AUDI Debuts first Quattro at Geneva Auto Show 35 Years Ago

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Audi’s legendary Quattro model was introduced at the Geneva Auto Show on March 29th 1980. This model was sold in Europe only until the 1983 model year when it was brought to the U.S. The original body introduced in the U.S. was pretty much unchanged from the European version and ran here from 1983 to 1986. Total U.S. vehicle sales for this model was only 664 units, so they’re pretty rare here.

The all wheel drive car market had only one player at that time in the U.S., the AMC Eagle was the first all wheel drive passenger car to reach mass production here. The AMC was never considered to be a great looking car, so I’m a little surprised that the Audi didn’t sell more units.

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