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News of  April 18, 2001


Audi Announces Partnership With OnStar To Provide Telematics Services To Audi Customers

NEW YORK - Audi of America will partner with OnStar to bring telematics services to their customers beginning with the redesigned Audi A4 later this year, Audi of America Vice President Len Hunt announced at the New York International Auto Show.

"Audi customers deserve and expect to have the latest safety and convenience features incorporated into the new, technologically advanced A4," Hunt said. "Introducing a state-of-the art telematics program into the A4, shows that Audi will use the best technology and capability available from around the globe to satisfy our customers' needs."

"OnStar is very pleased to have developed a relationship with Audi of America, which further validates the OnStar brand as the industry leader in the area of in-vehicle communications and services," said Chet Huber, president of OnStar.

"Audi Telematics by OnStar" will offer customers a variety of safety, security and convenience features, such as automatic notification of air-bag deployment, remote door lock/unlock, stolen vehicle tracking, route guidance and concierge services. In addition, Audi owners will be able to retrieve personalized Internet-based information like e-mail and news reports through OnStar Virtual Advisor, or make hands-free cellular phone calls via OnStar Personal Calling. Eventually, Audi Telematics by OnStar will be available throughout the product line.

(April 11, 2001)

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