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Jun
22

Heavy task for Audi at the Norisring

Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTMThe ‘home round’ for the four rings at the Norisring is linked with an aim that will only be achievable with a ‘heavy’ effort. In Nuremberg – only some 90 kilometers away from the headquarters in Ingolstadt – the Audi squad is set on continuing its winning streak in the DTM and clinching its seventh consecutive triumph on June 27 and 28.

Audi has not been beaten in the internationally popular touring car racing series in nine months. The two Audi drivers Mattias Ekström (S) and Jamie Green (GB) have each won three of the last six DTM races for Audi. Now there is an event on the calendar that suits both of them particularly well: the Norisring. The leader of the drivers’ Read the rest of this entry »

Jun
19

2015 Audi Q3 Achieves Top Rating for Small Premium SUV in Power Rankings

2015 Audi Q3 Crossover Front AngleThe new Audi Q3 crossover introduced last fall remains in short supply in the U.S. market partly because it’s in great demand. And in its 2015 Initial Quality Study that was released on Wednesday, J.D. Power & Associates explained part of the reason: Owners of the all-new compact CUV give it segment-leading scores for quality and reliability.

In fact, Q3 ranked No. 1 in the Small Premium SUV category of the new Power study, which compiles owners’ evaluations of the quality of their vehicles within the first 90 days of ownership. That kind of showing for an all-new vehicle is an industry rarity, given the complexity of launching any new model. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun
18

Audi 2.5 TFSI – International Engine of the Year for Sixth Time

Audi 2.5 TFSI - International Engine of the Year for Sixth TimeThe Audi 2.5-liter TFSI engine is the “International Engine of the Year” for 2015 in the 2 to 2.5-liter category. The five-cylinder engine has now won the award for the sixth consecutive time.

An international panel of experts comprising 65 automotive journalists voted the 2.5 TFSI the winner in its class. The jury gave these reasons for its decision: “Reliable Audi quality and excellent tuning make this engine a genuine pleasure to drive. No synthetically designed sound could replace the passionate sound of this magnificent in-line five-cylinder engine.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jun
16

The great quattro by Audi at Design Miami-Basel

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattroThis year, the Audi presence at Design Miami/Basel revolves around the new Audi Q7. The brand with the four rings is the exclusive automotive partner of the show and from June 16 to 21 it will be exhibiting “The great quattro”: a three-dimensional installation with dark monoliths which prominently showcases the largest model of the Audi SUV family.

The focus of this year’s Design Miami/Basel is the new Audi Q7, which is offered with a quattro drive system as standard equipment and is up to 325 kg (716.5 lb) lighter than in the previous model. The large SUV from Audi is being exhibited as a space full of possibilities. It now has smaller exterior dimensions, but inside it offers considerably more space for the driver and front passenger. The new Audi Q7 positions itself at the top of the Read the rest of this entry »

Jun
16

What Do You Need to Include in Your Car’s Breakdown Kit?

Most cars break down at the most inconvenient of times; usually when you are late for work or it’s pouring down with rain and you left your umbrella at home. Often the problem is simple – perhaps you forgot to fill up on fuel at the last gas station you passed and now the car is running on fumes – but whatever the problem, it is helpful to carry a basic breakdown kit in your car, just in case you are caught out.

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Membership of an Auto Breakdown Club

Unless you are a trained mechanic, it pays to be a member of a breakdown club. That way if you do breakdown, all you have to do is make one phone call and then wait for roadside assistance to come to the rescue. The service isn’t free, but it will give you peace of mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun
15

Innovative Technologies in the New Audi R8 Model Family

Innovative technologies in the new Audi R8 model familyAt Audi, race cars and production cars have a lot in common in many technical areas – including their controls and displays. The best example is the similarity between the Audi R18 e-tron quattro race car prototype, which will start at the 24 hours of Le Mans this weekend, and the new production Audi R8 sports car. The designs of their steering wheels and digital displays show significant commonalities. The high-performance sports car, which will go on sale late this summer, is part of a sporty model family together with the GT race car, the Audi R8 LMS, and the battery-electric powered Audi R8 e-tron. In its latest evolutionary stage, the Audi R8 offers even more power, speed and endurance. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun
12

Audi RS 5 TDI Competition Concept Drives to Record Time on the Sachsenring Track

2015 Audi RS5 TDI Competition Concept Front AngleAudi has set a new record time on the Sachsenring for cars with a diesel engine. The Audi RS 5 TDI competition concept rounded the 3.6 km (2.2 mi) race course in a time of 1 minute 35.35 seconds. The technology platform draws its power from a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo TDI with 320 kW (435 hp) of power and 800 Nm (590.0 lb-ft) of torque. The highlight is an electrically driven compressor. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun
11

Audi Sport With New Smartphone App

Audi Sport App 3.0Right in time for the Le Mans 24 Hours, Audi is presenting a new version of the Audi Sport App for smartphones. It provides access to current information about the brand’s motorsport program and is available effective immediately.

The 3.0 version of the Audi Sport App for iOS and Android keeps fans up to date on the increasingly extensive motorsport involvement of AUDI AG. An interactive start page that provides current information on the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the DTM, GT racing, the Audi Sport TT Cup or the entire motorsport program, as desired, is the centerpiece of the newly developed app. Navigation is intuitive using hashtags. Read the rest of this entry »