The Audi A4 has reached its 20th anniversary and according to the German marque it has been the “most successful Audi of all time.” In these twenty years that have passed, more than six million units of the model have been sold, with more than two million cars belonging to the current outgoing generation. Audi specifies that the A4 is very popular in China, U.S. and at home in Germany where every fifth car sold by the company is an A4.
Audi’s production board member Dr. Hubert Waltl said that the first generation of the A4 managed to become a best-seller immediately after it replaced the Audi 80 series, resulting what was the company’s quickest increase in production of all time.
Besides celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Audi A4, the Ingolstadt-based automaker has also announced an all-new model will be launched in 2015. Codenamed B9, the forthcoming A4 has required numerous changes at the plant where it will be produced, with Audi saying that at the body shop they are installing no less than 1,300 machines like welding guns and robots to prepare for the new model.
According to the latest reports, the Audi A4 B9 will ride on the MLB Evo platform and should go on a 90 kg diet. The design is set to evolutionary while on the inside it will draw its inspiration from the new TT. The RS4 has already been confirmed to drop the V8 naturally aspirated engine to make room for a twin-turbo V6.