Thinking about best 4×4 cars you usually come up with names like Jeep or Range Rover, but official sales figures indicate that the most successful brand in All-wheel drive segment is indeed the inventor of quattro system, Audi.They have the broadest all-wheel drive model lineup in premium segment.
In 2010 they produced 437,792 automobiles with quattro drive.
What’s more astonishing is that the fact that most of their quattro cars are indeed sedans and sports coupes! They do have a range of SUVs too, like the Q5 which is the most popular of the pack, but the best versions are are 4×4 high performance sedans. In the year in which Audi celebrated “30 years of quattro,” around 38 percent of all cars produced worldwide were equipped with the all-wheel drive technology. With 74,262 new car registrations for all-wheel drive models, Audi also topped the competition in Germany.
The most popular Audi model with quattro drive in 2010 was the Audi Q5, 155,025 units of which were built. In the months ahead, the brand will further expand its all-wheel drive lineup in the SUV segment with the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro and the compact Q3. But it is not just SUV drivers who are turning to quattro; the all-wheel drive technology is a popular choice of Audi customers for all other model lines as well. From the Audi A3 to the A8, nearly one quarter of the automobiles produced in 2010 had quattro on board.
“quattro is one of the Audi brand’s greatest success stories, and today we are writing what may well be its most exciting chapter,” says Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management for Marketing and Sales at AUDI AG. “As we move down the road toward electric mobility, we see entirely new possibilities for quattro technology. The electric quattro of the future will be even more agile, safer and – above all – more efficient,” adds Schwarzenbauer.