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Audi SUV

Without a doubt, SUVs are back. Not only do people want them because gas prices are lower, but they want them because they are cooler than other options such as vans. While minivans have their place in the auto world, more and more people of all ages and backgrounds want to get behind the wheel of an SUV. Think about it, if you want to look cool, go off-roading and have the most usable vehicle, you should consider an SUV. In fact, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler recently said just as much. Here are a few reasons why SUVs are loved by Audi.

First and foremost, anyone in the car industry should know that the new trends are dictated by consumers. While it’s hard to forget this if you are not in the industry, Mr. Stadler obviously knows this to be true. Gone are the days of people settling for an unpowered sedan or boring minivan. Instead, people want power and they want room, and they don’t want to get that out of a minivan. Consumers have looked to SUVs, and Audi is happy to oblige. To check out an SUV, you can easily do so at Audi of Tucson. Here, you will find plenty of selection, and you will find an SUV that fits your budget.

With an SUV, you can do it all, and this is a big advantage to most drivers. Whether you want to go off-roading or to a baseball game, you can pack in your family and have a good time. Furthermore, if you are looking to drive to and from work in your SUV, you will have more fun than if you were in a boring and predictable minivan. Simply put, SUVs allow you to do it all, and most people realize this and embrace this fully. Coupled with the fact that many SUVs have the ability to change the seating, and you can see why they are becoming more popular than minivans.

If you want to have power, you can’t get that in a minivan. All-too-often, a minivan driver will be on the freeway, and he or she will be frustrated when trying to change lanes or merge. Other minivan drivers who are going from stoplight to stoplight notice that they have very little power when they want to get going. On the other hand, there are plenty of SUVs by Audi that provide a lot of power. In fact, many models are faster than the average car on the road, which is impressive considering the size and usability of an SUV.

Finally, when thinking about buying a car, a lot of people think about the future and resell value. Since most young and older people alike don’t like vans, they will often look for an SUV. For this reason, when trying to resell an SUV, one will get more money.

In the end, some people prefer SUVs and some prefer minivans. However,  is all in when it comes to SUVs as the company has no plans to start making minivans. It makes sense as people from all walks of all prefer an SUV over a minivan.

 

 

Audi TT

When looking at the best and greatest cars, you can’t overlook Audi. Not only does the company make luxurious and fun to drive cars, but they are reliable and safe. While true, you should think of your wants and needs. If you do so and consider all the models, you can figure out what Audi is right for you and your family. With this in mind, here are the top four Audi’s to check out at Audi of Tucson.

Audi TT Coupe: Until you drive a TT, you don’t know what you are missing out on. You have probably seen many on the road as it has a distinct style. With the TT, you get a turbocharged 211-hp TFSI® engine, which can help you get where you need to go, and fast. You also get the ever-popular Quattro all-wheel drive setup, so you can go where you need to go, all without worry. You get technology with this car as drivers are treated to a BOSE® sound system that comes with 12 speakers and Xenon plus headlights. As far as driving the TT, you are sure to enjoy the horsepower and speed, all while enjoying the leather seats and great sound and tech.

Audi A3: If you want a comfortable car that you can enjoy with your family, you should check out the Audi A3. With this car, you have options as you can get diesel or gas, and you can get a 220 horsepower 2.0-liter engine, or you can get a 170 horsepower 1.8-liter engine. Finally, with the diesel, you get a 150 horsepower 2.0-liter engine. Either way, you will enjoy the power and reliability of this car. With the gas version, you can average almost 30 MPG on the highway.  This is a great car, and you should check one out as you can enjoy power and a comfortable car, all in one.

Audi Q5: If you want an SUV that does it all, you should check out the Audi Q5. Not only is it luxurious, but it’s enjoyable to drive on and off the road. With great handling and a lot of power, the Audi Q5 is a great SUV if you want a refined, yet sporty, SUV. With 24 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway, you can enjoy the SUV without going broke, and you will still enjoy 240 horsepower under the hood, which helps you get from 0-60 in 5.8 seconds. Simply put, this is the ultimate SUV if you want it all.

Audi Q3: Finally if you want the best overall experience while in a car, you should check out the Audi Q3. When doing so and getting behind the wheel, you are going to enjoy a lot. Not only can you enjoy decent fuel economy, but you will get 200 horsepower and an impressive 0-60 time of 7.8 seconds. Yes, while getting 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, you can still carry your family and enjoy a lot of power.

If you are looking for your next car, you should consider Audi. The company has something for everyone, and you are bound to find a vehicle you like.

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RS5 Prototype Sets Track Record

When it replaced the gasoline 4.2-liter engine in the RS5 last year with a 3.0-liter diesel, Audi was proud of the concept car that produced 385 horsepower and a whopping 553 foot-pounds of torque. The competition team decided that wasn’t enough and tweaked the performance to coax 435 horses and 590 foot-pounds of torque out of the diesel, which was enough to set the fastest diesel lap ever at the Sachsenring racing circuit in Germany. The new RS5 bested the previous record by almost two seconds. Although there are no plans to release the RS5 diesel in to the showroom of Audi of Tucson anytime soon, it proves the technology is there to deliver a diesel that delivers both efficiency and performance.

A6 TDI Logs 1,000 Miles on Single Tank

In a different kind of performance measurement, an Audi team drove the A6 TDI Ultra for 28 consecutive hours through the Netherlands, crossing through 14 countries and recording 1,158.9 miles on just one tank of diesel fuel. The Guinness Book of World Records certified the event, which was accomplished in a stock vehicle with two drivers sharing driving duties. The pair averaged 75.9 miles per gallon, well above the estimated 67 mpg for the A6. Unlike the RS5, the A6 TDI is available in the United States. Visit the folks at Audi of Tucson to inquire about a test drive in this remarkably efficient vehicle.

A6 Provides Luxury and Efficiency

While it’s nice to get 75 mpg, it’s really nice to achieve that in a vehicle as luxurious at the Audi A6 TDI. Standard features include power leather seats, heated front seats, driver seat memory and a state-of-the-art infotainmnent system that includes navigation, Bluetooth and satellite radio. A sunroof is also standard, as are power windows, three-zone climate control, power tilt steering wheel and an extensive use of quality materials like aluminum door sill inlays and dark brown walnut wood.

RS5 Available with 450-hp V8

Although the RS5 diesel is not yet available at Audi of Tucson, this high performance sports coupe is ready and waiting to deliver thrills behind the power of a 450-horsepower V8. Buy using Audi’s patented Quattro all-wheel drive system, the RS5 delivers the optimum power to each wheel as needed, letting you attack tight corners with confidence that you’ll be able to keep this beast on the road. The RS5 has the same attention to quality and creature comforts as all other Audi models, providing a thrilling, yet comfortable driving experience.

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Attention Mortals, Your Car Has Arrived

You’ve been circling the Audi of Tucson dealership for a few days now, just trying to catch a glimpse of the Audi R8 V10. Not that you’re not enjoying yourself; all the Audi cars and SUVs are examples of what happens when visionary designers work with groundbreaking engineers. But the R8 is what you really want to see. You want to touch the car Tony Stark drives when he’s not in his Iron Man suit. You’d also like to figure out just how many months you can finance that lofty price tag. The R8 may seem like a fantasy sports car, with its handcrafted panels and road-hugging posture looking like something out of next year’s blockbuster movie. Truth be told, it’s the result of years of experience on the world’s toughest race courses combined with luxury appointments worthy of such a lofty price. The R8 is definitely real and is the choice for real people who can afford to live their dreams.

Just 3.2 Seconds to 60 mph

Luckily, the Audi R8’s supremely bolstered racing seats provide plenty of support to your neck and back, because when you tromp on the accelerator it’s a little like launching into the stratosphere. It takes just two small ticks past three seconds to reach 60 mph on your way to a speed limited 201 mph maximum. At that rate, it takes a little less than 2.5 hours to achieve its 500-mile range, assuming you can avoid tickets and collisions with other unsuspecting vehicles. The 610-horsepower beast takes advantage of Audi’s patented Quattro all-wheel drive system to deliver just the right amount of pep to each wheel. This provides maximum traction control and stabilization to a situation that, let’s face it, could get a little wonky if left to the wrong hands.

Has Environmentally Friendly Sibling

If you don’t need all those horsepower but still like some excitement in your life, the Audi R8 has an energy efficient electric brother called the R8 e-tron. By producing 455 horsepower from its electric engine, the e-tron can pass 60 mph in just a little over 4 seconds and cover almost 300 miles on a charge. Top speed is just 155 mph, but that should be enough to get most ambitious drivers into just a little bit of trouble. The e-tron looks a little different from its big brother, with thinner tires, a slimmer spoiler and aerodynamic wheels. It should be arriving at Audi of Tucson later this year.

A8

The Audi A8 is a great car, and it has made drivers happy for a long time. This sporty, yet luxurious and refined car, is great for anyone who wants to get out on the open road and have fun, all while staying safe and comfortable. With that being said, Audi is always making changes, and the 2017 launch of the Audi A8 is sure to turn a few heads. Here are a few things to get excited about over the Audi A8 2017 launch.

First and foremost, if you are a fan of new looks, you will like the 2017 A8. While it’s not a tech upgrade per se, it’s still something to get excited about. The car will have a whole new look as it will be the first design inspired from the Prologue, which is a concept by new Audi Design Chief Mark Licht. The styling is bolder, with exaggerated proportions, and it will still take on the wide-mouthed grille, which has become a selling point and trademark of Audi models for years. If you want to see current models, head to Audi of Tucson.

Without a doubt, with electric turbocharging, you can get where you want to go, and fast. Not only that, you won’t waste gas as electric turbocharging is an efficient way to add power to the engine. Audi knows this, and the new A8, along with other models in the future, with this feature, you will have no trouble showing off your Audi as it will give a huge boost of power, and the A8 in 2017 will show it off to the fullest.

In the future, according to Audi, 90 percent of all the innovation in the automotive sector is going to come from electronics, with a lot of that being from lighting. Since Matrix LED technology is still pretty new, Audi feels it can make some big changes. With the integration of organic LEDs, a driver of the 2017 A8 can show off different forms of expression, to feel unique. The display on the A8 will be operated with a gesture control, which will allow a driver to concentrate on the road. Whether you want to adjust the lighting or the temperature, you will have an easy time in the new A8. Of course, the A8 will allow drivers to answer incoming calls or change the station, all with a gesture control, which is easier than using a standard button operation. If you want to check out current Audi A8 inventory, you can do so with ease.

Finally, while this may not be a feature on the 2017 launch, Audi is working hard to develop self-driving technology. But, as of now, the company wants to use some features to allow the vehicle to be guided safely in bad situations. Yes, with the Audi Piloted Driving tech program, the A8 will have multiple lasers and sensors to assist the driver in bad situations.

If you want to wait until the 2017 model is available, you are not going to regret it. The Audi A8 is a great car, and it’s only getting better.

Audi Group

When looking at the best brands, a lot of people would think of BMW, Mercedes, and other brands. However, Audi now has to be thought of in the same league, and this was not always the case. No, times have changed, and Audi is now more popular than ever. Here are a few reasons why the car company continually blows consumers away with their latest offerings.

Tech: First, if you want to impress a modern car buyer, you know that you have to fill a car with technology. Audi is on top of things, and you can get most cars with the latest tech toys like touch screens, Bluetooth and onboard computers. Not to mention, when you get behind the wheel, you are also going to have an easy time remaining comfortable as Audi knows how to provide their vehicle owners with a comfortable ride. So, for this reason alone, a lot of people are investing in an Audi as they feel extremely comfortable behind the wheel.

New ideas: When thinking about a car that will get extremely decent fuel economy, you have to think of Audi now. There are plenty of plans to build more hybrid versions, all while still providing a lot of power to the driver. At the same time, there are all-electric models in the works, which will, one day, provide a driver with a 400-mile range on a single charge. This will blow any buyer away, and it’s going to change the way we drive. Finally, when looking at self-driving cars, Audi has been testing a lot of tech in Germany; it’s only a matter of time before people in the states get self-driving cars, and Audi will be at the forefront of it all. To see the new ideas in-person, head to Audi of Tucson as soon as possible.

Bargain: Without a doubt, when you want to buy a high-end car, you are going to spend a lot of money. Even if you want to buy a basic sedan, you are looking at spending 25 thousand dollars. If you want a car with all the bells and whistles, along with a decent engine, you are going to spend more. Audi frequently charges much less than its competitors, all while offering more features. Simply put, if you want to save money and still get a great vehicle, you should head to an Audi dealership.

Safety: Finally, believe it or not, a lot of people want to buy a car based on safety. Fortunately for Audi, the company routinely receives top rankings from the government tests for head-on and side collisions. So, if you are looking for a safe car, you don’t have to worry as Audi has you covered.

Audi is taking the industry by storm, and the car company is going out of its way to impress people who have never driven an Audi. If you haven’t driven an Audi car or SUV, you should check one out as you are sure to enjoy it.

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Is that a Rainbow Coming Down Your Street?

In order to create a buzz around the release of its special edition S3 sedan, the folks at Audi are creating an extremely limited run of an Exclusive Edition Package featuring colors like Vegas Yellow, Viper Green and Glut Orange. Those three colors, along with Misano Red and Sepang Blue, are limited to just five cars each, so hurry on down to Audi of Tucson to have a chance at one of the specially colored S3 models.

S3 Cheaper and Quicker than an S4

Given that the new Audi S3 is faster, less expensive and in some minds more beautiful than its big brother, the question is why would anyone spend the extra money on an S4? One reason is the new S3 isn’t available in the U.S. until September, even though it’s tearing up sales records in England at the moment. Unless you need a little more interior room and the self-confidence boost that comes with each additional digit in the Audi model line, you’ll probably be quite satisfied by waiting for the S3 to make its way to Audi of Tucson. It delivers an outstanding 4.4 seconds in the race from 0 to 60 seconds by utilizing the same 2.0-liter four cylinder engine available in the VW Golf GT R.

Drive Select Lets You Control Feel of the Wheel

Like many new European sports cars, the Audi S3 has a drive select control that lets you choose anywhere from a comfort to a dynamic setting. Pick comfort and you’ll feel like you’re an English gentlemen cruising down a country lane. Go for dynamic and you’ll feel every pothole and pebble as you motor through some hair raising curves. The use of Dunlop Sport Maxx RT tires keep you glued to the road like a cargo worker walking across the Phoenix airport tarmac in the summertime.

Imagine the A3 on Steroids

Essentially, the Audi S3 is a much more aggressive version of the company’s base A3 sedan. The Prestige edition adds the creature comforts you’d expect from a vehicle costing just over $47,000, including voice control navigation, blind-spot assist, rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors and a 700-watt sound system with 14 speakers to surround you in concert hall sound. Add a $1,500 performance package and you upgrade to 19-inch wheels and tires along with adjustable dampers to fine-tune the ride based on road and driving conditions. Now that you can get all that equipment in colors like Viper Green and Glut Orange, why would you choose anything else?

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If you’ve been limited to auto shows in the United States, chances are you’re not even aware of the broad offering of new vehicles available in Europe and Asia. From standard sedans to exotic luxury vehicles and SUVs, foreign automakers are testing the boundaries of new technology and design. Some are remarkably similar to those sold in the states, while others have a unique look and style all their own.

Denza

This Chinese all-electric vehicle only looks like a hatchback, but in reality is a popular four-door sedan that has a range of about 155 miles on a full charge. It has a maximum speed of 93 mph and can be fully charged in as little as an hour, depending on the voltage available. The Denza starts at about $59,000 in U.S. currency, but would be available for tax rebates if sold here.

JAC

JAC is an acronym for the Jianghuai Automobile Company, a Chinese firm that has the capacity to produce more than 500,000 units per year. JAC exports to South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and some other regions. It sells a complete line of sedans, SUVs, and trucks and even has a successful commercial line of vehicles.

Zotye

Zoyte is entering its 12th year of existence and produces a complete lineup of sedans and trucks including a model similar to the Smart car. The Zoyte E200 EV is an all-electric vehicle that runs solely on a 24-horsepower motor. Zoyte began manufacturing cars in 2005 and currently has sales subsidiaries in 10 countries.

Land Wind

If boldness is a virtue, the makers of Land Wind are some of the most virtuous automakers in the world. A blatant example of stealing a design, the Land Wind is almost a carbon copy of the Land Rover Evoque. In a mishmash of relationships that would make an afternoon soap opera blush, Land Wind is a joint venture between two automakers who also have joint ventures with Ford. Ford used to own Land Rover, adding to the complexity of the situation.

Although there are a number of outstanding foreign automakers with models you’ve probably never seen, most are fairly new to the market and don’t have the reputation of Audi. Offering a full range of vehicles that range from affordable to luxurious, Audi continues to be a world leader in driving experience and safety technology. Check out the latest models today at Audi of Tucson.

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The all-new 2015 Audi A3 compact sports sedan is finally here. Audi would like to be known in the premium compact segment for its best in-car information management systems and interface connectivity.

The new A3 is the first car to fully integrate Google Earth technology and it is the first vehicle to feature embedded 4G LTE. Their target markets are the Gen X, Gen Y and Millennials.

Aside from its amazing advanced technology, Audi also wants to be known for its craftsmanship and outstanding sports performance.

The A3 was only previously available in a sportsback, but the 2015 Audi A3 will include a sedan, a Cabriolet version, TDI clean diesel and the high performance S3 version. The sportback will be re-introduced in the future as a plug-in hybrid.

The exterior retains the signature Audi “singleframe” grille but other than that, the A3s exterior has been completely redesigned. It has a more sporty, aerodynamic and athletic look and is available with full-LED headlights.

The interior has a clean, Spartan feel to it and it has been tastefully designed to include a wraparound dashboard with a built-in 3D inlay that encircles the driver and front passenger. LED interior is also available. Leather seats are standard, as well as a 12-way power controlled driver’s seat that included 4-way power lumbar support, 60/40 split rear folding back seats, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, and LED taillights and a panoramic sunroof.

The Audi A3 offers MMI technology, Audi drive select, 4G LTE connectivity, and Bang & Olufsen audio. It is the first vehicle in this class to offer these features.

Safety benefits consist of front-seat side and knee airbags, along with full-length side curtain airbags. The airbags coincide with the sedan’s ultrahigh-strength steel framework elements and a regular pre sense fundamental system, which helps identify crisis-braking requirements. Available options include a blind-spot detection system, rear-view camera, frontal-collision warning alert, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control.

The new A3 debuts Audi’s parent company VW’s new MQB front wheel drive package, with a 1.8T power plant that produces 170 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated with a dual-clutch 6-speed S tronic transmission.

The A3 1.8T model does the 0-60 mph sprint in 7.2 seconds. The EPA fuel economy rating is 23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined.

The Audi A3 is expected to start at $29,900. Visit Audi of Tucson to find out more about the new A3 and other models like the Audi R8.

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Audi is in the middle of a battle with other automakers in the GT3 racing world. Having won almost 30 championships since 2009, they have sold over 130 R8 LMS cars and are considered the pioneers of the original GT3 era.

Audi unveils the new R8 LMS and has some critical updates from the outgoing model. No doubt the company will continue to be one of the most successful GT3 automakers.

Head of Audi Sport customer racing, Romolo Liebchen, stated that the 2016 version of the R8 LMS is completely new and has been improved in every detail. He also stated that the road car is very similar to the race car and the proof is in the handling.

The most significant change is the chassis, which is made up of a carbon and aluminum mix that makes it lighter and more rigid. This made the new R8 LMS 66 pounds lighter and the chassis almost 40% stiffer over the outgoing model.

The new aero package produces less downforce and the drag has been improved. It now conforms with the FIA’s new performance targets for increased top speeds and efficiency.

In terms of engine Audi has stayed with the 5.2-liter V10 power plant normally aspirated.

The new Audi R8 LMS also included some new safety features like an optional rear crash structure and a driver escape hatch mounted in the roof.

Drivability, a main focus for Audi, has been enhanced due to improvements in traction control, weight balance and tire size.

Liebchen admits the aggressive look of the R8’s design was an effort to drive sales, not just for pure performance. He emphasized that in order to sell a race car it has to look like a race car.

He went on to say that Audi isn’t going to be doing an evolution every year, like drastically changing the aero package or the engine which are costly endeavours. The car as it is should be good enough to do minor modifications as required by the race series and still keep it competitive.

The new R8 LMS is already off to a flying start, with Audi Sport Team WRT getting a dominant win in the car’s 24-hour competition debut at the Nürburgring just last month .

It is too early to tell if the new Audi R8 LMS will attain a level of success that is on par with its predecessors. Even with a market that is more saturated, the R8 will certainly be a strong contender in the new era of GT3 racing.

Visit Audi of Tucson to find out more about Audi’s new exciting line up.