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Audi Q7 wins for best premium interior design
Sep 02, 2015 - 5:19 PM - by Audi Forum

The new Audi Q7 has been named “Best of the Best” in the German Design Council’s Automotive Brand Contest 2015. The new Audi R8 is being honored in three categories. In addition, the Audi prologue concept cars are receiving “Special Mention” for exceptional innovation. In all, Audi is receiving 16 awards at the fifth edition of the competition.

With the award for the Q7, Audi takes first place in the “Interior Premium Brand” category. The SUV impresses with its progressive interior design and high-end technical solutions. “For the new Q7 generation, the design has succeeded in implanting a feeling of expansiveness, roominess and cultivated elegance,” the jury stated in its reasoning. “Here, a clear architecture and logical control concept immediately make one feel at home – and the tasteful and perfectly crafted materials convey the feeling of sitting in a stylish lounge. With this interior, the Q7 sets the standard in this segment.” Continue reading...
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Five stars for Audi Q7 in Euro NCAP crash test
Sep 02, 2015 - 5:14 PM - by Audi Forum

The European Euro NCAP consortium has awarded the new Audi Q7 with the top grade of five stars for safety. The results for adult protection in frontal and side impact collisions, pedestrian protection and child safety put the current Audi Q7 among the safest cars in its category.

The testers give the new Audi Q7 the top grade of five stars for safety. The results for the rear passengers in a frontal impact collision show that not just the driver and front passenger in the Audi Q7 are very well protected, the rear passengers are, too. The car also offers plenty of room and a high level of safety of children. Up to six child seats can be installed in the SUV. The generous spaciousness makes their installation simple and comfortable. The individual seats in the optional third row are fully usable and are also certified for ECE Group III child seats for children weighing up to 36 kilograms (79.4 lb). Continue reading...
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Audi driver trio as leaders of the standings in WEC race at the Nurburgring
Aug 21, 2015 - 3:43 PM - by Audi Forum

The Audi drivers will be entering round four of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) as leaders of the standings after the summer break. Following two victories and another podium result, Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) are traveling to Audi’s home round at the Nürburgring with a 20-point advantage.

In what has been its most thrilling season so far, the FIA World Endurance Championship that was launched four years ago will be competing in front of a German audience for the first time. The leaders of the standings and their Audi team-mates Lucas di Grassi/Loïc Duval/Oliver Jarvis (BR/F/GB) will be racing together with 29 other teams on the Grand Prix circuit of the Nürburgring. Audi Sport prepared for this new track in a test at the end of July, which included testing based on the new rating provided for by the regulations. Continue reading...
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AUDI AG: U.S. sales up one-fifth in July
Aug 14, 2015 - 3:37 PM - by Audi Forum

AUDI AG has started the second half of the year with higher sales than in July 2014. Despite forthcoming model changeovers and ongoing difficult conditions in some key markets, the four rings achieved slight sales growth of 1.4 percent in July, taking the total to around 146,100 units. While the Americas (+19.6%) again gathered pace as growth driver for Audi and deliveries continued to increase substantially in Western Europe (+6.1%), sales in the Asia-Pacific region (-9.2%) and Eastern Europe (-3.2%) remained below the prior-year levels. Around 1,048,450 customers worldwide have chosen an Audi since January, 3.5 percent more than one year earlier.

“Audi’s July sales in Europe and the Americas continued to make very good progress. In China, the market situation has remained challenging as expected, exacerbated by the stock market turmoil,” says Luca de Meo, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG. “At the same time, we are preparing together with our Chinese dealers for model changeovers for many of our best-sellers in the market. During this transition, we remain committed to a healthy and sustainable business performance given intensified competition in the market.” Continue reading...
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Efficient and packed with high tech: Orders now being taken for new Audi A4
Aug 13, 2015 - 3:16 PM - by Audi Forum

Dealers are opening their order books for the new Audi A4. Customers can now place orders for both the Sedan and the Avant. The brand with the four rings offers cutting-edge drive technologies and a wide range of infotainment and driver assistance systems in both midsize models.

The new Audi A4 achieves absolutely top ratings for efficiency. It boasts the best-in-class drag coefficient of just 0.23 (Avant: 0.26) and has shed as much as 120 kilograms (264.6 lb) in weight compared with the predecessor model. The economical four-cylinder power units and the high-torque six-cylinder engines delivering up to 200 kW (272 hp) also play a major part in this efficiency gain. Continue reading...
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The future of piloted driving: Audi at the Ko HAF research initiative
Aug 06, 2015 - 5:58 PM - by Audi Forum

At Audi, piloted driving means safe, comfortable driving in partnership. Because of this, the company has been actively involved in the Ko HAF research initiative, which develops standards and solutions for cooperative highly-automated driving. Audi will introduce piloted driving in the next generation of the Audi A8.

Audi is participating in the “Cooperative Highly-Automated Driving” initiative (Ko‑HAF). The aim of Ko‑HAF is to develop standards and technologies that enable cooperative driving between highly-automated vehicles in everyday road traffic – for example merging with traffic on highways. The project work covers various subject areas from computer simulations to test drives on closed sites and later on public roads. In addition to Audi, other German car manufacturers, suppliers and universities are involved in the project. The initiative is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. Continue reading...
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The pinnacle of sportiness – the new Audi S8 plus
Aug 05, 2015 - 4:41 PM - by Audi Forum

Audi is making a strong statement with the new S8 plus*. With a power output of 445 kW (605 hp) and a top speed of up to 305 km/h (189.5 mph), the new Audi S8 plus* delivers even more enhanced driving performance. The new top model is reinforcing the brand’s position in the segment of premium class sedans.

“We have further sharpened our large sport sedan,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG; he continues “The new Audi S8 plus has a substantial gain in power and defines the pinnacle of sporty performance in the segment. That is why ‘plus’ appears in its name.”

One strength of the large sedan is its lightweight design. Its body is made almost entirely of aluminum. Its design is based on the Audi Space Frame (ASF) and weighs just 231 kg (509.27 lb) – which is the lightest among the competition. Continue reading...
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New Audi Q7 as a highly efficient diesel
Aug 04, 2015 - 4:38 PM - by Audi Forum

An exceptionally efficient diesel version of the new Audi Q7 is launching on the market, which customers can now order: the Audi Q7 ultra 3.0 TDI quattro*. This engine not only reduces fuel consumption to 5.5 liters diesel per 100 km (42.8 US mpg); it also reduces the entry-level price for the Q7 model series to 58,000 euros. Audi will be delivering cars to dealers in Europe starting in September.

The efficiency is ground-breaking: The combined fuel consumption of the 3.0 TDI with 160 kW (218 hp) is just 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (42.8 US mpg). Consequently, the new Audi Q7 also attains good results in its environmental performance – with a CO2 equivalent of 144 grams per km (231.7 g/mi). With up to 28 percent less fuel consumption than its predecessor, it achieves the best score in efficiency in the competition. The new Audi Q7 is the embodiment of Vorsprung durch Technik: It combines high fuel efficiency and impressive driving performance figures, and it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 7.1 seconds. It can continue to sprint to its top speed of 216 km/h (134.2 mph). Continue reading...
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Ten categories, ten victories: Audi dominates “Auto connect Trophy” awards
Aug 04, 2015 - 4:08 PM - by Audi Forum

Infotainment, connectivity and assistance technologies from Audi enjoy excellent appeal among the public. These were the results of the “Auto connect Trophy 2015” competition – a reader poll conducted by “Auto Zeitung” news. Audi took first place in all ten categories in which it entered a car. Many of these systems are available in the new Audi Q7 and in the new generation Audi A4 models.

Audi is by far the most successful brand in the “Auto connect Trophy 2015” – a reader poll conducted by Auto Zeitung in cooperation with “connect” magazine. When asked to select the best networked car, the new Audi Q7 won with 40.6 percent of all votes; the second place competitor trailed with 14.9 percent. Audi can equip the large SUV and the new generation of the A4 with numerous high-end technologies as options. Some of them also took first places in the “Auto Zeitung” competition. Continue reading...
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AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG agree with Nokia Corporation on joint acquisition
Aug 03, 2015 - 2:50 PM - by Audi Forum

AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG agree with Nokia Corporation on joint acquisition of HERE digital mapping business

AUDI AG, the BMW Group and Daimler AG have agreed with Nokia Corporation that they will acquire its mapping and location services business HERE. The acquisition is intended to secure the long term availability of HERE’s products and services as an open, independent and value creating platform for cloud-based maps and other mobility services accessible to all customers from the automotive industry and other sectors. The three partners will each hold an equal stake in HERE; none of them seeks to acquire a majority interest. Subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities, the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

HERE is laying the foundations for the next generation of mobility and location based services. For the automotive industry this is the basis for new assistance systems and ultimately fully autonomous driving. Extremely precise digital maps will be used in combination with real-time vehicle data in order to increase road safety and to facilitate innovative new products and services. On the basis of the shared raw data, all automobile manufacturers can offer their customers differentiated and brand-specific services. ... [Read More]
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