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2017 Audi A3 Facelift updated with new engines, lights, driver assistance tech

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.

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Audi to drop A3 three-door hatchback from its next-generation lineup

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.

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There has been a noticeable price hike for the 2018 Audi A3 E-Tron

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.

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ABT Sportsline offers power package for the 2017 Audi S3 Cabrio

Would you like to shred the streets riding an Audi S3 Cabrio that has had its engine boosted? You're in luck, as a leading auto tuning company has stepped up its game and remade the Audi S3 into a raging speed sports car.

Audi S3 Cabriolet is the convertible, roofless variant of the S3 hatchback that is largely influenced by the S3 Saloon, and is geared to compete against the BMW 2 Series Convertible and the Porsche Boxster. The S3 Cabriolet comes with a 2.0 L turbocharged petrol engine that delivers around 305 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque. Features come with direct and indirect injection system, high strength connecting rods, twin balancer shaft and pure aluminium pistons.

But this convertible will be getting the makeover, ABT Sportsline style. The tuner's ABT Power S package produces speed that has been deemed impressive by the car enthusiasts. It has been compared to a hurricane, but even a hurricane can rarely achieve a wind speed that’s faster and stronger than what the tweaked S3 Cabrio can dish out.

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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.

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With the recent unveiling of the new Audi RS3 Sedan, discerning S3 owners with an eye for sporty dynamic performance are presented with several options. They could sell off their S3 rides and get the new RS3 Sedan. Or they could contact German-based tuner ABT Sportsline and settle for more powerful version of the S3.

ABT could transform the Audi S3 Sedan into a sportier riding machine by offering a number of tweaks from the engine to its exhaust. Specifically, ABT is offering two ABT Power software units that tune the sedan’s 2.0 four-cylinder TFSI engine to a whole new level. For instance, the ABT Power software could hike the TFSI’s power from 228 kW (310 hp) of output and 400 Nm of torque to around 272 kW (370 hp) of output and 480 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the ABT Power S software could significantly hike the engine’s power to 294 kW (400 hp) of max output and 500 Nm of peak torque.

That is higher than the 362 hp of output and 465 Nm of torque developed by the 2.5-liter TFSI engine under the hood of the Audi RS3. With the ABT Power S software, the 2.0 four-cylinder TFSI engine is as powerful as the improved variant of the 2.5-liter TFSI powerplant that develops 394 hp of output and 480 Nm of torque available between 1,700 rpm and 5,850 rpm. Since the Audi RS3 could sprint from zero to 100 km/ (62 mph) in around 4.1 seconds, we could expect the ABT-tuned S3 to perform about the same.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Audi has quietly announced the S3 Limited Edition in the United States and if you hurry up, you might get your hands of one of the 350 examples that will be built. Each unit will get visual upgrades such as a Daytona Gray pearl-effect paint, a two-tone (Black/Magma Red) interior, LED headlights and red brake calipers.

Morever, the S3 Sedan Limited Edition gets the 19-inch Performance package that normally costs $1,500 and includes 19-inch wheels wrapped in summer high performance tires and the magnetic ride suspension.

Under the hood, there is the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four petrol engine that develops 292 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, bolted to a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission that delivers the power to the road via the permanent Quattro all-wheel drive system.

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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.

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Audi has unveiled the pricing for its MY2015 S3 performance Sedan, A3 Cabriolet and A3 TDI clean diesel Sedan – all new models joining the recently launched Audi A3 family. The new models effectively expand the lineup for the Audi S, Cabriolet, and TDI models. The MY2015 Audi A3 model line-up features new technologies as well as detailed craftsmanship typical of larger flagship sedans.

Offered as standard on the models are leather seating surfaces, power panoramic roof, power driver's seat and split folding rear seatback as well as Bluetooth technology with audio streaming, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, HD radio, and Audi pre sense basic. Also presented as standard are the Audi signature Singleframe grille, bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights. Aside from these standard features, also available are MMI technology, 4G LTE connectivity, full LED headlights and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Not only that, the new A3 family will feature the latest Audi connect, which includes picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook and Twitter alerts, as well as access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations and personalized RSS news feeds. Customers could also avail of the Audi drive select, which renders adjustable a number of functions like throttle response, shift points, and the electromechanical steering effort.

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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.

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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).

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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