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Audi Space Frame

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AUDI AG
3800 Hamlin Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326
United States

Company Description: Audi of America Inc. and its 270 dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. The Audi lineup is one of the freshest in the industry with 23...   more
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  • Lightweight Design Pioneer of the Automotive Industry
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The Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, Škoda and SEAT brands outperformed the market as a whole. However, the growth of the individual brands and business fields was still hit hard by the global financial and economic crisis. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand recorded a lower operating profit of €216 million (€1,295 million) for the period January to June.
The Audi premium brand recorded a 13.6 percent decline in unit sales. However, with an operating profit of a substantial €823 million (€1,299 million), it impressively demonstrates that it has no difficulty competing in the current tough economic climate. The figures for the Lamborghini brand included in the key figures for Audi also declined year-on-year because of the weak market.
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With 80 different training courses and 14 qualification tracks, Audi plans this year to develop its service employees into experts who can provide top service to customers around the world.
"Audi wants to be the world's leading brand in the area of customer satisfaction.
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Audi now has six training sites distributed throughout Germany, making them easily accessible for the employees of all Audi Service Centers.
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This training is supported through selective training courses developed by Audi, covering areas such as investigating noises. Here, Audi technicians learn to use dialog with customers to quickly locate any "crackling" or "knocking" noises the customer describes. Training in "Clever Repair," which replaces expensive replacement of a body part through more moderate dent removal - saving time and money - is also intended to immediately boost customer satisfaction. Audi is meanwhile consistently expanding technical training with a view to the brand's technologies of the future: electric and hybrid drive systems, and lightweight design.
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Frankfurt - Audi presents the highlight of the IAA 2009: the e-tron, a high-performance sports car with a purely electric drive system.
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Audi has taken a new and in some cases revolutionary approach to many of the technical modules.
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Audi is taking a new approach to offset these disadvantages - a holistic approach with a specific vehicle package, a systematic lightweight construction concept and an optimal configuration of all components for the electric drive.
Audi e-tron - The Holistic Approach
The most important development related to batteries for electric drives are lithium-ion cells. Numerous experts throughout the world are working on their further development for use in cars, with the primary objectives being to reduce weight and increase capacity and performance. Audi has also opted for this technology, both for use in a hybrid production vehicle, such as the upcoming Q5 hybrid, and in the e-tron test platform.
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• The e-tron concept car uses car-to-x communication technology developed by Audi to improve the efficiency of conventionally powered vehicles. For example, information about traffic light cycle times and the flow of traffic - provided by the infrastructure and other vehicles - is used to compute an optimal driving strategy. Audi has already modeled such a solution in Ingolstadt as part of its "travolution" project.
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High-efficiency LED technology is used for all lighting units - a matter of honor for Audi as the worldwide pioneer in this field.
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The body structure is based on Audi Space Frame (ASF) technology and was realized as a hybrid construction. All add-on parts - doors, covers, sidewalls and roof - are made of a fiber-reinforced plastic. 8192_f2.jpg
The combination of aluminum and carbon fiber-reinforced composite material guarantees supreme rigidity coupled with low weight. Audi will soon use this technology in a similar form for production vehicles.
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Audi uses liquid cooling for the batteries.
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The heat pump used by Audi - and commonly used in buildings - is a highly efficient machine that uses mechanical work to provide heat with a minimum input of energy.
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The electric vehicle from Audi thus enjoys all of the advantages of quattro technology.
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Audi is working hard on the future of mobility. The company has established a project house for the development of an integrated concept for electric drives in automobiles. As part of this effort, a support project entitled e-performance and funded in part by the German Ministry for Education and Research will be launched on October 1. Institutes and companies from industry and science will be participating in the project.
Audi invests roughly two billion euros in development projects each year. Although the primary focus is on the further advancement of the combustion engine and related technologies, a second priority is electromobility. The e-tron showcar is making a powerful statement in this field at the IAA, and Audi is also in the process of strategically bundling its electromobility activities. Audi has established a project house dedicated to electric driving; it will shortly begin work on a project sponsored by the German federal government.
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Audi is striving to provide holistic answers to these questions, thus creating an architecture comprising all sub-areas of the vehicle. Only when new systems and components are made to work together perfectly can the full potential of electromobility be exploited.
Audi is certain that the vehicle concepts will include new, intelligent solutions.
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In addition - and this is what distinguishes the integrated approach - Audi is also studying all other areas of the vehicle.
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The young team keeps one important aspect in mind every step of the way: even an electric car has to be a true Audi with the strong character that all Audi models have in common.
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Audi has also recruited renowned partners from the scientific community - the RWTH Aachen, the technical universities of Munich, Dresden and Ilmenau, Leibniz University of Hanover and the Fraunhofer Society.
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"The sheer scale of this project is very emblematic of the increasing significance of Audi not only in the UK but globally."
The strategically located landmark building is operated by the Sytner Group, a Sunday Times Best Company to Work For, which has 140 prestige franchise outlets across the UK. It will be staffed by 100 personnel and approximately 30,000 customers are expected through its doors in the next 12 months.
Gerard Nieuwenhuys, the Group's UK Managing Director commented: "It is a great privilege to be chosen by Audi to operate this amazing flagship dealership.
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The Audi quattro Rooms on levels four and five feature not only a heritage section, displaying many of the innovations from Audi's 100-year history, but also meeting rooms, exhibition space and a screening room with the very latest 103" Bang & Olufsen screens. Audi selected architect Miguel Beleza to design the two floors to create imposing architectural features that define the venue.
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"Audi is an enormously successful company with many ambitious plans for its future.
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Audi has used Le Mans since 1999 to test technical innovations under racing conditions and has, in the process, repeatedly set milestones thanks to its technology leadership.
Brunei-Carzine: The new 2011 Audi A8 officially unveiled
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Audi has officially unveiled their fourth generation A8 luxury flagship sedan in Miami.
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Fascinating sportiness, innovative technology and superior comfort: Audi is bringing the next generation of the A8 to the starting line.
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Its elegant and forceful body is an aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF), weighing about 40 percent less than a comparable steel structure. The interior is captivating, with its new and spacious design and uncompromisingly high-quality workmanship full of attention to the smallest detail.
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In the field of multimedia Audi also offers many attractive modules.
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The new A8 underscores the leading position maintained by Audi in the field of automotive design.
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The Audi A8 looks out on the world through newly designed headlights - with xenon plus units and the innovative full LED headlights, a technology Audi was the first to introduce worldwide in the R8 high-performance sports car. The adaptive light system augments the xenon plus units - it controls the swiveling modules so that they always provide the perfect lighting for intersections, the city, country roads and highways. The new all-weather light integrated into the headlights replaces the fog lights. Their traditional location in the air intakes is now occupied by the radar sensors of the optional adaptive cruise control with stop & go function.
A technological breakthrough from Audi is the networking of the headlight control unit with the optional MMI navigation plus.
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The tail lights also produce an appearance both three-dimensional and striking - and typically Audi. They, too, use LED technology with 72 light-emitting diodes per unit. Chip-on-board LEDs, which can be packed tightly together with high precision, are used in many areas due to the limited amount of space available.
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Audi, the lightweight design pioneer of the automotive industry, again demonstrates its leadership role.
Fifteen years ago the four rings brand introduced the technology of the Audi Space Frame (ASF) into production - with the first A8 generation. ASF has proven its merit outstandingly; and now Audi is again using it in a much more advanced form.
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Audi has substantially increased the strength of the higher-strength body components in the new A8, thereby significantly reducing both material thickness and weight.
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The A8 also sets the bar at a new height in the quality of workmanship, another big domain of Audi.
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Brushed aluminum and fine woods are optionally available from Audi. All components feature uncompromisingly precise workmanship and minimal gaps.
Audi offers five basic colors for the interior, and three shades for the roof lining. The selection of coverings ranges to natural leather, which is especially soft and breathable. Passionate individualists can choose from two Audi design selections in special colors that integrate many luxurious equipment features. Audi also offers several leather packages, an Alcantara package and the extended aluminum look in the interior.
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Audi also offers optional seats with a sporty look and top-stitched diamond patterns. Three-staged ventilation is offered in addition to the heating. Another luxury extra is the pneumatic massage, in which twin air chambers pulsate in the backrest - the driver and front passenger can regulate them in five programs, with the intensity graduated in three stages.
As a large, luxurious touring sedan the A8 also treats its rear passengers on a first-class level. On request, Audi even provides the rear bench with versatile electric adjustment of the outside seats; a memory feature is on board as is adjustability of the front passenger seat from the rear. Seat heating, electric blinds and the four-zone automatic air conditioning together with a separate rear control panel round off the package.
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Like all gasoline engines from Audi, the V8 has FSI direct injection.
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On request, Audi also installs the dynamic sport differential.
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The dynamic shift program (DSP) that controls the transmission features the automatic operating modes D and S. A pioneering innovation from Audi is its networking with the detailed route data supplied by the optional MMI navigation plus system.
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The installation position of the new tiptronic follows a special layout - as in many models from Audi: The differential lies in front of the torque converter.
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The new A8 also demonstrates Audi's concentrated innovative power in its assistance systems, offering a wide, newly echeloned range of high-tech systems.
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The so-called remote infrared technology used by Audi looks ahead by up to 300 meters (984 ft), depending on the driven speed.
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Audi has also set the bar significantly higher with regard to multimedia technology with the new A8.
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Audi has entered a revolutionary new path in the operation of MMI navigation plus: it uses a touchpad.
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The wheels are up to 21 inches in size, with a sporty tuning of the adaptive air suspension available from Audi on request.
Volkswagen Group of America - Press Releases
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Herndon, VA - Audi today announced that it is the recipient of two Car and Truck of the Year awards from Autobytel®, the company dedicated to helping consumers research and find the information they need to purchase new and used cars and connect to dealers online.
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The A7 also sets a high standard for performance, handling and efficiency with an all-aluminum Audi 3.0 liter TFSI® V6 engine, 310hp and 325 lb-ft. of torque.
The open top R8 Spyder is a favorite with both the public and experts alike. The high-performance sports car from Audi, the R8 Spyder is a high-tech work of art with the formidable power of its engine, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive and its lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF) body made of aluminum. Good everyday practicality and perfect fit and finish typical of Audi complete the profile of this model athlete.
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Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2011, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products and technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.comfor more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.
Audi » Audi A5 Prototype with Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Construction – Sheds 100kg
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Tags: ASF, Audi A5 Coupe prototype, audi biturbo, audi owners, audi s2, Audi Space Frame, Audi Space Frame ASF
Audi A5 Coupe ASF prototype
Audi released details about a new version of the A5 that is roughly 100 kilograms lighter than the standard model. The Audi Aluminum A5 coupe was built substituting the lightweight metal for steel whenever possible. Carbon fiber was also used to help lighten the load.
Working with aluminum is nothing new for the German manufacturer. Since 1994, over 550,000 Audi cars have been produced with an aluminum body in the last 15 years alone. By using the aluminum Audi Space Frame, with "aluminum and carbon fibre-reinforced plastics" mounted to the frame, the prototype was able to use the more economical and fuel efficient 2.0-liter TFSI engine and achieve comparable performance compared to the heavier car with the 3.2-liter V6.
The two versions were available for testing by journalists at an Audi-sponsored event recently, alongside two different versions of the Audi TT. Performance numbers for the aluminum version of the A5 show a car that has a power-to-weight ratio of about 160 hp per tonne, compared to the heavier, V6 powered A5's ratio of 170 hp per tonne.
Because of the less powerful engine, Audi was also able to use smaller, lighter brakes, and a lightweight transmission.
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Aluminium A5 Coupe prototype shows the lighter side of Audi
Lightweight construction pioneer highlights its technological lead
Dynamic and efficient: Audi - pioneer of lightweight design for enhanced performance and optimised efficiency
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Taking an existing steel-bodied production car as its basis, the A5 project car clearly demonstrates the benefits of the aluminium Audi Space Frame (ASF) concept with which Audi broke new ground 15 years ago, and which test beds of this kind help to evolve and improve. Use of the ASF principle reduces the weight of a car body by at least 40 per cent compared with conventional steel construction, and this shows in a kerb weight of 1,310kg for the aluminium A5 prototype, versus a total of 1,420kg for the equivalent steel-bodied series production model.
Thanks to the significant weight loss, achieved by mounting aluminium and carbon fibre-reinforced plastics onto the aluminium Audi Space Frame (ASF), the A5 prototype is able to use a four-cylinder engine with its attendant economy and emissions advantages to deliver the performance of a higher output V6.
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Over the past 15 years, Audi has employed the ASF principle in two generations of A8 luxury saloon, in the hyper-efficient, ahead-of-its-time A2 compact hatchback and in the celebrated R8 super car.
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The reversal of the weight spiral that Audi initiated with the ASF principle which began with the Audi A8 of 1993 has major efficiency advantages.
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Audi has already built more than 550,000 vehicles with an aluminium body. Added to this are roughly 9,000 Lamborghinis - no other manufacturer in the world can even come close in terms of the number of vehicles or their diversity.
The ASF technology is an unparalleled success story. Audi has increased its lead step by step: in alloys, in the reduction of the number of parts and in production efficiency. Numerous innovations in development and production have raised the level of automation from 25 to over 80 percent, which is nearly on par with steel body construction.
In fabrication, traditional spot welding is being replaced by joining methods developed by Audi, including punch riveting, bonding or laser-MIG hybrid welding.
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To ideally balance the axle loads between the front and back, Audi developed an innovative hybrid construction for its compact sports cars: Most of the body is made of aluminium, but steel is used in the rear.
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In 1985, Audi presented the body of an Audi 100 made of aluminium but still using a conventional monocoque design. The legendary concept sports cars of 1991, the Audi Avus quattro and the Audi quattro Spyder, had skins of the light metal but underneath were still supporting frames.
The new technology was ready for series production in 1993. A shining silver showcar with an unpainted body of polished aluminium was on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The predecessor to the A8 bore the designation ASF, the abbreviation for Audi Space Frame. The production model that debuted the following year was a milestone - the first large-volume production car with a self-supporting aluminium body.
The A8 paved the way for Audi into the premium league and it also sparked new developments for the traditional material of steel. The principle embodied by the first A8 still applies today: Die castings and extruded sections form a framework-like skeleton that incorporates aluminium panels as co-supporting elements. The components with their various cross-sections and shapes combine optimal function with low weight.
The Aluminium and Lightweight Design Centre Audi established a special Aluminium Centre in Neckarsulm for development, production planning and quality assurance in 1994. The Aluminium and Lightweight Design Centre experiments with high-strength steels, tailored blanks, fibre-reinforced plastics and magnesium.
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Audi also makes systematic use of lightweight design in the drive chain and the chassis.
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