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Human robot cooperation: KLARA facilitates greater diversity of versions in production at Audi

New robot colleague in the assembly of Audi A4/A5 models: People and robot now work side by side without a protective fence. With this human-robot cooperation (HRC), the smart factory comes closer to reality at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt. “Adhesive application with robot assistance,” abbreviated from the German as KLARA, provides support with the installation of roofs made of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) in the new Audi RS 5 Coupe (fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 8.7; CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 197*). So, for the first time, Audi is using an HRC light robot in its main plant for applying adhesive in final assembly.

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Audi sales grow in July to new all-time high

AUDI AG has increased its worldwide deliveries in July by 3.5 percent year-on-year. With around 154,600 cars sold, the company achieved the highest July sales in its history. Sales increased in all core regions – in Europe by 1.4 percent, in North America by 4.0 percent and in Asia-Pacific by 6.7 percent. China made up the biggest share of gains in the past month, up 10.3 percent to 51,235 customers. In the United States (+2.5%), Audi continued its growth streak despite the clearly negative market environment. Around 1,063,550 worldwide deliveries since January are 3.6 percent below the 2016 reference figure following a challenging beginning of the year. At the start of July, the cumulative figure was still at a negative 4.7 percent.

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Audi Group posts robust financial figures after challenging first half of 2017

The Audi Group achieved revenue of €30.1 billion and operating profit of €2.7 billion in the first half of 2017. Audi improved its operating performance compared with the first half of last year. The operating return on sales increased to 8.9 percent and is clearly within the target corridor of 8 to 10 percent.

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A look into the future: Audi customers experience piloted driving on the A9 autobahn

Piloted driving on the autobahn: Audi is already providing the public with an insight into the mobility of the future. With demonstration drives on board an Audi A7 piloted driving concept, selected brand customers and fans will get their first experience of piloted driving on the A9 north of Munich.

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Audi is researching the use of time in the robot car

What is a premium experience like in a self-driving car? Audi is researching this in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. In the futuristic driving simulator, the experts on human-machine interaction investigated, for example, how the car interior can become a perfect workplace. The findings help the car maker to provide every user with a personally optimized automobile interior in the future. This research cooperation is part of the Audi project “25th Hour.”

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Second electric car for Audi’s production network

Audi is expanding its model portfolio with a new e-tron-model. Production of the Audi e-tron Sportback will start at Audi Brussels (Belgium) in 2019. That Audi plant will therefore be responsible for producing a second fully electric model. The Audi e-tron electric SUV will drive off the assembly line there as of 2018.

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Audi and Johannes Kepler University of Linz to establish center for artificial intelligence

Audi and the Johannes Kepler University of Linz (JKU) are to conduct joint research into the intelligent car of the future. For this purpose, the university and the brand with the Four Rings will now establish the “Audi.JKU deep learning center” in Linz. Through cooperation with the Institute for Bioinformatics headed by Prof. Sepp Hochreiter, Audi plans to promote the use of artificial intelligence in automobiles.

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The new Audi A8: future of the luxury class

Today is where the future begins in the luxury class: The new Audi A8 makes its world debut at the Audi Summit in Barcelona. In its fourth generation, the flagship model again provides the benchmark for Vorsprung durch Technik – with a new design language, an innovative touchscreen operating concept and a systematically electrified drive. The Audi A8 is also the first production automobile in the world to have been developed for highly automated driving. From 2018, Audi will gradually be taking piloted driving functions such as parking pilot, garage pilot and traffic jam pilot into production.

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Worldwide transmission of Audi Summit with world premiere of Audi A8

Barcelona will be the setting for a world premiere. At the first Audi Summit, the premium brand will present some innovations along its path to becoming the premium digital car company. Attended by 2,000 opinion leaders from all over the world, the Ingolstadt-based company will also present its new flagship, the Audi A8. Friends and fans of the brand worldwide will follow the event live on July 11 from 09:30 a.m. (CEST) onwards on www.audimedia.tv.

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Interview Marc Lichte: „The new Audi A8 reflects the progressive face of the brand.”

Marc Lichte has been Head of Audi Design since 2014. On July 11, 2017 the fourth generation of the Audi A8 will be presented at the Audi Summit in Barcelona. The luxury sedan emphasizes a new design language.

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Looking ahead to the new Audi A8: Fully active suspension offers tailor-made flexibility

The new Audi A8 proves itself a versatile performer on the road. Thanks to its active suspension, it provides comfort-oriented customers with a chauffeur-driven sedan offering a stylishly smooth ride. The enthusiastic owner-driver can relish the characteristics of a sports car. This flexibility is made possible thanks to the new active suspension based on the 48-volt electrical system, which is used for the first time as the main electrical system. The new Audi A8 makes its world debut at the Audi Summit in Barcelona on July 11.

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Looking ahead to the new Audi A8: Space Frame with a unique mix of materials

Audi is writing a new chapter in its lightweight design success story. For the next generation of the Audi A8, an intelligent mix of four materials is being used for the first time in the weight-bearing body structure – more materials than in any of the brand’s previous production models. The luxury sedan is thus once again rightfully claiming its role as an innovation driver in automotive lightweight design: Its low weight and impressive rigidity offer greater performance, efficiency and safety.

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Audi Sport customer racing presents the 100th Audi RS 3 LMS

In its first year, the Audi RS 3 LMS has already been a commercial success for Audi Sport customer racing. At the first Audi Summit hosted in Barcelona, the customer racing department presented the 100th touring car from its production line.

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Audi celebrates fourth victory in 24 Hours of Spa

In one of the most thrilling editions of the 24 Hours of Spa, Audi has clinched its fourth victory in the world’s biggest GT3 endurance race. After 3,824 kilometers, Jules Gounon/Christopher Haase/Markus Winkelhock had a winning advantage of 11.862 seconds. In a very balanced competition, four marques were battling for victory until the end and ultimately claimed the top four positions.

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Audi celebrates fourth victory in 24 Hours of Spa

In one of the most thrilling editions of the 24 Hours of Spa, Audi has clinched its fourth victory in the world’s biggest GT3 endurance race. After 3,824 kilometers, Jules Gounon/Christopher Haase/Markus Winkelhock had a winning advantage of 11.862 seconds. In a very balanced competition, four marques were battling for victory until the end and ultimately claimed the top four positions.

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Audi leads all three DTM classifications after weekend of racing in Moscow

In the first of the two races at the Moscow Raceway, rookie René Rast has sensationally become the DTM’s “mid-point champion” with a lights-to-flag victory to finish in first place. In the second race Audi campaigner Matthias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) has recaptured the lead in the DTM. Three Audi drivers are now ranking in the top four spots of the overall classification.

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Audi to be first German manufacturer in Formula E

Audi will be the first German automobile manufacturer to race in Formula E. The brand with the four rings is taking over ABT Sportsline’s place on the grid. The Allgäu-based team has been successfully present in Formula E since the electric racing series’ inception and in the future will be taking care of the Audi race cars as the fielding team. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler will start the fourth Formula E season in Hong Kong at the beginning of December.

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“International Engine of the Year”: Audi 2.5 TFSI engine is once again best in class

- Another success for Audi at the “International Engine of the Year Awards”: The brand with the four rings received the prestigious award in the 2 to 2.5 liter category for its 2.5 TFSI engine. It is the thirteenth win overall for Audi.

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Audi drivers second on the table after victory in Suzuka

Victory in Suzuka: The third event of the Blancpain GT Series Asia was a success for Audi drivers. Marchy Lee and Shaun Thong in an Audi R8 LMS from Audi Hong Kong won the first race in Japan, whilst Aditya Patel and Mitchell Gilbert from OD Racing finished third. In the second round, Jeffrey Lee and Alessio Picariello took third place for J-Fly by Absolute Racing in the pouring rain in Suzuka. The best Audi driver combination on the table is Marchy Lee/Shaun Thong. The racing drivers from Hong Kong sit in second place at the halfway stage of the season, eight points behind the leaders.

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Successful Formula E home race for Audi in Berlin

One pole position, two podiums and 56 points in total: Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport inspired the fans with its strong outing at the home Formula E race on the former airport in Berlin-Tempelhof.

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Audi customer teams successful in Europe

At Zolder, Belgium and Misano, Italy, Audi customer teams won seven trophies in total last weekend.

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Audi’s customer teams collected 17 trophies on four continents in May

Audi Customer Racing celebrated a great month, as customer teams took home 17 trophies on four continents in May in the Audi Sport TT Cup, GT3, and TCR.

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Audi’s customer teams collected 17 trophies on four continents in May

Audi Customer Racing celebrated a great month, as customer teams took home 17 trophies on four continents in May in the Audi Sport TT Cup, GT3, and TCR.

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Audi scores one-two victory at motorsport festival

Audi celebrated yet another victory at the Lausitzring motorsport festival last weekend. In front of an impressive crowd, Jamie Green and Mattias Ekström perfected the first one-two victory of the new Audi RS 5 DTM. With five cars in the top seven positions, Audi was the strongest brand overall.

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