06/30/2014

Audi supports our veterans

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At Audi, we hold ourselves to a higher standard. It’s a principle we have in common with the men and women of the U.S. armed services, and the reason why Audi and its dealers are leading the automotive industry in recruiting military veterans as service technicians and advisors. Launched on Memorial Day last year, the Veterans to Technicians program has hired over 100 veterans. Dealers are thrilled with their highly skilled new employees, who display technical mastery and an incredible work ethic.

> Learn more about the program

06/26/2014

Stay uncompromised, the world takes notice

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From a list of 24 nominated vehicles from all over the world, the Audi A3 was awarded the title of 2014 World Car of the Year. Announced at the New York International Auto Show, the A3 was praised by judges from over 20 countries for its elegant design, meticulously appointed interior, available engine choices and host of innovative technologies. This win marks the seventh for Audi in the World Car Awards program, which includes World Performance Car and World Car Design titles, too. The A3 continues the legacy of engineering excellence and uncompromised design that defines Audi.

> Read About the Award

> Learn More about the A3

06/24/2014

Audi deploys innovative communications robots to streamline vehicle service visits

·         Audi Robotic Telepresence (ART) is the first technology of its kind among automakers

·         Communication device allows Audi Technical Assistance consultants to remotely diagnose vehicle problems

·         ART will improve service speed and accuracy for customers as well as reporting of technical topics to Audi factories

 

HERNDON, Va., June 17, 2014 – Maintenance is part of any vehicle ownership experience, and streamlined service visits are crucial predictors of improved customer satisfaction. That is why Audi is launching a first-of-its-kind communications robot to help Audi dealership technicians quickly diagnose and troubleshoot repair issues that they may encounter.

 

The innovative Audi Robotic Telepresence (ART) provides a one-on-one virtual link that connects dealers across the country with expert technicians at Audi of America. This telepresence allows those technicians to inspect and help service vehicles as if they were standing alongside the local dealer technicians. 

 

This level of service precision is accomplished through ART’s physical design: the system is an advanced, remotely controlled robot that displays the operator’s face on a screen while permitting the ability to move around the vehicle. ART enables Audi Technical Service teams to interact and converse with service technicians at local dealerships, even while physically in a different location. An attached borescope and handheld camera allow the operator to further inspect engine components and other difficult-to-reach parts of the vehicle. 

 

[To view running video footage of ART please visit: http://audiusanews.com/videogallery/view/1211502d83020/0/audi-robotics-telepresence-art]

 

Audi Technical Assistance consultants will be the primary operators of ART, as well as more regionally based Technical Field Managers. Dealerships with an ART robot simply need a Wi-Fi® connection for a remote Technical Service consultant to access the device using a computer or tablet.

 

“ART was designed with both Audi technicians and consumers in mind,” said Brian Stockton, General Manager, Technical Support, Audi of America. “The device will give local service technicians valuable one-on-one interaction with their counterparts at Audi of America, which will not only benefit the speed and depth of service at the dealer level, but create an improved ownership experience for the customer in general.”

 

Audi of America expects to have ART units in 100 dealers across the U.S. ART is being tested via a pilot program at the following Audi dealers:

 

·         Audi Minneapolis – MN

·         Audi Nashua – NH

·         Audi North Houston – TX

·         Audi North Scottsdale – AZ

·         Audi Pembroke Pines – FL

·         Audi Rochester Hills – MI

·         Audi Tysons Corner – VA

·         Barrier Audi – WA

·         Beechmont Audi – OH

·         Danbury Audi – CT

·         New Country Audi – CT

·         Paul Miller Audi – NJ

·         Prestige Audi – CO

·         Rusnak Audi – CA

·         Santa Monica Audi – CA

·         Stevens Creek Audi – CA

·         The Audi Exchange – IL

·         The Collection Audi - FL

 

The ART system concept was developed by the Audi Technical Support team in conjunction with VGo Communications, Inc., a provider of robotic telepresence solutions for healthcare, education, and the workplace. The ART user interface system, including the screen, handheld camera, and borescope, is unique to Audi specifications for optimal dealership technical use. ART represents the first step in Audi dealership telepresence. The Audi Technical Support team and VGo Communications are researching new tools and accessories to further improve ART’s capabilities.

 

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ABOUT AUDI

Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. The Audi Group delivered 1,575,500 vehicles to customers globally in 2013, and broke all-time company sales records for the 4th straight year in the U.S. Through 2018, AUDI AG will invest about $30 billion on new products, facilities, and technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

06/10/2014

The Audi A7—a standout by design

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The Audi A7 commands attention wherever it goes. First, there’s the unmistakable design. A sleek silhouette of captivating lines and a bold signature Singleframe grille distinguish the A7 from everything else on the road. Then there’s the interior elegance highlighted with finely crafted wood inlays and aluminum trim, and the intuitively designed console loaded with technologies like MMI® touch with handwriting recognition. Whether driving down the freeway or parked in the driveway, the A7 gets noticed. 

 

> Learn more about Audi A7 

06/05/2014

Audi and MIT track the future of mobility

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Commuter congestion, vehicle emissions, and the cost of mobility infrastructure are just some of the concerns facing major cities. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Audi have teamed up to help create smart solutions for these issues with their innovative HubCab project, which tracks a year’s worth of taxi rides in New York City. The information collected from this program will help researchers develop more efficient car-share systems that will help improve transportation efficiency and overall urban mobility.

Learn more about the HubCab project 

06/04/2014

Shining a laser light on the all-new Audi R18

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Audi has built a reputation on the racetrack, and the all-new Audi R18 e-tron® quattro® is poised to continue this legacy. Touted as the most complex racecar ever built by Audi, the R18 employs completely new technology, including not one, but two hybrid systems. The result is less energy consumption without sacrificing any of the legendary R18 power. Innovative thinking can also be found in the use of laser light technology—a brilliant addition that will be particularly useful in the endurance racing circuit. Manning this impressive feat of engineering is a team of drivers, including Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen—title defenders in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

 

Meet the Audi R18

Meet the Audi R18 drivers 

06/03/2014

Go inside the Audi secret storage facility

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Over the years, we’ve taken our share of checkered flags. From racetracks to rally courses, we’ve engineered and raced some of the finest vehicles in the history of the sport. At the end of their careers, only a fraction of these legendary vehicles are put on display in the Audi Museum in Ingolstadt, while the rest are retired to a storage facility in southeastern Germany. Join Audi historian Thomas Erdmann for a rare look inside this facility where Audi houses touring car champions, Le Mans winners and the legendary Silver Arrows.

> Tour the secret storage facility 

06/02/2014

Unforgettable night for the uncompromised A3

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The launch of the all-new Audi A3 had it all—performances by avant-garde musicians, holograms and not one, but two host cities. The result was a bicoastal experience unlike any other. The highlight of the night was a one-of-a-kind musical event featuring Janelle Monáe in L.A. and M.I.A. in NYC. The separate performances culminated in a special duet between the musicians through advanced hologram technology. The innovative nature of the event perfectly mirrors the all-new Audi A3, which features uncompromised craftsmanship and leading-edge technology. In the buildup to the launch, the 2015 A3, when equipped with the optional Advanced Technology package, was named an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ and received an “Advanced” rating for front crash prevention.

 

> Go inside the launch

> Get to know the A3

05/29/2014

Audi named Best Value Luxury Brand in America

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Vincentric, a privately held automotive data compilation and analysis firm, has named Audi the 2014 Best Value Luxury Brand in America. After independently evaluating nearly 3,000 vehicle configurations to determine which vehicles provide the greatest consumer value, Vincentric honored the Audi Brand in general and four of its vehicles specifically—the A7 TDI,® Q5 TDI,® TT and R8—with their Best Value in America award. 

 

> Read about the honor

05/28/2014

Meet the new pinnacle of prestige

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How do you improve upon perfection? One look at the 2015 Audi A8 provides the answer. The latest iteration of our iconic flagship received significant enhancements for the upcoming model year. You’ll discover a new, sportier Singleframe® grille with three-dimensional horizontal lines; sharper outlined full LED headlights; a more sculpted hood design; and an improved trunk shape that allows for increased usability. Inside, the 2015 A8 is a quiet haven thanks to new acoustic dampening features that can reduce vibrations and help mitigate road noise, while available night vision assistant with pedestrian and large animal detection helps alert you to unseen hazards using infrared technology.

> Learn More about the 2015 A8


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