Like most German manufacturing, at the onset of World War II the Auto Union plants were retooled for military production, and were a target for allied bombing during the war which left them damaged.Overrun by the Soviet Army in 1945, on the orders of the Soviet Union military administration the factories were dismantled as part of war reparations.At the same time, six-cylinder and four-cylinder (the "four" with a Peugeot engine) models were manufactured.Audi cars of that era were luxurious cars equipped with special bodywork.These cars were successful even in sporting events.The first six-cylinder model Type M, 4,655 cc appeared in 1924.Several times he looked like he was on the verge of saying something but would just swallow his words and continue working, until he finally blurted out, "Father – audiatur et altera pars... " or "hear", which is "Audi" in the singular imperative form of "audire" – "to listen" – in Latin.wouldn't it be a good idea to call it audi instead of horch? The idea was enthusiastically accepted by everyone attending the meeting.
The first Audi automobile, the Audi Type A 10/22 hp (16 k W) Sport-Phaeton, was produced in the same year, Audi started with a 2,612 cc inline-four engine model Type A, followed by a 3,564 cc model, as well as 4,680 cc and 5,720 cc models.Reflecting the economic pressures of the time, Auto Union concentrated increasingly on smaller cars through the 1930s, so that by 1938 the company's DKW brand accounted for 17.9% of the German car market, while Audi held only 0.1%.After the final few Audis were delivered in 1939 the "Audi" name disappeared completely from the new car market for more than two decades.The company name is based on the Latin translation of the surname of the founder, August Horch."Horch", meaning "listen" in German, becomes "audi" in Latin.
) is a German automobile manufacturer that designs, engineers, produces, markets and distributes luxury vehicles.