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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.


Audi Adds TDI Sportback to A3 Line-Up

Diesel will join plug-in hybrid version of new wagon.

by on Apr.16, 2014

Audi is adding two new vehicles to its A3 lineup: a Sportback diesel and a Sportback e-tron, which is a plug-in hybrid.

The latest-generation Audi A3 has only just gone on sale but the German maker is already expanding the range of offerings for the small car line.

That will now include two high-mileage versions of the A3 Sportback – or wagon, if you prefer. A diesel version will roll into showrooms next year, joining the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, the maker’s new plug-in hybrid.

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The fact that Audi will soon have two versions of the Sportback in the entry-level A3 line-up is significant considering it seemed bound and determined to abandon the wagon for the U.S. market not all that long ago.  But it got a different message from prior owners. (more…)

Audi Unveils Sport Quattro Concept Ahead of Frankfurt

Show car pays homage with a forward-looking design and 700-hp plug-in powertrain.

by on Sep.04, 2013

Audi offers a modern take on some classic design details with the Sport Quattro Concept.

Audi’s homage to the ur-Quattro of years past will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show barely a week from now but the automaker is already offering us up a few different angles on the striking Audi Sport Quattro Concept.

The “legitimate successor” to the ‘80s-era Audi Quattro also provides a sneak peak at the sporty coupe expected to make it to market in about two year’s time. Whether the production model will share the high-performance plug-in hybrid drivetrain found in the coupe remains to be seen, however.

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The new Audi Sport Quattro Concept – which updates a concept vehicle Audi revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show — clearly pays its respects to the original Quattro coupe, with details such as the angular, flat C-pillars, the rectangular double headlights, the blisters above the fenders, and the overall, muscular design. But don’t confuse this with some of the retro-mobiles we’ve seen in recent years.

The Audi Sport Quattro Concept features a 700-hp plug-in hybrid drivetrain.


Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron to Be Maker’s First Plug-in Hybrid

But there’ll be plenty to follow, with a diesel plug-in also under development.

by on Mar.07, 2013

Audi's A3 e-tron will be just the first of a planned assortment of plug-ins to come from the maker.

Luxury automaker Audi has taken the first step in what it promises will be a major commitment to plug-in hybrid powertrain technology.

The new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron making its public debut at this week’s Geneva Motor Show is being billed as the first in a procession of clean, high-mileage PHEVs the Volkswagen AG luxury subsidiary plans to roll out over the coming years. It marks a shift away from Audi’s earlier interest in pure battery-electric technology, company officials insisting plug-ins better meet the needs of today’s motorists.

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Using the most sporty of the compact Audi A3 body styles, the new e-tron offers “the power of two hearts,” proclaimed Rupert Stadler, Audi’s CEO, during a Geneva news conference. There’s a 150-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four gasoline engine paired with a 100-horsepower electric motor.


Audi About to Plug in its A3 e-tron

“A realistic glimpse into the future.”

by on Feb.21, 2013

The Audi A3 e-tron will deliver about 30 miles per charge, with a tentative rating of over 150 MPG-e.

Audi will move a big step closer to launching its battery-powered sub-brand when it reveals the new A3 e-tron at the Geneva Motor Show early next month.

Like many of its key competitors, the luxury maker has been toying with a variety of electric drivelines, from conventional hybrids up to pure battery drive, but it appears to be ready to place its chips on plug-in hybrid power as offering the right balance of price, range and performance.

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The March 5th debut of the Audi A3 e-tron at Geneva’s PALExpo Center “will provide a realistic glimpse into the future of mobility as Audi is planning it. The electrification of the drivetrain, above all using plug-in technology, plays a deciding role in the strategy of the brand,” according to an advanced statement describing the new model.


Audi Unveils A6 e-tron Plug-In Hybrid

Study could lead to production model – for China.

by on Apr.25, 2012

Audi uses a stretched wheelbase A6 platform for the e-tron concept.

Audi’s late-to-the-party commitment to battery power is getting charged up fast.  The maker has already announced several upcoming products using its advanced electric drive technology – collectively dubbed e-tron – including a plug-in hybrid version of the 2-seat Audi R8.

Now, the German luxury brand is shifting focus to a more mainstream model, a plug-in version of the A6 sedan on display this week at the Beijing Motor Show – and, Audi hints, possibly in line for the jump from concept to customer.

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The prototype A6 e-tron features a turbocharged 211-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that’s paired with a 95-horsepower electric motor that gets its juice from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack.  While Audi isn’t saying how big that is, we’re estimating it’s somewhere between 16 and 20 kilowatt-hours, enough to get a maximum 50 miles in electric mode.  And for longer drives, that gas engine then kicks in to keep the A6 e-tron concept going indefinitely.


Audi Unveils New A3 Wagon – But US Version Still Under Wraps

Sedan, not wagon, for America, but US will share etron plug-in.

by on Mar.07, 2012

The new Audi A3 wagon got its debut in Geneva, but it'll be a while before we see the U.S. sedan.

It required an act of aggression to get anywhere near the new Audi A3 during the opening day of the Geneva Motor Show, considering the size of the crowds at the luxury maker’s stands.  But an intrepid effort uncovered a new model significantly updated from the compact luxury car currently in Audi showrooms.

The basic look of the new wagon on display at the PALExpo Convention Center is familiar, with the new Audi A3 sized, overall, about the same as before – though it features a longer wheelbase and more interior space.  But the new car has a more refined and elegant feel, no longer looking like the cheap, throwaway member of the family.

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But Americans shouldn’t get too comfortable with the wagon on display.  It likely won’t come to the States, a senior Audi official telling that the Volkswagen Group brand has developed an entirely different model for the U.S. that won’t reach showrooms until late in 2013.

“We decided not to take it,” considering wagons simply don’t connect with U.S. buyers, noted Johan de Nysschen, CEO of Audi of America.  Instead, the model coming to the States is a new sedan that “doesn’t share a single body panel with this car.”


Audi Will Offer e-tron Option on New A3

First plug-in will debut in 2014; other models to follow.

by on Mar.02, 2012

The Audi A3 will offer an e-tron plug-in hybrid option starting in 2014.

Even as the automaker prepares to launch its first U.S. fleet-test of a plug-in hybrid, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler is confirming expansive new plans for a range of battery-based vehicles from some of its smallest to its sportiest offerings.

That electric assault will begin in 2014, Stadler announced at Audi’s annual news conference, when it begins offering a plug-in “e-tron” option for the new A3 subcompact.  The battery-based A3 will begin field testing in four U.S. markets this month, as reported earlier this week. (Click Here for more on the fleet test.)

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Among other models that will get plug-in and other advanced hybrid options are the

Meanwhile, the maker will tap into its Le Mans racing program, where it has long dominated with its Quattro all-wheel-drive and diesel technologies, and where it has introduced a new flywheel-based hybrid system on the R18 race car.  That technology – which stores energy in a fast-spinning wheel, rather than a battery – is expected to show up on a version of the maker’s A4, dubbed the B9, in the next several years, according to Britain’s Autocar.