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Audi A7 spied

The Audi A7 is a top-seller. This full-size luxury car has been in production since 2010, and it is only getting more popular and better, in every way. There have been a few face-lifts, naturally, but that doesn’t meant that it can’t get better. Audi always wants to improve, and the next generation Audi A7 should be a big improvement on this amazing car. There has been rumbling going on for a while, and fans of the A7 are getting excited.

There are some leaked photos of the car, but they are from far away, so it’ not easy to see what is going on with the new model. But, rest assured, the outside won’t look dramatically different as Audi is not big on changing near-perfection. It will retain its fastback design, and it will sport the new Audi singleframe grille. Also, sharper headlights are going to be part of the A7. It will also likely have a more muscular and streamlined look, but again, things are not going to change drastically. This should make any fan of the A7 happy as it is a well-designed and sporty car that certainly turns heads. A lot of the big changes that are expected will be under the hood.

The next-generation Audi A7 is going to be built on the MLB evo platform, which should make it that much better, and it is also going to be used in the next Audi A8. This simply means that the A7 should lose some unneeded weight, all while offering better driving dynamics and more power. By shedding weight, the A7 will enjoy better fuel economy, which should be good news to anyone looking at buying a car in the future. All in all, the 2018 Audi A7 model and future models will be faster, lighter, safer and get better gas mileage, all while retaining the great styling and comfort.

As far as engine options, we can expect similar options to the one’s available now. Foreign markets, as always, will likely get a diesel model, and there is some talk a new plug-in version with the new generation of Audi A7s. The supercharged 3.0 liter V6 engine and turbo V8 will be available in the new generation of the A7, which should make buyers happy as both engines are more than capable of providing the driver will a lot of fun and power. To see the power of many Audi cars and SUVs, test drive all your favorites at Audi of Tucson. Once behind the wheel of any Audi, you will start singing the praises too.

If you are wondering what the big deal about the current generation of the A7, you should know what makes it so great. First and foremost, with it’s original design and Audi quattro, you will enjoy turning lots of heads. Combined with decent fuel economy, lots of technology and plenty of power, and it’s easy to see why people are excited about the Audi A7 and future models.

If you are waiting for the new Audi A7 to come out, the wait will be worth it. While the current model is already nearly perfect, the 2018 version and subsequent models will be even better.

The concept car Audi e-tron quattro at the Volkswagen Group Night (IAA) in Frankfurt.

The concept car Audi e-tron quattro at the Volkswagen Group Night (IAA) in Frankfurt.

Audi is at it again. The company is always on the forefront of tech and innovation, and this time, Audi wants to make three electric vehicles by 2020. While this is a formidable goal since very few people own electric cars now, if any company can do it, Audi is the one. There is no doubt about it, electric cars are the future, and by having the goal of three cars by 2020, Audi is going to push itself, along with other manufacturers, to get something going, sooner rather than later.

Other luxury vehicle manufacturers are getting serious about it too, and that is probably one reason why Audi is getting a little more serious about electric vehicles. Rivals like BMW and Mercedes have similar plans to add both sedans and SUVs, and Audi will probably catch up, and maybe even surpass these two companies. Recently, CEO, Rupert Stadler, spoke with a German media firm and said that electric vehicles will account for between 25 and 30 percent of Audi’s sales by 2025. Audi also has other plans such as investing in autonomous driving tech and digital services.

To achieve the goal of having various electric cars, Audi will set up a subsidiary, called SDS company. And, as of now, Audi may work with other companies in the industry to help bolster their electric lineups. Besides having a few amazing electric cars, Audi also wants to take the autonomous vehicles to the next level. It will be more like a robot car that may not even need pedals nor a steering wheel, which is the next logical step. While the autonomous vehicles of the future, along with the three electric cars Audi plans to make, are a great step, it comes at a, slight, cost. Though it’s been talked about for a long time, the two-door A3 may get the ax, but things, naturally, can change. The company feels it would not lose customers, and most loyal Audi buyers would find something else that Audi makes, perhaps a better and newer version. If you are in the market for a new car, Audi is sure to provide what you are looking for, and you can find the best Audi cars and SUVs at Audi of Tucson.

Audi also has interest in fuel cell cars, but it is not a question of will or ability. It is a question of technology on the infrastructure end as there simply is not enough infrastructure to support fuel cell cars going coast to coast. Other than small pockets in major coastal cities, fuel cell drivers would have serious problems getting fuel. On the electric car front, many who love the Audi brand are hoping that the company will release something like the R8 e-tron, though nothing is set in stone as plans, ideas and the wants and needs of drivers are all constantly changing.

If you are a fan of what Audi has to offer, you should be pretty excited about the future. Not only will the company have autonomous vehicles, but within a few years, we will see multiple electric vehicles on the road. In the future, most Audi’s will be all-electric, and that includes cars and SUVs.

Group of Audi Cars

With more than 950,000 units delivered, Audi increased its sales by 5.6 percent, since January, and it grew in all regions. The car manufacturer enjoyed strong growth, especially in the European market. In fact, sales in the European market increased an impressive 8.4 percent, since the beginning of 2016. For the first time in the history of Audi, the company sold more than 450,000 units in Europe. The new models such as Audi A4 and the Audi Q7 full size SUV have helped sales greatly; worldwide the Audi Q7 full size SUV has enjoyed an increase of over 73 percent in sales, worldwide.

In June, deliveries worldwide enjoyed a robust 7.4 percent increase as sales hit 169,000 units. Like most other auto manufacturers right now, Audi has persisting challenges in key markets. With slow economic growth and uncertainty in most of the major markets, it is a wonder that Audi enjoyed such a successful month and is having a great year. Things are only looking better for Audi, and if the company can execute, there is no reason to believe that it won’t continue shattering sales goals. That doesn’t mean that there are not plenty of great Audi’s to check out now, and you can see that for yourself at Audi of Tucson.

To get where it wants to go, obviously Audi will need to lean hard on its flagship vehicles . The A8, for example, is only going to get better, any this is one of the main reasons why Audi is killing it right now. However, in the upcoming months, the company plans to strengthen its portfolio with new concepts such as the SQ7 TDI, Q7 e-tron and A6L e-tron. Not only that, Audi has new technology that it is working on such as autonomous vehicles, which will revolutionize the industry and boost sales. Already successful models are going to enjoy some changes, including the A5 and A3, which is likely to boost sales and gain more happy customers for the company.

With the plummet of gas prices, Audi has experienced something that other manufacturers are also experiencing. Nearly every other unit sold in the United States, so far this year, has been an SUV. For this reason, the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7 enjoyed brisk sales as buyers truly love the crossovers that they are being offered. While not as big of a market, Canada enjoyed a huge jump of 16 percent as the company sold 15,614 units. This is no surprise as anyone who has been to Canada knows that an SUV is a well-used vehicle, especially in the winter months as people appreciate the all-wheel drive Quattro.

As mentioned, the technologies offered by Audi are top-notch, and this is one of the reasons why it is enjoying robust sales. While the autonomous car is not here today, there are other tech items that make the driver more comfortable such as heated seats, power everything and a great stereo. This certainly helps people make up their minds to buy an Audi, and if you are ever looking for one, you will love how much technology Audi has.

Audi is enjoying a great year all around the world, and it should only get better as the company is never shy about making great changes that benefit us all.

Audi tests autonomous vehicle on Autobahn

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The self-driving car is coming sooner rather than later. Companies all around the world are working on autonomous vehicles, and Audi is on top of its game. To test the car and concept, Audi is working in Germany, and the company is using the Autobahn, which is no day in the park. With the A7 concept car, named Jack, the automaker hopes to have the perfect autonomous vehicle ready in a few short years.

The car gives trucks a wider berth, when passing, and it easily edges in the direction of the lane marking, well before signaling. It is in an attempt to mimic real-world driving situations by human drivers. On the test run, Jack didn’t get aggressive or angry at drivers, which is a frequent problem on the speed-limit-free stretches of the Autobahn, where cars regularly fly down the road at around 125 miles per hour. Removing this risk makes everyone safer as high-speed car accidents are obviously the worst kind of ones to be in. While true, Audi certainly builds cars with enough power to get to such high speeds, and you can test drive an Audi at Audi of Tucson. Though, they won’t let you take it up to 125 miles per hour!

The car is much more cooperative than human drivers, especially when it came time to let other drivers merge. The test car decides whether to slow down or accelerate, depending on the traffic situation. Making self-driving cars act more like human drivers is one of the biggest challenges manufacturers face in the quest to introduce self-driving cars that can easily handle a wide variance of driving situations, including most day-to-day situations and other rare situations.

It will certainly be a thing to see vehicles without drivers. A lot of people have fears and trepidation when it comes to autonomous vehicles, but those fears are largely unfounded. When looking at the statistics, by any way one would measure them, it is much more dangerous to have a human behind the wheel. Not only do humans get tired, drunk and frustrated, but they also push the limits and don’t know when to take a step back. Of course, while there are challenges, it is just a matter of time before you start seeing them on the freeway. Federal, state, county and city governments all over the United States will certainly have to develop new laws and a framework for it all, but states like Nevada and California are already anticipating the big boom.

The benefits to autonomous vehicles should be obvious. For starters, they will be much safer. People who are fatigued or otherwise a danger will not wreak havoc on the road. And, they will also be more efficient as humans have proven that they are not good at conserving gas in a stop-and-go environment.
Audi, like always, is at the forefront of autonomous vehicle tech. While true, don’t expect to rush out and buy one next year as they may not be ready for another five to ten years, depending on the advancement of the technology.

A close look at the 2016 Audi Q3


The 2016 Audi A3 is in the crossover segment, which is showing no signs of slowing down, and nearly all automakers are posting some of the best month-over-month numbers. While true, if you think that crossover fans have a lot of options if they want a small and upscale option, you would be wrong.

With a quick glance, it may be hard to tell the difference between a Q3 and a Q5, which is larger and more popular. But, this was Audi’s intention, and with the Q3, you get the advantage of the handsome design setup of the larger and more expensive Q5. Inside, drivers are treated to a comfortable and refined ride with standard leather and soft touch materials. Passengers in the front have a comfortable place to sit as there is an abundance of legroom and cabin space for people of all sizes. Coupled with 12-way power-adjustable front seats that are leather-trimmed, and heated, drivers and passengers alike will be in paradise. While it is a comfortable experience for front seat passengers, people in the back who are tall may not fair so well, though for the average person, it is not a tight ride, and four people can fit in this crossover with ease.

If you are hunting for a large SUV that you can stuff plenty of people and things in, the Audi Q3 may not be for you. With 16.7 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats, you aren’t going to want to use this to move. But, it actually compares favorably to the competition, and there is enough space for people who want to do day-to-day errands. Furthermore, the rear seats are easy to fold, and you can get 48.2 cubic feet of storage space, which is enough for five large suitcases. Again, while there are better workhorses that can carry a lot of cargo, the Audi Q3 is a great in-between choice that does it all. To see how a Q3 can fit into your driving routine, take one for a spin at Audi of Tucson.

If you want technology, you will love the Q3. Things like standard dual-zone climate control, 10-speaker stereo and a satellite radio make the Q3 more enjoyable on the road. If you spring for the $2,600 Technology Package, you will get Audi’s MMI navigation system with Google Street View and Google Earth, which makes navigation a breeze. Also thrown in is a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that allows you to connect up to eight devices. All in all, if you spring for the technology package, which you should, you are going to love this crossover.

With a turbocharged 2.0 liter 4-cylinder motor, drivers enjoy a peppy engine that delivers 200 horses and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. While quick, it is not best in class, though with fuel economy of 20 MPG in the city and 28 on the highway, it is a great compromise. The 2016 Audi Q3 is fun to drive, safe, comfortable and full of luxury, and if you are looking for a small crossover, you have found it.

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New Generation Sporty, Athletic and Elegant

Although it won’t be available in the United States this year, Audi fans can look forward to possibly next year when the automaker will make the Audi A5 and S5 coupe available at dealerships such as Audi of Tucson. The new version of the popular two-door car shows a clear relationship to the first generation vehicle that was launched in 2007. The new A5 and S5 offer a much more modern look that is honed to create an athletic and elegant machine that’s perfectly balanced. From the long hood and three-dimensional shoulder line to new LED lighting and dynamic turn signals, the new A5 and S5 Coupes create a stunning statement when sitting still or challenging the nation’s speed laws.

New Engines Have More Power

Although it’s still undecided what engines the American version of these cars will have, the new Audi A5 Coupe is going to have five engine choices in Europe including two gasoline and three diesel configurations. The engines range in horsepower from 190 to 286, which is about a 17 percent increase over the current model. The Audi S5 will come with a turbo V6 that delivers a sporty 354 horsepower, or 21 more horses than the current model.

New A5 Roomier Than Ever

Due to a longer wheelbase and some clever use of layout and design, the interior of the A5 Coupe is now roomier than ever. A redesigned dash, instrument panel and HVAC venting system have freed up room in the front to create an impressive sense of space. As you might expect, the interior consists of high quality materials assembled with unparalleled craftsmanship. A wide range of colors and choice of ambient lighting lets you set the mood, whether you’re out for a night on the town, a long vacation or just your daily commute. A special consideration was given to the “acoustic comfort” of the driver and passengers. Special noise deadening materials and a smart layout keep the outside noise on the outside while enhancing the quality of the superb sound system.

MMI Navigation System Includes Internet Connection

Audi’s Multi-media Information system with navigation automatically includes a connection to the LTE Internet network, keeping the driver and passengers connected while on the road. The network not only keeps you in the loop with friends and the goings-on in the world, but also offers services that can bring first responders in a hurry if you are ever in need. Stay in touch with Audi of Tucson to seen when the new A5 and S5 Coupes will be making their way to the showroom floor.

2017 Audi A4 Earns Top Safety Score

Audi A4

Audi makes safe cars, and it is apparent whether you read reviews or see any accidents where every Audi passenger walks away safely. For many, this is important as car buyers are demanding safer and safer cars. Audi is on top of things, and the popular A4 earned high safety scores all across the board.

The 2017 Audi A4 was redesigned, and it is better than ever. In 2016, it did not fare so well in the stringent overlap front test, which is conducted by the Institute For Highway Safety. But, times have changed quickly, and the 2017 Audi A4 earned the Institute for Highway Safety’s highest award – Top Safety Pick Plus. The A4’s small overlap front rating of good, the highest possible, is a 180 degree turnaround from the previous rating in 2016, where it received a poor rating, which is the lowest possible rating. There was also far less intrusion into the model’s driver’s space when compared with the 2016 model structure. This means that the risk of injuries is lower in the new model.

Overall, the A4’s results are amazing across the board in the five tests which included:

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All A4 models received a Top Safety Pick Plus rating. Furthermore, the car’s forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, which is a standard, earned a superior rating. With this superior rating, the car earned the coveted Plus rating. This standard option helps detect both moving and stationary vehicles, as well as animals and pedestrians, and at speeds of up to 52 miles per hour, it can initiate braking when a potential crash is detected by the system. If you want to test out an Audi A4 and see how it works for you, and you can do so at Audi of Tucson.

Going forward, the safety of Audi’s should only improve as the company is committed to providing safe and secure vehicles to all Audi drivers. With top safety picks across the board, whether you are looking at the 2017 Audi A4 or any other vehicles, you are not going to have to worry about you or your family.

For starters, the airbag technology on every Audi is advanced as the vehicle takes a host of information into consideration, such as occupant detection and even thorax side airbags, which helps minimize the intensity of traumatic accidents. It doesn’t stop at that either. No, Audi goes way further as the company has adaptive cruise control, active lane assist and Audi pre-sense®, which helps inform the driver of his or her surroundings. With this setup, not only are the chances of accidents minimized, but if you are in an accident, you are much more likely to walk away with little to no injuries. Finally, while it seems like the available Audi Quattro all-wheel drive is just for having fun and taking it off-road, it also helps one avoid accidents and improve performance.
If you think Audi is all about luxury and fun, you have to think again. While they are fun to drive and offer a luxurious experience, Audi, including the 2017 Audi A4, offers a safe driving experience for you and your family.

Audi Cabin Filter Relieves Allergy Symptoms

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Compact Models Now Offer Relief

Starting this month, the Audi TT, Q3, A3 and A1 all have a new filtering system that neutralizes most pollen and dust that causes allergies. There are two versions of the filter available. One uses a biological element named polyphenols that combat allergens by attaching to their receptors. The other modifies the protein structure of allergens to reduce their affect on those suffering from hay fever and other reactions. If you’re suffering from allergies, head to Audi of Tucson and see how these remarkable new filters can alleviate your suffering.

Independent Testing Confirms Effectiveness

Two independent laboratories have confirmed the effectiveness of this new filtering system against allergies. While helping people with their suffering is the main intent of the new system, the use of two special layers of filtering also improves the air quality of the cabin. Special microfibers are layered to remove tiny particulates from the outside air, while the carbon layer traps foul-smelling gases. The result is a new industry standard in cabin filtration.

Older Cars Have Retrofit Option

Visit the parts and service department at Audi of Tucson and you can have any of the models listed retrofitted to the new filtration system. The new filtering system will also be part of the Q2 when it launches later this year. The Q2 is Audi’s entrance into the compact SUV market, designed to compete with offerings from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. Targeted at a younger demographic, the Q2 is expected to have a couple of engine choices, including a 1.4L, 148 horsepower 4-cylinder turbo motor that deactivates two cylinders at cruising speed for greater fuel efficiency. A 190-horsepower turbo is another option that will come only with the all-wheel drive model.

Stay in Touch With Dealership

By taking your vehicle to Audi of Tucson for regularly scheduled maintenance, you’ll stay on top of new, exciting technology like the allergen-relief air filtering system. In the rare event of any recall notices, your service advisor will take care of them for you to make sure your vehicle remains the premium driving machine you bought off the lot. A prepaid scheduled maintenance plan ensures your car is taken car of and will offer many years of service. Go to the Audi of Tucson website and you can schedule your service online, get valuable savings through service coupons, and see what great new vehicles are available on the lot.

2018 Audi A6/A7: New Design, More Tech


The Audi A6 is essential to the being of Audi. This flagship executive car is beloved by all, whether we are talking about sports car enthusiasts, businessmen or even people who just need to commute in comfort and style. The Audi A7 is a midsize luxury car that is also another flagship for Audi. While these are two amazing vehicles that offer a lot, if Audi wants to stay on top of the competition, and it sure does, the company will have to add more design and tech. For this reason, you should be excited about the 2018 A6 and A7 as they will both have more design and tech.

Both versions, intelligently, will draw from the design from recent concept cars as they will feature a new user interface, which will be similar to the one in the upcoming Audi A8. While there are no specifics at this time, anyone buying one should expect more gadgets, an improved and refined cockpit, and the latest technology. Like the 2018 Audi A8, the next A6 and A7 versions will be based on Audi’s modular-longitudinal MLB Evo architecture. With this platform, the car can either be front or four-wheel drive. With a host of telematics and assistance systems, the A6 and A7 will be safer and more fun to drive than ever. In the United States, drivers will have the choice between sedan and hatchback, which should offer plenty of storage and a comfortable setup. To see how fun it is to drive one, head on down to Audi of Tucson.

Without a doubt, if you are interested in any Audi, you want horsepower and lots of it. The base A6 will offer a 2.0-liter, as well as a turbocharged V-6 option. On the A7, the turbocharged V-6 is standard equipment. Down the road, buyers will have the option to get hybrid, plug-in hybrids and diesel engines in their A6 and A7s. Either way, with the high-powered turbocharged V-6, Audi buyers will not regret a thing. Depending on the engine option, drivers should enjoy a 0-60 time of around 5 seconds, which makes it easy, and fun, to merge on the freeway.

What should draw anyone to Audi, and specifically the Audi A6 or Audi A7, is the amount of standard equipment that you get. With the Premium Plus model, which is the standard model, buyers get automatic LED headlights, a power liftgate, heated washer nozzles, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry and start, a rear-view camera and parking sensors. This is only the beginning, and there are plenty of other options that make your Acura that much better.

While the 2018 Audi A6 and A7 are not right around the corner, if you are looking for the ultimate car, you can’t go wrong with either model. There have been many upgrades throughout the years, and you can bet on it that the 2018 versions are going to grow on that. If you want to test drive a current A6 or A7, you should check one out and get a real-world feel for these great vehicles.

A8 Prototype Ready to Battle Big Boys

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Flagship Spied During Highway Testing

The 2018 version of the flagship Audi A8 has been seen on the open highway under heavy camouflage as undergoes testing before its release next year. Armed with a new array of technology, the A8 will feature a driver assistance system that will let it drive itself at speeds below 38 mph. Once you reach your appointed destination, the A8 will park itself as well. Although the technology isn’t quite there for a fully autonomous vehicle, the A8 will have control units installed to accept the hardware and software once they are fully developed. Expect to see the new A8 sometime next year at Audi of Tucson.

New Design Philosophy Features Wider Grille

This is the first Audi vehicle designed from the ground up by Marc Lichte, who unveiled his aerodynamic, sweeping philosophy in the Prologue concept vehicle back in 2014. With a wider grill, angled headlights and skinny LED taillights, the new A8 will look like a larger version of some of Audi’s smaller, sportier offerings. The new A8 is built on the same architecture as the Audi Q7 large SUV, which is also the base for the uber premium Bentley Bentayga SUV. Expect this chassis to deliver a premium ride and dynamic handling.

Infotainment System Debuted at Consumer Electronics Show

Audi unveiled its new Multi Media Interface infotainment system this year at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show. Gone are all the traditional knobs and buttons, replaced by a number of LED screens mounted on the dash. The MMI system integrates all music, including radio, CD and Bluetooth streaming options, with voice recognition navigation and hands free communication. The result is an integrated system that you control by touch or voice, leaving your eyes free to focus on the road.

Powertrain Options Still Undecided

Although VW, parent company of Audi, has a new diesel V8 coming on the market that delivers 400 horsepower and a seat crushing 500 pound feet of torque, there’s a possibility that will initially only be available in Europe. The new Audi A8 sold in North America is more likely to get the 3.0L turbocharged V6 as the standard engine with a 4.0L V8 twin-turbo as an upgrade. Look for the new A8 to have the Quattro all-wheel drive system standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Stay in touch with Audi of Tucson for a definitive date on when the new A8 will arrive.