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author photo by Autotrader March 2011

It’s been 17 years since Audi’s first-ever A4 rolled off the assembly line, and on Wednesday the automaker announced a major milestone in the sport sedan’s history: 5,000,000 units built.

The five-millionth A4, a Misano Red Avant wagon with a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine and Quattro all-wheel drive, rolled off the line at Audi’s factory in Ingolstadt, Germany. That factory accounts for the majority of A4 production, manufacturing the sedan, wagon, the performance S4 models, and some European-market only variants. Another factory in Neckarslum, about 100 miles from Ingolstadt, has also produced some A4 sedans since 2007.

“The A4 success story at this production plant is impressive evidence of the performance that the Ingolstadt team is capable of,” said plant manager Peter Kössler. “As the assembly lines become more and more complex, the task can only be handled with lean processes and the motivation of a high-performance team – just like we have at Audi.”

Since its inception, the A4 has proved to be a massive success for the German automaker – particularly in the United States. After nearly leaving the US market in the early 1990s due to plunging market share and reports of unintended acceleration, Audi debuted the A4 here for the 1996 model year. The stylish, sporty sedan became Audi’s most popular car, helping to boost profits for parent Volkswagen. Now in its fourth generation, the A4 still enjoys considerable sales success around the world.

“All versions of the A4 are efficient, elegant, and enjoy outstanding success in their class,” said Frank Dreves, Audi’s board of management member for production. “Our highly motivated team and our effective Audi production system will keep this model on course for continued success in the future.”

Last month, Audi sold 2,770 A4s in the US, slightly above February 2010 totals. But despite its popularity, the A4 still trails in sales figures behind rivals BMW – which sold 4,872 3-series units in February – and Mercedes-Benz, which sold 4,479 C-class models during the same period.

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