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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…)

Audi Readying New TT and TTS Models for Paris Debut

German maker gives roadster a needed facelift.

by on Sep.25, 2014

At the Paris Motor Show, Audi showed off its updated Audi TT Roadster and TTS.

Audi’s original TT was a groundbreaker when it came to design but the latest version of the roadster is in need of a little updating.

The good news for fans is that a new version will be making its debut at the Paris Motor Show in barely a week. The bad news is that a U.S. version is expected to lag behind, perhaps by as much as a full model-year.

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The basic shape of the 2015 Audi TT Roadster and the sportier TTS model won’t take anyone by surprise, picking up on the car’s traditional, curvaceous shapes – though Audi claims that aerodynamic improvements now mean the TT will be the mot wind-slick model in its segment. (more…)

Audi Secures First Driverless Car Permit in California

The Golden State rolls out new regs for autonomous vehicles.

by on Sep.16, 2014

Audi is the first company to receive an autonomous driving permit issued by California

California’s fabled automotive culture passed another milestone today as the state’s new law governing autonomous driving went into effect, leaving the road open to pilotless cars though they aren’t expected to turn up on the 405, the Pacific Coast Highway or the Golden Gate Bridge anytime soon.

Audi, the ever-eager German carmaker, is the first company to receive an autonomous driving permit issued by California. The maker has conducted research over tens of thousands of miles in Europe and various U.S. states, where such testing is permitted.

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The research is aimed at preparing a highly automated piloted driving system for freeway traffic conditions. Audi envisions this technology could be ready for consumer introduction within five years. (more…)

Though Revenues Slip, VW Beats Q2 Earnings Expectation

Audi drives profit surge.

by on Jul.31, 2014

VW CEO Martin Winterkorn wants to balance profitability and aggressive growth going forward.

The world’s second-largest automaker beat expectations with a strong second quarter profit, up 14.1%, despite a decline in revenues.

The Thursday release of Volkswagen AG’s earnings revealed that its biggest luxury line, Audi AG, helped offset some problems at its namesake brand. The report came as VW begins a major effort to shift its focus from raw growth to a more profitable expansion plan, with Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn planning to cut costs and boost productivity.

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“In light of the continued strong competitive pressures, the tense situation in some emerging economies and the fundamental technical and economic changes happening in our industry, we are working hard to create all the conditions we need today to ensure success tomorrow,” the CEO said in a statement accompanying the earnings release.

VW earned 3.25 billion Euros, or $4.35 billion, during the second quarter, up from 2.85 billion during the same period a year ago. The consensus of 13 industry analysts polled by the Bloomberg news service had anticipated earnings of 3.31 billion Euros.

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Audi Service Technicians Getting Help from ART

Maker using mobile robots to aid in problem diagnosis.

by on Jun.19, 2014

Audi is helping it service technicians get a second opinion and other insight with its new ART: Audi Robotic Telepresence.

In the Star Wars series, Luke Skywalker had R2-D2 to help him solve problems and now service technicians at Audi dealerships across the U.S. are getting ART: Audi Robotic Telepresence.

ART is a robot on a remote-controlled white stand that uses multiple cameras, a microphone and speakers operated remotely by Audi Technical Assistance consultants and Technical Field Managers.

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The robot allows on-site techs to get additional opinions on problems. Among the multiple cameras is a one small enough to be used in tiny holes as well as a borescope allowing the off-site personnel to get a full view of what’s going on with the vehicle. (more…)

New Audi Plant Rises Out of the Mexican Dust

German luxury maker takes a $1.3 billion risk with next Q5.

by on May.22, 2014

The next-generation Audi Q5 will be produced at the maker's new Mexican assembly plant.

A steady stream of trucks roars across the parched field kicking up swirls of dust. The new Audi assembly complex is quite literally rising out of the high plains desert, an hour outside of the city of Puebla, the maker pouring another 19 feet of soil atop the two square miles of barren land it is has acquired for the project.

Audi is the latest in a fast-growing line-up of manufacturers to invest in Mexico, the maker drawn to the country for both its low labor costs and, perhaps more importantly, the numerous free trade agreements the Mexican government has negotiated.

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That will make it easy to use the new, $800 million plant as the sole source for the maker’s next-generation Q5 sport-utility vehicle. Indeed, Audi has already laid out plans to double the factory and shift even more production there from Germany.

“This marks the point at which we will build more cars outside Germany than at home,” notes Klaus-Peter Koerner, who will manage production at the facility when it opens in mid-2016.

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Audi A3 Wins World Car of the Year

Germans take clean sweep of five awards.

by on Apr.17, 2014

Scott Keogh, Audi of America’s CEO, clutches the large World Car Trophy in front of the Audi A3.

The Audi A3 was named the World Car of the Year during a ceremony at the New York International Auto Show Thursday, marking the second time the maker has captured the prestigious honor in recent years.

But there was something for everyone during the morning ceremony – at least if you were a German automaker, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche dividing up the four other trophies handed out for 2014.

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“This really represents what Audi does extremely well,” proclaimed Scott Keogh, Audi of America’s CEO, as he clutched the large World Car Trophy at the podium. “We couldn’t be prouder to win this award.” (more…)