December 17, 2003
Audi A8 wins “EuroCarBody Award”
Neckarsulm, Germany – The Audi A8 has won the “EuroCarBody Award 2003”, an award given for trend-setting series production developments in the field of lightweight body construction.
“The Audi A8 is quite clearly number one in its class, and an exemplary technological model for alternative lightweight construction concepts,” said Fritz Ebert, President of Automotive Circle International, on the occasion of the award ceremony.
The field included 16 new series production bodies in all, from 13 car manufacturers. There were four key categories under which the entrants were assessed: innovative design and construction concepts, innovative further development of materials and semi-finished products, along with innovative production procedures, processes and methods from the press shop through to the painted body, and the presentation of benefit to the customer.
“The EuroCarBody Award 2003 is a clear vote of confidence by international experts in our company’s skills in the field of lightweight construction. This applies equally to the functionality of the body and to the production techniques employed in its manufacture,” explained Koglin.
All-aluminium bodies have now been in series production at Audi for ten years, and for approximately twenty years Audi has been conducting intensive research and development work with aluminium as a construction material.