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Re: Audi future plans!

In a message dated 97-06-25 06:30:14 EDT, you write:

<< Audi was
 running pre-WWII races. Technology? 5 valve heads and AWD, Alum space
 frames, advanced front suspensions, Um, hybrid tech, restraint
 systems... Audi is known to the general world buying public as a
 technological leader. Its just the basic 'murican who doesnt associate
 Audi with automotive technology. (Another AoA debacle?)
 Market share? Maybe not in the States, but in europe Audi really sells.
 The reason your Jetta is slow is because VW didnt spend $13,000 to build
 the engine.
 The relationship Audi has with Porsche today is all right. Let Porsche
 build a few go-fast avants and Audi can use Porsche technology
 (tiptronic) when it is affordable.
 To follow the current thread:
 I likened P* buying Audi as Ferrari buying Fiat. >>

Well, now that everyone hates me....
Auto Union was running pre-WW2 races.  Audi was a fledgling company then.
 Compared to many, audi is STILL a tiny auto maker.  How many cars did Audi
sell last year.  Now, how many F-150;s did Ford sell?  Point, Carter.
  Ferrari also has a 5 valver, and I believe that several F1 teams tried it
in the late eighties.  Volvo built a "Duo" several years ago.  Mercedes Benz
pioneered Air bags, seat belt tensioners, and volvo did crumple zones.  AWD,
well yes in a street car.  AWD, however, is not a new thing.  Bugatti ran
several AWD cars in GP's.  Space frames are also not new technology.  I don't
have a jetta.  That was a joke, as to what people think my 86 4000CSQuattro
is.  Your right, VW didn't spend 13,000$ building the motor.  I'm sure they
spent a couple hundred million designing the bastard.  And my GTI will whip a
lot of cars on the road today.  I stand by my statement, that I believe it
would be a correct and proper move for Porsche to buy a percentage of audi,
and gain control.  It's my opinion.  Also, if you liken Porsche buying audi
to Ferrari buying Fiat, you better go look up market shares yourself, because
you are really talking apples and oranges.  

Carter Johnson
86 4000CSQ
86 Coupe GT
86 GTI