21 Facts About Audi 100


C2 and C3 models of the Audi 100 were marketed in North America as the Audi 5000 from 1978 to 1988, and in South Africa as the Audi 500.

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In September 1973 the Audi 100 received a facelift with a somewhat smaller squared-off grille, correspondingly more angular front fenders, and changed taillight lens patterns.

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In South Africa, where the Audi 100 was assembled, the Audi 100 was available as the L, LS, GL, and S Coupe.

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Restyled C2 Audi 100 was launched in 1976, with an inline five-cylinder engine.

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Coupe was discontinued, but a five-door hatchback model, the Audi 100 Avant, was launched in August 1977 as part of this generation.

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At the top of the line, the Audi 100 200 made its appearance at the 1979 Frankfurt Show, with fuel injected five cylinder engines in either naturally aspirated or turbocharged forms.

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The millionth Audi 100 was a hatchback Audi 100 Avant assembled not at the company's main Ingolstadt plant but to the west, at the Neckarsulm factory which, since the demise of the mainstream volume models from the NSU range, had been concentrating on providing additional production capacity for the fast selling Audi range.

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The 50-state Turbo diesel arrived for the 1983 model year, at about the same time that the Audi 100 C3 was presented in Europe, and was only ever sold in the United States.

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Third generation Audi 100 launched in September 1982 with aerodynamic styling, contrasting the boxy styling of its predecessor, and offering a much improved drag coefficient, 0.

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Two-door models were no longer offered, and the Audi 100 Avant was now positioned as a station wagon rather than a hatchback - the Avant designation would be used for all Audi station wagons from that point forward.

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In January 1988 the Audi 100 received a minor facelift, including flush fitting door handles.

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Audi 100 initially responded by suggesting that the drivers of the cars involved in the incidents were at fault, because they had depressed the accelerator pedal rather than the brake.

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Audi 100 only reached the same level of U S sales again by model year 2000.

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In 1988, Audi 100 entered the Trans-Am Series with the 200 turbo quattro by contracting Bob Tullius Group 44 Racing.

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Audi 100 moved to IMSA by the end of the season, the SCCA would change the regulation to a two-wheel drive only and banning cars with non-American engines.

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Audi 100 used the 200 Turbo Quattro 20v as their Group A rally car replacement for the aging Audi 100 Quattro after the FIA elimination of Group B in 1986.

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The Audi 100 200 became the first four-wheel-drive car to win the Safari Rally, with Hannu Mikkola driving.

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Audi 100 released the C4 in late 1990 in Continental Europe and during 1991 in other markets, including the right-hand drive British market.

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The Audi 100 quattro was available with a ZF four-speed automatic and a 5 speed manual gearbox.

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C3-platform Audi 100 was produced in Changchun, China, by FAW starting in August 1988.

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Hongqi production commenced in 1989 with the CA7225LH and ended in 2005 where the Toyota Crown Majesta S180 replaced the Audi 100-based Hongqis as the successor under the name HQ3 and HQ430.

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