Published on August 25th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Audi will have new names for its car starting immediately
Audi has revealed a new naming structure that will come into effect on new cars launching in the coming months, with the whole of the Audi range to be turned over to the fresh nomenclature by this time in 2018.
The reference value for the new model designations is the power output of the individual model in kilowatts (kW). Audi is thus sub-classifying its model range into different performance levels each identified by a two-numeral combination. For example, the numeral combination “30” will appear on the rear of all models with power output between 81 and 96 kW. And “45” stands for power output between 169 and 185 kW. The top of the Audi model range is the performance class above 400 kW, which is identifiable by the number combination “70”. In each case the numerals appear along with the engine technology TFSI, TDI, g-tron or e-tron.
The number combinations identifying the performance levels in the Audi product range increase in increments of five, and they represent the hierarchy within both the respective model series and the brand’s overall model range. According to the new nomenclature, in the future the spectrum will range from the Audi Q2 30 TFSI with 85 kW to the Audi Q7 50 TDI with 200 kW.
So why would Audi further complicate its naming nomenclature? For “clarity,” says Dietmar Voggenreiter, the board of management member for sales and marketing for Audi.
“As alternative drive technologies become increasingly relevant, engine displacement as a performance attribute is becoming less important to our customers. The clarity and logic of structuring the designations according to power output makes it possible to distinguish between the various performance levels,” Voggenreiter said in the statement.
The first model to use the new naming system will be the all-new A8 when it arrives later this year. The 3.0-litre TDI model will be known as the A8 50 TDI, with the more powerful petrol car distinguished by receiving a 55 designation.