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2018 Car Of The Year Finalists Announced, Which One Will Win? 27
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Stelvio, alfa-romeo, audi, Audi A8, BMW, BMW 5-Series, Car Of The Year, Citroen, Citroen C3 Aircross, Geneva Motor Show, Kia, Kia Stinger, Seat, Seat-Ibiza, VOLVO, Volvo XC40 on 11 27th, 2017

Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Citroen, Kia, Seat, and Volvo battle each other for the 2018th edition of the European Car of the Year (=COTY).

Selected from a long list of 37 new vehicles, all of which were launched this year, or will become available by the end of 2017, in five or more European markets, the finalists have proved themselves in various tests.

However, they will be further evaluated by the 60 members of the jury, from 23 countries, over the coming months, as they are responsible for picking one winner, which will be announced on the eve of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, on March 5.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Presented last year, at the 2016 LA Auto Show, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio represents the brand’s first SUV. It comes with a familiar design, and in its range-topping form it shares the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with the Giulia QV, which is rated at 505hp and 600Nm (443lb-ft) of torque.

Audi A8

Audi’s flagship saloon, the A8, has been taken into its fourth generation, and despite having an evolutionary styling, inspired by the Prologue Concept, the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival is all-new, both on the outside, in the cabin, and beneath the skin. It’s also the first car on the road to get Level 3 autonomous driving.

BMW 5-Series

Underpinned by the CLAR platform, and with looks that could allow it to fly under the radar, the new generation BMW 5-Series proved itself worthy in various reviews, and it now wants to go home with the 2018 ECOTY award. It’s lighter yet comes with a larger footprint than its predecessor, while adding new engines, and even an autonomous driving tech that allows drivers to relax behind the wheel, into the mix.

Citroen C3 Aircross

The French company’s answer to the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Opel/Vauxhall Mokka, Ford EcoSport, and others debuted this summer wearing the Citroen C3 Aircross moniker. It has a funky crossover-ish design, unlike its MPV predecessor, and can be had with various personalization options, a feature that should help it attract a young audience.

Kia Stinger

With sexy styling and a rear-wheel drive platform, the Kia Stinger wants a piece of the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe, and Audi A5 Sportback. In addition, the Korean GT undercuts the four-door A5 by more than $10,000, and it’s $11,200 more affordable than the 4-Series GC, in the USA.

Seat Ibiza

The fifth-generation Seat Ibiza has a Leon-inspired styling and the MQB A0 architecture, a combo that should allow it to become a strong challenger against the likes of the Renault Clio, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta, and Peugeot 208. It was presented for the first time at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and in its range-topping form, it has plenty of features, including a range of driver assistance systems.

Volvo XC40

Volvo’s smallest SUV yet, which slots under the XC60 and XC90, is called the XC40. It sports a familiar design, inspired by its two larger siblings, and it’s underpinned by the company’s new modular vehicle architecture, CMA, which was co-developed with Geely. Production began this month in Belgium, and the first units will arrive to customers next year.


2019 Audi A8 To Be Shown In Los Angeles, Goes On Sale Next Fall 20
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, Audi A8, Audi Videos, LA Auto Show, video on 11 20th, 2017

The countdown to the Los Angeles Auto Show continues as Audi has announced plans to show the redesigned A8 in the City of Angels.

Originally unveiled over the summer, the 2019 A8 features an upscale design that borrows a number of styling cues from the Prologue concept. Detailed specifications will be announced closer to launch but the car features a wide Singleframe grille, OLED taillights, and plenty of metallic trim.

The interior is a bit of a departure from previous models as it comes equipped with two touchscreen displays. A variety of different options will be available including a head-up display, a Bang & Olufsen 3D audio system, and a four-zone climate control system. Other options include a rear seat entertainment system and a heated massaging footrest for the right rear passenger.

At launch, the 2019 A8 will be offered with a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine that is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system. In Europe, the engine produces 335 hp (250 kW) and 368 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. It enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Speaking of performance, the model can be equipped with active suspension and an optional dynamic all-wheel steering system which enables the A8 to have a turning radius of 38.7 ft (11.8 m) which is about the same as the significantly smaller A4 sedan.

Other advanced features include intersection assist, maneuver assist, and curb warning. There are also two automatic parking systems and the Audi AI traffic jam pilot system which enables the car to drive itself at speeds up to 37 mph (60 km/h) on highways.

The 2019 Audi A8 will go on sale in the United States in next fall and compete with the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-Class.


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Audi Recalls Nearly 5,000 A8s Fitted With A V8 TDI Due To Increased Emissions 3
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi A8, diesel, KBA, Recalls on 11 3rd, 2017

The latest episode the Dieselgate saga involves Audi recalling 4,997 A8s in Europe fitted with a V8 TDI engine to update their software after founding out they too emitted too much nitrogen oxide.

The affected models belong to the previous generation A8 and were built between September 2013 and August 2017, with 3,660 of them located in Germany.

Following an extensive internal technical investigation, Audi reported its findings directly to Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) which then authorized the recall.

Audi will have the software ready for install in the first quarter of 2018, following comprehensive winter testing to make sure that the update will have no negative effects on fuel consumption or performance.

“Among other things, the update should ensure that after cold starts, the engine more quickly reaches optimal operating conditions for the exhaust-gas treatment system so that its emissions are improved in real driving conditions,” the company said in a press release.


Yes, Audi’s New A8 Is The Most Tech Savvy Car In Its Class 7
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi A8, Audi Videos, reviews, video on 10 7th, 2017

If there were any doubts Audi would take the lead in the full-size luxury saloon segment when it comes to advanced technologies, this in-depth review of the all-new Audi A8 should put all of them to rest.
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UK Buyers Getting All-New Audi A8 From £69,100, First Deliveries In 2018 3
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi A8, prices, UK on 10 3rd, 2017

The world's first-ever production car developed with Level 3 autonomous driving features is coming to the UK, priced from £69,100 OTR.
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Audi Opens Order Books For New A8, Prices Start At €90,600 In Germany 2
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi A8, Autonomous, new cars, prices on 10 2nd, 2017

The new Audi A8 will become available to order in Germany from October 5, becoming the first model of the company to offer an electrified-only range of powertrains as well as the first Audi to adopt the new type designation.
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New Audi A8’s Self-Driving System Demonstrated In The Real World 21
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi A8, Audi Videos, Autonomous, new cars, video on 09 21st, 2017

By now, everyone and their pets knows that there is a new generation Audi A8 out, but how many know that it has Level 3 autonomous driving?
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Audi To Accept Liability In Autonomous Crashes 14
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi A8, Autonomous, Reports, Tech on 09 14th, 2017

As semi-autonomous vehicles become more commonplace, many lingering questions still remain about them, none more pertinent than who accepts liability if a self-driving vehicle crashes?
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New Audi A8 Looks Even Better In Person 13
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi A8, Autonomous, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, new cars on 09 13th, 2017

After its big premiere in Barcelona this summer, the new generation Audi A8 has been taken to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show for the world to see.
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Audi Details New A8’s AI Traffic Jam Pilot, First Level 3 Autonomous System On The Market 7
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi A8, Autonomous, Reports on 09 7th, 2017

It looks like Audi is getting ahead of the autonomous game, introducing the AI Traffic Jam Pilot with the new A8, the market’s first SAE Level 3 autonomous system.
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Bang & Olufsen System Brings Unique Acoustic Character To New Audi A8 27
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in 3D Sound, audi, Audi A8, Tech on 08 27th, 2017

Boasting 23 loudspeakers, including four designed specifically for the spacial dimension of height, the Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System is available for the new-generation Audi A8.
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Audi A8 D3 Certainly Looks Different With Custom Wheels, Air Suspension 15
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi A8, tuning on 08 15th, 2017

The D3 generation of the Audi A8 has aged like a fine wine, and despite costing as much as a house back when it was new, especially in the S8 specification, it can now be had from just a few thousand dollars.
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Four New Audi Models Coming By Mid-2018, Compact EV Due In 2020 28
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, Audi A1, Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, Audi Q3, Audi Q8 on 07 28th, 2017

Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler has confirmed the company will launch at least four models by the middle of next year.

During the company’s interim financial report, Stadler said “By the middle of 2018, we will present new generations of four more core model series. In addition, we will expand our product offering in the top segments next year with the Audi Q8 and the fully electric Audi e-tron.”

The company was tight-lipped on specifics but confirmed the A6 and A7 Sportback will be launched early next year. The other two models remain unconfirmed but previous reports have suggested they could be the new A1 and Q3.

Stadler went on to reconfirm plans to launch the e-tron in 2018 and the e-tron Sportback in 2019. However, he also revealed the company will offer a “premium electric car in the compact segment” beginning in 2020. Little is known about the model but it could potentially be a Tesla Model 3 competitor.

Besides talking about the new models, Stadler confirmed the A8’s Level 3 autonomous driving system will be activated early next year. As he explained, “As soon as the legal framework permits it, we will gradually bring the new piloted driving functions into series production beginning in 2018.”

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Would A Two-Door Audi A8 Cut It As An S-Class Coupe Rival? 23
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi A8, Renderings on 07 23rd, 2017

We've seen it in S8 and RS8 guise, as well as rendered as an Avant model. As a Coupe however, Audi's all-new A8 could finally give the Mercedes S-Class a proper run for its money.
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Audi Exec Expects A Staggered Rollout Of The A8’s Autonomous Driving System 19
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, Audi A8, Autonomous, Reports on 07 19th, 2017

The Audi A8 will become the first vehicle to be offered with a Level 3 semi-autonomous driving system but the company has even greater ambitions in the future.
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