Audi car manufacturer
The Audi car manufacturer is headquartered in Ingolstadt, Germany. The company was founded on August 4th, 1913 by a group of German entrepreneurs who had originally built horseless carriages under the trademark “Diesel”. Audi was bought out by Volkswagen Group in 1966 and since then has been owned by them. It also produces a variety of engines for other manufacturers including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Lamborghini, and Porsche. In the past, it has also produced trucks, motorcycles and bicycles.
The name Audi is based on the Latin term for “hark!” or “hear!” This was found in the Latin translation of Virgil’s Aeneid when the company was created. The company’s four rings represent these words and are meant to symbolize a commitment to bettering car production through technological innovation. Audi built its first automobile in 1899 and exhibited it at the 1901 Hamburg Motor Show, where it caught attention as an innovative design. The Audi team obtained two patents in the process: one for steel springs and another for an enclosed, gas-proof car body. The first model sold by the company was the model 10/22 A (which featured a revolutionary design of external-combustion drive and pawls, which allowed it to reverse without the assistance of a hill).
Audi’s first car in 1913 was a 4 cylinder steam powered vehicle which had four seats. Starting in 1914, Audi began to produce petrol-powered cars. The company decided to build its first motor car in 1916, which was a four-cylinder automobile. In the 1920s, Audi wanted to have more than six cars on the road at one time and developed a six-cylinder car. The company intended this vehicle to compete with Mercedes and other luxury car makers of the time. Audi released the A7 model in 1924, which had a 7 cylinder engine developing 135 horsepower.
This vehicle was one of the company’s first luxury cars, which was purchased by many affluent German industrialists and bankers. Audi became a stock company in 1929. After World War II, the company began to produce large vehicles, including commercial trucks and tractors. In 1950, Audi began making mopeds after purchasing Piaggio. It also obtained licenses to produce tractor parts for Fiat and Massey Ferguson in 1964 and it has produced their engines ever since.