2006: The Audi Year in Review

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December 30, 2006

Compiled by: Jason Teller

As we near 2007 it is time to take a look back at the Audi happenings of the past year. Readers will be able to quickly see the news and events which dominated the world of Audi in 2006, as well as diving into each article for more comprehensive information.

We have also designated a single newsworthy item as the Audi Event of the Year. Whereas in 2005 it was the R8 racecar which went out in style with its final win at Le Mans, in 2006 it is the debut of the Audi R8 sportscar. Named for its racing brethren, the Audi R8 is an entirely different automobile for Audi. It was also one of the most highly anticipated Audi debuts we can ever remember.

So dig right in to what will be the last major feature of the year on the pages of AudiWorld while we’re busy preparing for the upcoming Detroit show. Happy 2006 and best wishes to all of our readers for 2007.


    January 2006 – The Audi Q7 In-Depth
Audi’s SUV is finally exposed in detail. Audi drivers waited years for this offering, and the Q7 finally delivers.
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    February 2006 – Annual Press Conference: Audi Success Continues
Audi posted record figures again in the 2005 financial year for revenue, profit before tax, production and vehicle sales.
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    March 2006 – Audi Triumphs with Diesel Power at Sebring
Audi won the 12-hour race at Sebring achieving the first ever victory of a Diesel powered sportscar.
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    April 2006 – World Premiere of the New Audi TT Coupe
A cult car, an icon – the Audi TT, launched in the autumn of 1998 – took the sports coupe segment by storm and sharpened the brand profile. Now the second generation of this successful model is making its debut.
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    May 2006 – Feature: Will Turbos Return to Audi?
In our exclusive article we examine the use of turbochargers in Audi powerplants, as well as potential future applications.
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    June 2006 – TDI Stars in Monumental Win at 2006 Le Mans for Audi
Audi takes the checkered flag at the 74th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race with its new diesel powered race car.
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    July 2006 – Audi of America Executive VP Johan de Nysschen Interview
AudiWorld sits down with Audi of America boss Johan de Nysschen to discuss Audi’s involvement in motorsport, the business side of racing and the future benefits of diesel technology to the American consumer.
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    August 2006 – The New Audi S3
With its sparkling performance the S3 pursues the ideal of pure driving pleasure coupled simultaneously with excellent everyday practicality – like all Audi S models.
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    September 2006 – R8 Debut at Paris Motor Show
Audi Event of the Year

At last. After all the hype, all the anticipation, all the waiting, all the speculation, and all the secrecy, Audi has finally unveiled their new “halo car” which is guaranteed to elevate the brand to an entirely new level.
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    October 2006 – Audi of America Launches European Delivery Program
Audi of America gets into the act by offering consumers the ability to order and take delivery of vehicles in Europe.
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    November 2006 – Two Audi Models Named as “Top Safety Pick” for 2007 by IIHS
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today named two Audi models as “Top Safety Pick” in their respective categories. The Audi A6 was the only car listed in the large car category, while the Audi A4 took honors in the midsize category.
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    December 2006 – Rupert Stadler to Succeed Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn
With Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn taking over as Chairman of the Board of Management of VOLKSWAGEN AG as of January 1, 2007, Rupert Stadler has been appointed as acting AUDI AG Chairman.
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