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Auto Sales Slip a Bit, but Beat Expectations

Prices continue to push upwards.

by on Sep.01, 2015

Keep on trucking. Vehicles like the new Renegade helped Jeep score some of the industry's biggest gains in August.

Despite Wall Street’s shake-up, China’s sliding economy – and a fluke of the calendar – the U.S. auto industry did a bit better than anticipated in August, with far less of a downturn than some had predicted and a number of manufacturers managing to eke out strong gains.

While some brands, such as Toyota, saw sharp declines, others pushed into record sales numbers. And carnakers continued to see average transaction prices rise again last month, prices running at or near record levels for most of them, according to industry analysts.

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“In spite of a tough 2014 comparison and extreme stock market volatility, our dealer’s competitive spirit kicked in and propelled us to our 65th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Our Jeep brand turned in a double-digit increase while eight individual models, including four Jeep brand vehicles, set sales records.”

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Aston Martin, Audi Heating up Competition with Tesla

New vehicles means EV maker has new rivals.

by on Aug.19, 2015

The Rapide normally sports the Aston V-12, making 470 hp, but coming EV version will boast 800 hp.

The hunter is now becoming the hunted. For much of the last two years, Tesla Motors has been working its way down the pricing chain in the quest to gain customers from more traditional automakers.

Now Tesla and its Model S is in the crosshairs of Aston Martin and its battery-powered Rapide luxury sedan. Expected to hit showrooms in two years, the 800 horsepower beast has a range of 200 miles, according to Aston officials.

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Actually, the Rapide and Model S may not be in the same class as the Rapide is expected to come in between $200,000 and $250,000 and the highest priced Model S is just over $140,000, but Aston’s move shows that there isn’t just growth in the bottom end of the EV market. (more…)

BMW Going Plug-In Hybrid With Next M3

System to provide big performance boost – and 20 miles EV range.

by on Aug.14, 2015

The 2015 BMW M3. The next version will give its Twin Power engine a hybrid boost.

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Aiming to give its iconic performance model a boost while also making it more environmentally friendly, BMW will migrate to a plug-in hybrid powertrain when the next version of its M3 sedan comes to market, several senior company officials have revealed.

The new system draws from both the German maker’s motorsports experience as well as some of the lessons it has learned since launching the BMW i battery-car sub-brand several years ago. Versions of the new drivetrain are expected to be used on a wide range of additional BMW models, and could be offered in both rear- and electric all-wheel-drive configurations.

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“We have a lot to learn from BMW i,” a senior executive who has worked on both the battery brand and on BMW M, told TheDetroitBureau.com. He noted that until recently, the maker saw it as one of the company’s “bookends,” a counterpoint to BMW M. But now the maker is ways the two can be brought closer together.

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Audi Working Up 300+ Mile Battery for SUV

“Makes electric cars even more attractive,” promises senior exec.

by on Aug.13, 2015

Audi hasn't said whether it will use long-range battery in a new SUV or an existing model like this 2016 Q7.

Audi has launched an effort to develop a battery that can deliver “more than” 500 kilometers, or at least 312.5 miles per charge. The technology would be used in an all-electric SUV, the maker says, though the technology could have application in other Audi vehicles.

The project involves Korean partners Samsung SDI and LG Chem, the latter already working on longer-range batteries with other manufacturers such as General Motors and Nissan.

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“This will allow us to supply a technological solution that makes electric cars even more attractive for our customers,” said Dr. Bernd Martens, Member of the Board of Management overseeing procurement at Audi AG.

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New Audi S8 Plus Blends Supercar Performance, Premium Luxury Features

by on Aug.05, 2015

Audi bumps premium luxury performance up a notch with the addition of the new S8 Plus.

Audi is upping the ante in the premium luxury sedan market, taking aim at competitors like the Mercedes-AMG S63 with its new S8 Plus.

Claiming to deliver the highest power-to-weight in its segment, the new model punches out 596-horsepower from its overboosted V-8, enough to launch from 0 to 100 kmh (0 to 62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds, with a “derestricted” top speed of 189 mph.

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The 2016 Audi S8 Plus also gets a number of performance-tuned features, including a sports exhaust system, and carbon fiber aero trim pieces like the front spoiler lip and side flaps.

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BMW, Audi, Mercedes Make Move to Dominate Autonomous Vehicle Tech

Rivals form unusual alliance to acquire Nokia Maps.

by on Aug.03, 2015

Audi, BMW and Mercedes have formed a partnership and purchase Nokia's mapmaking division, HERE.

Automakers have traditionally fought it out over design, performance, features and fuel economy. But, increasingly, they’re battling for technological dominance. And that’s led three erstwhile German rivals to form an unusual alliance that could give them a leg up when autonomous vehicles start to roll into showrooms in the coming decade.

BMW, Audi and Mercedes have teamed up to deliver the winning $2.8 billion bid to buy Nokia’s next-generation mapping business. They beat out rivals in both Silicon Valley and in China who had hoped to purchase the Nokia subsidiary, known as HERE, which is capable of producing much more details maps than those currently used by automotive navigation systems.

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“With the joint acquisition of HERE, we want to secure the independence of this central service for all vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and customers in other industries,” said Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche of Daimler AG. (more…)

Audi Shows Autonomous Form on Track, Promises to Deliver on Road With Next A8

Luxury brand keeping self-driving pace with competition.

by on Jul.16, 2015

Audi committed to have its next-gen A8 laden with technology allowing a level of autonomous driving.

With a variety of manufacturers already testing the technology on public roads, it’s becoming a matter of when, not if, autonomous vehicles will land in your local showroom.

Add Audi to the list of makers committing to introduce a self-driving vehicle in the near future. The luxury arm of Volkswagen AG says it will offer the technology on its next-generation A8. And it showed just what autonomous vehicles are capable of during a demonstration this week at California’s Sonoma Raceway.

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“In Sonoma, we took the Audi RS7 piloted driving concept to its physical limits lap after lap, and it handled the task with uniform precision,” said Thomas Müller, who oversees the development of driver assistance systems for the German luxury brand. (more…)

Consumer Report Calls Out Oil Burners

Magazine notes Audi, BMW and Subaru biggest offenders.

by on Jun.30, 2015

The BMW 5 Series is 27 times more likely to need oil between service intervals than other vehicles.

If you’re adding oil to your car’s engine between oil changes, something may be askew, according to Consumer Reports.

The advocacy magazine found that some cars built between 2010 and 2014 are not just needing a little top off between service intervals, but burning through as much as a quart a month.

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Taking Audi, BMW and Subaru to task for the issue, it notes that Audi’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder and 3.0-liter V6; BMW’s 4.8-liter V8 and 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8; and Subaru’s 3.6-liter six-cylinder and 2.0- and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines all burned oil at a higher than normal rate, although the Subarus burned less oil than the others. (more…)

Audi Reveals New A4 Ahead of Formal Frankfurt Debut

Evolutionary exterior hides more revolutionary changes.

by on Jun.29, 2015

The exterior of the 2016 Audi A4 doesn't change much - but there's more here than meets the eye.

You might need to take a second glance if you see the 2016 Audi A4 glide by. But while the German maker has opted for a relatively subtle and evolutionary exterior update, this all-new model delivers a number of more revolutionary changes.

Despite growing longer and wider, the 2016 Audi A4 is as much as 265 pounds lighter than the outgoing sedan. And it offers a variety of new technologies, including an updated infotainment interface that will recognize your handwriting as well as your voice.

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With a variety of new four- and six-cylinder gas and diesel engine options, the fifth-generation Audi A4 will make its official debut a few months from now at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Audi’s “Mobility” Program Allows Rentals with Swipe of iPhone

New “on-demand” service kicks off in San Francisco.

by on Apr.28, 2015

Audi on Demand gives customers a chance to rent the Audi of their choice using a simple iPhone app...and a credit card.

Want to know what it’s like to get behind the wheel of Audi’s R8 supercar? It may soon be available with a few swipes on your iPhone.

The German premium brand is piloting a new service in San Francisco called “Audi on Demand.” Users can simply go to iTunes and download the app to their iPhone and rent the Audi of their choice for as long as 28 days.

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Once you get the app, you can peruse the line-up and availability of the car you want and then for prices ranging from just under $200 to more than $1,200 a day, you can get an Audi delivered to your door or pick it up from a central parking lot. (more…)