This Audi is something Special

This Audi is something Special from lock to lock. This, on what is decidedly heavy steering in the first place, can be an unnerving experience if On tes t one is not fully prepared for it. In the event of this situation occurring, however, the excellence of the Audi's braking system will also become apparent. It really is excellent and gives full control over the car while stopping, from almost any speed, how­ ever hard. The outward appearance of the 100 GL is one of neatness. Measuring 15 feet by 6 feet, the Special is not a small car by any means, but Audi have succeeded in compressing a lot into a comparatively small space, thereby making the Special prestigious, without being over pretentious. The interior is spacious, being very much in the family saloon class. Up to five adults can be accommodated com­ fortably, with no shortage of leg room in the rear, and no noticeable ill-effects became apparent after fairly lengthy journeys. The boot is correspondingly This Audi is spacious, but is obstructed by the petrol filler pipe which presents problems when getting the spare wheel out from its recess at the front end of the boot. something It is in the driving seat that the greatest advantage of the Special becomes apparent. The driving position Specia l is somewhat higher than usual, giving one a commanding view, with the halogen head lamps, head restraints additional advantages of being within ONLY 500 of these 100 GL 'Specials' both front and rear, intermittent wipers, easy reach of all the controls and visual were originally imported into Britain rev-counter, centre console, vinyl roof, range of instruments. in April of this year. But demand tinted windows laminated windscreen To facilitate viewing the instrument proved so great that it has now become and, of course, automatic transmission. a standard model in the Audi range. panel, the steering wheel is fairly large All in all, a fairly good package bear­ and is placed at a comfortable angle to It is an impressive piece of machinery, the seat. utilising a 1,871 cc Mercedes-designed ing in mind the cost of these accessories engine, with the Volkswagen three-speed as 'extras'. The fabric upholstered seats are automatic gearbox and torque converter. Driving the car was, in the main, a comfortable and have effective recline adjustment. Both heating and ventilation In common with many of the European pleasurable and comfortable experience requiring little effort. The 1.9 litres are efficient but only after the car has car manufacturers, Audi have increased their emphasis on safety, incorporating supplied plenty of power for accelera­ been in use for a few minutes. several improvements in the 100 range tion, which with this particular model Maintenance of the Special requires this year. Standard fittings include anti­ was 0-60 mph in about nine seconds. only a full service every 10,000 miles skid steering, improved brakes and and a partial service every 5,000. For Automatic transmission provided for re-styled bumpers. those who do their own maintenance, a smooth, even ride, but at maximum the engine and ancillaries are easily Although not inexpensive at £3,690, acceleration the engine was a little noisy under the bonnet, and this tendency accessible, being located at a 40 degree this car represents good value for money continued at speeds over 60 mph. Hand­ angle. and should appeal to those who are ling and road-holding at speeds over 60 eligible for the middle bracket of the A word of caution, though: some of were excellent, however, and compen­ executive and prestige car market. The the mechanics are complex and should nearest British comparison would sated fully for the noise. not be undertaken without extreme care probably be the Ford Ghia saloon, In heavy traffic, the Audi was and frequent reference to the instruction although the Audi proved to be far difficult in so far as it had a remarkable book. more economical on petrol, at approxi­ propensity to stall at speeds of less than Overall, the Audi 100 GL Special is a mately 25 mpg. 5 mph. This may have been peculiar to stylish, practical car, suitable for both the test car, but I have heard similar business and pleasure. The 'extras' come Standard fittings — in common with reports elsewhere and, as far as I can as a pleasing bonus in a car in this price nearly all foreign car manufacturers — gather, it is due to a slow tick-over. bracket, and judging from the reception include a variety of equipment that Another problem, at both slow and that the model has already received in would be classed as optionally 'extra' by fast speeds, was that the car would this country, there is a ready market for British car makers: reversing lights, understeer and reveal the slow locking a car with the Audi's attractions in the heated rear windows and radial tyres. which requires four complete turns £3,500 price range. CT■ The 100 GL Special also has twin 36 INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Management Emerald Publishing

This Audi is something Special

Industrial Management, Volume 76 (1): 1 – Jan 1, 1976

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from lock to lock. This, on what is decidedly heavy steering in the first place, can be an unnerving experience if On tes t one is not fully prepared for it. In the event of this situation occurring, however, the excellence of the Audi's braking system will also become apparent. It really is excellent and gives full control over the car while stopping, from almost any speed, how­ ever hard. The outward appearance of the 100 GL is one of neatness. Measuring 15 feet by 6 feet, the Special is not a small car by any means, but Audi have succeeded in compressing a lot into a comparatively small space, thereby making the Special prestigious, without being over pretentious. The interior is spacious, being very much in the family saloon class. Up to five adults can be accommodated com­ fortably, with no shortage of leg room in the rear, and no noticeable ill-effects became apparent after fairly lengthy journeys. The boot is correspondingly This Audi is spacious, but is obstructed by the petrol filler pipe which presents problems when getting the spare wheel out from its recess at the front end of the boot. something It is in the driving seat that the greatest advantage of the Special becomes apparent. The driving position Specia l is somewhat higher than usual, giving one a commanding view, with the halogen head lamps, head restraints additional advantages of being within ONLY 500 of these 100 GL 'Specials' both front and rear, intermittent wipers, easy reach of all the controls and visual were originally imported into Britain rev-counter, centre console, vinyl roof, range of instruments. in April of this year. But demand tinted windows laminated windscreen To facilitate viewing the instrument proved so great that it has now become and, of course, automatic transmission. a standard model in the Audi range. panel, the steering wheel is fairly large All in all, a fairly good package bear­ and is placed at a comfortable angle to It is an impressive piece of machinery, the seat. utilising a 1,871 cc Mercedes-designed ing in mind the cost of these accessories engine, with the Volkswagen three-speed as 'extras'. The fabric upholstered seats are automatic gearbox and torque converter. Driving the car was, in the main, a comfortable and have effective recline adjustment. Both heating and ventilation In common with many of the European pleasurable and comfortable experience requiring little effort. The 1.9 litres are efficient but only after the car has car manufacturers, Audi have increased their emphasis on safety, incorporating supplied plenty of power for accelera­ been in use for a few minutes. several improvements in the 100 range tion, which with this particular model Maintenance of the Special requires this year. Standard fittings include anti­ was 0-60 mph in about nine seconds. only a full service every 10,000 miles skid steering, improved brakes and and a partial service every 5,000. For Automatic transmission provided for re-styled bumpers. those who do their own maintenance, a smooth, even ride, but at maximum the engine and ancillaries are easily Although not inexpensive at £3,690, acceleration the engine was a little noisy under the bonnet, and this tendency accessible, being located at a 40 degree this car represents good value for money continued at speeds over 60 mph. Hand­ angle. and should appeal to those who are ling and road-holding at speeds over 60 eligible for the middle bracket of the A word of caution, though: some of were excellent, however, and compen­ executive and prestige car market. The the mechanics are complex and should nearest British comparison would sated fully for the noise. not be undertaken without extreme care probably be the Ford Ghia saloon, In heavy traffic, the Audi was and frequent reference to the instruction although the Audi proved to be far difficult in so far as it had a remarkable book. more economical on petrol, at approxi­ propensity to stall at speeds of less than Overall, the Audi 100 GL Special is a mately 25 mpg. 5 mph. This may have been peculiar to stylish, practical car, suitable for both the test car, but I have heard similar business and pleasure. The 'extras' come Standard fittings — in common with reports elsewhere and, as far as I can as a pleasing bonus in a car in this price nearly all foreign car manufacturers — gather, it is due to a slow tick-over. bracket, and judging from the reception include a variety of equipment that Another problem, at both slow and that the model has already received in would be classed as optionally 'extra' by fast speeds, was that the car would this country, there is a ready market for British car makers: reversing lights, understeer and reveal the slow locking a car with the Audi's attractions in the heated rear windows and radial tyres. which requires four complete turns £3,500 price range. CT■ The 100 GL Special also has twin 36 INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT

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