2008: The Audi Year in Review

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January 1, 2009

Compiled by: Jason Teller

It’s nearly 2009 which makes it the perfect 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 2008, 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. In 2005 it was the final race for the venerable R8 race car at Le Mans, whereas in 2006 it was the highly anticipated debut of the R8 sportscar at the Paris Motor Show. For 2007 we were entranced by Audi’s new A5/S5 coupé. This year we couldn’t help but recognize Audi’s amazing racing prowess with their second hat-trick at Le Mans with the R10 remaining unbeaten there.

Best wishes to all of our readers in 2009.


    January 2008 – Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept

Audi puts an absolute monster of a powerplant in its absolute monster of a sportscar.
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    February 2008 – Audi’s Super Bowl Ad

Following a 20 year hiatus Audi once again buys prime time fame with a “Godfather” inspired Super Bowl commerical.
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    March 2008 – Audi Tradition Celebrates 25 Years of Sport quattro

One of Audi’s most famous cars ever produced, the “Shorty”, turns 25.
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    April 2008 – The New Audi Q5: Sporty and Versatile

Following in the footsteps of its bigger Q7 sibbling, the Q5 SUV finally breaks cover.
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    May 2008 – Audi Sponsors “Iron Man” Premiere and After Party in Hollywood

Audi has done heavy product placement in the past, but nothing on the scale of “Iron Man”.
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    June 2008 – Audi Achieves Second Le Mans Hat-Trick
Audi Event of the Year

The Audi R10 TDI remains unbeated at the Sarthe with a thrilling come-from-behind win.
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    July 2008 – AUDI AG: Best First Half-Year in Company History in Terms of Deliveries

Before the economic downturn really took hold in 2008 Audi had a record breaking first half of the year.
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    August 2008 – urq 25 North America Event: “We’re Making History Here”

On the 25th anniversary of the original Audi quattro in North America a historical gathering takes place.
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    September 2008 – The New Audi S4/S4 Avant

Audi’s “S” staple – the S4 – breaks cover with a much anticipated supercharged powerplant.
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    October 2008 – Audi Mileage Marathon

To prove the efficiency, cleanliness and driveability of its TDI’s Audi sets up a massive, cross-country road-trip.
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    November 2008 – AudiWorld Exclusive: Truth in 24 Documentary at AFI Fest

Audi created a documentary around the amazing 2008 24 Hours of Lemans race – and AudiWorld was there for the world debut.
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    December 2008 – The Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro: Breathtaking Performance

As expected the R8 was upgraded with the announcement of a new 5.2-liter V10 engine putting out 525 hp.
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