04/07/2014

2015 Audi A3 (With Audi Connect)

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BY DOUG NEWCOMB

 

One of the A3's major tech advances is almost hidden and could help Audi get even further ahead of the competition down the road. An Nvidia Tegra 2 processor that provides faster speeds and sharper graphics is mounted on a modular board. So when subsequent A3 models are introduced, an updated chip can be easily added, as opposed to having to wait three to four years for the next production cycle.

Also available for the A3—and not usually found in vehicles in this segment—is a Bang & Olufsen audio system with 705 watts of amplification that powers 14 speakers crammed into the car. The A3 can also be optioned with an advanced technology package that includes driver assist systems such as active lane assist and adaptive cruise control with stop and go.

Read the entire review here: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2455743,00.asp

03/26/2014

Inside the Rings | Audi A3 proves success is best earned, not inherited.

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Earned, not inherited - the all-new Audi A3 Sedan

 From the hard court to the highway and every place in between, true success is earned—never given. As your favorite college basketball teams battle it out this tournament season, the game-changing all-new Audi A3 Sedan is championing the achievements of uncompromised engineering. Meet a group of remarkable figures that paid their dues and earned their success by refusing to compromise.

For More: Meet the all-new Audi A3

 

03/17/2014

First Impression: The 2014 Audi SQ5 Quattro is Fast-ish

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The 2014 Audi SQ5 Quattro is a supercharged family hauling mid-sized crossover that will put a big smile on your face when you tap into the car’s 354 horsepower.

But it’s not a true classic sleeper car, and it certainly won’t dust a new or even old Corvette at the traffic light. Sure, most buyers of this car won’t go Chevy Corvette  hunting on the weekends but they are buying it over the diesel and non S versions of the Audi Q5 for the extra power and torque.

If you are a fan of Audi, the silver outside rear view mirrors and four exhaust pipes certainly let Audi drivers know that you’ve got the big boy 3.0L under the hood.  So beware of this family hauler as it can bite.

Read More: http://www.tflcar.com/2014/03/first-impression-the-2014-audi-sq5-quattro-is-fast-ish/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=first-impression-the-2014-audi-sq5-quattro-is-fast-ish

03/10/2014

Inside the Rings

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For over 40 years, the International CES® in Las Vegas has been the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies. As an automaker driven by innovation, we’ve showcased many of our emerging technologies here over the last four years. Click below to watch the video of this year’s keynote address from Audi, highlighting the newest piece of scientific theory that we’ve turned into scientific fact—piloted driving.

Click Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL_8M8ZLd7w&feature=youtu.be?csref=crm-email-p-02_14-enews_keynote 

 

02/18/2014

Audi readies sales of new fuel-efficient A4, A5 and A6 models

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As diesels continue to account for a minority of cars sold by Audi in the US, the German automaker andVolkswagen unit continues to expand its diesel models in Europe for the sake of fuel efficiency. Early this year, Audi will debut its new A4A5 and A6 variants in Europe as part of what it calls its "ultra" strategy of pairing performance with fuel economy. Audi will have 11 new models for 2014, and the updated A4, A5 and A6 will use Audi's 2.0-liter turbodiesel powertrain. Versions of that engine will range from 136 to 190 horsepower, while torque will range from 236 to 295 pound-feet.

More importantly, the models will get anywhere from 51 to 60 miles per gallon, when tested on the more lenient European driving cycle. And while manual transmission will be standard (this is Europe, after all), the A6 will have a seven-speed automatic transmission option. Pricing will start at 32,600 euros ($44,000 US) for the base A4 and work its way up to 45,000 euros (about $61,000) for the top of the line A6.

Last year, Audi boosted its diesel sales in the US by 40 percent to just over 10,000 units, though that accounted for just a fraction of the approximately 158,000 cars the company sold domestically in 2013. Audi has a press release on the new models below.

If you want more on this article click here: http://green.autoblog.com/2014/02/14/audi-readies-sales-of-new-fuel-efficient-a4-a5-and-a6-models/

02/10/2014

All New 2015 Audi A3

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Introducing the all-new Audi A3 Sedan.

Interior design. The expanse of ingenuity.

The elegant and distinctive dash design provides a sense of space rivaling much larger vehicles. From every supple leather stitch to the finely crafted decorative inlay, a new standard of refinement is achieved.

Audi LED light technology. Shining distinction.

Vivid LED lighting accentuates multiple facets on the Audi A3. Unmistakable LED daytime running lights say hello, night or day. The only car in its class with available full LED headlights help defy night at 5,500 Kelvin-roughly the same as daylight. And darkness-penetrating LED taillights round out this brilliant system.

 

Audi MMI® navigation plus. Omniscience comes standard.

Audi MMI navigation plus features an advanced touch-sensitive scroll wheel with handwriting recognition. Drivers can quickly and easily access traffic news, weather updates, nearby fuel prices and more. And it's beautifully displayed on the ultrathin, seven-inch, retractable MMI screen.

 

Bang & Olufsen® Sound System. A resounding triumph.

The A3-exclusive Bang & Olufsen® Sound System is a 705-watt, 14-speaker symphony. Strategically placed around the cabin, precisely tuned speakers unleash music like never before-precisely the way artists intend. Sound engineers have pioneered this audio system to overflow the cabin with acoustic brilliance.

 

Get more of a look here: http://www.beechmontaudi.com/all-new-2015-audi-a3.htm

 

01/28/2014

2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Competes with: Volkswagen Eos, Mini Convertible 
Looks like: Audi kept the A3's bold shape even after chopping off its roof 
Drivetrain: Turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder with front-wheel drive and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with all-wheel drive; six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission 
Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

Variants of Audi's upcoming A3 are running rampant — three body styles by our current count — well before the sedan's launch in early 2014. That number includes the all-new droptop A3 Cabriolet debuting at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show; the e-tron plug-in hybrid will be a hatchback, which is scheduled for 2015.

Read more about this article here: http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2013/11/2015-audi-a3-cabriolet-at-the-2013-la-auto-show.html

01/23/2014

Audi R8 V10 announced as Official Safety Car for 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona

For the second year in a row, the Audi R8 V10 will lead the field of cars at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. 

“We are excited to be the Official Safety Car of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona,” said Scott Keogh, president, Audi of America. “Watching the R8 V10 make its way around the track on the banked turns of Daytona as the safety car will further prove its ability to offer incredible balance as a car for the track and on the road.” 

The Audi R8 V10 and the R8 LMS share more than 50% of their parts and components including the V10 naturally aspirated engine and the fully aluminum ASF that provides a very stiff and lightweight chassis that weighs less than 500 pounds. The 13,000-mile engine service interval under race conditions is a testament to the durability of the R8 LMS. Where other race engines require servicing after a 24-hour race, the 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine in the R8 LMS can race a whole season without a major overhaul. 

The 2014 model year Audi R8 V10 5.2 liter engine generates 525 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds. New for the 2014 model year is the 7-speed S tronic transmission that offers incredibly quick and smooth shifting between the gears including skipping gears automatically when downshifting for exceptional control and performance. The highly praised gated manual transmission is also available standard while the double clutch S tronic is available as an option.

Read the entire article here: http://www.racer.com/audi-r8-v10-announced-as-official-safety-car-for-2014-rolex-24-at-daytona/article/330531/

11/27/2013

2014 Cadillac CTS 3.6 vs. 2014 Audi A6 3.0T, 2014 BMW 535i xDrive, 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350

Behind the rural gas station that serves as Car and Driver’s pork-cracklin’s-and-beer depot during southern Ohio comparison tests squats a small, unadorned cinder-block structure slathered in white paint. Somehow, we’d never noticed this building on previous trips. It has a central glass door flanked by two small windows. All of the glass is blacked out. A handwritten sign taped to the door indicated that the establishment was open and warned that alcoholic beverages and smoking are not allowed.

Because we are pure of heart, we naturally assumed this was some sort of sex shop for locals who hadn’t yet discovered the internet. Or maybe it was the clubhouse of a Satan-worshipping sewing bee. Or could it be an NSA outpost posing as the clubhouse of a Satan-worshipping sewing bee? So, with sunflower seeds and Twizzlers in hand, we pushed open the door. Now, I want you to imagine the scene in Animal House where the guys enter the Dexter Lake Club with their dates and there’s a moment of stunned silence from everyone. It was like that, only there was no Otis Day and the Knights or dancing couples. There were instead about 12 eyes staring at us in a way not unlike those of a raccoon you’ve discovered digging through your trash can behind the garage.  And the only light in this one-room structure, other than the Tuesday-afternoon sun now streaming in through the door, came from video-gaming machines that lined the walls to our left and right. Eventually, the dude standing on a small platform at the back of the room called out, “Well, hey, guys! Come on in.” The gamblers turned back to their machines.

“Oh, well...uh...we’ve got to go do the...thing...with, uh...thanks.”

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2014-cadillac-cts-36-vs-audi-a6-bmw-535i-mercedes-e350-comparison-test-review

08/21/2013

2013 Audi A5 Named #1 Aspirational Luxury Car in AutoPacific’s 2013 Ideal Vehicle Awards

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Aug 19, 2013                                 , HERNDON, Va.                

2013 Audi A5 Named #1 Aspirational Luxury Car in AutoPacific’s 2013 Ideal Vehicle Awards

• Over 52,000 owners were surveyed for the award
• Audi also ranked in the Premium Brands and Luxury Car categories

The 2013 Audi A5 was named the winner in the Aspirational Luxury Car category in AutoPacific’s 2013 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVAs). Based on a survey of over 52,000 new car and light truck owners, the IVAs recognize the cars that meet their owner's expectations and desires about their automotive purchases. Additionally, Audi also ranked highly in the Premium Brands and Luxury Car categories.

Established in 2006, the IVAs are based on a model-year survey of automotive owners and are designed to help consumers make informed vehicle purchase decisions with a true “peer-to-peer” survey. The survey reflects the views of owners who have driven their 2013 vehicles for 90 days or more. The IVAs recognize vehicles where owners want the least amount of change across 15 key vehicle attributes including: exterior styling, exterior size, passenger roominess, cargo space, driver's seat comfort, driver’s seat visibility, info/entertainment technology, interior lighting, power and acceleration, ease of getting in and out, interior storage compartments, ride, handling, safety features and tires and wheels.

“We’re thrilled for Audi to once again have been ranked the number one Aspirational Luxury Vehicle in AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Awards for the second year in a row,” said Mark Del Rosso, Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “The A5 continues to impress consumers by exuding sophistication, engineering, performance and design, the ultimate reward for drivers who enjoy the journey and not just the destination.”

The Audi A5 model line continues in 2014 with A5 and S5 Coupe and Cabriolet models, which continue to set standards for sportiness and efficiency in the mid-size segment of the premium market.  In addition, the newly-introduced RS 5 Cabriolet – which combines track-tested engineering with the freedom of open air driving – joins the successful RS 5 Coupe for the 2014 Model Year.

For more information on the 2013 Audi A5, please visit http://www.audiusa.com/models/audi-a5-coupe.

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