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Audi and Prada Join Forces

February 3rd, 2009
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Audi and Prada, two of the best-known brands in their respective fields, have joined forces in a partnership based on design, innovation and tradition.

Combining their strengths as industry pioneers, Audi and Prada will undertake joint projects in the areas of sport and culture – the first event being the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in February 2009 in New Zealand.

The jointly sponsored yacht “Luna Rossa” will compete in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series LVPS, with the mainsail and team uniform displaying the Audi and Prada brand logos.

The common message is that beneath the aesthetically attractive, dynamic exterior of a yacht, there lies state-of-the-art technology, and only choice materials are used. The products of Prada and Audi reflect such standards in equal measure – both brands are the embodiment of exclusive materials and craftsmanship. This is the start of a series of projects in the field of sport and cultural sponsorship.

Audi and Prada concur that whether in the world of fashion or cars, luxury stems from good design and superlative standards of quality. Both companies use only materials of the highest calibre in their products, often tailored to the individual requirements of the customer. Both brands are able to look back on a lengthy tradition, while repeatedly demonstrating their prowess as progressive trendsetters.

“Audi and Prada are strong brands. We aim to pool these strengths and build up a long-term partnership,” explained Peter Schwarzenbauer, AUDI AG Board of Management Member for Marketing and Sales. “We hope that this partnership will result in top-class projects.
The Audi/Prada relationship at the LVPS strengthens the brand’s involvement in sailing in the Antipodes, with Audi Australia the largest sponsor of competitive keelboat racing Down Under.

In Australia, Audi sponsors the Audi King of the Docklands event in late January, the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta each March, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week falling in August, along with the annual Audi IRC Australian Championship Series. Several additional club and offshore regattas also form part of the brand’s Australian sailing events.

In addition to sailing, there is also a long tradition of cultural involvement at Audi, and it occupies a central role in the corporate philosophy. Prada’s position is similar: in 1995 the Italian company set up the Fondazione Prada, a foundation to promote contemporary artists, architects, filmmakers and philosophers. 1995 was also the year in which Audi stepped up its cultural involvement and became principal sponsor of the Salzburg Festival. Audi supports and initiates an array of regional activities involving sponsorship of art and culture, but also takes on major projects such as productions by the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Hand in hand with Prada, Audi aims to step up these activities in a wide range of ways.

Sailing is the latest addition to AUDI AG’s extensive portfolio of sporting activities. Audi has been premium sponsor of the TP 52 Breitling MedCup since 2007, and it was renamed the Audi MedCup in 2008. Now it’s time for the German-Italian partnership to cast off in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.

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