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Christopher Bruce2013-07-22 15:32:18

Audi Builds Its 3 Millionth A3

It has been in production for three generations

 
 
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Audi has expanded the A3 range with three-door and five-door variants and soon a sedan

AudiAudiAudiGermany, 1909 > present83 models
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has completed its three millionth A3A3 Gen.3 [Typ 8V]Audi A3 Gen.3 [Typ 8V]Germany, 2012 > present329 versions
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over the car’s three generations in the last 17 years.

When it was introduced, the A3 was Audi’s first foray into the entry-level, luxury segment. It is now on sale in 117 countries. Last year, Audi made 152,993 of them.

“This success is backed by a strong team and an efficient production system. With the Audi A3, we have created a new brand segment – we have been setting standards in the compact class with innovative technology and first-class quality for 17 years now,” said Dr. Frank Dreves, Audi head of production.

The 3 millionth car was a white A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI QuattroA3 Sportback 2.0 TDIAudi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDIGermany, 2012 > present2 photos
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The A3 Sportback is the bestselling version of the car. Audi builds 700 of them a day at the Ingolstadt factory. The next addition to the model family will be the A3 SedanA3 Sedan 1.8 TFSI S TronicAudi A3 Sedan 1.8 TFSI S ...Germany, 2013 > present3 photos
, and all of them will be built in Hungary. Audi will begin building them for the local market in China in early 2014.

Audi sold 913,000 of the first generation A3A3 Gen.1Audi A3 Gen.1Germany, 1996 > 200313 versions
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, and just less than 2 million of the second generationA3 Gen.2 [Typ 8P]Audi A3 Gen.2 [Typ 8P]Germany, 2003 > 2012367 versions
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. The third generation went on sale in September 2012. In addition to the sedan, Audi will add the natural gas-fueled g-tronA3 Sportback TCNGAudi A3 Sportback TCNGGermany, 2013 > present13 photos
later this year, and it will add the hybrid A3 e-tronA3 e-tronAudi A3 e-tronGermany, 2013 > present7 photos
in 2014.

 

Encyclopedia
AudiAudi
A3A3
A3 Gen.3 [Typ 8V]A3 Gen.3 [Typ 8V]
A3 Sportback 2.0 TDIA3 Sportback 2.0 TDI
Engine
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Displacement
122 cu in
Top Speed
144 mph
Transmission
6, Manual
Maximum power
184 hp
Type
Estate (station wagon)
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel consumption (combined)
54.7 US MPG
price
--
annual ownership cost
$ 660

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