Audiis a Germanautomobile manufacturerthat designs, engineers, produces, markets and distributesluxury vehicles. Audi is a member of theVolkswagen Groupand has its roots atIngolstadt,Bavaria, Germany. Audi-branded vehicles are produced in nine production facilities worldwide.
The origins of the company are complex, going back to the early 20th century and the initial enterprises (Horchand theAudiwerke) founded by engineerAugust Horch; and two other manufacturers (DKWandWanderer), leading to the foundation ofAuto Unionin 1932.
The modern era of Audi essentially began in the 1960s when Auto Union was acquired byVolkswagenfromDaimler-Benz.After relaunching the Audi brand with the 1965 introduction of theAudi F103series, Volkswagen merged Auto Union withNSU Motorenwerkein 1969, thus creating the present day form of the company.