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Audi Unveiled: Maker Shows Off New A6 and A7 Models

Upgrades set to debut at LA Auto Show.

by on Nov.12, 2014

The 2016 Audi A7 shown in Euro-spec.

Audi’s popular A6 and A7 models will both be getting mid-cycle upgrades, and the German luxury maker is offering a sneak peek at what’s to come when the 2016 models make their formal debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week.

We got a first glimpse at the Paris show, a month back, but the L.A. introduction will focus on the U.S.-spec models which will, among other things, bring to the States Audi’s new 2.0-liter TFSI inline-four engine. The S-models will get increased performance, and both the A6 and A7 will feature what Audi calls a more “athletic, taut design.”

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There’ll also be more technology coming, including standard LED headlights on the 2016 Audi A7, an optional night vision system, and the new Secondary Collision Assist technology which, Audi explains, “can automatically apply the brakes to help avoid secondary collisions.”

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A Battle of the Super-Premium Cars May be Shaping Up

Audi hinting at new A9, Cadillac confirms CT8.

by on Oct.14, 2014

Audi plans to reveal the A9 concept in LA.

Not content with its current A8 premium luxury sedan, Audi is apparently set to nudge even higher, with a new A9 concept expected to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

With luxury car sales steadily growing in traditional markets like the U.S. and Europe – and booming in emerging markets, notably including China – manufacturers are asking “How high is up?” And the answer appears to be higher than today.

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Only weeks after revealing plans for a new flagship sedan to be called the CT6, Cadillac has formally confirmed a report first posted on TheDetroitBureau.com that it will reach even higher with a new model to be known as either the CT8 or CT9.

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Audi Throws Down Gauntlet on Diesel

Maker introduces four new models in LA – but wants government backing for high-mileage technology.

by on Nov.29, 2012

Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh with two new diesel models - and a sign suggesting the fuel the technology has helped owners save.

Audi will introduce four new diesel models in 2013, technology the maker says has already allowed its buyers to reduce their fuel consumption by nearly 5 million gallons in recent years.

But during a news conference at the 2012 LA Auto Show, U.S. Audi chief Scott Keogh took shots at state and federal regulators whom he accused of unfairly favoring battery-based technologies, rather than diesel, as a way to curb American dependence upon imported oil. He called on officials to take steps that would help boost demand for diesel powertrains in the U.S. – as is already the case in Europe.

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“These are cars that demand no sacrifice,” proclaimed Keogh as he introduced the upcoming diesel versions of the Audi A6, A7, A8 and Q5 models. That’s a big part of the diesel pitch, as the latest versions of that technology can deliver significant performance and plenty of towing power, along with higher mileage. By comparison, hybrids and other battery-based technologies require trade-offs such as reduced performance or shorter range.

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Audi Adding Four More Diesels to US Line-up

High-mileage offerings to debut in LA.

by on Nov.20, 2012

Audi will add four new diesel models to the current line-up, which already includes the Q7 TDI.

The LA Auto Show has become something of the green car show, in recent years, with a primary emphasis on electrification – and a range of new battery-based models are set for debut in less than two weeks.

But Audi has been something of a spoiler, besting an assortment of electrified alternatives when its A3 TDI was named Green Car of the Year a few years back. And now, the Volkswagen AG luxury brand hopes to grab some of the spotlight for another big diesel announcement, Audi planning to introduce four new “oil burners” during its LA Auto Show news conference.

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Like the mainstream VW brand, Audi has seen a surge of demand for its high-mileage diesels over the last several years – if anything, sales limited by availability. It has been signaling plans to add several more diesels to the line-up, including one for the Q5 crossover, though the A7 diesel news comes as a big surprise.

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Audi Drops a Battery Car Surprise with A3 eTron

Maker claims no immediate plans for an electric wagon.

by on Nov.28, 2011

The A3 eTron suggests Audi may have big plans for electric propulsion

Automakers typically spend a lot of time and money to promote their latest cars and concept vehicles – but occasionally one sits on the sidelines as sharp-eyed motorists might have discovered at the just-ended L.A. Motor Show.

While the German maker put the emphasis on its next-generation performance models, including the S6 sedan, Audi’s stand at the L.A. Convention Center also featured a battery-electric version of its compact Avant, or wagon, a showcar subtly decaled the A3 eTron.

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Volkswagen’s luxury subsidiary hasn’t tried to hide its interest in electric propulsion, and has confirmed it will launch production versions of the eTron battery cars it has shown, in concept form, on the auto show circuit in recent years – which raised the question of what it might have in mind for the A3 eTron.

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