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Record Number of New Products Set to Debut at LA Auto Show

More than 30 world intros, up to 60 models to make North American debut.

by on Nov.19, 2014

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It’s going to be a busy week for automotive scribes hoping to keep up with all the news coming out of the Los Angeles Auto Show – and that means great news for car shoppers looking for the latest and greatest offerings.

Based on advance announcements, industry scuttlebutt and the LA show’s latest media schedule, there look to be at least 30 world introductions at the L.A. Convention Center, with twice that many new models on display for the first time in North America if you include those recently shown at the Paris Motor Show and elsewhere.

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The Tinseltown gathering will underscore the increasing diversity of the American automotive market, with everything from battery-cars to high-performance vehicles, entry-level crossovers to ultra-exclusive sedans. If anything, this week’s L.A. Auto Show breaks with recent history. In recent years there has been an emphasis on green machines. This time around, there’s a big push for performance and luxury. (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 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…)

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…)

European Luxury Brands Riding US, China Sales

Off-continent sales insulate makers from tough environment.

by on Mar.19, 2014

The Bentley GT Speed convertible is one of several recent additions helping buoy the marque's sales.

European car sales were up for the sixth month in a row; however, that bit of good news comes on the heels of the market suffering its worst downturn in decades, which is to say oftentimes good news is relative.

February sales rose 8% in February to 861,058 units, according to European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association. It was still the second-worst February ever. In short, it’s getting better, but there’s still a long way to go.

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However, luxury automakers have been bustling along during the downturn as if nothing had changed from the European market’s heyday. (more…)

Audi Drops its Top with New S3 Cabriolet

U.S. plans not yet clear.

by on Feb.20, 2014

Audi's newest introduction, the S3 Cabriolet, uses a 2.0-liter turbo to produce 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque in a small package.

In the midst of its biggest product proliferation program ever, Audi is flipping its top, quite literally, with the addition of its latest convertible model, the new S3 Cabriolet.

It’s also the latest in a growing line of variants off the all-new compact platform that includes a range of products such as the new A3 wagon and sedan, as well as the A3 e-tron, Audi’s first-ever plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle.

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The designation of the new Cabriolet reveals much of the critical details, the “S” badge meaning this is one of Audi’s most sporty models. The 2015 S3 Cabriolet is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo gas engine making 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque – likely to deliver quite a punch in such a compact model. (more…)

Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Defies Easier Categorization

Is it crossover, wagon…or something new?

by on Jan.12, 2014

Audi's Allroad Shoot Brake concept may have observers wondering what it is: crossover, sport utility or station wagon?

Automakers seem to take delight in delivering new designs that don’t fall into any handy category. The idea is to find new “white space” that the competition hasn’t thought up yet. And that seems to be what Audi has in mind with the Allroad shooting brake it will formally unveil this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The luxury maker alternately refers to the concept vehicle as a “crossover” and a “shooting brake,” a British term that usually translates into “wagon.” We can understand Audi’s reluctance to use that term, particularly in the U.S., where station wagons are anathema to most buyers. But call it what you will, the Allroad shooting brake concept picks up on the more sporty, wagon-esque stance that is quite popular in Europe and many other parts of the world. And it just might be handsome enough to click with American buyers, as well.

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It better. Audi’s tech director, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, suggests the show car is “offering very concrete glimpses of the near future.” In other words, expect to see it in production in the very near future. (more…)

Google Gains Foothold in New Vehicles

New partnership expands behemoth's impact on auto industry.

by on Jan.07, 2014

The new partnership between Google and several auto companies means more Android apps and systems will find their way into new cars and trucks.

Google’s reach into the automotive industry just extended a little further with the announcement of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA): a group of auto and technology companies looking to expand the use of Android systems to vehicles.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based technology behemoth is already helping to lead the development of autonomous vehicles. Now, the company will have an impact on the driving experience before those hit the roads as Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia signed on to the partnership. Google extended an open invitation to other automakers as well.

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“The OAA is dedicated to a common platform that will drive innovation, and make technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone,” according to the release. (more…)

Mercedes Lands Luxury Sales Crown as Industry Closes Books on 2013

Ford, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Audi and Subaru among other makers celebrating.

by on Jan.03, 2014

Mercedes-Benz wrestled the luxury car title away from BMW this year.

Mercedes-Benz took away the luxury vehicle sales crown from archrival BMW as carmakers closed the books on a successful 2013 that sets the stage for a continuing rebound.

With the U.S. auto industry recording its best year since before the start of the Great Recession, a number of automakers had reason to celebrate. Honda, Nissan, Audi and Subaru were among those reporting all-time record sales, while General Motors retained its position as the nation’s largest automaker.

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But Toyota finished 2013 with bragging rights for not only having the best-selling passenger car in the country, but also having the industry’s highest retail sales. And Ford’s F-150 retained its crown as not only the best-selling truck, but also the best-selling vehicle overall. (more…)

Automakers End 2013 With Best Sales in Six Years

Optimism is the word as 2014 gets underway.

by on Jan.03, 2014

It was another "best-selling" year for the F-150 as it again captured the title of best-selling vehicle in the U.S., helping Ford to a 2% sales increase in December.

With domestic and international brands reporting solid gains in December, new vehicle sales, like the stock market, finished 2013 on an upbeat note, creating optimism about the outlook for the year to come.

While a few manufacturers have yet to report in, the industry was on track to report its best sales numbers in six years, a welcome relief after the worst industry downturn since the Great Depression. A total of about 15.5 million vehicles were purchased by U.S. motorists in 2013, and forecasts for the coming year range from IHS Automotive’s conservative 16.1 million to as much as 16.5 million or more.

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Significantly, an assortment of manufacturers finished last year reporting all-time best numbers, a list that included imports such as Audi, Subaru, Hyundai and Kia. But at least a few automakers ended 2013 on a mixed note – Toyota, for one, reporting a 1.7% drop in December sales, though it was nonetheless up 7.4% for the year as a whole. (more…)