Audi is a German auto manufacturer that produces many types of luxury and performance vehicles. Audi, which is owned by the Volkswagen Group, is based in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany. However, Audi vehicles, including Audi convertibles, are produced at nine assembly facilities throughout the world. The Audi brand shares many of its design and engineering resources with other Volkswagen Group brands, which is especially apparent in Audi convertible cars. In recent years, Audi convertibles have become some of the most popular in the brand’s lineup, since most of the brand’s coupes and sedans are available as convertibles, and the brand also has convertible versions of its most high performance cars. Since the Volkswagen Group acquired the Audi brand, Audi vehicles have focused on providing a combination of performance and luxury, and Audi’s convertible car lineup strives to achieve the same balance.
Audi’s basic lineup features a variety of compact cars and sedans that are available primarily with Audi’s Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system. Vehicles such as the Audi A4 small sedan, which has been produced since 1994, and the A3 compact hatchback, which has been produced since 1996, serve as Audi’s steady, high volume sellers, although the availability of specific configurations of these vehicles varies throughout their global markets. Both vehicles have been available regularly as Cabriolet convertible variants, although not always. The Cabriolet convertible version of specific models sometimes arrives later than the base model, may skip a generation, or may not be available in specific markets. For example, the Cabriolet version of the Audi A4 was available only in the car’s second and third generations. Audi convertible versions of more expensive and exclusive models, such as the Audi A5 sports coupe, have also been produced. Many examples of the Audi “A” model lineup have been produced at some time or another as an “S” or an “RS” model, which are Audi’s high performance trim line designations. Audi convertible cars have also been built from these high performance models, although the release of such a convertible is somewhat uncommon, especially in certain markets, due to the prices of such convertibles and the exclusivity of Audi’s performance cars.
Other Audi convertible car models include the TT, which was previewed as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005 and introduced in 1998 as both a coupe and a roadster. The TT Roadster seats two occupants, is distinguished by a curvy yet sporty profile, and is still in production. The high performance mid engine Audi R8 coupe, which was introduced for the 2007 model year, was a success despite its six-figure price, and was later joined by an Audi R8 Roadster convertible, which is still in production.