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Audi is known the world over as a premier manufacturer of
luxury cars, trucks and SUVs. Along with
makes up the triumvirate referred to as Germany's Big Three (although
the actual major automobile manufacturers are the Volkswagen Group,
Daimler AG, and BMW). The history of Audi goes back well over one
hundred years when one of its original founders, August Horch, began to
design and build cars under the company name A. Horch & Cie. After a
falling out with the board of the company, Horch was forced out and
later sued for infringement when he started another company using the
Horch name. According to the Audi origin story, as Horch and his
colleagues were discussing a new name for the automaker, his son who was
studying Latin in school suggested the name â€œAudiâ€ which is a
translation of the German â€œHorchâ€ which means â€œHark!â€ or â€œListen!â€ So it
was that in 1910 Audi Automobile Works was officially founded with the
new name and soon after the Audi Type A 10/22 horse power Sport-Phaeton
rolled off the production line in Zwickau. Audi produced a number of
vehicles throughout WWI and the Depression but the Type K was its first
production vehicle to really take off and firmly established the
left-hand steering configuration which would become the standard for
continental car makers from that point on. In 1932 Audi became part of a
larger conglomerate composed of former rivals Horch, DKW and Auto Union
which is where the iconic, four-ringed Audi symbol originated. Despite
this fact, the Audi name disappeared completely in 1939 and did not
resurface until its purchase by Volkswagen in 1965.
After its acquisition by VW, Audi fielded the 100 which was available
as both a coupe and sedan and sported a 1.8 liter, 4-cylinder engine.
Without stopping to breathe, Audi then released the 80 which would be
pivotal in the subsequent design and evolution of the Passat. But,
perhaps Audi greatest accomplishment was made in 1980 with the release
of the Quattro (Italian for the number four). The Quattro was,
unsurprisingly due to its name, a four-wheel drive coupe which made it a
trailblazer in a world populated solely by all-wheel drive sedans. The
original Quattro was the car that launched a thousand others because the
system developed for it would later be an option for all Audi vehicles.
Fast forward a decade and Audi was poised to enter the 1990s as the
premier luxury automaker in Germany. The A3 and A4 were prime examples
of this inclination towards upmarket excellence in engineering and
design and were both offered as front-wheel and four-wheel drive models.
As Audi approached the new millennium newer, sportier models represented
by the "S" designation appeared such as the S3 and S4 and came standard
as Quattro versions.
In the course of the last decade Audi has remained a leading name in
the pursuit of luxury and performance. High-profile cars such as the TT
and S8 have helped to secure Audi's dominance and its foray into the
realm of SUVs has also yielded great fruit. Available in V6, V8 and V12
models, the Audi Q7 was the automaker's first full size cross-over SUV
and began production in 2006. Similar to the Q7 but smaller in size the
Q5 premiered 2009 and has allowed Audi to gain market share in a niche
once dominated by Mercedes and BMW. Audi's pioneering use of day time
LED running lights which first appeared on the S6 has been tremendously
influential in the automotive world. In fact, at the 2013 NY Auto Show
almost every new car from all of the manufacturers presenting included
the use of LED running lights. A final characteristic of Audi design to
be considered is their use of high-quality materials in the construction
of the interior panels and elements such as real wood and leather.
Audi is a name that is synonymous with quality. Whether you're in the
market for performance handling, ultra-elegant luxury or cutting-edge
technology Audi should be your first choice. Audi drivers know the worth
and meaning of their vehicles whether they own an S4, a TT or another of
these beautifully executed flawlessly engineered masterpieces: in short,
"Truth in engineering." At Rvinyl we understand what Audi represents and
that any aftermarket accessories you buy must be made to the same exacting standards as the
vehicles which they will adorn. For this reason, we offer a full line of
DIY and professional Audi Accessories for the both the interior and
exterior of your ride. When Audi quality at a reasonable price is your
prime concern your first choice should be Rvinyl.
Whether you are looking to upgrade your interior, protect the
delicate finish of your exterior or increase the performance of your
car, truck or SUV we carry a tremendous selection of accessories to give
you the results youâ€™ve been looking for at the right prices. We
understand that when you purchase an Audi accessory for your car or SUV
you're not making just any purchase--you're making a statement about who
you are and how you want the world to see you. Customizing cars has been
a passion of our since we started back in 2003 and we are proud to be
able to share it with customers like you every single day. Whether
youâ€™re looking to upgrade an older car or tune a new one we want to be
the people you come to first for the best-priced and most innovative
products on the market.