Filed under: Detroit Auto Show , Coupe , Audi , Porsche , Volkswagen Audi e-tron Detroit Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery If you’re wondering what the likelihood of Audi building a production version of its new e-tron Detroit Concept Car (yes, that’s really its official designation), our sources at Audi indicate that a version of the coupe is likely to go into serial production as the oft-rumored R4. The German automaker is apparently looking to design a smaller modular platform leveraging the expertise it used to develop the front-engine sedan platform that underpins the new A8 and forthcoming A7 , among others. The new mid-engine architecture will likely find homes in a number of Volkswagen Group properties, including a production version of the Concept BlueSport , and perhaps even the next-generation Porsche Boxster / Cayman
Filed under: Coupe , Technology , Audi Autonomous Audi TT-S “Shelley” – Click above for high-res image gallery We first heard about the latest autonomous driving project from Stanford University and the Volkswagen Group a couple of weeks ago. Audi has released some more information on the car, a TT-S coupe that, like its predecessors, Stanley and Junior, has a name: Shelley.
Filed under: LA Auto Show , Audi , GM , Honda , Mazda , Nissan , Toyota , Design/Style Mazda Souga Concept from LA Design Challenge 2009 – Click above for high-res image gallery This year’s iteration of the annual Design Challenge at the LA Auto Show asks the question: How will a new generation of drivers age 16-23, raised with cell phones, web cams and online communities, emotionally connect to the automobile in 2030? We don’t know the answer either, but at least six designers from some of the world’s top automakers decided to give it a go with their own ideas. First up are the eSpira and eOra from Audi , which are controlled by thought and by the minutest adjustments to the pilot’s body.
Filed under: Sedan , Performance , Europe , Audi , Luxury To many people, Audi is replacing BMW as the go-to yuppie-mobile of choice.
Filed under: Sedan , Audi , Luxury 2011 Audi A8 – Click above for high-res image gallery Camouflaged prototypes of the 2011 Audi A8 have been caught running the Nurburgring, and accompanying these newest shots comes word that Audi’s reworked flagship will be available with a host of new powerplants. According to reports, Audi’s range-topper will continue to be available with a W12, but it’s expected to grow from 6.1- to 6.5-liters and exceed 500 horsepower — 50 hp more than the outgoing twelve
Filed under: Technology , Videos , Audi Stanford’s autonomously drifting Audi TTS — Click above to view video after the jump If you read AutoblogGreen regularly, then you already know that Volkswagen and Stanford University have taken their relationship that began with developing autonomous vehicles to compete in the government-sponsored DARPA Grand Challenge competitions to the next level. VW has committed over $5 million to open the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab on Stanford’s campus with the intent of taking their research further regardless of whether the government is offering a carrot or not. The two organizations are kicking off their new commitment to autonomous vehicles in a big way
Filed under: Spy Photos , Hatchback , Audi Audi probably won’t be taking the wraps completely off its new small car until the Geneva Motor Show next March, but spy shooters are already out there hunting down the prototypes. The clearest image we’ve seen yet shows a mini-car that appears to have changed very little from the MetroProject concept that first appeared at the last Tokyo Motor Show two years ago. The new A1 is expected to go on sale around the middle of next year in Europe although its not clear if it will ever come Stateside.
Filed under: Aftermarket , Performance , Wagon , Europe , Audi MFK Autosport Audi RS6 – Click above for high-res image gallery While most shops focus on tuning the latest Euro hotness, MFK has put its efforts into modifying the old-school (C5) Audi RS6, dropping the wagon over a set of 20×10.5-inch wheels and stretching some sticky 285/25 Dunlop rubber over each satin black, three-piece hoop.