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The first generation Audi A4, also known as the B5 A4, started being produced in November 1994. This compact executive model was internally codenamed B5 because of the platform it was built upon.
Audi eventually gave the car a bit of a cosmetic facelift, which would be seen at the 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show, where a slightly updated Audi A4 was presented. Production of the first generation A4 was halted in 2001 in order for this car to be replaced by the second generation model.