Formula E begins the New Year in Santiago

Like last year, the 2.287-kilometer track at Parque O’Higgins south of the city center will be the venue on Saturday afternoon. The track has been redesigned in some areas, the pit lane relocated and a chicane removed. Last season, the drivers, teams and fans experienced 37 degrees centigrade, which is the highest temperature recorded during any Formula E race held to date. 

“All of us have recharged our batteries over the holidays and are happy that the season now finally continues. Obviously, we want to take the momentum from Riyadh with us into the New Year,” says Team Principal Allan McNish. “Last year, we were strong in Santiago: Lucas drove the fastest lap in Super Pole and Daniel finished on the podium. But now, the requirements are different, because the track layout has changed. Despite all our simulations, we’ll only know exactly what this means after the first free practice.”

For Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, last year’s E-Prix was an event with mixed emotions. In third position, Daniel Abt scored his first podium finish of the 2018/19 season and also set the fastest lap. Lucas di Grassi experienced a frustrating race day: clearly the best time in Super Pole, a grid penalty from pole position to the last spot, a fightback into the points, a collision followed by a time penalty – no points.

Even so, the Brazilian has positive memories of Santiago: “Last season, I was the fastest driver in Super Pole with a half-second advantage. Everyone in our team is highly motivated and absolutely set on beginning the New Year with a good result. Ever since our podium in Riyadh, if not earlier, we’ve known that with our e-tron FE06 we’ve again got a car that puts us in contention for victories this season.” 

His teammate, Daniel Abt, would like to repeat last year’s success – as a minimum. “I’m all fired up for Santiago and happy to finally be sitting in a race car again,” says the 27-year-old German. “Even though the opener in Riyadh wasn’t easy, it whetted my appetite for the new season even more intensely. It’s great that we’ll be racing in close succession in the coming months. Everyone in the team had time to analyze the first two races and to work on all of the details. Now we’d like to reward ourselves for this hard work.” 

The race in Santiago will start on Saturday at 4 PM local time (8 PM CET), marking the 61st E-Prix in Formula E’s still young history. With 41 podiums and 1,127 points, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler sits in the top spot of the all-time leaderboard. As usual, the race will last for 45 minutes, plus one lap. As always, Eurosport will also air live coverage. All international channels, including the broadcast schedule, can be found online at www.fiaformulae.com. Under the name of AudiSport, Audi will provide Formula E reports from Santiago on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

In addition to the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler factory team, the Envision Virgin Racing customer team will go on the hunt for points with the e-tron FE06 that was jointly developed by Audi and technology partner Schaeffler. Sam Bird and Robin Frijns are runners-up in the teams’ classification after the first two races. 

Two podium finishes and class victory for Audi Sport in Dubai

In the overall classification, three different Audi R8 LMS were the front runners once at various points in time. Initially, Swiss privateer Rolf Ineichen led the competition for WRT in car number 31 on the fourth lap and later once more on lap 37. Number 88 from Car Collection Motorsport was leading the field twice with two Audi Sport drivers, respectively – initially, for one lap with Markus Winkelhock, and subsequently for seven laps straight with Christopher Haase. Finally, Team MS7 by WRT with Dutchman Michael Vergers in car number 7 was in the top spot between the 89th and 106th lap.

When the race was red flagged, Car Collection Motorsport with last year’s winners Rik Breukers, Christopher Haase, Dimitri Parhofer and this year’s teammates Mike David Ortmann and Markus Winkelhock were in second position, followed by MS7 by WRT with Rik Breukers/Christopher Mies/Mohammed Saud Fahad Al Saud/Dries Vanthoor/Michael Vergers. Two other Audi R8 LMS cars ultimately claimed a spot in the top ten of the 65 entrants that had started the race: Team WRT with car number 31 and drivers Mirko Bortolotti/Mark Ineichen/Rolf Ineichen/Kelvin van der Linde took fifth place while Attempto Racing with car number 99 and drivers Luc Braams/Max Braams/Mattia Drudi/Duncan Huisman/Nicolas Schöll fought back from the 17th spot on the grid to ninth position. The Gentleman driver team of Gustav Edelhoff/Elmar Grimm/Dr. Johannes Kirchhoff/Ingo Vogler with Car Collection Motorsport in another Audi R8 LMS improved from ninth on the grid in the Am class to third in this class and eleventh overall. 

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Audi closes 2019 with a growth in deliveries of 1.8 percent

“After a mixed first half of the year, we successfully caught up in the second half,” says Hildegard Wortmann, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG. “In 2019, we clearly showed the potential of our brand and our young model portfolio. Although the demands placed upon us will remain high in 2020, we have set the course for further growth.”

In terms of the model range, Audi increased its deliveries in the C-SUV segment in 2019 by 46.2 percent compared with the previous year. This is primarily due to the positive performance of the Audi e-tron and Audi Q8, although the models have only recently become available in all core regions. The first all-electric large-scale production model of the Four Rings was launched in Europe in March, came to North America in early summer, and has been available as an imported model in China since November. In a cross-segment electric-SUV comparison, the Audi e-tron is the market leader in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and Austria. The model is also the first ever electric car to receive the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award in the United States.

In China, Audi delivered more vehicles than ever before last year. 690,083 automobiles represent an increase of 4.1 percent. Audi achieved a new record of 71,487 cars in the month of December (+9.0%). On the one hand, the Four Rings achieved growth in full-year 2019 for the locally produced premium models A4 L (+3.0% to 168,189 units) and Q5 L (+17.0% to 139,297 units). On the other hand, demand for the A8 L flagship in the luxury class had a very positive effect with 12,451 units delivered (+21.6%). The Audi Q2 L e-tron, the first locally produced electric car, also set an important milestone for the electrification of the Chinese model range in the final quarter of 2019. Local production of the Audi e-tron will start by the end of 2020.

In the United States, Audi once again achieved a high volume of deliveries in 2019 and completed the year at the prior-year level with a total of 224,111 automobiles delivered (+0.4%). Throughout the year, the key drivers were once again the new full-size models, with demand rising sharply for each of them (Audi A6 +68.6% to 17,807 cars, Audi A7 +28.6% to 4,955 cars, Audi A8 +85.3% to 2,963 cars). In 2019, one in three Q8 models was delivered to a customer in the USA. Despite strong December sales in the North America region (+12.3% to approximately 29,000 vehicles), deliveries for the full year were slightly down on 2018 (-1.8% to about 270,100 units).

Numerous political and economic uncertainties, model changes and the aftereffects of WLTP conversion were key features of Audi’s business in Europe in 2019. Across all models, deliveries on the home continent rose by 3.5 percent to approximately 769,650 units in the full year. Audi achieved significant growth in the final quarter primarily due to prior-year effects. The new Audi Q3 provided positive impetus, with sales rising by 55.5 percent to 93.900 units. With around 19,550 models delivered, the Audi e-tron was extremely well received by European customers, with more than a quarter of that number delivered in Norway. In Germany, the manufacturer completed the year with a 4.3 percent increase to 271,613 units.

Deliveries AUDI AG

In December

Cumulative

2019

2018

2019 vs. 2018

2019

2018

2019 vs. 2018

World

176,000

154,546

+13.9%

1,845,550

1,812,485

+1.8%

Europe

62,000

51,487

+20.4%

769,650

743,613

+3.5%

– Germany

18,170

16,937

+7.3%

271,613

260,456

+4.3%

– United Kingdom

8,702

6,314

+37.8%

139,026

143,716

-3.3%

– France

7,153

4,186

+70.9%

58,241

51,710

+12.6%

– Italy

4,762

7,554

-37.0%

64,056

62,256

+2.9%

– Spain

4,079

3,555

+14.7%

50,904

53,105

-4.1%

United States

25,850

22,765

+13.6%

224,111

223,323

+0.4%

Mexico

1,456

1,520

-4.2%

12,458

14,781

-15.7%

Brazil

856

848

+0.9%

8,269

8,810

-6.1%

Chinese mainland + Hong Kong

71,487

65,598

+9.0%

690,083

663,049

+4.1%

Note for editors: Figures for the 2019 financial year will be presented at the annual press conference on March 19, 2020 in Ingolstadt. 

Mobility goes smart and individual: Audi at CES 2020

Open the door, take a seat, and get away from the urban stress: The fully automated Audi AI:ME represents a personal “third living space,” alongside our homes and workplaces, that is familiar with the desires and needs of its users. Passengers can use eye tracking to communicate with the show car intuitively and have it order their favorite food, for example. They can also enjoy a wellness experience in the AI:ME: A pair of VR goggles in the car allows the occupants to enjoy a virtual flight across a spectacular mountain landscape. The technology adapts virtual content to the movements of the vehicle in real time. The result: Passengers can fully relax and get away from their hectic day-to-day lives. They return to reality when they have arrived at their destination. The ordered food was delivered on time, coordinated by the AI:ME on the basis of the users’ personal preferences and the car’s navigation data. Journalists can test this concept of an empathetic mobility partner as part of an automated drive at CES 2020.

Audi Intelligence Experience: the empathetic car

A car that thinks for itself and is even empathetic? The “Audi Intelligence Experience” shows how it’s done: The car knows its user and their habits and uses intelligent functions combined with artificial intelligence to increase the passengers’ safety, wellbeing, and comfort. The self-learning navigation system is already integrated in the current generation of the MMI systems. It saves preferred destinations, connects them with the date, time, and current traffic situation, and derives suggested routes from this data. In the future, the car will also conduct a precise analysis as to the functions and settings that its user prefers, ranging from the seat position, media, route guidance, and temperature to the fragrancing of the interior. After a short time, the empathetic Audi is familiar with the user’s preferences and implements them autonomously. If desired, it even bases its settings on the user’s condition by observing their driving style and vital functions. At CES 2020, visitors can experience the basic functions of the Audi Intelligence Experience in a prototype.

Two displays, two innovations: spacial vision and the on-demand offer

A navigation arrow that points exactly into the side road where the destination is located: This will already become reality in an exhibit in 2020 with the 3D mixed reality head-up display. Audi will present the new technology it developed in cooperation with Samsung at CES. Just like with a 3D television, two views are generated of each picture: one pixel for the left eye and the neighboring pixel for the right eye. To the driver, the pictures of the 3D mixed reality head-up display appear to be floating at a distance of 8 to 10 meters; through clever representation, the apparent distance is even increased to over 70 meters. Advantage: The eyes, accustomed to a long-range view, do not have to refocus.

The transparent display on demand is a further highlight: The screen is 15 cm high, 122 cm wide, and partially embedded into the instrument panel. It offers two layers: a transparent OLED display and a black layer for a particularly deep shade of black. The highlight: Sections of the display that are not required for showing information remain transparent. They give the impression of a glass pane and thus offer an unobstructed view of the road.

The future of the automobile is fully electric and intelligently connected

More than just a pie in the sky: The current Audi models offer networking at its finest. The new 3rd generation modular infotainment platform, or MIB 3 for short, is the core. Its main processor operates ten times faster than the MIB 2. This provides significant improvements in terms of route planning and traffic forecasts, for example. Audi will also present the latest innovations in the area of lighting technology at CES 2020. Should the driver get tired, special light can provide a remedy: Blue, cool white light, for example, has a stimulating and invigorating effect. The Audi project “Human-Centric Lighting” illustrates how the way you feel can be influenced by targeted light colors to support the passengers’ concentration and memory, for example.

The portfolio of the exhibits shown at the Audi booth at CES range from the Audi AI:ME vision vehicle and the near-production-level show car Audi Q4 e-tron concept with a 12.3-inch touchscreen all the way to the Audi e-tron Sportback (combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km*: 26.0–21.9 (WLTP); 22.7–20.6 (NEDC); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 0) with digital matrix LED headlights, which will already be available in the spring of 2020.

More information is available from the Audi Media Center at:
https://www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/ces-2020-exclusive-12281

* Information on fuel/electric power consumption and CO2 emission figures given in ranges depend on the equipment selected for the vehicle