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Audi topped the premium brand ranking in J.D. Power and Associates' 2013 China Sales Satisfaction Index that was published last week. Audi got a score of 721, much higher than the premium market average of 665. Audi was also the only premium brand to have its results published in the survey.
The 2013 China Sales Satisfaction Index was based on surveys of 14,462 car owners who acquired vehicles from January to April 2013. The buyers were asked to rate their vehicle purchasing experience according to several factors like the delivery process, the initial contact, the deal, the dealership facility and the salesperson. The 47 mass-market brands and six luxury brands in the survey were rated separately since their buyers have different expectations.
On the other hand, topping the mass-market brand ranking in the index is Dongfeng Nissan, which scored 732 of maximum 1,000 points, compared to volume market average of 647. Dongfeng Nissan was followed by Beijing Hyundai with a score of 715. Dongfeng Citroen and Dongfeng Yueda Kia were tied at third with 703 each.Read the entire article Audi tops 2013 China Sales Satisfaction Index by J.D. Power
For the third straight year, Audi topped the J.D. Power's 2012 China Sales Satisfaction Index Study by scoring 898 points out of a possible 1,000 points. Audi is trailed by Dongfeng Nissan, a joint venture between Nissan Motor Co. and China's Dongfeng Motor Corp., with 897 points.
Rounding up the top three is Beijing Hyundai, a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Co. and China's Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp., after scoring 891 points. According to the study results J.D. Power released this month, all of the carmakers scoring above the industry average of 841 points are joint ventures of global brands or imported global brands.
Domestic carmakers, however, could only match the industry average at best, with Chery scoring 841 points. All other domestic brands scored below the industry average.Read the entire article Audi tops J.D. Power’s 2012 China Sales Satisfaction Index Study
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.Read the entire article Audi E-tron GT four-door sports car to arrive in 2020 with 248 miles of range
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.Read the entire article Martorrel site is now producing the second generation of Audi A1
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).Read the entire article ABT Sportsline tunes the new Audi Q8 50 TDI to offer more power on the crank
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.Read the entire article Refreshed Audi R8 is given more powerful engines and new designations
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.Read the entire article 2018 Paris Motor Show: New Audi R8 LMS GT3 is second evolution of R8 LMS
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.Read the entire article 2018 Paris Motor Show: Audi reveals new SQ2 sporty compact SUV
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.Read the entire article Production version of Audi e-tron all-electric SUV revealed in San Francisco, California
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.Read the entire article Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 is an R8 V10 plus with less weight and more downforce
Right now, Audi is in the earliest stages when it comes to developing a fully electric supercar. But as this technology is still a few years away before they can be used, Audi sees this as one of the obstacles.
Peter Oberndorfer, Audi’s boss of product and technology communications, told Motoring that at this moment, they really consider everything, but they think that battery development is vital.
Oberndorfer believes that future solid state batteries will be necessary to achieve the perfect combination of performance and range. Peter Mertens, the development boss, confirms that solid state batteries will not be available anytime soon. He also told Motoring that the advantage of these batteries would be that they’re much lighter and need less space.Read the entire article Audi might be the first to use solid-state batteries in electric supercars
A decade ago, BMW invented the luxury coupe-SUV segment with the X6. And it is only this year that Audi decided to join them with the first ever Q8 SUV. This model is new to the Q family of high riding vehicles, giving customers both versatility of an SUV, and elegance of a five door coupe.
The size of the Q8 is pretty much like the Q7’s dimensions. But because of its sloping roofline design, it looks like it sits closer to the ground. Its wheelbase measures almost three meters (118 inches), a huge cabin, for which Audi says is superior compared to their competitors within its segment, namely the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.
Moving on to the Q8’s capacity, it has a larger boot that can hold up to 605 liters (21.3 cubic feet) of your bags when the rear seats are in place, and can be expanded to 1,755 liters (61.9 cubic feet) when folded. To make it easier for us to explain, the boot can fit two golf bags in a transverse direction. As standard, the tailgate is electrically operated, but it can also be had with an electric parcel shelf.Read the entire article Audi Q8 is their very first coupe-SUV model
Audi A6 (C8) is still quite fresh in the market but already, artists have been rendering the said model, with variants of their own. Recently, we saw a hot RS6 makeover of the sporty saloon, but now, artist Tobias Buttner gives us his take on the German luxury saloon, giving it a more rugged theme. As you could see in the photos, this is a rendering of the A6 Allroad model. Like all the Allroad models, it adopts new body cladding and a higher ride height, both in an effort to enhance off road practicality.
The standard styling cues of the standard A6 are carried over, of course, but there are also a number of unique variations to note. For instance, the grille, while still large and imposing, features vertical chrome inserts as opposed to the horizontal design found of the standard model. The accenting vents have been made more subtle, and there is a silver running board located just below the grille.
Expect the ride height to be a little higher, and there’s plastic body cladding around the wheels that assures that it will be able to take on tougher roads, without leaving the paint of the fenders scratched. The previous model is just a bit taller, with its height raised by just 3.5 centimeters (35 mm) over the standard sedan, with an available one extra centimetre (10 mm) of lift available at low speeds. Expect similar figures for the new model; that is, if Audi chooses to build it.Read the entire article Tobias Buttner renders a rugged, more capable 2019 Audi A6 (C8) Allroad
To make the annual Worthersee Meet more interesting, Audi decided that that they should electrify the event. And that’s why they brought in a prototype Audi E-tron Quattro towing the E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo Concept. It’s interesting to see two models that represent the company’s future at an event that largely celebrates an iconic model from VW Group’s history.
Firstly, the E-Tron Quattro will be Audi’s first dedicated electric vehicle, which is scheduled to be sold in Europe by the end of the year. In fact, the automaker has already been testing the 250-member fleet of the said model around the world as a means to build buzz and to work out the final details.
Right now, the electric crossover is equipped with a 95 kilowatt hour battery pack that enables the car to drive as far as 248.5 miles (400 kilometers) in the new WLTP driving cycle. As for the powertrain, specs aren’t as clear but the electric motors allegedly produce a total of 435 horsepower (320 kilowatts) or 503 horsepower (379 kilowatts) when there is a temporary power boost.Read the entire article Audi E-Tron Prototype has been spotted towing the Vision Gran Turismo to Worthersee
Undoubtedly, the Audi E-Tron is one of the most highly anticipated models out there. And guess what? It was only days ago that the electric SUV had been spotted testing out its zero emissions powertrain on the Green Hell. And we have the spy shots to prove this. But even as the hype is getting high on its arrival, the buzz now is on how Audi presented the official range figures for the new SUV.
Audi brought its E-Tron prototype to the Siemens AG facility in Berlin, Germany. Here, the company decided to shock the E-Tron (literally) with a Faraday cage with a high voltage lightning bolt, and guess what happened to the vehicle? It only got minor burn marks on the roof.
During this shocking presentation by Audi, the new E-Tron’s range was announced. That being said, Audi said that the SUV will have a range of 400 kilometers (248.5 miles) in the European WLTP driving cycle. Take note that they have not released figures for the US just yet. We’re all eagerly looking forward to that information.Read the entire article Audi announces E-Tron’s 248-mile range with a lightning-bolt display in Germany
Audi R8 is definitely a much loved car by the market, and we really are dreading the day it will retire. To be honest, we think that the second generation model might not have the same impact as the older 2006 model, but this model is actually even more desirable with all the right boxes ticked, and its remarkable list of extra trinkets.
The said model is currently on display at Audi Forum Neckarsulm, and is dressed in an Ara Blue shade, while fitted with an assortment of optional goodies added from the Performance Parts catalog that was launched by Audi Sport in summer 2017, particularly for the R8 as well as its baby, the TT RS. In fact, after all the added features of this model, you might think that it has already lost its road legal statues. That’s because physically, it looks similar to the track-ready R8 LMS GT4 launched towards the end of last year.
Aside from its aerodynamic body kit and the front bumper canards, customers can opt to add two or three way coilover suspension. As seen in the photos, the 20 inch black milled wheels pictures here cut down some of its weight by 17.6 pounds (8 kilos). There wheels are then wrapped in 245/30 R20 front and 305/30 R20 rear tires.Read the entire article Audi R8 V10 Plus with performance parts is built to impress
Just a month ago, Audi unveiled the all-new A6 Sedan (C8), and it seems more comfortable, sportily elegant and digitalized than its predecessor. The German premium carmaker didn’t wait long to reveal the more practical version of the new A6 Sedan – the new 2019 Audi A6 Avant (C8) – featuring the same stunning design and spacious interior.
As a twin of the new Audi A6 Sedan, the A6 Avant features a striking and dynamic design, especially at the front half. The A6 Avant looks very much the same as the A6 Sedan, except for the rear half that has designed to deliver a more spacious cabin that is more practical for both passengers and cargo. In terms of dimensions, the new Audi A6 Avant measures 4.94 meters (16.2 ft) in length, 1.89 meters (6.2 ft) in width and 1.47 meters (4.8 ft) in height. With these dimensions, the interior of the new A6 Avant is larger than on its predecessor. It also offers larger front and rear elbow rooms as well as larger rear knee room.
In terms of luggage space, the new A6 Avant is as spacious as its predecessor, with a loading width of 1,050 mm (3.5 ft) and a capacity 565 liters (20.0 cu. ft.). When the backrests are folded down, the cargo capacity surges to 1,680 liters (59.3 cu. ft.). As standard, the tailgate and the luggage compartment cover of the A6 Avant open electrically. However, the tailgate could be availed with an optional sensor control.Read the entire article Audi reveals 2019 A6 Avant (C8) with a more spacious and digitalized interior
Audi opened the order books for the Audi R8 V10 RWS ((Rear Wheel Series) in fall 2017 in Europe, with the model already arriving in dealership earlier this year. At the time it was unveiled, it was still unsure whether Audi is bring the new R8 V10 RWS to the United States. Now, the premium carmaker is indeed bringing the R8 V10 RWS, at a hefty starting price of $139,950 each, Motor Trend says citing its own source.
At this pricing, the Audi R8 V10 RWS – the carmaker’s first-ever production and street-legal rear-wheel-drive R8 model – is around $26,000 cheaper than the Quattro model. However, those who are interested in acquiring this edition of the R8 should remain always alert as to when it would arrive in the US, because only 320 examples are allocated for this market. While Audi didn’t give an official date for the arrival of the R8 V10 RWS in the US, it is expected that this would occur in the last quarter of the year.
The German carmaker only needed to get rid of the Quattro all-wheel-drive system to pave way to the RWD layout, thereby giving birth to the R8 V10 RWS. However, its powerful naturally aspirated V10 remains the same. The removal of the Quattro allowed the R8 V10 RWS to trim its weight by as much as 50 kg (110 pounds) for the Coupe model, and around 40 kg (88 lbs.) for the Spyder variant.Read the entire article Audi R8 V10 RWS is coming to the US at starting price of $139,950
Audi’s e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is an all-electric concept car that resides in the world of virtual reality. More specifically, it is one of the cars that could be played in the popular PlayStation game “Gran Turismo.” Now, it is possible to see the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo concept car in real life, when you watch Formula E races.
A result of the collaboration between Audi and Gran Turismo creators Sony and Polyphony Digital, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo was created by talented Audi designers exclusively for the “Vision Gran Turismo” contest that was part of the 15th anniversary celebrations of the Gran Turismo. Other carmakers also took part in the contest and had their designers develop virtual race cars.
Interestingly, several of the Vision Gran Turismo cars – including the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo -- were consequently built as full-scale models and presented at a number of shows. However, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is the first to be deployed to real-world race tracks as a fully functional car. It will be making its race track debut in Rome on April 14, to be deployed as a race taxi for the Formula E event. From there, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will be making its appearance in other Formula E’s city circuits in 2018.Read the entire article Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo jumps from virtual game to Formula E as race taxi
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