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Re: Audi News

> From quattro-owner@swiss.ans.net Thu Oct  6 16:57:13 1994
> From: Franklin Fasano <FFASANO@VASALES.LEGENT.COM>
> To: Audi List <quattro@swiss.ans.net>
> Subject: Re:  Audi News
> Date: Thu, 06 Oct 94 13:51:00 PDT
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>   > >Also, I quote them "...Audi, Volkswagens luxury line...".  Hmm, 
> comments?
>   >
>   > That's certainly how Audis are sold in most countries.  Throughout 
> Europe, at
>   > least, there is no such thing as an Audi or a VW dealer, only VAG 
> (Volkswagen
>   > Audi Group) dealers.
> I've owned both.  I won't go near another VW, but I LOVE my Audi.
> I was under the impression that the design, engineering, and manufacturing 
> were completely separate.  Is this not the case?  Can somebody clear up the 
> Audi/VW relationship for me?

I think they could be said to be substantially separate, but they do
try to share many common parts as would any other manufacturer.
However, Audi was the first to get the jump on improving quality via
ISO 9000 under the tutelage of Ferdinand Piech.  Because he was so
successful at Audi, he was promoted to head the entire VAG operation.

The reason there are two different V-6's is simple: the 90 degree V-6
allows for a lower hoodline when mounted in Audi's traditional north-
south configuration.  The 15 degree VR6 allows for optimum crush space
when transversely mounted and can be installed virtually anywhere a
four fits.

But when Audi brings out it's BMW 316i hatchback competition, it will
share a floorpan with a VW, something it hasn't done since the last
4000 sold here, which shared parts with the VW Quantum.
John Greenstreet, Senior Engineer           (jgreenst@motown.ge.com)
Martin Marietta Government Electronic Systems    Moorestown NJ 08057
WPI Class of '75, Temple Class of '94

My new car history:
  1975    1978    1982       1986        1989      1992      1995
   VW ->  Audi -> Audi  -> Mercedes -> Mercedes -> Audi -> Mercedes
Scirocco Fox GTI  4000S    190E 2.3    190E 2.6    100CS     S320

POSSLQ's* new car history:
         1978       1981       1985      1988        1990     1993
       Triumph ->  Toyota ->  Toyota  ->  VW    ->   Audi  -> Audi
       Spitfire    Tercel     Corolla   Jetta GL      80      90S

*POSSLQ = Person of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters
Note: All Audis and Mercedes above were sold to friends or family.