With no less than five vehicles to choose from, there is a diesel-powered Audi for nearly every lifestyle.
Audi vehicles are some of most dynamic and charismatic cars on the road, but people often overlook just how incredibly fuel efficient they can be. This is especially true when talking about Audi’s cutting-edge TDI® clean diesel technology.
Vehicles that run on diesel are often assumed to be loud, black-smoke emitting behemoths. But diesel technology has come a long way, and Audi has been at the forefront of this green revolution for over 20 years. In fact, Audi offers a number of stylish models powered by diesel, including the Audi A6, A7, and A8 as well as the Q5 and Q7, making it easier now than ever before to get behind a diesel-powered Audi that's taylored to your needs.
But why diesel? And why now? It’s simple: Audi pioneered TDI® clean diesel engines to deliver more torque, lower fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions. Ultimately that means vehicles that deliver remarkable performance, while achieving increased fuel economy. Oh - and you know - that whole "better for the enviroment" aspect is pretty neat, too.
Need some convincing? Here’s some fuel for thought.
- Diesel sports a greater power density than traditional gasoline, which means that a gallon of diesel fuel has about 15% more energy than a comparable amount of gas.
- Diesel is cleaner: During the refinement process sulfur molecules bind to hydrogen, helping separate the pollutant from fuel. Today's diesel fuel has 97% less sulfur than in years past.
- Audi adjustable vane turbochargers smoothly produce immediate torque, which translates to impressive mid-range passing speeds and reduce fuel consumption at high speeds.
- Noisy no more! Precise injections help lower the combustion noise normally associated with diesel engines, while optimizing the distribution of fuel in the combustion chamber.
- With advanced diesel particulate filters and the nontoxic AdBlue® reducing agent, CO2 is reduced 12% and up to 95% of nitrogen oxide emissions are eliminated when compared to gasoline.
- Audi TDI® clean diesel technology is packed with low-end torque, giving you incredible acceleration and passing power and keeping fuel consumption to a minimum. The proof: Audi TDI® racecars have dominated 24 Hours of Le Mans 13 times in 14 years.
But don't take our word for it, with so many great TDI® models to choose from, be sure to visit us and schedule a test drive today.
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At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Audi presented the all-new 2015 S3 Cabriolet. Building on the success of the S3 Sedan, the new cabriolet version is targeted at buyers that desire the performance of a sedan with the additional freedom and fun of a soft top. Launched for sale in Europe in the summer of 2014, American dealers can expect to take delivery some time later in the year.
For the 2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet, buyers can look forward to breathtaking performance from a 2.0-liter TFSI® turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. This monstrous, direct-injected engine is designed for power and offers 300 horsepower and up to 280 pound-feet of torque. Audi engineers have looked everywhere for efficiencies and refinements to help focus on speed, without adding unnecessary weight. For example, an aluminum-silicon alloy used for the cylinder head creates extreme thermal stability and strength, while adding minimal weight. Come the vehicles official launch, it’s clear that S3 Cabriolet drivers will sit firmly in the “blink and you'll miss them” category.
The 2015 S3 Cabriolet is said to rocket from 0-62 mph in a mere 5.4 seconds. A built-in launch control function helps drivers shift off the line even more quickly. A slick, six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission manages all the power for you, and works in partnership with Audi's quattro® all-wheel-drive system to help distribute power to each wheel when needed. Despite the car's performance roots, the S3 Cabriolet isn't a complete compromise on fuel efficiency, either. The car is said to offer 33 mpg*, making it extremely powerful and efficient.
The S3 Cabriolet promises the same sleek, masculine lines that S3 sedan buyers love, but adds the sporty touch of a soft top. The two-door design probably isn't ideal for families, but it will sit very well with adults looking for a combination of style and speed. There's enough room in the back seat for two adult passengers, or maybe just for some luggage for your next weekend getaway. There are plenty of subtle touches across the exterior, from the striking Singleframe grille, to the framed air intakes and the S3 badges, front and rear. Buyers will also be able to choose from 12 different exterior colors, including Panther Black and Sepang Blue.
An efficient electro-hydraulic drive controls the soft top, and you can open or close the roof in just 18 seconds, even when the car is moving at speeds of up to 30 mph. The roof (which is available in three different colors) uses magnesium, aluminum and super-strong steel to help keep the overall weight down, but there's also a foam-insulating layer to insulate passengers from any road noise. The interior looks set to be unquestionably luxurious, with clean, elegant lines and a high-quality finish. The leather and fabric seats will feature S3 logos on the headrests, which will also match the sport leather steering wheel.
The 2015 S3 Cabriolet is an enthusiast's car with an overwhelming sense of fun. Prices and delivery dates for the North American market have yet to be formally announced; however given Audi’s penchant for power and performance, the S3 is one car you cannot afford to miss.
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Audi rose to second place among all luxury brands by posting a 22 point gain from its 2013 CSI score
Audi improved by 22 points over last year with a score of 868, which stands well above the luxury average. Since 2011, Audi has improved by 74 points and 8 positions in the segment rankings.
According to the J.D. Power results, Audi made improvements across all areas of the study. The most improved areas in particular were Service Quality and Service Initiation. Audi tied for the highest score in the Service Advisor area and ranked first overall in the luxury segment in Service Quality. The overall increase in results for Audi was primarily driven by Maintenance customers (78% of total respondents), which were up 24 points. Dealer Service Satisfaction was ranked second among Maintenance customers, and increased 11 points to rank third among Repair customers.
The 2014 CSI Study is designed to provide manufacturers with an objective assessment of customers’ satisfaction with dealer service during the first three years of vehicle ownership, which typically is representative of the warranty period. This study also examines additional service concepts – such as the variation in satisfaction among maintenance and repair customers, dealer and non-dealer service facility usage and loyalty, and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) – that designate the highest performers in the industry.
The Audi A7 model line represents the perfect blend of progressive design, advanced technology and versatility
This year marks the third straight year the A7 model line has been recognized by AUTOMOBILE Magazine for a prestigious award. The first award was the 2012 Automobile of the Year award for the Audi A7 3.0T which was awarded upon its introduction for the U.S. marketplace. The second year included the addition of the Audi S7, where the first All-Star award was awarded. The 2014 All-Star award has now included the whole A7 model line with the addition of the fuel efficient TDI and the RS 7 performance models.
AUTOMOBILE Magazine chooses its All-Stars from the complete array of vehicles on sale in the U.S. for the 2014 model year, including passenger cars, sports cars, sport-utilities, minivans, and trucks. The magazine’s collective editorial staff and contributors cast their private ballots after three days of driving a variety of 2014 contenders at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Mich., as well as on public roads.
For the first time, AUTOMOBILE Magazine’s staff took all ten winners on a great American road trip, from AUTOMOBILE’S editorial offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to New Orleans. The team had the opportunity to take the 2014 Audi RS 7 on their trip – “the magazine’s editors continue to be charmed by its combination of speed, utility, style, and long-distance comfort.”
The Audi A7 model line – representing the perfect blend of progressive design, advanced technology and versatility– is enhanced for the 2014 model year with two new models: the Audi A7 TDI® clean diesel model and the all-new Audi RS 7.
Read the full story athttp://www.automobilemag.com/features/awards/1404-2014-automobile-magazine-all-stars-winners/.
Audi A7 3.0 TFSI/TDI
The 2014 A7 is powered by the 3.0 liter TFSI® direct-injection V6 supercharged engine that delivers 310 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Mated to the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, the A7 accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Audi quattro® all-wheel drive is standard, providing exceptional grip and superior handling.
Audi A7 TDI is the first five-door clean diesel coupe. The A7 TDI achieves an impressive EPA estimated fuel economy of 24 city/ 38 highway/ 29 combined MPG. At the same time, the 6-cylinder clean diesel engine with quattro® all-wheel drive and 8-speed Tiptronic ® transmission produces 240 hp and 428 lb-ft torque, completing the 0-60 MPH sprint in 5.5 seconds.
The Audi S7 is fitted with the 4.0 liter TFSI® with 420 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The twin-turbo V8 accelerates the five-door coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph. Power is delivered via the seamless seven-speed S tronic® transmission and quattro® permanent all-wheel drive with a self-locking center differential and torque vectoring. The grip of the quattro system is enhanced dynamically through the sport differential, which actively distributes the power between the rear wheels and enables superior cornering and acceleration as the driver exits a turn.
Audi RS 7
The Audi RS 7 is the most powerful RS model ever offered in the U.S. The epitome of aesthetic design, innovative technology and track-tested performance, the five-door coupe is fitted with the twin-turbo 4.0 TFSI V8 engine, producing an astounding 560 hp that launches the RS 7 from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. The 4.0 TFSI runs in four-cylinder mode, providing up to 15% better fuel efficiency, while the active engine mounts remove any changes in vibration between eight and four-cylinder modes.
A7 model line technology and driver assistance systems
The A7 model line features some of Audi’s most advanced technology and driver assistance features. The groundbreaking Audi MMI® touch with handwriting recognition features hard and soft keys, dedicated buttons for commonly-used controls and a revolutionary touchpad that interprets hand-written inputs. Audi side assist – which monitors the blind spot areas, as well as fast-approaching vehicles, at a range of approximately 150 ft. to the rear of the car – is now standard on A7 Prestige, S7 and RS 7 models. For 2014, A7, S7 and RS 7 models are equipped standard with the award-winning infotainment system Audi connect®. Audi was the first global auto manufacturer to offer factory-fitted in-vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity for passenger use, enabling the Audi connect system to deliver connectivity to up to eight wireless devices. Audi also offers real-time Sirius XM® Traffic information via enhancements to the Audi MMI Navigation plus system (active Sirius XM® Traffic subscription required).
To learn more about the Audi A7, S7 and RS 7, please visit http://www.audiusanews.com/pressrelease/3609//audi-introduces-2014-a7-a7-tdi-s7-rs
Strong demand for Audi A6 and Q7 models set the pace in March 2014
For the month, Audi sales in the U.S. finished 7.5% ahead of the 13,253 sales recorded in March 2013. Through the first quarter of 2014, Audi U.S. sales stood at 35,228, or 3.0% ahead of the record pace set in the year-earlier quarter.
“What drove the Audi momentum story to its 39th consecutive record month was consistently strong demand across our product line up – particularly for our SUV models and our A6 premium sedan,” said Mark Del Rosso, Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “Add in the tech-forward A3 premium compact sedans after their official sales launch later this week and the outlook for the rest of 2014 is extremely positive.”
Luxury sedan sales remained strong as the Audi A6 increased 26.7% to 2,212 vehicles sold for the month, while year-to-date demand for the A6 increased 24.3% to 5,436 vehicles sold.
March results were bolstered by sales of Audi luxury SUVs, with the Audi Q7 luxury crossover posting a 45.8% gain in March on 1,592 units delivered for the month and year-to-date sales increased 41% to a total of 4,089 vehicles.
March 2014 was the 8th consecutive record month for Audi Certified pre-owned vehicles sales with an increase of 13.5%, to a total of 3,886 CPO vehicles sold in the most-recent month, compared to 3,425 models sold a year earlier. That made March 2014 the 2nd best CPO sales month on record for Audi of America. For the first quarter of 2014, CPO sales jumped 13.9% to 10,314 vehicles sold.
- Sales mix for Audi S performance variants finished the month at 15.2% for the S4 sedan; 35.9% for the S5/ RS 5; 5.6% for the S6; 31.4% for the S7 / RS 7; 12.8% for the S8; 31.6% for the TTS / TT RS and TTS Roadster, and 8.3% for the SQ5 crossover.
- Sales of A6 increased to 26.7% compared to March 2013; YTD sales grew 24.3% compared to previous period.
- Sales of the Audi Q7 increased 45.8% compared to March 2013; YTD sales grew 41% compared to previous period.
- March sales mix for Audi TDI models: Audi A6 TDI at 11.3% on 249 vehicles sold; Audi A7 TDI at 8.4% on 72 vehicles; A8 TDI at 13.4% on 64 vehicles; Audi Q5 TDI at 15.5% on 519 vehicles, and for the Audi Q7 TDI at 25.8% on 411 vehicles; with an overall mix of 15.5% on 1,315 total TDI sales for March.
- Audi Certified pre-owned sales increased 13.5% to 3,886 vehicles in March; YTD CPO sales rose 13.9% to 10,314 vehicles sold.
- The all-new 2015 Audi A3 sedan models officially go on sale April 3.
- Audi holds the longest running monthly record sales streak in the premium car market according to a completive sales report from MotorIntelligence.com.
Audi of America customer-racing continues to add new Audi R8 LMS ultra teams ahead of Long Beach race
CRP Racing chooses Audi R8 LMS ultra to contest Pirelli World Challenge
“The entire customer-racing organization has worked very hard to partner with our race teams to provide the best support possible,” said Erin Keating, Sr. Manager of Audi of America customer-racing. “We continue to have discussions with professional and gentlemen race team partners that are interested in racing our Audi R8 LMS ultra.” The number of Audi R8 LMS customer race teams continues to increase in Pirelli World Challenge in part due to the attractiveness of the global GT3 specification used around the world and the emphasis of supporting the teams by the Audi of America customer-racing program.
“We are so excited to be working with the Audi customer-racing team and are thrilled with the Audi R8 LMS ultra that has proven its success around the world,” said Nicholas Short, owner of Competition Race Parts and CRP Racing. “Our team has received great support from Audi and was one of the key reasons for us switching to the R8 LMS ultra.” The CRP Racing Team will be making its Audi R8 LMS ultra debut in Long Beach this weekend with Mike Skeen at the wheel.
While new teams are added, the GMG team continues to have success in PWC. Andrew Palmer, who won the St. Petersburg opener in the GT-A category, has been moved up to the GT Class where he will join James Sofronas. Sofronas, who won the Long Beach race last year, will look to take the checkered flag again and leads a team of three GMG Audi R8 LMS ultras contesting the race in the GT-A class. Jeff Courtney rounds out the GT-A teams in his JCR Motorsports Audi R8 LMS ultra which made its debut in St. Petersburg.
Don Istook will be behind the wheel of his RS Werkes Racing Audi TT RS in the GT-S category.
The PWC Long Beach race can be viewed via live streaming this Sunday, April 13 at 7:30pm EST / 4:30pm PST.
The race will be televised on the NBC Sports Network on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 7pm EST / 4pm PST
Upgrade by leasing a luxury vehicle.
Many people are discovering the benefits of leasing when it comes to taking home an attractive new vehicle. There are solid reasons to consider leasing a luxury car, including costs, mileage, maintenance issues, and more.
Benefits of new technology
No matter the price range, all new cars come equipped with different levels of technology. Luxury cars often include the latest technological advances not only in safety, but in navigational features and plush creature comforts. What you get is a safer, more comfortable and easier to navigate car whether you drive in the city or urban areas.
Keeps costs low
You get more "bang" for your buck when you lease a luxury vehicle. Depending upon the length of your lease, your monthly payments should be 30 to 60 percent less than if you took out a car loan for the same term on the same car. While most leases don't require a down payment, there are lease deals that do depending upon the vehicle being promoted. Because you pay only for the depreciation on the vehicle, you won't pay sales tax on the full value of the car. Usually the tax is spread over the lease period rather than paid up front.
When you own your own car and put high mileage on it every year, when it comes time to trade it in or sell, high mileage lowers the selling price. The only time to have to think about mileage when leasing is when you choose a lease term. Avoid mileage fees at the end of your lease by figuring out how many miles you drive per year and then multiplying that number by the number of years you wish to lease the vehicle. Monthly costs are usually lower for longer termed leases.
Reduced maintenance costs
Smart lessees often tie the length of their car lease into the length of the manufacturer's warranty coverage. If something goes wrong, you won't be out-of-pocket for any maintenance costs unless you caused the problem.
Lease deals on luxury cars
Typically, you won't find subsidized deals or rebates on luxury car leases. What you can find are indirect incentives that luxury car dealerships don't view as wholesale discounting. They believe that if they offer a lease deal with low monthly costs based on discounted prices and high residuals, the lessee benefits even more. However, there are times when luxury car dealers do offer special incentives for very limited periods of time in order to move inventory and make way for newer models.
No used-car headaches
When you lease, you won't have any more used-car hassles including haggling with potential buyers, worrying about mileage and pricing, or whether or not you should sell it yourself or trade it in. When you lease, you turn back the vehicle and walk away, unless it makes financial sense for you to buy your leased vehicle.
Your decision whether or not to lease a luxury vehicle should be dictated by sound financial planning. Costs, mileage and maintenance considerations should always take precedence over image.
Admit it, there are times when you'd like a little more. Like when you're joining the freeway and see a line of 18-wheelers bearing down. With more oomph under the hood you'd punch it and get out in front, but lacking supercar horsepower, you have to ease off the gas and tuck in behind.
One solution is to buy a quicker car, but if you don't want to change your ride there is another option: squeeze more horsepower from what you've got. Here are some of the best ideas around.
Replace the air filter
Stock filters restrict airflow into the engine. Running without a filter isn't an option because that risks serious engine damage, but you can buy filters that allow the engine to breathe more easily. This in turn increases the performance of your engine.
Fit a cold air induction system
This pulls in air from nearer the ground where it's more dense. To keep the air-fuel ratio where it needs to be, the engine management computer injects more gas on each stroke of the piston, increasing power.
Go for forced induction
There are two approaches to forced induction--supercharging and turbocharging. A supercharger is driven by a belt from the crank, so it's always running, while a turbo is driven by the exhaust gases. In that sense the turbo is more efficient because it uses energy that would otherwise be blown out through the exhaust. Both are pricy installations and slightly out of range for the novice mechanic.
Install a performance exhaust
So far we've talked about ways to push more air in to the cylinders, but the exhaust side of the engine shouldn't be overlooked. A performance exhaust offers less back pressure. When it's easier to get the gases out of the cylinder, less power is wasted on sucking air in.
Modify valve opening and closing
Deep inside the engine is a camshaft. Driven from the crank, this controls when and how far the inlet and exhaust valves open. Performance cams have different profiles to the stock shaft, allowing improved breathing. As with turbocharging though, installation requires top-notch mechanical skills.
Modify spark timing
In older vehicles where ignition timing is set by the distributor, more power can be produced by increasing the “advance”. Modern engines have replaced the distributor with an Engine Control Unit (ECU) that measures speed, air temperature, and throttle position and determines when to send the spark. This is known as the engine “mapping”.
Some companies sell tools for modifying ECU mapping and replacement controllers optimized for performance.
The impact on fuel consumption
If you're going to extract maximum power all the time, expect to see your gas mileage go through the floor. But by making the engine more efficient, these mods will provide more oomph without too much of a hit on the consumption front. Drive carefully and you may even see better mileage.
And a final word of warning: Horsepower is addictive. After giving your ride an mph boost you'll be happy for a while. But then you'll find you want a little more.
Nutrients are an essential component to good health, and one of the important aspects of good health is a strong immune system. While you try to eat healthy every day, you may still need to complement your diet with vitamins and supplements to further boost your immune system.
Vitamin C is thought to be one of the more important nutrients in fighting off infections. When you have a cold or flu, for example, vitamin C levels are rapidly depleted, indicating your body uses it to neutralize the threat.
A daily dose of vitamin C may allow your immune system to more easily fight infection. It doesn't prevent you from getting an infection, but you may recover more quickly if your body maintains healthy levels of vitamin C.
As an antioxidant, vitamin E works to reduce cell-damaging free radicals. Free radicals are loose electrons, escaped from cells and once loose, scavenge off healthy cells. This activity may be associated with coronary disease, cancer, and infection.
Its properties as an antioxidant, though, are not all powerful. An appropriate daily dose of vitamin E is not a cure, but rather, boosts your immune system to better able resist disease.
Vitamin D aids in reducing inflammation in joints, arteries, and in the digestive tract. Inflammation is associated with numerous autoimmune-related diseases, such as celiac disease and arthritis. Adding a vitamin D supplement to your daily dietary intake may help your immune system control the inflammation and subsequent symptoms, of your condition. Consult with your physician to ascertain the dosage appropriate to your condition and lifestyle.
Fish oil provides your body with omega 3 and omega 6--both fats your body needs for cellular development, cognitive function, and organ function. These fats work with your immune system to reduce or control inflammation, increase blood flow, and produce healthy epidermal cells, among other functions.
Your body does not produce omega fats, so if your diet does not include healthy portions of fish on a weekly basis consider taking this supplement. Work with your physician to determine the proper dosage; too much fish oil can result in a suppression of the immune system.
Green tea is high in antioxidants and is thought to act as a primer for the immune system, boosting its abilities to recognize infections and free radicals, and to deal with them more effectively.
The chemical compounds in green tea work with the immune system to keep anti-bodies at the ready; should an infection enter the body, the immune system's defenses are more likely to attack at the onset and so reduce the risk of complications or prolonged illness.
Ask Your Doctor
Always consult with your physician before taking additional vitamins or supplements. He or she will likely review your dietary and exercise habits, as well as other lifestyle choices, in order to determine the right dosage for your needs.
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