We think it’s fair to say that no one ever sets out to be number three… or number two for that matter; no, we all want to be number one. Audi knows a lot about being number one; in fact, the German luxury automaker recently received top honors as the Best Luxury Brand in the 2014 Total Quality Index™ (TQI) study presented by Strategic Vision.
The Strategic Vision Total Quality Index score is an all-encompassing measurement that analyzes both positive and negative product experiences, including reliability, actual problems, and driving excitement, among many others. Audi vehicles have and continue to offer a premier driving and ownership experience, as is witnessed by the brand’s place atop Strategic visions quality index.
In addition to Audi’s top spot as the Best Luxury Brand, a number of Audi vehicles beat out all other contenders in their respective categories. The Audi Q5 topped the Near-Luxury category, the Audi Q7 topped the Luxury CUV category, while the Audi A5 Coupe led the Premium Coupe category.
“Audi is proud to be named the Best Luxury Brand in the Total Quality Awards for the third year in a row,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America in a press release. “Audi is dedicated to providing the best ownership experience for our drivers and we’re thrilled to once again be honored.”
The Audi A5 is a breathtaking sports coupe powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI engine with available quattro® all-wheel drive. Transmission options include a standard six-speed manual or an eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission. Inside, the A5 combines a driver-focused cabin, complete with unmatched comfort and technology, with the premium craftsmanship Audi is known for.
The Audi Q5 is admired for its smooth and efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and is offered in V6 and hybrid variants. Naturally, the Q5 appeals to a wide array of drivers, thanks to its precise sedan-like handling and abundance of interior space. Indeed, it’s the ideal solution for recreation and everyday driving.
Finally, the seven-passenger Audi Q7 exceeds driver and passenger expectations for functionality and comfort with a luxurious interior and powerful yet fuel-efficient turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI engine. For added fuel economy, customers can also opt for an ultra-efficient V6 turbocharged direct injection TDI clean diesel engine. Other standout features include Audi connect with a rolling Wi-Fi® hotspot for up to eight passenger devices and Google Voice Local Search.
The Audi brand continues to push the envelope when it comes to class-leading cars and SUVs. For more information, or to test drive one of these award-winning models yourself, be sure to visit our dealership.
With an emphasis on style and utility, the all-new Audi Q3 is creating a lot of buzz. The Q3 combines a striking coupe-like design with the convenience and versatility of an SUV. Audi fans have no doubt been keeping a close eye on the Q3’s impending fall launch, so the recent announcement regarding official pricing for its latest nameplate will be welcomed by eager customers the world over.
The 2015 Q3 will start at $32,500* and employs a standard 200 horsepower 2.0-liter TFSI® engine with a six-speed Tiptronic® transmission that is sure to please drivers for miles on end. It offers an excellent balance of agility and functionality—all while instilling unprecedented levels of joy behind the wheel.
The Q3 is as dynamic as they come. Its sporty character is supplemented by a number of stunning design points and defined by its low roof line and wraparound tailgate. Along with signature LED daytime running headlamps, the Q3 comes with standard LED taillights.
Drivers looking to add a little more sport to their Q3 can select an optional Sport package, which adds sport seats, shift paddles, and Audi drive select. The latter greatly adds to the Q3’s thrilling road manners by allowing drivers to adjust the shift points and throttle mapping of the Q3 with a simple touch of a button.
Of course, what would an Audi be without the automaker’s legendary quattro® all-wheel drive system? Available for the Q3, quattro® helps provide additional grip on winding roads and additional traction in wet and snowy conditions.
The Q3 joins the popular Q5 and Q7 in Audi’s highly successful SUV line-up. While smaller than its siblings, the Q3 offers plenty of room and comfort. There is seating for five passengers and its 48 cubic-feet of space with the 60/40 split-folding rear seats down means the Q3 offers plenty of options for cargo.
Other interior highlights include standard dual-zone automatic climate control, available power tailgate and interior LED lighting. The Audi advanced key provides keyless access as well as keyless start/stop functionality.
Audi Q3 MSRP* excluding transportation, taxes, title:
- Audi Q3 Premium Plus, FWD: $32,500
- Audi Q3 Premium Plus, quattro®: $34,600
- Audi Q3 Prestige, FWD: $36,400
- Audi Q3 Prestige, quattro®: $38,500
The launch of the 2015 Audi Q3 is shaping up to be quite an event. For more information on this and other exciting Audi models, don’t hesitate to contact or stop by our dealership
*Transportation charge is $925.00
From "Car and Driver's 25 Cars Worth Waiting For: 2014–2017"
WHY IT MATTERS: People want SUV attributes, but they want their trucks to look smaller and exude more "sport" and less "utility," especially in rising markets such as China. There, customers demand sporty-looking, luxurious SUVs, and the Q8 will top Audi's new range of coupe-utes wearing even numbers: Q2, Q4, and Q6.
PLATFORM: With a longer wheelbase than the current Q7's, the MLB (roughly translated: modular longitudinal matrix) will be shared by the Q8, the next Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, and Volkswagen Touareg.
POWERTRAIN: Various high-level VW Group engines, including V-6, V-8, and W-12 variants. The most popular in the U.S. market probably will be the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8.
COMPETITION: BMW X6, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Mercedes-Benz MLC, Porsche Cayenne.
WHAT MIGHT GO WRONG: If China crashes and pulls down consumer demand for this segment, the Q8 might be canceled. Welcome to the new world, where the Chinese economy drives the train.
ESTIMATED ARRIVAL AND PRICE: Due in 2017, the Q8 will cost 20 percent more than the Q7, or $56,000–$60,000 in today's money.
Due to OVERWHELMING response, we have decided to extend our ANNUAL BIG E SUMMER BUYBACK event until 9/30.
August stands as the 44th consecutive month of record U.S. sales
Audi has maintained steady momentum throughout 2014, with the best-ever August result. The previous August record was set in 2013 with sales of 14,005 vehicles.
“Audi dealers nationwide are selling new models as quickly as they are delivered to showrooms – resulting in the best month ever in AoA history,” said Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “By accelerating 2015 model introductions we are able to keep pace with this momentum to carry it through the end of 2014 and beyond.”
Audi August sales also improved throughout the lineup when compared to year-earlier results. The A3, A4, allroad, A5, and Q7 all posted sales gains.
August results were bolstered by sales of Audi luxury SUVs, with the Audi Q7 crossover posting a 25.8% gain on 1,859 units sold for the month. Year-to-date sales for the Audi Q5 increased 6.1%, while YTD sales for the Audi Q7 increased 25.1%.
After its April U.S. sales debut, the 2015 Audi A3 models have maintained a strong and consistent sales pace. August 2014 brought 2,430 A3 sales to solidify the model’s standing among the top three of the brand’s best sellers.
August is the 13th consecutive month and all-time record sales for Audi Certified pre-owned. This month marked an increase of 29.6% and a total of 4,733 CPO vehicles sold; CPO sales year-to-date increased 17.6%.
- The all-new 2015 Audi A3 models officially went on sale this spring, with 12,329 cars sold since launch.
- Sales of Audi premium category vehicles (Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, and Audi Q7) increased 11% year-to-date, representing 31.7% of total Audi sales year-to-date and 26% of the Audi year-to-date sales gain.
- Sales mix for Audi S performance variants finished the month at 13.9% for the S4 sedan; 27.6% for the S5/ RS 5; 5.3% for the S6; 22.9% for the S7 / RS 7; 15.8% for the S8; 45.3% for the TTS and TTS Roadster, and 6.5% for the SQ5 crossover.
- Sales of the Audi Q5 YTD sales grew 6.1% compared to previous period.
- Sales of the Audi Q7 increased 25.8% compared to August 2013; YTD sales grew 25.1% compared to previous period.
- August sales mix for Audi TDI models: Audi A3 TDI at 0.9%; Audi A6 TDI at 11.3%; Audi A7 TDI at 12%; A8 TDI at 11.5%; Audi Q5 TDI at 13.5%, Audi Q7 TDI at 18.6%, with an overall mix of 11.2% on 1,224 total TDI sales for August.
- Audi Certified pre-owned sales increased 29.6% to 4,733 vehicles in August; YTD CPO sales rose 17.6% to 30,676 vehicles sold.
- Audi holds the longest running monthly record sales streak in the premium car market according to a competitive sales report from MotorIntelligence.com.
Audi is joining the growing number of automakers who will make self-driving cars that can navigate heavy urban traffic.
Bloomberg News reports that Audi, the world's second-largest luxury vehicle maker, will unveil a system that drives the car in stop-and-go traffic at speeds up to 37 miles per hour. The system takes over braking, steering and accleration, according to Chief Financial Officer Axel Strotbek.
The systems are complicated. Bloomberg points out that many of these cars require an array of 12 ultrasonic detectors, five cameras and six radar sensors in order to perform the stop-and-go self-driving feat.
Strotbek said Audi will have its system available to consumers "very soon," but declined to be more specific. Audi has already had its share of success with driverless cars. In 2010, Audi sent a driverless TTS to the top of Pikes Peak in a demonstration of its expertise in autonomous technology.
Audi and AT&T now offer drivers the option to choose a plan that best fits their data needs and lifestyle
With a Mobile Share Value Plan*, customers can purchase a monthly allotment of data to share among their connected devices, including the all-new Audi premium compact and crossover models equipped with Audi connect. The access charge is $10 a month to add a vehicle to a Mobile Share Value plan, which is the same price that AT&T charges to add a tablet to an existing plan.
With Mobile Share Value added to the list of current plans, Audi A3, S3 and Q3 drivers will be able to choose an option that best fits their data needs and lifestyle, whether they elect to dedicate data exclusively to their vehicle or spread it among a number of different devices or family members.
In January, AT&T and Audi announced a collaboration to introduce the first on-board 4G LTE service in the U.S. with the 2015 Audi A3. Current data plans for the 2015 A3 are competitively priced, starting at $99 for a 6-month plan with a data allotment of 5 GB, and $499 for a 30-month plan with 30 GB. The same 4G LTE data plans are also available on the newly launched Audi S3 performance sedan.
Owners of the all-new 2015 Audi Q3 will be able to sign up for the same data plan pricing.
Also starting on Oct. 1, Audi and AT&T will launch a monthly data plan for 2015 A3, S3 and Q3 models. The new plan offers customers who are not eligible for the Mobile Share Value data plan a flexible alternative to the current longer term 6-month and 30-month plans. For only $20 per month, customers can access 1 GB of data per month.
Data Pricing Options (Starting Oct. 1 for 2015 A3, S3 and Q3 models)**:
- $99 for 6 months, 5GB of data
- $499 for 30 months, 30GB of data
- $10 per month for adding vehicle to an AT&T Mobile Share Value plan
- $20 per month, 1GB of data
* Pricing also available for AT&T Mobile Share
** Stand-alone prepaid data plans: Expire when full data allotment is used or the specified time period ends, whichever comes first. Payments are non-refundable. $20 plan includes access to 1 GB data for 30 days. $99 plan includes access to 5 GB of data for up to 6 months. $499 plan includes access to 30 GB of data for up to 30 months. Mobile Share ValueSM: Requires plan charge for shared data (min $20/mo. for 300MB) and vehicle access charge ($10/mo.). Additional charges apply for extra data and devices. Other pricing options, charges and restrictions apply. Visit att.com/msv for pricing details.
For more information, please visit www.audiusa.com/audiconnect
Maintaining your tires’ pressure may seem like a chore, and doing so often finds a place at the bottom of to-do lists. But checking your tire pressure is crucial not only for ensuring good fuel efficiency, but also--and much more importantly--your own safety. Your tires are one of your car’s first safety defenses, and under-inflated or over-inflated tires can compromise your car’s stability on the road, as well as its ability to corner and brake effectively. Without the correct pressure, it is even possible that the tires will fail completely, which could cause a serious road traffic accident.
If the tire pressure is too high, less of the tire surface is actually touching the road. This means that your tires are bouncing off rather than gripping the road, which leads to an uncomfortable ride, poor traction, longer stopping distances, and uneven tire wear.
If the tire pressure is too low, the opposite occurs, and too much of the tire’s surface touches the road. This will lead to the tires wearing too soon, and could also cause overheating and tread separation, as well as potentially damaging the wheels.
Tire pressure needs to be checked at varying intervals, both as part of a regular servicing schedule and as part of your own general auto maintenance. Ideally, the pressure in your car tires should be checked at least monthly, based on average driving mileage. The technician at your local dealership should carry out this check for you as part of any routine service procedure, but you will also need to carry out routine checks yourself. Your technician will be able to advise whether there are any other problems with the tire condition and may recommend a replacement.
Regular pressure checks are vital to ensure that your tires remain in the best condition. You may not be aware, for example, that your tires have been damaged in the process of driving by a sharp object or obstruction in the road. The loss of pressure may be fairly gradual, such that you cannot easily notice the difference while driving, even though you are suffering a reduction in overall handling capability.
It is also important to check tires monthly, due to seasonal changes in air temperature and the impact they have on tire pressure. The pressure inside your tires drops by about one pound per square inch with every ten-degree drop in the outside temperature. Just because you checked your tires in the summer, therefore, the pressure may no longer be suitable in the winter.
Regular pressure checks help you diagnose problems with your tires early on. A small drop in pressure, for example, may be due to a small area of damage that can be treated without replacing the whole tire. If this is left too long, however, the damage may worsen, meaning that a full replacement--and a more sizable financial outlay--will be required. Regular pressure checks are a good preventative measure and can save you money in the long run.
Always check your tire pressure before and after a particularly long journey, too. Prior to the journey, you want to be satisfied that the car is in the right condition, and after a long trip, you need to check that you haven’t incurred any damage.
Checking your tire pressure is a simple, quick, and easy check that can be carried out on a regular basis. For a small amount of effort monthly, you can save yourself time and money later down the line, and you can drive in the knowledge that your car is as safe as possible.
If you're going to spend a lot of money on a luxury car, it's important that you look after your investment. Even with a relatively moderate amount of driving, your car's exterior is going to suffer wear and tear, so you need to do whatever you can to keep it at its best for as long as possible. Keep your paint work in tip-top condition with this simple guide to protecting your car's exterior.
Buy high-quality cleaning accessories
There's no point in spending a fortune on a luxury car, and then cleaning it with cheap materials. Talk to your dealer, and invest in high quality cleaning cloths and or washing mitts, which are kind to your paint work. Choose cleaning products that have been designed especially for cars, and never use household detergents in their place. Special cleaning products have a special formula that does not strip wax. They're also safe to use on other surfaces, such as rubber, vinyl or plastic.
Invest in an auto detailing clay bar
Even with a good wash, you are likely to find deposits on your car's paint work. These can include bug residue and tree sap, and if you don't treat them carefully, you can seriously damage your paint work. An auto detailing clay bar is the perfect investment for this job. The clay rubs any contaminants off the surface of the care. You simply spray the surface, and then rub the clay bar along the paint work, where it will pick up anything that sticks out.
Wax the car's paint work
Protective wax provides a barrier between the paint work and any dirt or grime. Good wax can also help avoid paint chips from debris on the road. There are lots of different types of wax on the market, but many dealers recommend carnauba wax, which produces a deep shine. You will need to re-apply the wax every eight to twelve weeks, but the finish is truly outstanding. Other products include sealants, which offer more protection, but do not have quite such an attractive, shiny finish. Sealant lasts much longer than car wax, however, and you need only apply it once every six months.
Avoid the automatic car wash
An automatic car wash may seem quick and convenient, but it's unlikely to look after your luxury car. Some car washes may actually damage your car's paint work, and at a comparably cheap price, they cannot use products that are good for your luxury auto. Washing and detailing your car carefully by hand is always going to give you the best finish and protection. If you don't have the time (or energy) to clean and finish the car yourself, talk to our service department about a professional finishing service.
It's important to look after your luxury car, or it won't retain its luxurious looks for long. A regular, thorough cleaning and finishing routine is important, and it's worth spending extra to get the right outcome. Talk to our service department about the options available to you.
When you think of gadgets, what comes to mind? Maybe you think of cars, smartphones, GPS devices, or pedometers: all the devices that connect you with the rest of the world while also making your life easier. The trend for the future, though, may redefine our traditional associations with tech. Innovators are investing millions in gadgets we may not even realize are there: wearable technology. Beyond watches and glasses, check out some of the coolest concepts for wearable tech we’ve come across so far. How many would you wear?
Have you ever taken out your headphones at the gym or before a run, only to find the cords in a hopelessly tangled mess that makes you question whether or not you want to work out in the first place? Enter, The Dash: wireless in-ear headphones that are also a 4GB MP3 player, microphone, Bluetooth headset, fitness tracker, and heart rate monitor. Oh, and they’re also waterproof, so you can swim too. The good news: these things are awesome. The bad news: you no longer have an excuse to put off that workout.
Lost luggage. It’s even the savviest of travelers’ worst nightmare. You wait and wait at baggage claim only to find that of all the hundreds of suitcases on your flight to Tahiti, yours ended up in Nebraska. And of course no flights go out today, or tomorrow, so you’ll have to go without a change of clothes for a few days. But, what if your luggage was smart enough to let you know it was lost? This “smart luggage” would not only give you a heads up if its GPS tracking chips sensed it was going off course, but it would contact your airline and initiate the delivery process to your home or hotel when found. You can't technically "wear" luggage, but it's still pretty cool.
What if your contacts could measure your glucose levels using your tears? Google is developing smart technology embedded in contact lenses that could completely change the way diabetics manage their disease. If research is successful, instead of a painful finger prick, wearers could be alerted with tiny LED lights of shifting glucose levels. The research for these contacts is still in the early stages, but it sure is exciting.
Remember those dreams you had as a kid of becoming a wizard and waving your magic wand to control the world around you with magic? No? Just us? Well, whether you’re a wizard wannabe or not, this Bluetooth ring is the closest thing to a real life magic wand we’ve ever seen. With just a flick of the wrist, or rather, a twitch of a finger, advanced gesture sensors will be able to read your commands and surf the web, answer a phone call, take a selfie, write a text, or whatever else you need to do. Magic.
It looks like for now we’ll just have to make do with our luggage that can’t talk and our rings that can’t do magic, but the future is sure to bring a veritable wardrobe of wearable technology. We’re excited to see what’s next!
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