Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, Rupert Stadler, said:
We are extremely pleased about all of these trophies. This shower of awards motivates our team and shows that we’re on the right track.’
The Audi A1, A3 and A6 each took first place in their respective categories. Audi also won the titles ‘Best Design Worldwide’ and ‘Best Brand Worldwide’ as well as the ‘Quality Trophy’ for the quality and reliability of the Audi A1. A total of 75,810 readers of Autozeitung and its sister publications took part in the survey, which for the first time was conducted internationally in ten countries.
AUDI AG Board Member for Technical Development, Professor Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, said:
The coveted award confirms our capabilities in the area of design and quality.’
This was the 27th time that Autozeitung readers selected the best cars in all classes. There were a total of 205 models in 12 categories to choose from. In the “Subcompact” category, 19.6% of the voters selected the Audi A1. The Audi A3 won the ‘Compact’ category with 19% of the vote. In the full-size class, the Audi A6 outpaced the competition with 27.3% of the votes. Audi also won the ‘Quality Trophy’ for the Audi A1 and took top honors in the special categories ‘Best Brand Worldwide’ and ‘Best Design Worldwide’. Audi has now won 63 titles since the awards were introduced.
This year the reader survey for ‘Auto Trophy’ was for the first time conducted internationally – through all of the automotive publications from Bauer Verlag. Readers from Europe, the USA, South Africa and Australia participated in the vote.
The Audi Group delivered approximately 1,575,500 cars of the Audi brand to customers in 2013. As one of the most successful models, the Audi A3 has been awarded the title of “World Car of the Year 2014“ by an international jury of journalists (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 3.2; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 165 – 85). In 2013, the company reported revenue of €49.9 billion and an operating profit of €5.03 billion. The company operates globally in more than 100 markets and has production facilities in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Győr (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium), Bratislava (Slovakia), Martorell (Spain), Kaluga (Russia), Aurangabad (India), Changchun (China) and Jakarta (Indonesia). Since the end of 2013, the brand with the Four Rings has also been producing cars in Foshan (China). In 2015, Audi will start production in São José dos Pinhais (Brazil), followed by San José Chiapa (Mexico) in 2016. Total investment of around €22 billion is planned from 2014 to 2018 – primarily in new products and sustainable technologies. Audi is committed to its corporate responsibility and has anchored the principle of sustainability for its products and processes in its strategy. The long-term goal is CO2-neutral mobility.
AUDI AG’s commitment to the region was confirmed through the foundation of its fully owned subsidiary in 2005. The current Middle East model range comprises the Audi A1, A3 and S3 Sedan, A4 and RS 4 Avant, the A5 Coupe, Sportback, Cabriolet and RS 5, the A6, S6 & RS 6 Avant, A7, S7 & RS 7, A8 L & S8, the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7, the Audi TT Coupe/Roadster and TT RS Coupe, the Audi R8 Coupe and R8 Spyder as well as R8 V10 plus.