Whilst a first glimpse of future Audi models was provided at the Frankfurt Motor Show, a classic model is celebrating an important milestone in Rheine, Germany: the 100,000th current-generation Audi A4 Cabriolet is leaving the production line at Karmann. The previous-generation model, which was produced for more than nine years, achieved cult status. Even in its early years, its successor demonstrated that it had similar talents.
Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Board Member for Production at AUDI AG, is already anticipating the next chapter in the success story: “We have just presented the next-generation Audi A4 Cabriolet with the new singleframe grille in Frankfurt. I am particularly looking forward to this generation of our Cabriolet!”
The current generation of the Audi A4 Cabriolet was launched in spring 2002, and it soon became clear that the originally planned production figures would be significantly surpassed. “The A4 Cabriolet is without doubt the most emotional representative of the model line,” commented Marc Thiel, Project Manager at Audi. “The dynamic design, state-of-the-art technology and extensive standard equipment make the car a customer favourite.”
The Audi A4 Cabriolet boasts outstanding acoustic insulation and stands out thanks to its excellent suitability for all weather conditions, courtesy of quattro permanent four-wheel drive. There is a choice of six engine versions, ranging from the 2.0 TDI to the sporty 4.2-litre V8 available for the S model. The S4 Cabriolet quattro is the only car of its kind worldwide to offer an eight-cylinder engine and permanent four-wheel drive as standard.
Total production to date for both model generations is 171,354 vehicles. Around 80% of sales volume has been concentrated on the three most important markets - these being the USA, Germany and Great Britain, a country not renowned for extended periods of sunshine!