Audi achieved its highest score ever and placed second among nameplates in the annual J.D. Power U.S. APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) Study. The brand posted a total APEAL score of 857 – 62 points above the industry average – and moved up two positions to rank 2nd out of 33 nameplates in the U.S. industry.
Additionally, the 2013 Audi allroad ranked highest in its segment.
This is the 18th year of the J.D. Power APEAL Study, which examines drivers’ assessments of the design, content, layout, and performance of their new vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership.
“We believe we put the best cars on the road,” said Audi of America President Scott Keogh. “Premium car customers have now demonstrated that belief by registering record levels of enthusiasm in the J.D. Power U.S. APEAL study, on top of 30 straight months of record sales.”
The 2013 Audi allroad – with a score of 857 on a 1,000-point scale – received the APEAL award in the Compact Premium CUV segment, narrowly edging the Audi Q5 crossover. With the proven capability of Audi quattro® all-wheel drive, the cargo capacity of a crossover and the refinement of a luxury car, the allroad combines unmatched all-weather capabilities with the driving dynamics and style that are unique to Audi. Following a seven-year hiatus in the U.S. market, the allroad made its long-awaited return last year in a package that is faster and more fuel efficient than its predecessor.
Other notable APEAL Awards distinctions for Audi include:
• Audi A4/A5 ranked 2nd in Compact Premium Car segment
• Audi Q5 ranked 2nd in Compact Premium CUV class
• Audi A6 ranked 2nd in Midsize Premium Car category
• Audi Q7 ranked 2nd Midsize Premium CUV segment
• Audi A8 ranked 2nd in Large Premium Csegment
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There is a new app available, exclusively in Audi vehicles, which makes it easier to find parking space.
A Santa Monica, California company called ParkMe Inc. collects parking data from operators of lots in 1,800 cities in 19 countries have stated that it is providing Audi with real-time parking data available through vehicle infotainment systems.
An Audi spokesman has also stated that Audi vehicles with the Audi Connect infotainment system automatically download the parking app and place the app in its menu.
The most important question: How does it work? The driver can call up a menu in major cities that shows public, private, and municipal parking lots. Occupancy and rate information is displayed on the screen. Once the driver selects a parking lot, they can instruct the navigation system to display turn-by-turn instructions to get there.
Data available to the driver also include hours of operation, electric vehicle charging station availability, payment types and rates. The ParkMe app also includes information on parking availability at airports.
ParkMe co-founder, Alexander Israel, stated that the app can be downloaded for free on phones. Also, several other functions are being developed, such as the ability for the driver to send an e-mail to the parking lot operator to reserve a space and a display that shows real-time street parking availability.
Source: Automotive News
The 2015 Audi S3 Sedan is the flagship model of the new Audi A3 Sedan range. Both cars will make their official debut at the New York Auto Show this year.
The Audi S3 will stock 300PS and 380 Nm of torque. It will sport S-specific treatments starting with the single frame grille, bumpers, air intakes, side sills, exterior mirror housings, and rear spoiler.The rear will sport four chrome-trimmed oval tailpipes fixed unto the diffuser.
The Audi S3 Sedan will be powered by a 2.0L TFSI engine that produces 300PS and 380 Nm of torque with technology such as dual fuel injection, exhaust manifold integrated in the cylinder head, the Audi valvelift system and a rotary valve module for thermal management.
The result will be a naught to 62mph sprint time of 4.9 seconds but with the standard manual transmission it will need 5.3 seconds, the top speed is electronically limited to 155mph but fuel economy stable at 40.9mpg with S tronic transmission and 40.4mpg where the manual gearbox is fitted.
There are large high performance brakes with 340mm front discs that deliver high performance stopping power at any speed.
The 2015 Audi S3 Sedan will be available early 2014!
Audi gets a few bit parts in the latest installment of the Iron Man franchise coming to theaters, but at the Hollywood premiere Wednesday night, you would have thought that the brand had a starring role.
Iron Man 3 star Robert Downey Jr. made an entrance with his wife in a blazing-red 2014 Audi R8 V-10 Spyder. As if that wasn’t enough, the sports car was escorted down Hollywood Boulevard by a cadre of cops on bicycles.
He was later joined on the red carpet by co-star Gwyneth Paltrow.
After the movie was screened at a pair of theaters facing each other across the boulevard, guests emerged to see more than 30 chauffeur-driven Audis arrayed across the blacktop in front of the theaters.
In the movie, virtually all the cars were Audis, but they are never shown much. Their screen time is reduced to walk-on status. But given the popularity of the past two Iron Man films, Audi must be convinced that even a bit part is better than none when it comes to the comic-book-based movies.
Here are some helpful car seat safety tips
- Rear-facing is safest. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend rear-facing as long as possible. Parents should keep child rear-facing until at least 2 years old, longer if the car safety seat weight and height limit allows. Young children are fragile and are best protected in a rear-facing car seat. To ensure a child can stay rear-facing as long as possible, purchase a convertible seat when your baby outgrows the infant seat.
- Most children younger than 5-years old are not mature enough to sit without a full harness. Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until at least 5 or 6 years old.
- Most common mistakes can be avoided by simply following manufacturers’ instructions. All car seats must meet stringent Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to be sold in the U.S. It is when they are not used correctly that makes them unsafe. Always read and follow the instructions for the safety seat. Also, read the vehicle owner’s manual section on child restraints.
- Always use the top tether when installing a forward-facing car seat.The tether reduces movement of a car seat in a crash and helps to achieve a tight installation.
Below is an infographic that includes important ages and stages information.
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Audi’s said today that its March U.S. sales jumped 14%, continuing its sales growth momentum for a 27th consecutive month.
Total sales of 13,253 marked Audi’s second-best month ever in the U.S. and contributed to a record first quarter.
As it did last month, the brand reported a large year-over-year increase — 25% — for its most expensive models — the A8 flagship, the A7 and A6 sedans and the Q7 SUV. Those top end models were 37% of total sales, Audi said.
SUVs showed particularly strong growth for the brand, with the three-row Q7 up 53% and the two-row, midsize Q5 up 39%.
“Demand remains extremely strong for our … premium models,” said Mark Del Rosso, COO of Audi of America in a statement. “All signs point to sustained growth in the months ahead as Audi works towards a target goal of 150,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. this year.”
Audi’s entry A4 sedan and its companion Allroad wagon were up 20%, to 3,951, making it the brand’s biggest volume seller.
Sales of the outgoing A3 hatch plummeted 81%; Audi previewed the coming new A3 sedan last week before the New York Auto Show and it goes on sale early next year.
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The jury sees Audi as a pioneer in the development of piloted driving
- Audi boss Stadler: “We are greatly honored to be included in the group of the world’s most innovative companies. It shows that Audi is well equipped for the future.”
Eight ultrasonic sensors monitor the zones directly in front of the car and at its corners. There is also a laser scanner that supplies high-precision data gathered at an angle of about 140 degrees and as far as 80 meters (262.47 ft) ahead of the front of the car. In the words of Audi Board of Management Chairman Rupert Stadler: “We are greatly honored to be included in the group of the world’s most innovative companies. It shows that Audi is well equipped for the future.”
“As summed up in its slogan ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’, Audi is up among the leaders in the integration of electronic and electromechanical systems,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer, Board Member Technical Development, AUDI AG. “Piloted driving is a logical step for Audi, based on the in-car assistance systems already in use.”
Audi already plays a leading role in the premium segment with extensive safety, comfort and convenience equipment and tailor-made Internet services on its cars. Under the heading ‘Audi connect’ the company offers its customers integrated services that include traffic information online, Google Earth and Street View, weather, airline and railroad data and links with social media services such as Facebook and Twitter.
“MIT Technology Review” magazine was launched in 1899 at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is regarded as one of the world’s leading publications of its kind. Every year the magazine’s editors select the most innovative companies to join their list of “50 Disruptive Companies”. The list includes companies whose innovations, according to the magazine, have the potential to have a lasting effect on life around the world. International corporations such as Apple, Samsung and GE have already been added to the “50 Disruptive Companies”.
Inclusion in the MIT list of “50 Disruptive Companies” is the third award gained by Audi’s piloted driving technology. In January the US magazine “Popular Science” chose the Audi piloted parking system for garage parking facilities as its “Product of the Future”, and the specialized media network “The Verge” acknowledged the new Audi system to be “Best Automotive Technology” at this year’s CES.
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Official Audi Press Release:
Audi A6/S6 and A7/S7 selected by Car and Driver as ’2013 10Best’ winners
The 2013 Audi A6/S6 and 2013 Audi A7/S7 vehicles have been named by Car and Driver, a leading automotive enthusiast publication, to the 31st annual “10Best” list. Car and Driver’s ’10Best’ recognizes the best new cars on the market under $80,000. This, in the addition to including the new S6 and S7 sport models to the roster of winners, is the second consecutive year for the Audi A6 and A7 to be selected as Car and Driver’s ’10Best’ winners.
“The A6 and A7, along with the S6 and S7 models which deliver more performance, design and technology, are a few of Audi’s greatest success stories,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “Audi is proud to be recognized again by Car and Driver’s ’10Best’ for the A6/S6 and A7/S7. This proves that Audi continues to lead with a winning combination of innovative technology, progressive design and unmatched performance.”
“The A6/A7 and S6/S7 constitute a remarkable range of cars; they’ve won every Car and Driver comparison test in which they’ve competed,” said Eddie Alterman, Editor-in-Chief, Car and Driver. “This is an extraordinary achievement, especially considering the competition.”
2013 Audi A6 and A7
The award-winning 2013 Audi A6 and A7 combine thrilling performance, stunning design, and intelligent technology. Both boast an all-aluminum 3.0 TFSI® supercharged V6 engine that generates 310 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Aside from spectacular performance, the Audi A6 and A7 are also two of Audi’s most innovative and technologically-advanced models to date. Intelligent features include head-up display and the MMI® touch that recognizes handwriting. Audi is the first company worldwide to feature factory-installed wireless internet (for up to 8 passenger devices), enabling features such as Audi connect™ for real-time weather, traffic news and live fuel prices, and MMI navigation with 3D Google Earth™ images.
2013 Audi S6 and S7
The all-new 2013 Audi S6 and S7 models bring exhilarating performance, intelligent efficiency technologies and exclusive “S” design cues. Building upon the industry-leading innovation of the Audi A6 and A7, the Audi S models set new standards for performance and prestige.
The new 2013 Audi S6 and S7 are both equipped with an all-new twin-turbo 4.0 TFSI engine that delivers 420 horsepower and an impressive 406 lb-ft of torque from 1,400 to 5,300 rpm and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 engine brings progressive performance to the luxury sedan segment with the combination of smaller displacement and higher output. Compared to the previous S6 model, it offers greater performance while reducing fuel consumption by as much as 25 percent.
Standard features that differentiate the S models from the A models include, Audi cylinder on demand™ with active engine mounts and active noise cancellation for better fuel efficiency, a rear sport differential, air suspension, and a 7-speed S tronic® transmission.
Both A and S models feature Audi connect™ with factory-installed Wi-Fi and navigation with 3D Google Earth. From the groundbreaking MMI touch and its gracefully integrated display screen, to the state-of-the-art head up display, the Audi S6 and S7 are the perfect marriage of progressive design and sophisticated engineering.
Nominees for the 31st annual ’10Best’ list consist of all new cars, 2012 10Best winners, cars that were not available for the 2012 competition and those with significant updates. All cars must fall under the base-price cap of $80,000 and be on sale by January 2013. Full coverage of the 2013 Car and Driver 10Best awards can be found in the January issue, on newsstands early December, and online at http://www.caranddriver.com.
Official Audi Press Release:
Dynamics at their most beautiful – the Audi RS 7
Audi is expanding its RS model lineup: The RS 7 Sportback, which is making its debut at the North American International Auto Show 2013 in Detroit, stands for dynamics at their most beautiful. The large five-door coupe uses a 4.0 TFSI engine producing 412 kW (560 hp). The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes just 3.9 seconds, and the speed governor can be deactivated upon customer request to permit a top speed of up to 305 km/h (189.52 mph). Despite this superior performance, the Audi RS 7 Sportback consumes on average just 9.8 liters of fuel per 100 km (24.00 US mpg).
Aesthetic design, innovative technology and impressive sportiness: The RS 7 Sportback, the large five-door coupe from Audi, combines many strengths to produce a fascinating character. Its strong heart is the 4.0 TFSI, which takes Audi’s downsizing strategy to the high-end category. The twin-turbo V8 displaces 3,993 cc and develops awesome power, with 412 kW (560 hp) available between 5,700 and 6,700 rpm. A constant 750 Nm (553.17 lb-ft) of torque are available between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm.
Because the high-revving four-cylinder engine has been rigorously designed for low load-change and flow losses, it develops this power quickly and spontaneously. The cylinder heads have the exhaust side on the inside and the intake side on the outside. The two twin-scroll turbochargers, which produce up to 1.2 bars of relative boost pressure, are located together with the intercooler in the inside V of the cylinder banks. Consequently, the gas paths are very short and response very good. The RS-specific engine management and unthrottled intake system also contribute to the dynamic character of the twin-turbo V8. Switchable flaps in the exhaust system make the engine sound even fuller at the push of a button or under strong acceleration. Audi also offers an optional sport exhaust system.
The RS 7 Sportback sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. Audi limits the top speed in the standard configuration to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Top speed with the optional dynamic package is 280 km/h (173.98 mph) and
305 km/h (189.52 mph) with the dynamic package plus.
Yet the new top model of the model series consumes on average just 9.8 liters of fuel per 100 km (24.00 US mpg). This top value is due in part to the standard start-stop system and innovative thermal management.
The most innovative efficiency technology in the new Audi RS 7 Sportback is the cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low to medium loads and engine speeds, it deactivates cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 by closing their valves via electromechanical actuators. The 4.0 TFSI then runs as a four-cylinder engine until the driver accelerates more strongly again. The operating points in the active cylinders are displaced toward higher loads, increasing efficiency.
All of these operations take just a few hundredths of a second and occur so smoothly and quickly that they can hardly be felt or heard. Active engine bearings, another high-end solution from Audi, use out-of-phase counter-oscillations to compensate for the slight vibrations that occur during four-cylinder operation. The COD technology reduces NEDC fuel consumption by roughly five percent, and even greater savings of approximately 10 percent are possible when driving at moderate speeds.
The standard eight-speed tiptronic is specially tuned to the sporty character of the Audi RS 7 Sportback. Drivers can choose between the modes D and S or change gears themselves using the shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever, which sports a unique RS design. While the lower gears of the tiptronic are closely spaced for sporty response, eighth gear is tall like an overdrive to reduce fuel consumption.
The Audi RS 7 Sportback comes standard with quattro permanent all-wheel drive for its decisive advantage in traction and driving safety compared with its two-wheel-drive competitors. At the heart of the quattro system is a center differential with a high locking rate and a separate oil cooler to regulate its temperature. It distributes the power as needed within a wide range between the front and rear axles. In the standard configuration, 60 percent flows to the rear and 40 percent to the front.
An intelligent software solution called torque vectoring supports the work of the differential at the cornering limit with minimal braking of the wheels that are under a reduced load. Audi also offers the optional sport differential for the rear axle, which uses two superposition gears to actively distribute the power between the wheels.
The Audi RS 7 Sportback comes standard with polished, 20-inch forged lightweight wheels in a seven twin-spoke design. The five-door high-performance coupe also rolls on optional 21-inch cast wheels in a choice of three designs.
Powerful brakes are located behind the large wheels. The four internally vented discs feature a weight-saving wave design and measure 390 millimeters (15.35 in) in diameter up front. Pins decouple the steel friction rings from the aluminum brake caps. Black painted six-piston calipers – optionally available in red – grip the discs. Audi also offers optional 420 millimeter (16.54 in) carbon fiber ceramic discs with anthracite gray calipers. The electronic stabilization control (ESC) has a Sport mode and can also be deactivated entirely.
Equipped with the air suspension, which harmonizes perfectly with the dynamic character of a sport coupe, the new RS 7 Sportback is sporty, yet still comfortable. The RS 7 adaptive air suspension lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.79 in). Adaptive damping, another of the system’s features, adjusts the suspension’s response to the condition of the road, the driver’s style and the mode selected in the Audi drive select system, with which the driver can alter the function of key components in multiple steps.
Audi offers the taut sport suspension plus with dynamic ride control (DRC) as an alternative to the air suspension. It uses steel springs and three-stage adjustable dampers that are connected to one another via diagonal oil lines and a central valve. Another option, which can also be integrated into Audi drive select, is the dynamic steering with its steplessly variable steering boost and ratio. As with the standard electromechanical steering, its characteristics are specially tailored for the RS 7 Sportback.
The body of the Audi RS 7 Sportback includes up to 20 percent aluminum and includes many parts of high-strength and ultra high-strength steels. Its high rigidity is the foundation for the precise handling, excellent workmanship and quiet cabin free of intrusive noise.
The character of the Audi RS 7 Sportback is immediately obvious. A series of specific design details give a sporty edge to its flowing coupe design. These include the distinctive bumpers and high-gloss black protective grille with honeycomb structure at the front of the car as well as add-on parts in matt aluminum. At the rear of the car, which features a power extending spoiler, the diffuser and the two large, elliptical tailpipe trims of the exhaust system catch the eye.
The RS 7 Sportback is available in a choice of ten exterior colors, including the new shade Nardo gray and the exclusive finish Daytona gray, matt effect. Two styling packages – matt aluminum and carbon – further customize the appearance. With these, the front center air inlet also sports a quattro badge. With the carbon styling package, the front splitter and the diffuser are somewhat more boldly shaped. Other options include the exterior mirrors with exposed carbon housings and the all-LED headlights, whose designer trims are tinted for a unique look.
The elegant dynamics carry over to the cockpit of the Audi RS 7 Sportback. The dial instruments have black faces, white scales and red needles. A 3D RS 7 logo in the tachometer is a further accent. The key, the flat-bottomed, three-spoke leather steering wheel, the illuminated door entry sills and the displays for the MMI and driver information system also sport RS badges. The driver information system includes a shift light, which indicates when the rev limit is reached. Displays for boost pressure and oil temperature plus a lap timer round out the RS 7-specific menu.
Colors and materials provide for further differentiation. The footrest, pedals and soft keys in the standard MMI navigation plus terminal shine in an aluminum-look finish. The decorative trim below the retractable monitor sports a piano finish.
Carbon inlays are standard, with four additional materials available as options. The headlining comes standard in black cloth, with options for lunar silver or black Alcantara. Of course, the Audi RS 7 Sportback can also be personalized using the Audi exclusive program.
RS sport seats with pronounced side bolsters, integrated head restraints and RS 7 logos are standard. They are covered in a combination of black Alcantara and leather, and the center sections feature diamond quilting. The seats can also be covered alternatively in high-grade, honeycomb-quilted Valcona leather in either black or lunar silver. Audi offers optional power-adjustable comfort seats with memory function. The two rear seats are powerfully contoured. Luggage capacity ranges from 535 to 1,390 liters (18.89 to 49.09 cu ft) depending on the position of the rear seat backs.
The Audi RS 7 Sportback comes with a generous list of standard equipment, including xenon plus headlights, a tire pressure monitoring system, the parking system plus, three-zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control and the Audi sound system in addition to features mentioned previously. High-end options include a head-up display, a comfort package, the dynamic package and the dynamic package plus.
The Bluetooth online car phone is an ideal complement to the standard MMI navigation plus. Its UMTS module delivers the tailored Audi connect services to the on-board monitor, and a WLAN hotspot connects the passengers’ mobile devices. Topping the range of audio modules is the Advanced Sound System from Bang & Olufsen.
The Audi RS 7 Sportback also leads the pack when it comes to driver assistance systems. One of these is the adaptive cruise control with stop & go function including Audi pre sense front. This keeps the powerful coupe at the proper distance from the car ahead and in many situations can help to avoid accidents or mitigate their consequences.
Audi active lane assist helps the driver to keep the RS 7 Sportback on course. The park assist handles the steering when parking. The night vision assistant with highlighting of detected persons reduces the stress of driving in the dark. Audi side assist and the speed limit display round out the list.