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1899 August: Horch began a car company carrying his surname in 1899.
1910: When Horch left that company to start afresh at Zwickau, Germany, he "translated his last name, which means ‘hark!’ or ‘listen!’ into Latin, ‘Audi’."
1932: Audi became part of Auto-Union, with DKW, Horch and Wanderer.
1933: Audi built front-wheel drive cars.
1949: The Soviet Union took Auto Union AG after WWII, so Auto-Union GmbH was established at Ingolstadt, later becoming Audi AG.
1965: New model called ‘Audi’ appeared, and Volkswagen AG acquired the company.
1969: NSU merged with Auto Union GmbH to form 'Audi NSU Auto Union AG'.
1968: The Audi 100 sedan was presented.
1972: The Audi 80 was launched.
1982: The Audi Quattro won the manufacturers' World Rally Championship.
1985: 'Audi NSU Auto Union AG' was renamed 'Audi AG'.
1998: Bought Lamborghini.
2000: An Audi R8 won the Le Mans 24-hour race (the start of a run).
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2006: The turbo-diesel Audi R10 TDI caused a stir by winning the Le Mans 24-hour race (ditto 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 ...).
2010, June: Audi launched its A1 small car, from £13+K (uk Oct 2010). A prototype Quattro (4x4) A1 was shown in Jan. 2011.
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