The release of the Audi A4 is probably one of the biggest success stories in the entire history of luxury vehicles. It is the one responsible for bringing the German car company back on its feet after a massive sales drop in the early 90s. With millions of units sold around the world, there is definitely no doubt that the Audi A4 sealed the deal in putting Audi on the map as one of the world’s top luxury car manufacturers.
The upgraded spinoff
The Audi A4 line is a collection of compact cars designed to follow the footsteps of the not-so-popular Audi 80. Regarded as an upscale variation of the Volkswagen Passat, the Audi A4 comes in three different forms–sedan, convertible, and station wagon. The A4 instantly skyrocketed from its newbie status to one of the world’s favorite luxury vehicles because of the world-class finish of its exterior and interior and the vehicle’s undeniably powerful engine.
The B5 era (1994-2001)
The first generation of Audi A4 released in 1994 is based on the B5 platform of the Volkswagen group. The original A4s had a standard front-wheel drive, a longitudinal engine mounted at its front, and a wide selection of diesel and gasoline engines. The succeeding models added the wagon version as well as the latest 1.8-liter 20V engine equipped with five valves per cylinder.
In 1997, the Porsche-developed automatic transmission Tiptronic gearbox was introduced. The following year, the Audi A4 had a much-needed facelift by featuring an all-new 2.8-liter V6 engine, a 2.5-liter V6 TDI diesel engine with standard Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive, and an option for a six-speed manual transmission gearbox. Its light assembly and door handles were also redesigned.
The B6 years (2001-2005)
With the brand-new B6 platform and a C5-inspired exterior, the second generation A4 models debuted in 2001. Apart from a number of significant diesel and gasoline engine upgrades, the Audi A4 also featured the first Fuel Stratification Injection engine. The Tiptronic transmission and the Quattro system became available for the 1.9-liter and 2.5-liter V6 TDI units. And the new Multitronic continuously variable transmission for the front-wheel-drive models became standard. Additional innovations like the Electronic Stability Program, Anti-lock Braking System, and Electronic Brake Force Distribution were also introduced.
The B7 period (2005-2008)
Despite the B7 internal name, the third generation A4 still bore the B6 platform. The models under this generation underwent a total makeover with spanking new navigation systems, chassis electronics, steering settings, suspension geometry, and internal combustion engines featuring the Pumpe Duse Unit Injector. The Audi A4 also got the “Top Safety Pick for 2007” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its safety upgrades. These additional safety features include the side air bags on the front and rear seats and the side-guard curtain bags.
The B8 series and beyond (2008-Present)
The newest A4 B8 series rides a variation of the Audi Modular Longitudinal platform, which enhanced corner stability and handling through better mass distribution. A4 owners also get to enjoy a bigger trunk and wider rear legroom thanks to the 160- and 117-millimeter increase in wheelbase and length. The Auto-Drive, Audi Lane Assist, and a high-technology MMI system were also added as features.
The 2013 A4 is expected to take the luxury car industry by storm. The pride of Audi is back with its brand-new five-link front suspension, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and other innovative features. With four generations of successful developments in its record, the Audi A4 will NEVER fail to impress its patrons.