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In 1932 Audi merged with Horch, DKW and Wanderer to form Auto Union AG. The four rings of the Audi badge symbolize the brands Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer. In 1949 Auto Union GmbH was established in Ingolstadt following a series of changes as World War II. came to an end. Volkswagenwerk AG acquired the majority of shares in Auto Union GmbH in December 1964, with Audi becoming a fully owned VW subsidiary from the end of 1966. In March 1969, NSU Motorenwerke AG, which had just been taken over by VW and the Ingolstadt-based Auto Union GmbH merged to form Audi NSU Auto Union AG. In the 70s The Audi introduced Audi 80, Audi 100 and Audi 100 Coupé. In March 1980, a four-wheel-drive sports coupé was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. The Audi Quattrom a turbocharged coupé which was also the first German large-scale production vehicle to feature permanent all-wheel drive through a centre differential. This drive concept had previously only been used on trucks and off-road vehicles. The permanent four-wheel-drive system in the Audi Quattro enjoyed worldwide success in motor sport and gradually found the way into the entire Audi model range. In January 1985 Audi NSU Auto Union AG was renamed AUDI AG. In 1986, as the Passat-based Audi 80 was beginning to develop a kind of "grandfather's car" image, the type 89 was introduced. In 1987, Audi put forward a new and very elegant Audi 90, which had a much superior set of standard features. In the early 1990s, sales began to slump for the Audi 80 series and some basic construction problems started to surface. In the early part of the 21st century Audi set forth on a German racetrack to claim and maintain several world records, such as top speed endurance. This effort was in-line with the company's heritage from the 1930s racing era Silver Arrows. Through the early 1990s, Audi began to shift the target market upscale to compete against German automakers Mercedes-Benz and BMW. In ’90s Audi introduced the four-cylinder Audi 80, the 5-cylinder Audi 90 and Audi 100, the turbocharged Audi 200 and the Audi V8. With the introduction of an all-new Audi 100 in 1992, Audi introduced a 2.8L V6 engine. This engine was also fitted to a face-lifted Audi 80 (all 80 and 90 models were now badged 80 except for the USA), giving this model a choice of four-, five-, and six-cylinder engines, in Saloon, Coupé and Cabriolet body styles. The turbocharged 230 hp (170 kW) engine, initially fitted to the 200 quattro 20V of 1991, was a derivative of the engine fitted to the Sport Quattro. It was fitted to the Audi Coupé, and named the S2 and also to the Audi 100 body, and named the S4. These two models were the beginning of the mass-produced S series of performance cars. Audi's sales grew strongly in the 2000s, introduced the A2, the A4 and the Audi A4 Cabriolet models. In 2011 saw record sales for Audi of America with the new Audi A7 and Audi A3 TDI Clean Diesel. Audi is the winner of the Sport Auto Award, the Golden Steering Wheel Award, the Car Connectivity Award 2016, took first place in the “Best Design” and “Best Brand” categories and got a top grades inthe Euro NCAP test, confirming their place among the safest vehicles in the competition. Among the technological innovations exceed the alternative propulsions, multi-plate clutch, the all-wheel drive and the piloted driving.