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Several postings indicated that the "D" in "CD" ought to stand for
diesel. Well, thats logical, but.....
In Germany, as in other parts of Europe, "CD" is an abbreviation for the
French term Corps Diplomatique, or Diplomatic Corps (why the French say
everything backwards I'll never know :^) ).
Diplomatic service is prestigous, and "CD" was used by Audi to indicate
that the car was luxurious - that is, was top-of-the-line in terms of
trim (but not necessarily in terms of the engine). For example, my
German-spec '81 100CD had, in the words of the salesman, "everything gold
and electric." I think this meant electric windows, power locks, and a
manual sunroof. Gosh we're spoiled with luxo-crap here!
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