovative Favorites

Although Audi is an old company, the name only dates to 1910. By this time, its founder, August Horch, had been actively producing automobiles since 1899. Over the next few decades, it remained fiercely independent before succumbing to a buy-in by Mercedes-Benz. In 1964, Volkswagen acquired 50%. During this time, Audi cars were produced with little brand recognition.

Audi Cars and Technical Innovation

In the 1970s Audis began to appear in the American market. They would soon be found in cities across the country – from San Francisco to Philadelphia, from Portland to Miami. This was partly due to their innovative approach.

Besides its trademark grille emblem, the 1970 Audis boasted a four-cylinder overhead camshaft (OHC) engine and all-wheel drive. The family sedan was very light and designed with safety in mind. It featured a modular design that soon became an integral component of the company. The efforts of the engineers paid off when the Audi 80 B1 was proclaimed “Car of the Year” in 1972.

The 1980s saw more innovative advances. In 1980, the company introduced at the Geneva Motor Show the five-cylinder gasoline engine with turbocharger and intercooler – the Audi Quattro (B2), which evolved into the “Ur-Quattro” during the mid-1990s.

This was the beginning of an onward path of development as Audi cars now produced by Audi AG seized a larger market share in America. Through the years, the company has continued to innovate introducing

  • Four-cylinder TDI
  • Five-cylinder turbo engines
  • Quattro drive with self-locking center differential
  • Dual-clutch transmission

Rear-axle sport differential

In search for Audi Car dealers in Philadelphia will direct you to the Cherry Hill Imports Auto Group. We offer new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles on the lot, and we also work with customers interested in leasing an Audi as an alternative to making a new vehicle purchase.