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Audi Bringing All-New Q7 to Detroit Auto Show

German maker’s oldest model finally getting a remake.

by on Dec.12, 2014

The new Audi Q7 will shed more than 700 pounds.

Among the estimated 45 world debuts scheduled for the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, expect a big one from Audi – quite literally, as it plans to reveal the replacement for the biggest, and oldest, model in its line-up.

The Q7 SUV has undergone only the most modest of tweaks since its original debut back in 2006, an unusually lengthy wait considering the ever-faster pace of today’s auto industry.

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Audi apparently intends to address some of the key complaints about the Q7, which include its unimpressive fuel economy, as well as its poor space utilization. Among other things, the big ute will drop more than 700 pounds of mass. It will, meanwhile, get a new plug-in hybrid system which Audi claims will deliver as much as 138 mpg.

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Audi Pairs Hydrogen and Plug-in Power to Create A7 h-tron

Dual power offers performance and other pluses.

by on Nov.20, 2014

Audi's A7 h-tron Sportback Quattro may be the best of both possible green worlds: a plug-in hybrid that uses a hydrogen fuel cell.

There’s a war of words underway between proponents of battery power and those who think the fuel-cell is the future of green technology. Audi is suggesting both might find common ground in their effort to replace the conventional internal combustion engine.

The luxury arm of Volkswagen AG used the Los Angeles Auto Show to reveal its unusual A7 h-tron Sportback Quattro. The coupe-like sedan pairs a fuel-cell stack with a plug-in hybrid system to create a vehicle that produces zero emissions yet also can deliver sporty performance.

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The show car is “a bold statement for the future of sustainable mobility,” proclaimed Ulrich Hackenberg, the Audi board member overseeing technical development. (more…)

Edgy Audi Prologue Reveals New Design Language

Concept will serve as theme for next A6, A7 and A8 models.

by on Nov.19, 2014

Audi's Prologue was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show today. The concept will influence future Audi models, executives said.

When Audi released advanced sketches of its Prologue Concept, it seemed unlikely it would actually translate the exotic design into sheet metal. But the maker more than delivered, as a standing-room-only crowd discovered during the Audi news conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

And while many over-the-top show cars traditionally vanish from sight once the spotlight is dimmed, luxury buyers will continue to see the influence of the new Audi Prologue for years to come, officials revealed – though not directly in production form, as some had anticipated.

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While not meant to reveal plans for an all-new flagship coupe, the Prologue, “is more than a show car for Audi,” revealed Marc Lichte, the maker’s new design chief. “Prologue is a teaser for our next generation A6, A7 and A8” models. (more…)

Audi A9 Renderings Reveal New Grand Touring Coupe

Is this a Prologue of things to come?

by on Nov.17, 2014

If this rendering is any indication, Audi's new concept is going to be an impressive production car.

Just days before its scheduled debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show, Audi is giving us a peek at what’s to come when it unveils its new A9 model – which some German media anticipate will also be called the Prologue.

There’s been plenty of speculation about what Volkswagen’s luxury brand might have in store, and some creative imaginations have been at work in recent weeks creating their own ideas of what the A9 might look like. But if these official renderings carry over into the sheet metal, Audi is about to deliver one very big surprise.

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Rather than coming up with a coupe-like take on the familiar A8, or simply adding a few extra inches to the popular A7 four-door coupe, these sketches suggest the maker is going for something much more edgy, along the lines of a two-door grand touring coupe. (more…)

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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Audi Adds 850,000 Vehicles to Growing Airbag Recall List

But problem is not linked to Takata problems.

by on Oct.24, 2014

The Audi Allroad is one of the models listed in the new recall, along with the A4 and S4.

Audi is the latest automaker to warn consumers about potentially defective airbags, though the maker says the defect it has discovered on some of its smaller A4 models is not linked to the problem that this week led to an unprecedented recall warning by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The German luxury brand is recalling a total of 850,000 vehicles worldwide, including 101,900 sold in the U.S. and another 15,100 purchased in Canada during the 2013 to 2015 model-years. The service action involves the A4, sportier S4 and wagon-based Allroad models.

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The Audi airbags were not produced by Takata Corp., the Japanese mega-supplier now linked to the recall of 16 million vehicles worldwide – including 7.8 million covered by a NHTSA advisory sent out this week.

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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 Readying Plug-in Hybrid Assault

But will customers come along?

by on Oct.08, 2014

Audi is looking to expand its plug-in hybrid line-up. The TT Offroad concept could be part of that portfolio.

Audi planners are hoping to decide on which of three prototype versions of the maker’s popular TT model to put into production. And the odds are good that it will feature a plug-in hybrid drivetrain by the time it reaches showrooms.

Though the German brand was slow to embrace electrification, it is now trying to make up for lost time. But where Toyota has positioned itself as the “hybrid company,” Audi wants to go the next step, focusing its efforts on advanced plug-in technology, said the brand’s chief executive.

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“You will see from Audi a lot of plug-in hybrids in the future,” promised CEO Rupert Stadler during an interview at the Paris Motor Show. (more…)

Audi Set to Select From Three New TT Concepts

Maker planning 20% increase in model offerings.

by on Oct.03, 2014

Audi's TT Sportback concept gets 56 mph while putting out 400 horsepower.

Along with the new TTS Roadster unveiled at its Paris Motor Show news conference this week, Audi pulled the wraps off the 400-horsepower TT Sportback Concept.

The four-door version of its little roadster is the latest of three TT show cars the maker has unveiled this year, and Audi CEO Rupert Stadler tells TheDetroitBureau.com, the goal isn’t simply to offer up a few fantasies in chrome. The goal is to gauge public feedback to determine which of the three prototypes should be added to the Audi line-up.

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That would become part of a broader expansion of the maker’s product portfolio, Stadler revealing a goal of boosting the current 50 products and variants to 60 by decade’s end. (more…)

Audi Hints at the Future with New TT Sportback Concept

Concept could deliver 400 horsepower and 56 mpg.

by on Oct.02, 2014

Audi's TT Sportback concept features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 400 hp.

Apparently, two new versions of the TT roadster weren’t enough for the brass at Audi, so the luxury arm of Volkswagen AG has decided to bring a third alternative to Paris for this year’s auto show.

For now, the 400-horsepower TT Sportback is being described as nothing more than a concept, but from the way officials were talking during a Wednesday night preview, they seem very interested in the idea of adding a third body style to the Audi TT family, alongside the familiar coupe and roadster models.

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The Sportback name has become a familiar one to Audi fans, though with the new TT concept it describes a five-door, coupe-like hatchback, rather than a wagon. The show car features a true four-seat layout with storage bins separating the two back-seat passengers. (more…)