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The Audi 80 was an automobile from Audi produced between 1972 and 1995 and initially shared its platform with the Volkswagen Passat. Please note the "B" designation was not officially used until the B4, earlier series were identified as type 81 for example. See the list at the bottom of the page.
B1 (1972 - 1978)
The first Audi 80 was a two- or four-door sedan, sold in the United States as the Audi Fox. It replaced the former Audi 60 - 90 range and provided Audi with a rival to the Opel Ascona and Ford Taunus. The US models were sold from the 1973 to 1979 model years. There was a station wagon model sold in some countries, virtually identical to the Volkswagen Passat Variant. Unlike later Audi wagons, the Avant name was not used. The 80 was voted European Car of the Year for 1973.
B2 (1978 - 1988)
Audi tidied up the original 80 with a new model on the B2 platform in 1978. This version, sold as the Audi 4000 in North America, saw a six-light bodyshell. The Audi Coupe and the related Audi Quattro and Audi Sport Quattro were spun off the B2 platform.
An upmarket variant, the Audi 90, was introduced, featuring a five-cylinder engine. Four-wheel drive was introduced on the 80 and 90 in 1983. The sedans were made until 1987, but the Coupe lasted one more year. This model had moderate consumption of diesel, in town 7-8 litres/100 km and outside towns 4,5-5,5 litres/100 km.
B3 (1987 - 1992)
Audi introduced its trademark aerodynamic look to the 80 in 1987, featuring a range of petrol and diesel 4 cylinder engines. The 5 cylinder Audi 90 was introduced a little later, distinguished by the indicators in the front bumpers next to the standard fog lights. The rear featured a full width light panel.
The flagship of the small car range was a 20 valve version of the 90 released in 1988 also available with quattro transmission and sport suspension.
Audi made much of the B3's galvanized bodyshell in its advertising, but the cars had one main failing: in order to achieve its aerodynamic styling, the boot was very limited in space, especially the quattro models.
B4 (1992 - 1995)
The inherent problems of the B3 were remedied with a facelift in 1992, becoming the B4 series, whereupon the 90 name was discontinued (all models, regardless of cylinders, were now the 80). The USA went the opposite way and called all models the 90. With the new V6 introduced on the Audi 100 now available, the 80 had the choice of 4, 5 and 6 cylinder powerplants. The facelift also saw the introduction of the V8 style grille to the small car range. The V6 models were distinguished by the indicators in the bumpers, much like the B3 Audi 90.
An Audi 80 Avant was also produced in this series, allowing the choice of sedan, coupe and estate variants of the model.
The sedans and estates were replaced by the Audi A4 in 1995. The Coupe was also deleted in 1996, its niche later filled by the Audi TT.
The Audi Cabriolet was the high-profile model of the B4 series. An example was owned by Diana, Princess of Wales. This model was built from 1991 to 2000. A version based on the B6 platform was released in 2004.
Audi gave its models Type numbers in addition to the B platform codes: