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When Will It End? Takata Recalls Another 3.3 Million Airbags In The USA 8
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, audi, BMW, Daimler, FCA, Ford, GM, honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, mercedes, Mitsubishi, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports, Subaru, Tesla on 01 8th, 2018


Takata added another 3.3 million airbag inflators to the continuously expanding recall, making it the largest of its kind in the United States of America.

According to a report published by DetroitFreePress, the latest action revolves around the faulty frontal airbags in certain 2009, 2010, and 2013 vehicles made by a variety of car brands.

The list of automakers includes Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Tesla. The exact models will be announced later this month, in the paperwork submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Takata’s faulty airbag inflators include ammonium nitrate, a chemical used to create a small explosion that fills the airbags quickly in the event of a crash. However, it’s known that when exposed to high temperatures and humidity, the chemical deteriorates, causing the metal canister to blow apart and spreading shrapnel into the cabin.

So far, at least 180 people have been injured by the metal bits worldwide, and more than 20 have lost their lives.

The NHTSA continues to monitor the automakers’ repairs progress, but even though Takata recalls originally began back in 2001, many companies have been slow to replace the airbag inflators.

A report published by an independent monitor, quoted by DetroitFreePress, states that 43.1 million inflators had been recalled until September 15, 2017, out of which only 18.5 million had been replaced, which accounts for 43 percent.

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Old Audi S6 Challenges Lada Niva In A Tug Of War 8
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi S6, Audi Videos, Film, Lada, Lada Niva, Lada Videos, Offbeat News, video on 01 8th, 2018


In the snow, choosing between an old performance-oriented saloon and a high ground-clearance, off-roader should be pretty straight forward.

Then again, you need to factor in weight, tires and performance, and so the second-generation Audi S6 (C5) kind of has the Lada Niva out-gunned when it comes to power and torque.

Powering the S6 C5 is a 4.2-liter V8 engine, pushing down 340 PS (335 HP) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque to all four wheels. With a kerb weight of just over 1,800 kg (roughly 4,000 lbs), it can also dig in pretty well during a tug of war.

Now, while this Niva seems to be packing a few after market modification, it would have to be something truly special in order to match the Audi in any way.

When stock, the Niva 4×4 only puts down a little over 80 HP, so right off the bat, it doesn’t look like much of a fair fight.

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2018 Audi S3 Is Probably The Ideal All-Weather Hot Hatch 7
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, audi s3, Audi Videos, Film, UK, video on 01 7th, 2018


If you like hot hatches but don’t want to look like a boy racer, Audi’s latest S3 might just be the car for you.

The latest version of the S3 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 310hp. If you choose the five-door Sportback bodystyle, the only transmission option is the seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission.

When equipped with the effortless and quick-changing DSG, and thanks to the Quattro all-wheel drive system, it is capable of a 0-62mph (100kmh) in just 4.6 seconds.

It might not be the sharpest tool to take around the bends, but the S3 has proven to be an excellent daily driver, especially when fitted with the adaptive dampers that give it that extra layer when it comes to ride quality.

Carwow reviews the 2018 Audi S3 to find out if the German hot hatch is still one of the best all-weather sleepers out there.

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New Audi RS4 Avant Is All The Performance Car You’ll Ever Need 6
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi RS4, Audi Videos, Film, video on 01 6th, 2018


Audi’s RS5 has not been very well received by the press, which found it able, yet too anodyne for something wearing an RS badge, so what are the chances the RS4 Avant will fare any better?

Henry Catchpole’s perspective on the new RS4 Avant does it great justice, as the super-fast all-weather RS wagon was always considered as one of the best one-car-to-do-it-all performance models out there and the latest generation shows up improved on every area.

The new twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 may offer the same 444hp (450PS) with its naturally aspirated predecessor, but it’s also lighter by 30kg (66lbs), and offers a massive improvement in torque, which sits at 443lb-ft (600Nm).

For the 0-62mph (0-100 km/h) sprint it needs just 4.1 seconds, while the traditional 250 km/h (155 mph) top speed limiter can be lifted up to 174mph (280km/h) if you tick the right box on the options list.

The Quattro all-wheel drive system has a rear-biased torque-split of 60/40 further helping the dynamics of the new generation RS4, while the longer wheelbase compared to the RS5 Coupe makes the whole car feel more entertaining and accomplished.

You can watch Carfection review the latest RS4 Avant on the beautiful roads of Spain in the video linked below.

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Speeding Audi A8 T-Bones Hummer Limo, Both Drivers At Fault? 5
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, audi, Audi A8, Dashcam, HUMMER, limo, Offbeat News, Russia, video on 01 5th, 2018


Despite the Audi having the right of way, had it not been speeding, the Hummer might have had time to clear the intersection.

That’s not to say that whoever was behind the wheel of that old A8 was more to blame than the limo driver. The latter should have paid more attention, without assuming that any incoming traffic would stick to the speed limit.

However, it almost seems as though the driver of the Audi didn’t brake as hard as they could/should have once they noticed the Hummer poking its nose where it didn’t belong.

This crash is a perfect example of why people should slow down at intersections, even if they have the right of way, have a green light and even if they’re not speeding. You never know who’s out there not paying attention.

As for the impact itself, we could call it moderate. Let’s hope the person driving the Audi was wearing a seat belt.

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Audi Hints The All-New A6 Could Debut In Geneva 4
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, Audi A6, Geneva Motor Show on 01 4th, 2018


Audi doesn’t have plans to hold a press conference at the North American International Auto Show but it appears the company could still reveal the all-new A6 later this month.

Back in December, we told you about the company’s “Reveal the A6” film competition and now the automaker has released additional details about the campaign which asks aspiring filmmakers to produce a video for the upcoming sedan.

The people who submit the six best ideas will be invited to Ingolstadt to “experience the new Audi A6 Sedan up close” on January 15th. It remains unclear if this is just a private showing but it could suggest the company will reveal the car on that day as the material goes on to say “Up to this point, the car will not be disclosed to the public.”

The six filmmakers will then be given €15,000 ($18,104) to turn their ideas into a film that needs to be completed by February 12th. The three best films will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show and this suggests the car will make its debut in Switzerland.

Audi is remaining tight-lipped about the model but the company said those “looking for inspiration for the features” on the A6 should “take a closer look at the new Audi A7 Sportback.” Notable highlights on the latter model include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a new interior layout that consists of a 10.1-inch upper display and an 8.6-inch lower display which provides access to various climate control and comfort functions.

We can also expect a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system and an assortment of advanced driver assistance systems which use up to five radar sensors, five cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a laser scanner.

Under the hood, there will be an assortment of four- and six-cylinder engines including a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 which develops 340 PS (250 kW) and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque. In the A7, the engine enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.3 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

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Audi Hints The All-New A6 Could Debut In Geneva 4
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, Audi A6, Geneva Motor Show on 01 4th, 2018


Audi doesn’t have plans to hold a press conference at the North American International Auto Show but it appears the company could still reveal the all-new A6 later this month.

Back in December, we told you about the company’s “Reveal the A6” film competition and now the automaker has released additional details about the campaign which asks aspiring filmmakers to produce a video for the upcoming sedan.

The people who submit the six best ideas will be invited to Ingolstadt to “experience the new Audi A6 Sedan up close” on January 15th. It remains unclear if this is just a private showing but it could suggest the company will reveal the car on that day as the material goes on to say “Up to this point, the car will not be disclosed to the public.”

The six filmmakers will then be given €15,000 ($18,104) to turn their ideas into a film that needs to be completed by February 12th. The three best films will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show and this suggests the car will make its debut in Switzerland.

Audi is remaining tight-lipped about the model but the company said those “looking for inspiration for the features” on the A6 should “take a closer look at the new Audi A7 Sportback.” Notable highlights on the latter model include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a new interior layout that consists of a 10.1-inch upper display and an 8.6-inch lower display which provides access to various climate control and comfort functions.

We can also expect a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system and an assortment of advanced driver assistance systems which use up to five radar sensors, five cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a laser scanner.

Under the hood, there will be an assortment of four- and six-cylinder engines including a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 which develops 340 PS (250 kW) and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque. In the A7, the engine enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.3 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

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Audi Wants To Build An A9 Coupe – Just Not Yet 4
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in audi, Reports on 01 4th, 2018


The high-end luxury coupe segment keeps growing with new entries. And Audi could join in, if its chief designer gets his way – but it won’t happen just yet.

“I love the shape of a two-door coupé,” Marc Lichte told Autocar, “but it is also true that the [sales] volumes [for them] are much lower than for four-doors. In the future, who knows? We have many ideas in this direction.”

The German automaker previewed just such a vehicle in the form of the Prologue concept in 2014, forecasting a potential A9 coupe to sit alongside the A8 sedan at the top of Audi’s lineup.

If it were to be put into production, the A9 would target the likes of the Mercedes S-Class coupe and the forthcoming new BMW 8 Series and Polestar 1 – not to mention sportier models like the Lexus LC and Aston Martin DB11 – while plugging the big gap between the existing Audi A5 and Bentley Continental GT.

To hear Lichte tell it, it’s not that Audi isn’t interested in pursuing that segment, it’s just that it has other priorities at the moment. “First we must launch the A6, then we have the Q8 next year, A1 and Q3. We won’t do anything before this. It’s step by step.”

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Audi Wants To Build An A9 Coupe – Just Not Yet 4
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in audi, Reports on 01 4th, 2018


The high-end luxury coupe segment keeps growing with new entries. And Audi could join in, if its chief designer gets his way – but it won’t happen just yet.

“I love the shape of a two-door coupé,” Marc Lichte told Autocar, “but it is also true that the [sales] volumes [for them] are much lower than for four-doors. In the future, who knows? We have many ideas in this direction.”

The German automaker previewed just such a vehicle in the form of the Prologue concept in 2014, forecasting a potential A9 coupe to sit alongside the A8 sedan at the top of Audi’s lineup.

If it were to be put into production, the A9 would target the likes of the Mercedes S-Class coupe and the forthcoming new BMW 8 Series and Polestar 1 – not to mention sportier models like the Lexus LC and Aston Martin DB11 – while plugging the big gap between the existing Audi A5 and Bentley Continental GT.

To hear Lichte tell it, it’s not that Audi isn’t interested in pursuing that segment, it’s just that it has other priorities at the moment. “First we must launch the A6, then we have the Q8 next year, A1 and Q3. We won’t do anything before this. It’s step by step.”

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1,350 HP Audi S2 Turbo Is Faster Than A Twin-Turbo Aventador 2
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi Videos, Classics, Drag-Racing, Film, tuning, video on 01 2nd, 2018


While one would expect an old Audi to go by unnoticed, this heavily-modded Audi S2 Coupe will certainly make heads turn.

For starters, you can tell it means business from the lowered ride height, the body kit, dual-tone exterior and, of course, the sound coming from its tuned R32 engine.

In a straight line, it’s capable of hitting 328 km/h (204 mph) from a standstill in just 14.8 seconds, and it will go from 200 km/h (124 mph) to 250 km/h (155 mph) in an incredible 1.6 seconds.

The problem is that it might struggle for grip before it gets up to speed. During this recent 1/2 mile (0.8 km) run, it managed to cover the distance in 15.1 seconds at 317 km/h (197 mph). However, it didn’t exactly get off to a good start.

Even so, it was quicker than this twin turbo Lamborghini Aventador packing 1,300 HP. For the sake of comparison, a stock supercar like a Ferrari 488 GTB, needs almost 18 seconds in order to do the half mile run.

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Ford Focus RS vs Audi SQ7: Is There A Real-Life Lesson Somewhere In There? 2
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi SQ7, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, Ford, Ford Focus RS, Ford Videos, Top Gear, video on 01 2nd, 2018


Suppose you’re driving your new Ford Focus RS when an Audi SQ7 pulls up next to you on the traffic lights. This is going to be interesting.

Sure the two cars are not by any measure comparable but still it’s interesting to see which one is the fastest. Will it be the big diesel-powered SUV or is the grade-A hot hatch too tough for the traffic light grand prix?

The Audi SQ7 is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 TDI engine that makes use of an electric-powered compressor in order to eliminate the traditional turbo lag. Despite the big footprint, the fastest of the Q7s is capable of a 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds which sounds competitive enough for the Focus RS.

The Ford Focus RS is powered by a smaller 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 345hp channeled also to all four wheels. Ford says it’ll do a 0-62mph sprint in 4.7 seconds, making things more intriguing.

Top Gear magazine brought the two together in their latest drag race video, so let’s see if the manual hot hatch will beat the big automatic diesel SUV. Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets.

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Audi Allegedly Developing Long-Wheelbase Q2 EV 2
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi Q2, Electric Vehicles, Reports on 01 2nd, 2018


Audi is allegedly developing an all-electric variant of a forthcoming Audi Q2 long-wheelbase model.

Indian Autos Blog claims that the vehicle is being developed under the codename ‘Audi X55 BEV’ and will be underpinned by the carmaker’s MQB platform. Few details about its electric powertrain are known but it is claimed that a range of roughly 500 km (310 miles) could be on the cards.

Before this all-electric Q2 hits the market, Audi will launch the Q2 L (long-wheelbase) in China later this year. This model will reportedly be available with a 116 PS 1.0-liter TFSI engine, a 150 PS 1.4-liter TFSI, and a 190 PS 2.0-liter TFSI petrol. Both a six-speed manual and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission will be offered to customers.

An all-electric Audi Q2 L is an enticing prospect and if priced correctly, could act as the perfect premium alternative to the upcoming Tesla Model Y.

As good as this all sounds, we’re taking the reports with a grain of salt and recommend you do the same. We’ve contacted Audi to seek clarification.

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Audi To Make Its Models More Distinct From Each Other 2
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Reports on 01 2nd, 2018


Audi has revealed that it will slowly move away from its cookie-cutter design philosophy.

In recent years, the brand’s various vehicles have adopted remarkably similar designs, sometimes to the point of being almost identical to each other. However, the German marque recently admitted to Autocar that it will start to make its vehicles look more defined.

“This [repetition] design process was used to make Audis more recognizable in newer and emerging markets like China,” said Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler.

“Now we are well known in China, we can begin to change this philosophy and give each car its own look.”

These sentiments were echoed by Audi design boss Marc Lichte who said these distinct designs should make the brand’s vehicles more attractive.

“We recognize that there is a place for more differentiation now. Since our cars are in production for a minimum of six years, in today’s world I think each model should have its own design to be attractive for this long time,” he said.

Lichte also said that the adoption of electric powertrains will provide car designers with greater freedoms, allowing them to design vehicles with “shorter overhangs and lower bonnets.”

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All-New Audi A8 Is A Technological Tour de Force But Lacks The ‘Wow’ Factor 31
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi A8, Audi Videos, Film, reviews, video on 12 31st, 2017


While the 2018 Audi A8 might very well be the most technologically advanced car in its segment, this doesn’t necessarily make it the best.

According to Carbuyer’s review, the all-new A8 is a technological tour de force, and you certainly won’t be disappointed with its interior quality or overall comfort, both on the road as well as inside. However, while it does rival the S-Class when it comes to offering a remarkably smooth ride, you could argue that the Audi doesn’t actually look as distinctive as the Mercedes.

Surprisingly, this issue doesn’t go away once you’ve sat behind the wheel, and it’s because of all the tech – which, for example, can force you to take your eyes off the road since there’s no rotary dial anymore for the infotainment system.

The review adds that technology doesn’t equal luxury, and that while you can’t really fault the A8 for anything else, its clinical interior and unassuming exterior get in the way of it nailing the top spot in the executive saloon segment.

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Porsche Macan Turbo Vs Audi SQ5 Rev Battle Is Tough To Call 31
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi SQ5, Audi Videos, Film, porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche Videos, video on 12 31st, 2017


When it comes to straight line performance, the Porsche Macan Turbo definitely holds all the bragging rights in the face of its Audi SQ5 rival. But which one makes more of a racket?

Their engines aren’t all that different. Both of these fast compact premium SUVs have petrol-powered V6 units, although the 3.6-liter twin turbo one in the Macan is good for 400 PS (394 HP), whereas the SQ5’s 3.0-liter TFSI is rated at 354 PS (350 HP).

At idle, both cars produce a nice low rumble, though nothing spectacular – just enough to let you know you’re not listening to the base models.

Get more lively with the throttle and the Macan Turbo will growl a little more heavily than the SQ5, letting off a few crackles, but otherwise the soundtracks can be described as comparable.

They even sound alike on the move, although if this was a performance comparison, the Porsche would clearly ace it thanks to its faster acceleration and higher top speed.

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