Audi to Change Naming Convention- Even for EVs, Odd for ICE

Audi will change the naming convention of its vehicle models to better reflect the distinction between battery-electric vehicles (EVs) and those powered by internal combustion engines (ICE).

Even-numbered model designations will be used for the brand’s EVs, while odd-numbered model designations will be used for its ICE-powered cars, according to Audi CEO Markus Duesmann who revealed this during the brand’s 2022 financial results presentation.

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For instance, the A3, A5, and A7 nameplates will be used for combustion-powered cars, while the A4, A6, and A8 will be the names for future EV models. Duesmann said, the transition to this naming standard has already begun, with the introduction of the Q8 e-tron name on the facelift of the model formerly known as the Audi e-tron.

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The current B9-generation Audi A4 will be replaced by the B10, which is expected to be named the A5, and is currently a fastback-bodied car similar in size to the A4. At the same time that the model renaming plan was revealed, Duesmann also confirmed plans for a battery-electric vehicle to sit beneath the Q4 e-tron, which debuted in April 2021.

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