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What happens when an auto company finds that a certain offering is not selling enough to make a good business case? Continuing to build and sell such vehicle would only be counterproductive, thus, stopping its production could be a good decision. That might the case for the Audi A3 three-door hatchback, which according to a report by Autocar, would be dropped in the coming years.
The fourth generation of the Audi A3 family is due to arrive sometime in 2019, ushering a new era for the German premium carmaker’s small family car. However, it seems that Audi is not bent on giving the A3 three-door hatchback another crack for glory, AutoCar reports, citing sources privy with what goes on inside the luxury carmaker.
As per the British auto publication, Audi officials have indicated that the dropping of the A3 three-door hatchback is part of the carmaker’s model consolidation program. It added that the program was prompted as part of the cost-cutting measures needed to ensure that there are enough funds for fixing the Volkswagen Group’s Dieselgate scandal. Simply put, its continued decline in terms of sales means that there is no more business-related reasons for the auto company to allow the A3 three-door hatchback to live on through the next generation.Read the entire article Audi to drop A3 three-door hatchback from its next-generation lineup
A couple of days ago, Audi announced an update in terms of the pricing of their 2018 lineup. With the price increase, several models will have more features as standard equipment while there will be more models that will have sportier interior and exterior design packages.
The Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron had always been a successful model since it was first released in the United States. Sales charts of the said model from January 2016 up until March this year indicate that the model is doing well. In fact, the model made up around 13 percent of all Audi A3 sales in its first eight months, and by last December, the percentage went up to 20 percent.
The 2017 model was first sold with a price tag of $37,900, and it soon increased to $38,900. And naturally, there will be a price increase for the 2018 year model, with the Premium trim at $39,500, the Premium Plus at $42,600, and $48,100 for the range-topping Prestige. That is about $600 to $1,300 more than the previous model.Read the entire article There has been a noticeable price hike for the 2018 Audi A3 E-Tron
With Audi targeting to expand its lineup to around 60 individual premium vehicles by the end of the decade, there is a high chance that the German carmaker would try to fill in every niche in the luxury category. Thus, if Auto Express’ report is credible, there is a big chance that Audi would introduce a coupe version of its next-generation A3.
Audi is expected to launch the fourth generation of the A3 in 2018 or 2019. The series will be headlined by the saloon (sedan), hatchback and Sportback versions. However, it appears that Audi wanted to further broaden the A3 family with a four-door coupe, which should allow Volkswagen’s premium arm to compete in a niche now dominated by the Mercedes-Benz CLA. A four-door coupe version of the Audi A3 should complete the lineup when it arrives – if it arrives – by the end of the decade.
According to Auto Express, launching a four-door coupe version of the A3 would allow Audi to shift some of its compact models into the executive class sans any significant increase in their prices. This would be similar to the strategy employed by Mercedes when it launched the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake compact cars. Strategically, the move would allow Audi to better keep up with Mercedes – which managed to grab the crown as the best-selling luxury car brand in world in 2016. Creating a four-door coupe version of the A3 would enable Audi it to fulfill its target of offering 60 individual models by 2020.Read the entire article Audi is speculated to add premium four-door coupe to its A3 lineup by 2020
2017 Audi A3 Facelift is once ready to hog the spotlight with its new engines, new driver assistance systems and newly designed headlights and taillights as well as the new Audi virtual cockpit. Customers can avail of the A3 in different variants: a three-door, a Sportback, a sedan and a Cabriolet.
It can also be availed as the athletic Audi S3, which features a more dynamic performance and comes with an array of technological elements. Moreover, the A3 features alternative drive systems like the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron and the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron.
Thanks to its lightweight design, the Audi A3 features a lighter curb weight. In particular, the Audi A3 with 1.0 TFSI engine comes with a curb weight of just 1,150 kg (2,535.3 lb). Despite its lightweight nature, the A3 has a crash-proof and rigid body.Read the entire article 2017 Audi A3 Facelift updated with new engines, lights, driver assistance tech
Working under the philosophy that we all have different personalities and that numbers aren’t everything, the tuning company ABT is offering Audi’s RS3 Sportback 450 with more just than its massive power of around 450hp/331kW and 550 Nm of torque.
After being given the complete treatment by ABT Individual, this compact superstar will feature a customized look. A pearlescent matt red finish is predominant on the outside look of this car, combined with an offset black rear, forming a great contrast with its black Alcantara interior look and detailed with smooth silver seams and carbon look components that accentuate its sporty style.
The door beads and trims, seat lining, center console and seat buckets are also made with silver material, all bearing the ABT logo. ABT’s history as a former blacksmith shop inspires the wheels designs.Read the entire article ABT Audi RS3 450 Individual is like an RS3 Sportback but with 450 hp!
The A3 compact hatchback now gets the ‘ultra’ badge, which means that this model now offers the most outstanding fuel economy and the most rigorously controlled emissions in five Audi ranges. The new A3 and A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI ultra models are capable of returning 83mpg and has CO2 emissions of only 89g/km.
These vehicles are included in an expanded 2016 Model Year A3 lineup that makes the quattro all-wheel-drive more accessible to consumers. Ordering has started for these vehicles. Buyers in the UK are expected to get them in August. The A3 represents the ideal foundation for an ultra model as it features optimized aerodynamics and is 80 kg lighter than its predecessor because of its advanced lightweight construction.
Audi had to modify the final drive ratio in the standard six-speed manual transmission that works with the EU6-compliant 1.6 TDI engine in order to build the A3 1.6 TDI ultra. The lowered sports suspension was incorporated and rolling resistance was minimized with the help of special tires.Read the entire article 2015 Audi A3 TDI Ultra unveiled in UK! Boasts 83 mpg economy, 89 g/km emissions
Audi’s A3 Sportback e-tron was named as "Value Champion 2015” by the Auto Bild and Schwacke Market Research Institute after it was revealed that it was the most stable in terms of residual value among compact cars.
Being the “Value Champion,” it means that the A3 Sportback experienced the least depreciation over a four-year period. The first plug-in hybrid from Audi, the A3 had a 57.3% residual value. The A3 allows consumers to enjoy driving without giving up the efficiency in power.
Audi’s other models also received awards from other categories. A6 Avant came in second in the full-size category, the Audi Q3 placed third in the “Luxury Class,” and the Quattro was a runner-p in the "Small SUV" category.Read the entire article Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the car with the most stable residual value in its class
Audi is increasing the production of A3 Sportback e-tron at its main plant in Ingolstadt. The plant is expected to come out with 50 cars on a daily basis. Audi AG Board of Management Member for Production Dr. Hubert Waltl revealed that the production of the A3 started last summer and with the integration of the assembly work to the line, there is no more need to separate the manufacture of the different parts.
Waltl adds that this shows not just the flexibility but also the efficiency of those who plan the production as well as its employees. Audi hopes that the A3 Sportback will change how people will view mobility.
The A3 Sportback is a five-door vehicle with a 1.4-liter engine and 75-kW electric motor. This combination allows the car to have a 204 horsepower output with a fuel consumption of 1.5 liters for every 100 kilometers.Read the entire article Audi boosts Ingolstadt production of A3 Sportback e-tron
The A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid from Audi won as the "Best Plug-In Hybrid – Production Vehicles." The award was given at the Paris Motor Show during the eCar Awards sponsored by Auto Bild and Auto Test Magazine.
Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development of Audi, accepted the award. Hackenberg shared that the model has continued to impress customers owing largely to the practicality of the drive system.
A3 was not the only winner as the Audi TT off-road concept also garnered the "Best Plug-In Hybrid - Concept Vehicles’ award.Read the entire article Audi A3 Sportback e-tron production car is named ‘Best Plug-In Hybrid’
Cars such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 Sedan are becoming more popular in the United States due to the fact that they are priced below $30,000 and offer plenty of standard features. Asked if Lexus would offer such a model, executive vice president of the company, Mark Templin, said that they really can’t offer a vehicle with the quality, durability and reliability seen on other Lexus models.
Still, he added that they can offer a car under $30,000 but it wouldn’t be a Lexus, it would be a Toyota. Mercedes-Benz introduced the CLA back in September 2013 and now, this model comprises 11 percent of the brand’s car sales.
Templin considers that what the German carmakers are doing is not luxury. Moreover, publications such as Consumer Reports and USA Today weren’t convinced either by the Mercedes-Benz CLA validating Templin’s point that this is not luxury.Read the entire article Lexus will not offer a car under $30,000 to take on CLA and A3 Sedan
Looking for a luxury vehicle that could reach a top speed of 220 km/h (136.7 mph) and accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 8.1 seconds while consuming just 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50 US mpg) over the combined cycle?
Then, why not take a look at the Audi A3 version powered by a 110 kW (150 hp) 1.4 TFSI engine that emits just 109 g/km of carbon dioxide (175.4 g/mi). The Audi A3 1.4 TFSI can be availed in either a manual 6-speed transmission or a 7-speed S tronic.
The TFSI engine, which features cylinder on demand technology, can be availed in all four body versions -- the A3 three-door, A3 five-door Sportback, A3 Sedan and A3 Cabriolet. The German carmaker is also offering an A3 ultra version powered by an 81 kW (110 hp) 1.6 TDI engine, which have been offered for the three-door version and the Sportback since 2013.Read the entire article Audi combines performance and sustainability with A3 1.4 TFSI ultra
At the 2014 Worthersee Meeting in Reifniz (Karten) from May 28-31, Audi will bring the A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept. If you ask us, this new concept car actually previews the new Audi RS3 Sedan, but for the moment we don’t have any official details. The dramatic new A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept is based on the S3 Sedan but comes with a 2.5-liter TFSI engine found on the RS Q3.
The engine delivers an impressive 525 hp (386 kW) and a maximum torque of 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque, available between 2,300 and 6,000 rpm. With these numbers, the A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 310 km/h or 192.6 mph.
In order to achieve these performances, the concept car suffered extensive modifications as Audi added a larger turbocharger with up to 1.5 bar of relative boost pressure as well as a modified intercooler. Compared with the standard S3 Sedan, the A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept is 10 mm lowers. Moreover, the concept comes with big 21-inch alloy wheels, while behind them we find 370 mm brake discs (front).Read the entire article 2014 Worthersee: Audi unveils A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept, previews RS3 Sedan?
Audi cannot deny anymore what the fans want. That is why the luxury carmaker is bringing the Audi A3 TDI Sportback to the United States this summer. This would be the latest model joining the recently launched Audi A3 family as well as the TDI model lineup.
The Audi A3 TDI Sportback will have its US debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 16, 2015. It will be a premium-class compact hatchback that combines the utility of a crossover, the looks of a coupe, and impressive fuel efficiency. Thanks to its quality engineering and advanced features, customers can expect outstanding performance, functionality and driving dynamics.
Scott Keogh, President at Audi of America, remarked that the A3 TDI Sportback has an “incredibly passionate and loyal fan base,” noting that the latest version has been one of Audi’s most requested models since the new A3 family was announced. He added that the new A3 TDI Sportback will be a “stunning addition” to the A3 family.”Read the entire article Audi A3 TDI Sportback debuts in the United States
Audi is so confident that vehicle buyers in the United States will embrace diesel that it is bringing back diesel-powered five-door version of the A3 compact to the country next summer, the German carmaker announced ahead of the New York Auto Show. The A3 five-door will be powered by a 2-liter TDI engine.
Audi withdrew the last-generation A3 hatch from the US at the end of the 2013 model year, but the compact managed to capture “an incredibly passionate and loyal fan base,” Audi of America President Scott Keogh said in a statement. Keogh said the five-door version of the A3 compact has been one of Audi’s most requested models since they unveiled the new A3 family.
The diesel A3 will be competing against entry-level luxury cars like the Lexus CT hybrid, a similarly sized hatch having a starting price of $32,960 including shipping. Lexus sold 15,071 CT hybrids in 2013 in the US while Audi delivered just 7,205 units of the previous A3 hatch in 2012. The sales figure in 2012 showed that around 55 percent of A3 buyers opted for the TDI engine.Read the entire article Official: Audi will bring the A3 Sportback TDI clean diesel to the US market
If it’s not a Volkswagen, then it is an Audi! As a result, the 2014 World Car of the Year is the Audi A3, the well-known premium compact bestseller from the German carmaker owned by Volkswagen Group. Of course, Audi is not a stranger to this award as it won the inaugural 2005 World Car of the Year title, but also three World Performance Car titles in 2010, 2008 and 2007, and two World Car Design of the Year titles in 2008 and 2007.
Back in 2013, the Volkswagen Golf was the car that won the same title, while in 2012 Volkswagen Up! surprized us all. In 2011, the Nissan Leaf was the lucky winner, but in 2010 Volkswagen’s Polo was the leader, while 2009 saw the Volkswagen Golf. The Mazda2/Demio received the same title in 2008, a year ahead of the Lexus LS460 which was the winner in 2007.
The BMW 3-Series received this award in 2006. As we said, the inaugural title was received by the Audi A6, back in 2005. If the Audi A3 was this year’s winner, the German cars dominated the rest of the titles.Read the entire article Audi A3 is the 2014 World Car of the Year
Audi of America has launched an ad campaign that stars comedian Ricky Gervais and the 2015 Audi A3 sedan. In a 60-second commercial spot dubbed as “Dues,” Gervais, US gold medal winning boxer Claressa Shields, celebrity chef David Chang, comedian Kristen Schaal and other people recite lines from Queen's song "We Are the Champions."
The message was that each them were "uncompromised" trailblazers who persevered until they achieve success without settling or cutting corners. The ad, created by Venables Bell & Partners, San Francisco, follows the "stay uncompromised" theme that it introduced for the A3 with its "Doberhuahua" spot during Super Bowl XLVIII, which showed the risks compromising.
As to why they picked Gervais for the ad, Audi's director of marketing Loren Angelo said that the funnyman has a point of view and he sticks to it. "That's clearly what Audi does. We are provocative. We have an opinion. ... He was a natural alignment for this campaign," Angelo said.Read the entire article Audi of America launches uncompromised “Dues” ad for 2015 A3 sedan feat. Ricky Gervais
Audi AG is known for offering models that is made of rich materials or having voluptuous curves. But to attract young luxury buyers who are usually attracted by the latest in technology, Audi has to make a few compromises A3 sedan, which is the carmaker’s smallest and cheapest car in its lineup in the United States.
Priced at just around $30,000, the A3 is powered by either a standard 1.8-liter or 2-liter engines, which while providing enough output, is not as powerful as other Audi sedans or the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Likewise, the design philosophy of the A3 seems to divert from the usual, as it is understated, Bauhaus minimalism.
Audi is hoping that the A3’s telematics system will set it apart from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. It is underpinned by Volkswagen Group's modular architecture for cars with transverse-mounted engines, which also underpins the redesigned Volkswagen Golf.Read the entire article Audi goes for tech-savvy young buyers with “simple” A3
Audi will soon be launching the A3 Sportback g-tron developed to enable long-distance mobility that is also environment friendly. The A3 Sportback g-tron is powered by a 110 PS 1.4-litre TFSI engine that can be operated in two ways: through ultra-clean Audi e-gas produced using green electricity; or through compressed natural gas. Both are readily available in Germany.
In Audi e-gas mode, the g-tron entirely does not emit carbon dioxide, which means mobility can be achieved without harming the environment. Audi e-gas is a synthetic methane produced at the Audi e-gas facility in Werlte, Germany. Green electricity is used in the production of Audi e-gas, and the generation process binds as much carbon dioxide as is released when the g-tron is driven using gas.
On average, the Audi A3 g-tron consumes just between 3.2 and 3.3 kilograms of gas per 100 kilometers, with fuel costing at around EUR3.50 per 100 kilometers.Read the entire article Environment-friendly Audi A3 Sportback G-Tron introduced in Germany
Audi has a dynamic start this year thanks to strong demand on models such as the A3, Q5 and A6, A7 and R8. In order to maintain the same path, the German manufacturer will boost output of its best-sellers and as a result it added 33 shifts at its German plants in January and February. In February alone, the German company added ten special shifts in Ingolstadt and three in Neckarsulm.
Meanwhile eight additional shifts are planned in Ingolstadt and two more in Neckarsulm this month. Board of Management Member for Production Dr. Frank Dreves: “Our Audi models are very popular all over the world; our order books are full. This makes us confident that we will grow again this year as well. For the coming months, we anticipate ongoing good utilization of capacity and additional shifts at our two domestic plants in Germany.”
“The Works Council approved the special shifts that the management applied for in the first few weeks of the year in order to make our manufacturing as economic as possible. The order situation is excellent and the additional shifts demonstrate the high flexibility of our employees. The workforce is thus making a significant contribution to the competitiveness of the production sites in Germany within the Group’s international production network,” stated the Chairman of Audi’s General Works Council, Peter Mosch.Read the entire article Audi boosts output due to strong demand on A3, Q5 and A6, A7 and R8 models
Audi of America will feature its new A3 sedan in an ad that will be shown during the broadcast of the 2014 Super Bowl. That will be the seventh year in a row that Audi has reserved spots for the Super Bowl, which is considered as the most watched advertising event in the United States.
Its recent Super Bowl spots had won accolades, just like its "Prom" ad last year, which showed a shy teenage boy driving to the prom in his father’s Audi and is inspired to be more daring. Audi is hoping that the new spot will build interest for the A3 that will be rolled out next spring. The A3 sedan will be Audi's lowest priced vehicle with a starting price of $30,795, including shipping.
The German luxury carmakers is targeting buyers who wanted technology-laden premium vehicles, as the A3 sedan features dedicated 4G LTE wireless connection and the MMI navigation and entertainment system.“Read the entire article Audi to feature A3 sedan in 60-second 2014 Super Bowl ad
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