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All-New 2019 Audi Q3 Still In Midst Of Undergoing Tests 19
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi Q3, Audi Scoops, Scoops on 01 19th, 2018


Audi's redesigned Q3 crossover is currently being tested in prototype form, with this car making the rounds in Sweden on snow-covered roads.
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All-New 2019 Audi Q3 Still In Midst Of Undergoing Tests 19
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi Q3, Audi Scoops, Scoops on 01 19th, 2018


Audi's redesigned Q3 crossover is currently being tested in prototype form, with this car making the rounds in Sweden on snow-covered roads.
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ABT’s Audi RS3 Sportback Is A 500PS Monster-Hatch 18
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ABT, audi, audi rs3, tuning on 01 18th, 2018


ABT Sportsline believes that the stock Audi RS3 Sportback, with its 400PS (395hp) 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine, needs some improvement.
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Nissan Goes Airborne After Being Hit By An Audi R8 17
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, audi, Audi R8, Film, nissan, Offbeat News, UK, video on 01 17th, 2018


On New Year's Eve, an out-of-control Audi R8 rear-ended a parked Nissan in Bradford, West Yorkshire, launching it off the ground.
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Audi And BMW Workers Strike In Germany 17
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, BMW, Reports on 01 17th, 2018


BMW and Audi workers staged strikes late last week on the back of demands for higher wages and reduced working hours by German labor leaders.
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Audi’s All-Electric E-Tron SUV Will Allegedly Be Unveiled This Fall 14
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, Paris Auto Show, Reports, SUV on 01 14th, 2018


Audi may have started taking reservations for the all-new E-Tron SUV, but, according to reports, it won’t be revealed until this fall, probably at the Paris Auto Show in October.

Ingolstadt’s challenger to the likes of the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace is an important step in the Volkswagen Group’s push for electrification, and it also represents Audi’s answer to falling diesel sales.

Previewed by the concept car shown originally in 2015, the Audi E-Tron SUV is believed to get a more toned down styling for production, similar to that of the upcoming Q6, and to be underpinned by a modified version of the MLB architecture that’s also used by the Q5 and Q7.

No details about its zero-emission powertrain have been released so far, but the show car had three electric motors that worked together to produce 429hp and more than 800Nm (590lb-ft) of torque, which allowed it to sprint from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 4.6sec, and up to a top speed electronically limited at 210km/h (131mph). The electric motors will get their juice from a large capacity battery, which should give it a total range of 500km (311 miles) on a single charge.

Inside, the Audi E-Tron SUV is believed to offer seating for up to 5 and sport an interior design inspired from the latest A8, with the Virtual Cockpit taking center stage at the front. Finally, just like the flagship saloon, the zero-emission SUV is expected to feature Level 3 autonomous driving capability.

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The Audi TT RS Is The Perfect Entry Point To The 400HP Club, If You Can Afford It 14
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi TT-RS, Audi Videos, Film, video on 01 14th, 2018


Harnessing 400hp on the road requires some skill, but the 2018 Audi TT RS makes it seem easier than you might think.

The combination of the Quattro all-wheel drive with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission means that grip is always there and shifting a gear is just a pull of a paddle away.

Add to that the multi-awarded five-cylinder 2.5-liter turbo engine that makes 400hp and 354lb-ft and one of the most characterful soundtracks on the segment, and the TT RS suddenly becomes a more appealing package than what its style-heavy approach might suggest.

Straight-line performance is easily comparable with much more expensive metal, as the German coupe can hit 60mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds and it won’t stop accelerating until it hits 174mph if you tick the optional Dynamic Plus package.

Despite the impressive numbers, the TT RS remains a friendly car to drive fast, presenting easy-to-control understeer close to the limit. It might not be the most fascinating sports car out there, but it makes really fast progress with the least amount of effort from the driver.

As Carlos Lago from Edmunds explains, the TT RS is an impressive car, but at its price range, the competition is really stiff.

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Is The Mercedes-AMG A45 A Match For Audi’s RS3 Sedan? 13
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, audi, audi rs3, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, mercedes, Mercedes A45 AMG, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes Videos, video on 01 13th, 2018


Two of the hottest compact cars on sale today, the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 Sedan, were taken to the track to settle their differences.

The setting is the Rock Raceway circuit in South Africa, with its 300m (984ft) long straight being more than enough to prove which of the two is faster.

Mercedes-AMG’s A45 hot hatch is slightly less powerful than its Audi rival. It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 381PS (376hp) and 475Nm (350lb-ft) of torque, taking 4.2sec to sprint from rest to 100km/h (62mph), and toping out at 250km/h (155mph).

On the other hand, the Audi RS3 Sedan makes use of a 2.5-liter five-cylinder rated at 400PS (394hp) and 480Nm (354lb-ft) of torque. Naught to 100km/h (62mph) takes 4.1sec, and top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h (155mph).

There’s another aspect worth mentioning, and that’s the A45’s weight advantage, but is this enough to make up for the power deficit compared to the RS3? Just click on the video below and find out.

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Stylish 2019 Audi A7 Sportback Heading To Detroit For U.S. Debut 12
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi A7, Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, Reports on 01 12th, 2018


Audi is bringing the all-new 2019 A7 four-door coupe to the Detroit Auto Show to make its public debut on U.S. soil.

The second generation of the Audi A7 is heavily inspired by the design of the Prologue concept, featuring sculpted lines and large uninterrupted surfaces, as well as a sloping roofline.

Despite the latter, Audi claims that the new A7 offers more space and comfort for rear passengers than the outgoing model, with more room for both their heads and legs.

The new design language is also present in the cabin, with the dashboard featuring the latest MMI infotainment system that debuted with the A8, replacing all the traditional buttons and controls with a pair of large, high-definition touchscreen displays. Together with the Audi Virtual Cockpit, the interior of the new A7 wants to be one of the most high-tech cabins currently in the market.

Audi still hasn’t shared anything about the powertrains of the new US-spec A7, but we know that the new four-door coupe will come with the turbocharged 355hp 3.0-liter TFSI V6 paired to a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox and a Quattro all-wheel drive system. More powertrains will be available at the future, including plug-in hybrid versions.

Expect to hear more from the 2019 Audi A7 once the Detroit Auto Show opens its gates in three days.

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2019 Audi A7 Designers Believe Their Brainchild Is The Bomb 12
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi A7, Audi Videos, Film, video on 01 12th, 2018


We guess that all car designers are, understandably, proud of their work, no matter what the public thinks of it. However, the two people responsible for the looks of the all-new A7 Sportback feel they have created something truly special.

According to exterior designers Andreas Koglin and Sebastian Russo, some of the lines on the all-new A7, such as the low shoulder line or how it all comes together over the rear wheel arch, are new for Audi.

Moreover, they are especially happy with the horizontal light strip at the rear, which, Russo thinks, makes the A7 look like a UFO when viewed from behind, at a certain distance.

Another interesting design trait of the A7 is its fuel cap, which is actually cutting through one of the main design lines of the car, thus requiring some extra work from the engineering department due to its positioning.

From the get-go, Audi wanted to make sure that the new A7 Sportback would be more beautiful than its predecessor, as well as considerably sportier than the A8. Now, thanks to the sleek styling, not to mention the wide grille that’s also positioned lower than on the A8 for a more aggressive look, both goals appear to have been achieved.

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Porsche Working On An EV Supercar Platform Called SPE 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Electric Vehicles, Lamborghini, porsche, Reports, VW on 01 11th, 2018


Porsche is reportedly developing a platform dedicated to electric sports cars and supercars that will be shared with Lamborghini and Audi.

The new EV-specific architecture will be the third one VW Group creates and will go by the name SPE, Automotive News reports.

The first indication of the new EV supercar platform came as a footnote in a capital markets presentation by VW Group last November.

Aside from Porsche’s high-performance EVs, the new SPE platform could be used in future models like the replacement of the electric Audi R8 e-tron as well as in a possible new Lamborghini. After all, the Italian supercar maker did unveil the Terzo Millennio concept recently, as an electric supercar from the future.

A senior VW executive confirmed to AutoNews that Porsche is indeed developing an EV platform for two-door sports cars and supercars, with a spokesman saying that it’s too early to provide further details. “We do not want to comment on future projects in detail at the moment,” he said.

Information on the planned electric sports cars and supercars is really limited at the moment, with the first SPE-based models expected to hit the roads after 2025.

Note: Lamborghini Terzo Millenio concept pictured

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David Vs. Goliath: Audi RS3 Sedan Dares To Take On The R8 V10 Spyder 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, audi rs3, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, video on 01 10th, 2018


The Audi RS3 Sedan, no matter how competent it might be, couldn’t possibly stand a chance against a genuine supercar like the R8 V10 Spyder in a drag race, right?

On paper, the R8 has a huge advantage, thanks to its 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 that delivers 540hp and 398lb-ft (540Nm) of torque to the ground.

The official 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint time is just 3.5 seconds, which is very impressive for the open-top version of Audi’s supercar, and flat out it will eventually reach 198mph (319km/h).

The brand’s challenger to the likes of the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and BMW M2, the RS3 Sedan, uses a 2.5-liter TFSI engine that makes 394hp and 354lb-ft (480Nm) of torque. That’s enough to propel it from zero to 60mph (96km/h) in 3.9sec and up to a top speed of 174mph (280km/h) with the optional Dynamic Plus package.

Of course, there’s also a huge price gap between the two, as the RS3 Sedan can be had from $54,900 in the US, the R8 Spyder comes at a cool $177,100.

Specs and price lists aside, the question is: does the RS3 have a fighting chance against the R8? Scroll down and watch the video to find out.

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Unsurprisingly None Of The U.S.’ Best-Selling Vehicles Of 2017 Were Cars 9
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in audi, Audi Q5, Buick, Buick Envision, Ford, Ford F-150, nissan, Nissan Rogue, TOYOTA, Toyota RAV4 on 01 9th, 2018


Last year marked the end of a seven-year sales streak for the automotive industry, as sales dropped for the first time since 2010 and revealed another major trend that will scare enthusiasts – consumers are serious about choosing crossovers and SUVs over everything else.

USA Today gathered the top five best-selling new vehicles from 2017 and none of them were cars.

The Ford F-150 topped the list with the automaker selling a total of 896,764 units. That number is up 9.3 percent from last year and helped the pickup truck retain its nameplate of being the best-selling vehicle in the United States.

The Toyota RAV4 came in second place with Toyota managing to shift a total of 407,594 units of the crossover last year. Toyota managed to sell more units of the RAV4 than the Camry sedan, which was the second-best-selling sedan of 2017.

The Nissan Rogue trailed behind the RAV4 in third place. Nissan sold a total of 403,465 units of the Rogue, which represents an increase of 22.3 percent over 2016. The Rogue also outpaced the Altima (total units sold for the sedan were 254,996), proving that people just aren’t interested in sedans anymore.

The Audi Q5, which retains its title as being the most-popular vehicle in Audi’s lineup, came in fourth place with a total of 57,640 units sold. A recent redesign helped the Q5 increase its popularity with sales increasing 16.3 percent from 2016.

As the report points out, there was some question about whether consumers would purchase a vehicle with an American badge that was built in China The answer, clearly, is yes. The Buick Envision, managed to come in fifth place with 41,040 units of the SUV being sold last year. The Envision was Buick’s third best-selling vehicle for 2017.

If you haven’t done so already, say goodbye to cars, hatchbacks, wagons, and anything else that isn’t a crossover, SUV, or pickup truck, because the wildfire has spread.

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Unsurprisingly None Of The U.S.’ Best-Selling Vehicles Of 2017 Were Cars 9
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in audi, Audi Q5, Buick, Buick Envision, Ford, Ford F-150, nissan, Nissan Rogue, TOYOTA, Toyota RAV4 on 01 9th, 2018


Last year marked the end of a seven-year sales streak for the automotive industry, as sales dropped for the first time since 2010 and revealed another major trend that will scare enthusiasts – consumers are serious about choosing crossovers and SUVs over everything else.

USA Today gathered the top five best-selling new vehicles from 2017 and none of them were cars.

The Ford F-150 topped the list with the automaker selling a total of 896,764 units. That number is up 9.3 percent from last year and helped the pickup truck retain its nameplate of being the best-selling vehicle in the United States.

The Toyota RAV4 came in second place with Toyota managing to shift a total of 407,594 units of the crossover last year. Toyota managed to sell more units of the RAV4 than the Camry sedan, which was the second-best-selling sedan of 2017.

The Nissan Rogue trailed behind the RAV4 in third place. Nissan sold a total of 403,465 units of the Rogue, which represents an increase of 22.3 percent over 2016. The Rogue also outpaced the Altima (total units sold for the sedan were 254,996), proving that people just aren’t interested in sedans anymore.

The Audi Q5, which retains its title as being the most-popular vehicle in Audi’s lineup, came in fourth place with a total of 57,640 units sold. A recent redesign helped the Q5 increase its popularity with sales increasing 16.3 percent from 2016.

As the report points out, there was some question about whether consumers would purchase a vehicle with an American badge that was built in China The answer, clearly, is yes. The Buick Envision, managed to come in fifth place with 41,040 units of the SUV being sold last year. The Envision was Buick’s third best-selling vehicle for 2017.

If you haven’t done so already, say goodbye to cars, hatchbacks, wagons, and anything else that isn’t a crossover, SUV, or pickup truck, because the wildfire has spread.

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2019 Audi A1 Scooped Playing In The Snow 8
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, Audi A1, Audi Scoops, Scoops on 01 8th, 2018


Work continues on the 2019 Audi A1 as spy shooters have snapped the model undergoing cold weather testing.

Set to battle the Mercedes A-Class, the A1 has a familiar design but adopts a new front fascia with a wider grille that echoes recent models such as the A4 and A8. The five-door hatchback has also been equipped with new headlights and restyled mirrors which are now mounted to the A-pillar.

Moving further back, we can see designers kept the strong character lines and added more muscular rear fenders. The rear doors also appear longer than before and this suggests the A1 will grow in size and offer additional rear seat legroom.

The rear of the car is pretty evolutionary but the model features a new tailgate and wraparound taillights. We can also see a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a rakish rear window.

Little is known about the car but the cabin is expected to equipped with improved technology including an updated MMI infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Drivers can also look forward to an optional digital instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch display.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but previous reports have suggested the model will be offered with an assortment of different powertrains including a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder that produces around 113 hp (84 kW). The A1 could also be equipped with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops approximately 250 hp (186 kW) in the S1.

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