is a German automotive manufacturer founded in 1932 and taken into the Volkswagen Group in 1966. The Audi name comes from its founder, August Horch, whose surname translates to "listen" in German. Audi is Latin for "listen." The four rings of Audi represent the four car companies that banded together to create Auto Union, Audi's predecessor. Audi is part of the Big 3 German luxury automakers, alongside BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Although Audi has been involved in some very historic and storied vehicles in its history, as a brand itself, it did not really take hold until the 1980s when some of the company's most popular cars were introduced, especially with the Audi 89 and 90. Those two models sold very well in several markets and created Audi as we recognize it today.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, Audi moved more heavily into the luxury market, with sales from 2010 onward being the company's best in the U.S.
Currently, many Audi vehicles can be found on the used car market, though they are not as common as are some other makes due to their relatively low import numbers until only recently. The small family car, or A3, A4 and A5 are commonly seen as well as the large A8 sedan. These vehicles usually sell for a premium, even used, but are considered well worth it to most buyers.
Other popular models include the R8 sports car, especially in its Spyder (convertible) option, and the Q5 crossover SUV.
Although the used car market for Audis is not thick with availability, it is fast-paced with enthusiasts and those with an eye for luxurious value being quick to snap up whatever becomes available.