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Re: 100E origins

At 01:30 PM 2/24/98 -0500, waves@EPIX.NET wrote:
>>Actually I seem to remember seeing these in Europe a bit and my
>understanding is
>>that the e stands for electronic fuel injection as it does on many other
>I'm not sure that is accurate either. The 'i' designation, such as 318i or
>GTi stood for 'injection'. I wasn't aware that the 100e had any mechanical
>or injection differences from that of a higher priced 100s. Personally, I
>think it's a wonderful idea, being that Audis of the era were notorious for
>power window reg. and switch failures, and for climate control problems. An
>all manual 100 would be prefferable in those instances.

...and at least on BMW, "e" stood for "eta", the low friction, depowered,
version of their engines with fewer main bearings that was produced in 
the early 1980s for increased fuel economy.

Bottom line, the letters mean whatever marketing decided they should 
mean.... Anyone remember when "GT" actually meant "grand touring"
instead of "hopped-up pony car"?
Paul A. Hausman                <paul@lion.com>
Lion Technology Inc., Lafayette, NJ, 07848 USA