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Audi is named best overall car brand for 2017, Tesla is ranked highest among US brands

And the best car brand for this year goes again to Audi! If there’s anything we can count on to tell us which among the automotive brands makes the best cars, it’s Consumer Reports. For two years in a row, Audi claimed the highest spot in the annual ranking of car brands. Audi is trailed closely by Porsche, BMW and Lexus. Audi has the highest overall score of 81 against Porsche with 78 and both BMW and Lexus getting 77.

The fifth spot went to Subaru with the score of 74 while the remaining six out of ten spots went to Kia Mazda, Tesla and Buick. Luckily for Porsche and BMW, the two were able to show significant improvement in their ratings as compared to last year. The overall scores are basically a combination of several factors such as safety, predicted reliability, road tests and owner satisfaction rating. So while Audi got the highest total score in the overall ranking, Porsche got a higher score in the road test with 88 points while both Audi and BMW got 86 in the same category.

The top five car brands from last year are actually the same group this year. Only the rankings changed. Subaru has lost two spots this year. Porsche and BMW went up by two slots while Lexus has moved down by one. Meanwhile, Tesla takes the lead when it comes to the highest US automotive brand this year after having earned the 8th position with a road test score of 88 points and overall score of 73 points.

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Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the car with the most stable residual value in its class

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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BMW, VW and Volvo win 2013 European Supplier Choice awards

Suppliers across Europe have tagged BMW AG, Volkswagen AG and Volvo Car Corp. as the top carmakers willing to adopt innovative products and solutions. Nearly a hundred executives from auto suppliers across Europe took part in the 2013 European Supplier Choice Survey conducted by Deloitte on behalf of Automotive News Europe.

The Supplier Choice Survey is considered as a respected industry benchmark that evaluates car manufacturers’ ability to adopt and implement suppliers' innovations. In the survey, all carmakers received an average score of 589 out of a maximum 1,000, which means that they still has to further improve their relationship with their suppliers in terms of innovation and opportunities for differentiation, according to Thomas Doebler, manufacturing industry lead Germany at Deloitte.

Luca Ciferri Automotive News Europe Editor, remarked that the European auto industry is “not a level playing field yet.” He added that the survey shows that the OEMs have very varying strengths and weaknesses when it comes to innovation, as scores range from less than 500 points to over 700 points.

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Audi A6 Sedan takes the International Design Excellence Award 2012 (IDEA)

Audi A6 Sedan won the International Design Excellence Award 2012 (IDEA) for its innovative design. This design award is one of the most prestigious in the U.S. The A6 family seems to be on a roll as it was recently given the red dot award.

A6 Sedan was able to fend off its competition from around the world to get the Silver Award in the ‘Transportation’ category of the International Design Excellence Award 2012. Wolfgang Egger, Audi’s Head of Design, is glad that the model isn’t admired just by its customers in Europe. Rather, the award is proof that its design idiom is understood and is well-accepted by consumers in the U.S.

Egger said that what the Industrial Designers Society of America liked about the model are its dynamic looks and the interplay of design idiom and innovative technology in the A6 Sedan. He added that the brand claim of “Vorsprung durch Technik” indicates that the company considers it very significant to match technology and design perfectly.

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A jury from the Auto Bild SportsCars trade journal has named the Audi R8 GT as the “Sports Car of the Year 2011” in the “Production Supercars” category. Stephan Reil, Head of Development at quattro GmbH, accepted the award at the Essen Motor Show. This is the tenth year that the journal has given out awards in this industry. Each year, readers vote for “Sports Car of the Year.” For the 2011 awards, 70,976 readers of the magazine voted.

The Audi high-performance sports car was developed and built by the Audi subsidiary, quattro GmbH. It is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that delivers 412 kW (560 hp), which makes it a driving machine with outstanding longitudinal dynamics and lateral acceleration as well as offering almost instantaneous reactions.

Audi R8 GT weighs 100 kg (220.46 lb) less compared with the R8 5.2 FSI quattro. This car could sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.6 seconds. It could reach a top speed of 320 km/h (198.84 mph). In addition, its ECE fuel consumption averages at only 13.9 liters for every 100 km (16.92 US mpg).

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Audi is marking another milestone for the recognition it received at the recent Telematics Update Awards held in Novi, Michigan. There were two awards for Audi this 2011. The first award was particularly for the brand’s Audi connect, which won it the “Global OEM Infotainment Solution” category. The second award was for Infotainment Development Head Manager, Dr. Peter Stenier, who was applauded for his “Telematics Leadership” performance.

Steiner earned his PhD in Engineering Physics in 1996 from the Technical University of Munich. Before he worked with AUDI AG in 2000, the Infotainment Development Manager started his career as Tenic’s head in Airbag Control Development Unit.

Since 2003, Steiner has led in the development of Audi’s audio and telephone system, navigation, multimedia and also the 3rd generation MMI. However, one of his most remarkable achievements was in 2010. It was when he won Audi the “Best Embedded Telematics Product” along with Google for pioneering the integration of Google Earth map to a car’s navigation system.

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The Audi 2.5-liter TFSI has been named as the “International Engine of the Year 2011” in the 2-liter to 2.5-liter category. The awards were decided via voting by a jury of 76 motoring journalists throughout the world. This is also the same award that this engine won last year. The 2.5-liter unit that was installed on the Audi RS 3 Sportback and TT RS Coupé and Roadster utilize two core technologies from Audi: turbocharging and FSI direct gasoline injection technology.

This engine has a displacement of 2,480 cubic centimeters and has an output of 250 kW (340 hp) between 5,400 and 6,500 rpm and peak torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) from 1,600 to 5,300 rpm.

The jury members described the 2.5-liter engine as “certainly the best turbocharged engine in recent years.” They say that the engine has power, torque, and a “great sound” that is reminiscent of the original quattro rally racing engine that had made Audi so famous. The Audi TT RS Coupé was developed by quattro GmbH and is able to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds while the Roadster has a sprint time of 4.4 seconds.

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The Audi Q5 was able to influence them not only through its seat comfort and space, but also through its superb handling and adaptability. It also received high ratings in the interior and exterior design categories.

The technicians among the jury had special appreciation for the new performance SUV's ease of repair and environmental friendliness. The new Audi Q5 merges the vitality of a sports vehicle with a highly adaptable interior and a wide variety of choices for leisure and family.

Three powerful, economical engines, quattro fixed all-wheel drive and agile suspension form the foundation of a remarkable technological package for on-road and off-road applications. The ground-breaking S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the Audi drive select handling system are among its other attractions.

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Audi has finally taken the veil off its latest electrified creation at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show – the new the Audi Q4 e-tron concept. This new concept car is a compact four-door SUV that basically provides a good look at the German premium carmaker’s fifth batter electric vehicle that would enter the automotive market by the end of 2020.

Wrapped in “Solar Sky” paint finish, the exterior of the new Audi Q4 e-tron concept is only constrained by its compact dimensions pegged at 4.59 meters in length, 1.90 meters in width and 1.61 meters in height, with a wheelbase of 2.77 meters. It is almost impossible not to indentify the Q4 e-tron concept as an Audi, as the prototype is marked by on the front end by Singleframe with the four rings.

Furthermore, it is also fairly easy to distinguish the concept as an electric Audi e-tron as it features upright octagonal frame instead of a traditional radiator grille. Large inlets can be found extending from below the concept’s two matrix LED headlights to the front apron.

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The new Audi TT RS – yes, the top version of the German carmaker’s facelifted TT model series – is now officially here. If you could remember, the range-topping TT RS Coupe and Roadster were visually absent when Audi unveiled the facelifted TT model series in July 2018. That got some worried, so Audi is allaying those worries.

As introduced by the brand with the Four Rings, the latest iteration of the Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster boasts of completely redrawn front end. However, most of us won't be able to distinguish the newest TT RS models from their predecessors right away. It would take discerning eyes – especially those of Audi TT RS fans and enthusiasts – to know how the latest iterations differ visually from the previous model.

For instance, the lateral air intakes on the front bumper are now larger, each divided by vertical strips. In addition, the quattro logo -- in matt titanium-look – is located in the lower part of the gloss black grille that is surrounded by matt black Singleframe. The grille is flanked by LED headlights as standard, or by optional matrix LED units.

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According to the German premium carmaker, the production version of the Audi e-tron GT concept is set to arrive in around two years. This means that could expect the third member of the e-tron family by late 2020, with initial deliveries set in early 2021. It follows the Audi e-tron SUV as well as the Audi e‑tron Sportback scheduled for 2019.

As designed, the Audi e-tron GT concept features the proportions of a classic Gran Turismo – flat and wide with a long wheelbase – as reflected on its dimensions of 4.96 meters (16.3 ft.) in length, 1.96 meters (6.4 ft.) in width and 1.38 meters (4.5 ft.) in height. Its overall shape is marked by a gently sloping roofline extending into the rear, a cabin tapering strongly toward the rear, well-sculpted wheel arches and shoulders as well as a flat floor that is unusual for an EV. The e-tron GT concept is wrapped in a new exterior color kinetic dust, which is a warm, dark color similar to titanium.

The Audi e-tron GT concept boasts of new arrow-shaped front section marked by the hallmark Audi Singleframe with a more horizontal architecture -- the upper half featuring a cover in body color. The grille is flanked by matrix LED headlights with laser high beam as well as animated function. The large front air inlets helps in effective cooling of the assemblies, battery and brakes while the hood echoes Audi’s Aicon and PB18 e-tron show cars.

Read the entire article 2018 LA Auto Show: Audi unveils e-tron GT concept four-door coupe with a low floor

The up-and-coming Audi E-tron GT four-door sports car is one of the electric cars that the premium carmaker has promised to deliver before 2025. But as early as now, some details have emerged about the new electric offering from Audi, as divulged by two of the company’s top men to Autocar.

First up is the expected distance that the Audi E-tron GT can travel in a single charge using just electricity. As reported by Autocar, Siegfried Pint, who serves as Technical Director Powertrain Integration at Audi, remarked that the new E-tron GT will have an electric range similar to the E-tron electric SUV. Since the E-tron SUV offers a range of 248 miles (400 km) as per WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure). Nonetheless, he noted that this range would be achieve without hindering potential of the E-tron GT four-door sports car, as this new EV would be “focused more towards power.”

Providing the power for the new Audi E-tron SUV is a 95-kWh lithium-ion battery that brings into life its two electric motors (dual asynchronous motors), with a motor placed on each axle for an all-wheel drive performance. The electric powertrain of the E-tron SUV delivers up to 265 kW (355 hp) of output and up to 413 lb-ft. of torque. But when the “boost mode” is activated, the electric motors will also deliver more power to the wheels, to up to 300 kW (402 hp) of output and up to 490 lb-ft. of torque. In this boost mode, the E-tron SUV can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.

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SEAT SA is commencing production of an all-new car at its Martorell facilities in Spain. However, its plant won't be assembling a new SEAT car. The Spanish carmaker is now assembling the next generation of Audi’s small city car – the new 2019 Audi A1.

The sight of SEAT producing Audi vehicles isn't surprising as both carmakers are members of the larger Volkswagen Group. In addition, the A1 isn't the Audi vehicle produced at SEAT’s Martorrel site. In the middle of 2011, the VW Group assigned the SEAT facility to produce the Audi Q3 luxury subcompact crossover. Since then until July 2018, the Martorrel site had been producing the previous generation of the Audi Q3 and total Spanish production of the subcompact crossover reached nearly 800,000 units.

When the second generation of the Audi Q3 was unveiled, it was decided that the production of the subcompact crossover will be moved from Martorell to the Gyor facilities in Hungary. On the other hand, the previous generation of the A1 was assembled in Brussels. The idle manufacturing capacity at Martorrel left by the Audi Q3 might have prompted the VW Group to transfer the production of the second generation from Brussels to Martorell.

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Not a few got excited when German premium carmaker Audi joined the luxury coupe-SUV segment with the all-new Audi Q8. This new SUV offers customers both the versatility of an SUV and the elegance of a five-door coupe. It offers considerable performance, with more powerful versions slated to arrive soon.

However, for those who can’t wait for the upcoming high-performance versions of the Audi Q8 – the carmaker is still working on them – German tuner ABT is offering to boost the power level of the diesel-powered coupe-SUV. Yes, while there is an increasing hatred against diesel models, it really doesn’t mean this mill is going to die soon, not when such engine is installed under the hood of Audi’s flagship SUV.

ABT is counting on the fact that there are still customers in Europe who believe in diesel power. Such customers are what pushing ABT to further make the diesel variant of the Audi Q8 more powerful. The Q8 – in its Q8 50 TDI version -- is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine that delivers 282 hp (213 kW) of max output and 442 lb.-ft. (600 Nm) of peak torque. This V6 TDI mill is complemented by an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and Audi’s Quattro AWD system. This version of the Audi Q8 can sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.2 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 152 mph (245 km/h).

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Following the global debut of the new Audi R8 LMS GT3 at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the German premium carmaker is introducing the new Audi R8. The refreshed version of the Audi R8 boasts of a sharper look and better performance made possible by more powerful V10 engines and a modified suspension system.

As part of the upgrade of the new Audi R8, the premium carmaker is implementing a change in designation. From now on, the Audi R8 Coupé V10 and R8 Spyder V10 will be known as the Audi R8 Coupé V10 quattro and R8 Spyder V10 quattro. On the other hand, the Audi R8 Coupé and R8 Spyder V10 plus will be designated as Audi R8 Coupé performance Quattro and R8 Spyder V10 performance quattro. Audi plans to commence sales of the new R8 in the first quarter of 2019 in Germany and other markets in Europe.

Under the hood of the Audi R8 V10 quattro is a V10 naturally aspirated engine that has powered up by 22 kW (30 hp) and 10 Nm (7.4 lb.-ft.) to 419 kW (570 hp) of max output and 550 Nm (405.7 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This allows the Audi R8 Coupe V10 quattro to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds and the R8 Coupe V10 quattro in 3.5 seconds. Top speeds are 324km/h (201.3 mph) for the Coupe and 322 km/h (200.1 mph) for the Spyder.

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In just four years, Audi Sport customer racing is already unveiling its fourth race car at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Introducing the new Audi R8 LMS GT3, the newest evolution of the carmaker’s second-generation Audi R8 LMS.

After introduced in 2015, the second-gen Audi R8 LMS race car quickly made a name in different major endurance races, like those in Bathurst, Daytona, Dubai, Laguna Seca and Nurburgring, as well as in Sepang and Spa. It managed to get a number of championship titles, as well as wins in the FIA GT World Cup and Intercontinental GT Challenge.

In 2016, Audi Sport followed up the heavily successful Audi R8 LMS with the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR touring car. Then last year, Audi Sport launched an evolved version of the Audi R8 LMS -- the Audi R8 LMS GT4 sports car. Now, the Audi R8 LMS has further been evolved into a new form – its second evolution -- in the persona of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 that was recently unveiled at Paris.

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Most of Audi’s sporty fans are already looking forward to the unveiling of the new R8 at the upcoming 2018 Paris Motor Show this month. As it turns out, Audi has another surprising prepared for its sports-oriented customers – the all-new Audi SQ2 high-performance compact SUV.

It is about time that the Audi Q2 join the premium brand’s S-Series. But to distinguish the SQ2 from a standard Q2, the S-Series model features a large, octagonal Singleframe grille with eight upright double bars while the outermost edges of the two air inlets are joined by a full-width front splitter. As standard, the SQ2 features LED headlights and LED rear lights with dynamic indicators.

Other distinguishing details for the new Audi SQ2 include a long roof edge spoiler, a diffuser insert with four exhaust tailpipes, contoured trim strips in the lower section of the doors as well as aluminum-look exterior mirror housings. Around 10 wheel designs and sizes are available for the new SQ2 like the standard 18-inch alloy wheels with size 235/45 tires or the optional 19-inch wheels with 235/40 tires. Large brakes are fitted -- 340 mm on the front and 310 mm in the rear – with calipers featuring S badges.

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After months of previewing the e-tron all-electric sports utility vehicle through prototypes wrapped in bright orange and black camouflage, Audi has finally unveiled the final production version of the SUV in San Francisco, California.

The all-new Audi e-tron full-size SUV is the brand’s first fully electrically powered series production model, boasting of an electrifying appearance that betrays its zero-emission intensions. Wrapped in blue finish with a number of chrome accents, the new Audi e-tron comes with a light gray Singleframe grille, expressive sill area and an electric tailboard.

Audi first teased the e-tron in 2016 as its first tangible response to the plan by parent Volkswagen Group to electrify its entire vehicle lineup by 2030. Just like Audi’s other premium offerings, the new e-tron offers a new level of spaciousness and comfort inside. The interior of the new e-tron is marked by high-quality materials and fine workmanship, as well as a number of helpful technologies like the navigation with the e-tron route planner.

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Audi has unveiled an all-electric concept car at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week in Monterey, California that visualizes a radical electrically powered driving machine for both the road and the race track. The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron Concept is essentially a design and technical study of a futuristic high-performance sports car.

Basically, the PB18 e-tron boasts of a technical concept built from Audi's years of victories at the Le Mans, as implemented through the carmaker’s high-performance arm -- Audi Sport GmbH. The “PB18” in its name refers to the place and year (Pebble Beach and 2018) it was unveiled, while the “e-tron” signifies the fact that the concept shares the technological DNA with the Audi R18 e-tron, the carmaker’s high successful LMP1 racing car.

In terms of dimensions, the PB18 e-tron is similar to a classical sports car – it measures 4.53 meters (14.5 ft.) in length, 2 meters (6.4 ft.) in width and 1.15 meters (4.6 ft) in height, with wheelbase of 2.70 meters (8.9 ft) and short overhangs.

Read the entire article Audi PB18 e-tron is an all-electric high-performance concept with the driver in full control

The Audi R8 isn't your ordinary car. Bred with motorsport DNA, the R8 is a supercar that promises to fulfill the performance cravings of many. Now, Audi is introducing the most capable and most focused Audi R8 model to date – the Audi Sport Performance Parts R8.

This special edition is essentially an Audi R8 V10 plus Coupe draped with the full Audi Sport Performance Parts package. Through the new Audi Sport Performance Parts R8, the German premium carmaker wants to prove that performance isn’t just a function of power, but is also achieved through aerodynamic enhancements and lower weight.

As for power, the new Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 features the same engine as the Audi R8 V10 plus Coupe – a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers 610 PS (602 hp) of max output and 413 lb.-ft. of peak torque available at 6,500 rpm. While having the same power at hand with the R8 V10 plus Coupe, the new Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 offers greater performance by increasing the amount of generated downforce and by chopping off some weight from the already light base car.

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