What’s Audi, and when did it start making cars?
Audi is one of the foremost makers of quite posh cars for the world’s middle classes, alongside Mercedes-Benz and BMW. It’s German, of course, and nowadays makes up part of the colossal Volkswagen empire together with Skoda, Seat, Bentley, Porsche and so-on. Which is why many Audis share engines, platforms and other parts with cars from those companies.
It’s quite a young company, in the grand scheme of things, having only existed in its current form since the mid-Sixties. But you can trace its history back much further than that, to the beginnings of the four independent companies that eventually merged to become Auto Union AG in 1932. The Audi name – meaning ‘listen’ in Latin – has existed since about 1910.