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Whether you are in the market for a new car now or in the future, you should think of your options. There are plenty of great car manufacturers out there, and most are making solid and enjoyable vehicles for drivers. But, one company stands out, and that company is Audi. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider an Audi.

Race-inspired: Even if you aren’t planning to go 100 miles per hour on the freeway or race your Audi, you will still enjoy a race-inspired car. With powerful engines, sleek styling and vehicles that are fun and easy to drive, you can see that Audi inspires people to enjoy their cars to the fullest. And, since Audi constantly wins races and invests more in its engines and cars, you can run out and buy one with confidence as you know you are getting the best of the best. If you like a high-powered car with plenty of tech and accessories, you are in luck as you can check one out at Audi of Tucson.

Thinking about the future: When buying an Audi, you can get a vehicle that gets decent gas mileage. In fact, there are plenty of Audi’s that get over 30 mpg combined, and they aren’t underpowered sub-compact cars either. Not only that, if you can wait until 2018, you can get your hands on an all-electric SUV that will give Tesla a strong run for its money. Furthermore, if you prefer diesel, you have a good chance at finding an Audi that can meet your needs as the company builds plenty of diesel SUVs and sports cars.

Great off the road: If you want to take the average SUV in the dirt or mud, you are likely to not have that much fun. Yes, while there are plenty of nice looking SUVs, very few vehicles are actually made for off-roading anymore, and the ones that are made for four-wheeling are usually not very fun to drive on the freeway or around town. But, Audi is different, and the company makes cars that are great off and on the road. With the Quattro system, you can easily get out of trouble and have a lot of fun while you are off-roading. Combined with high-powered engines, and you can see why people love to take their Audis out in the desert.

Top technology: Whether you are talking about safety features such as airbags or nice radio systems, you can enjoy your Audi to the fullest as the company is on the cutting-edge of things. While other companies rest on its laurels and produce the same model year after year, Audi is different. That makes it more fun for a buyer as he or she will have an off-roading machine with a great stereo and the latest safety features. Simply put, it’s hard to beat Audi in the tech department, and the company always spends a lot on R&D, so it won’t change in the near future.

If you are looking for a great vehicle, you should check out an Audi. The company makes reliable vehicles that are among the finest on the road today.

Audi off-roading

When looking for an off-roading vehicle, you have a lot of choices. While there are plenty of great options out there, if you want it all, including the latest tech and safety features, your choices are narrowed. Luckily, if you choose Audi, you have a great chance at getting a solid vehicle. Here are three top three off-roading vehicles made by Audi.

Audi Q7: If you want the ultimate SUV, you need to check out the Audi Q7. With next-generation styling and plenty of new tech and engineering, this should be a top choice for anyone who wants a great SUV that can handle its own off the road. It has a nicer interior than past models, and it’s a lot more comfortable than almost every SUV on the planet. But, if you want to take it off-roading, you probably don’t care that much about comfort and style, and you are in luck with the Q7 as it comes with the ever-popular Quattro all-wheel drive. Coupled with a supercharged 3.0 liter, 333 horsepower V6 engine, you can take this bad boy anywhere you want. Simply put, if you want luxury and style, along with a ton of power, check out the Q7. To get the best feel for a Q7, you can go to Audi of Tucson and see what all the fuss is about.

2016 Audi Allroad: While it’s a wagon, this is still by name a sport utility vehicle as you can take this off-roading with ease. It uses the same platform as the popular A4 sedan, but it can do so much more. Drivers are treated to a 2.0 liter engine that is supercharged and puts out 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with an eight-speed transmission, which allows the driver to control the vehicle with ease. The wagon handles better than most sedans, and it rides about 1.5 inches higher than the A4. Like the Audi Q7, it comes with the Quattro all-wheel drive, so you can tear down the mud with ease. Given that the Audi Allroad gets 21 and 28 mpg respectable, it’s a solid choice for someone who wants to go off-roading but doesn’t want to spend a fortune on gas.

Audi Q5: Finally, people who want a crossover SUV should check out the Audi Q5. This ever-popular SUV is well-liked for a lot of reasons, and it’s a great off-roading crossover. The Audi Q5 has plenty of power to get you out of trouble while off-roading. You can get either a turbodiesel V6 or a supercharged V6 and an eight-speed transmission that shifts very smoothly. To enjoy the Q5 to the fullest, buyers should opt for the AWD option as the Audi Q5 is a high-powered machine, and it will impress you if you have all-wheel drive.

Audi makes great off-roading SUVs, crossovers and wagons, and you should check out an Audi to see what one can do for you as you are sure to find a solid SUV by Audi.










Audi Plug-in Hybrid Doesn’t Sacrifice Driving Experience

Audi buyers have come to expect a certain level of driving performance from their cars, and the all-new 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron does not disappoint on that front. By combining the best parts of a hybrid with the efficiency of an all-electric vehicle, Audi has created the perfect car for everything from daily commutes to long road trips. Drivers can switch between four driving modes for the best efficiency and the most fun. The EV mode only utilizes the electric motor and provides the quickest acceleration. Hybrid mode allows the car to pick the best choice of power. Hold Battery mode saves the battery for EV use only and Charge Battery mode lets the gas engine restore the battery to full power. You’ll be able to drive the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron yourself when it comes to Audi of Tucson in October.

Charging Port Hidden Behind Four Rings

By placing the charging port behind the Audi logo on the grille, it not only makes it convenient no matter where the charging source is, but hides it from view when not in use. When using a 240-volt supply, you can recharge your Audi A3 in a little more than 2 hours. Utilizing a 120-volt charging source will take about 8 hours to completely replenish the system. You can use an app on your smartphone to remotely check the status of your power supply and program a time to begin charging.

Standard Equipment is Pure Audi

As you might expect, Audi has pulled no punches in providing a wide variety of standard features on the A3 Sportback e-tron. Along with Xenon high intensity headlights, the car also has LED taillights and an LED lighting package for interior ambience. Unlock one door at a time or all of them by using the radio-control key fob. Dual zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors and keyless start, stop and entry all come standard on the A3. You can examine all the new features and see just how much room there is in the interior when the car arrives at Audi of Tucson in October.

Expected Federal Tax Credit $4,168

Audi has announced the base price of the e-tron will be $37,900, while the Prestige package will command $46,800. That does not include an expected federal tax credit of $4,168 and some states may offer additional tax rebates. The Audi A-3 Sportback e-tron seats five adults comfortably and provides all the modern safety technology that Audi includes on its other vehicles.

Audi introduced the S1 hatchback in Geneva last year which sent rumors flying that the RS1 might be set to come out soon.

But technical director of Quattro GmbH Stephen Reil stated that the idea of the RS1 wasn’t very realistic. During a local Audi Sport launch in Australia, Managing Director for Audi Australia Andrew Doyle said that there was an interest for the RS1. He went onto say if the RS1 goes into production, Australia would definitely get it. He also mentioned that the RS1 would be a direct rival of the growing Mercedes-AMG and the BMW M series.

Although most of Audi’s performance cars wear the RS badge, their performance cars are developed by the Quattro subsidiary, the well-known AWD division of Audi. The current 2.0-liter S1 TFSI engine produces 231 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque, but the RS1 would have to provide much more power. Figures previously speculated were between 280 to 300 hp, which puts it into the S3 territory.

Audi is keen to eliminate any confusion now that it is getting ready to increase its performance models. It is testing the Audi Sport brand in a few select markets including Australia.

The RS8 and RS Q1 are expected to in the expanded RS lineup, but they won’t be on the production line in the immediate future since the standard Q1 isn’t available yet and the next-gen A8 is expected to be on the market until 2107.

The Audi Sport brand is already in use in Audi’s successful motorsport program that includes the endurance racing campaigns. The brand might soon be associated with Audi’s most powerful road vehicles.

Cars that are expected to fall under the Audi Sports brand include RS Q3, RS 3 Sportback, RS 5, RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Cabrio, RS 6 Avant, RS 7, R8 and TT RS. Check out these models at Audi of Tucson. There are also plans for even more models for this brand.

It won’t just stop with a name change, dealerships will have standalone departments along with pre and post sales service according to Doyle. Potential buyers can also expect events like driver experience days along with other promotional events.

It still isn’t clear if the RS1 will be included in this generation or if Audi will take its time and introduce it with the next generation A1. Given the fact that the supermini was recently upgraded and a brand new model won’t be on the market before 2018, this means the RS1 probably won’t be available until 2019.

Audi has let slip that the RS1 is coming in the near future to the U.S. market. Audi seems very serious about its performance offerings, which could mean there might be more vehicles coming to Audi of Tucson. The two models expected in the U.S. market (and Audi of Tucson) soon will be the RS 3 and RS 4 sport sedans.



When looking at Tesla, we can see a company that is going places. But, nobody can think for one second that Tesla is going to ride off in the sunset and take the electric car market share all alone. No, most major manufacturers are going to put a lot of time and effort into making an all-electric vehicle. One such company is Audi, and many are calling its all-electric concept SUV a Tesla killer. Here are a few things that make the Q6 e-tron a Tesla killer.

If you are looking at an electric car, you are probably wondering what the range is. In fact, this is the biggest reason that electric cars have not taken off as people want to go for more than a 25-mile trip to work and back. No, drives want to take road trips and not have to pull over to charge. Currently, the Model X by Tesla gets an impressive 170 miles with the 60 kilowatt-hour pack, and they can get 230 miles on an 85 kilowatt-hour pack. Of course, depending on driving conditions and driving style, this can vary widely. Audi is developing a Q6 e-tron that will have a range of, at minimum, 310 miles.  The SUV is going to be showcased at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, and it should be available in 2018.

If you are buying based on range alone, you would probably want to go with Audi as it will have a longer range than Tesla Model X. But, there are more reasons why it is going to give Tesla a run for its money. Think about it, if you are going to buy a high-end and luxurious car, you probably want a name you can trust, and Audi is on top of the luxury market. There is no risk with an Audi SUV or car as you know what you are getting, and you can see the great lineup of Audi vehicles at your local Audi of Tucson.

Since Audi is on top of its game, you can enjoy the SUV even more than a Tesla Model X. Audi often has high marks for its luxury, and the vehicles come with a lot of added technology that makes it more fun to drive. Coupled with high safety marks, and it would be foolish to buy anything else. Another thing that sets it apart is that the company does not want to make boring electric SUVs. Instead, it will be along the same lines as gas and diesel-powered vehicles. Meaning, the Audi Q6 e-tron is not going to be slow and boring like other electric or hybrid-electric vehicles. Yes, if you buy the Audi Q6 e-tron, you won’t worry as it will be ready to take out in the mud and enjoyed to the fullest.

If you are looking at getting an all-electric SUV and you can wait a bit, you should consider the Audi Q6 e-tron as there is a reason it’s being called the Tesla killer.

Audi Q7

Audi churns out plenty of high-end sports cars and SUVs, and it is hard to choose among the pickings as they are grand.  However, if you want a high-end sports car with new safety features, awesome navigation technology and better fuel efficiency than last year’s model, you should check out the 2016 Audi Q7. With a price tag of nearly $50,000, it is not for everyone, but if you want the best, the price is worth it.

There is no point in changing a lot when it comes to Audi as the company makes great vehicles. While true, there is nothing wrong with improving on this masterpiece. With a matte-aluminum trim surface between the front and rear wheels and the tapering roofline, the vehicle looks more wagonlike.  Also, Audi relocated the engine lower in the chassis, which drops the center of gravity another two-inches, and that contributes to even better handling.  To see how it handles on the road, check one out at Audi of Tucson.

As any current Audi owner can attest to, the company has a solid and comfortable interior in most cars, and this is true of the Q7. With a seven-inch screen rising out from the dash top, you can see important information such as your audio settings and your navigation. You can also upgrade to the extremely share 12.inch TFT instrument-cluster display that is also available in the 2016 TT sports car.  When you check out the available Audi Q7 inventory, you are bound to find one that you love.

While you may like electronics, others care more about comfort and style. The 2016 model comes with an extra 0.8 inch of legroom in the second row; the headroom increases by 0.9 inch in the second row and 1.6 inches for passengers in the front. Audi will still offer two pop-up third row seats so you can fit more people in the SUV. Or, if you would like to remove the seats and use the Audi Q7 to transport a lot of items, you can do so with ease as the Q7 has plenty of room for cargo.

If you want a gas engine, you can get a 333 horsepower supercharged 3.0 liter V6. Or, if you want a diesel, you can get a Q7 with a very impressive 272 horsepower that is churned out by a V-6 TDI turbo engine. Since the SUV is 717 pounds lighter than last year’s model, buyers can also pick up a Q7 with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine that still puts out an impressive 252 horsepower. As with most Audis, the Quattro all-wheel drive setup will be a standard, and buyers will also have the chance to scoop up a plug-in-hybrid e-tron Quattro model in the future.

Audi has packed a ton of new tech, dropped a lot of weight and improved on last year’s model tremendously.  With plenty of new safety features and an all-around improved upon car, you should check out the Audi Q7 if you are on the hunt for one of the best and well-rounded SUVs on the planet.











Car Owners Opting for Simple Over High Tech

As automakers continue to push the envelope offering technologically advanced features like parking assist, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control, many new car owners say they haven’t even given those features a try. J.D. Powers conducted its initial Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report recently and found that one-fifth of all new car owners either didn’t find the technology useful or “it came as part of a package on my current vehicle and I didn’t want it.” More than 4,000 consumers were polled in the study, which took place earlier this year.

Concierge Systems Largely Unused

Systems which offer real-time services for emergencies and navigation, were not used by 43 percent of respondents. In-dash apps and navigation were also ignored to a great extent, as consumers put greater trust in their cell phones and tablets. Almost one-third of people polled never used the apps available from programs like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Power report says that automakers only have about 30 days for people to try new technology. The company says if it hasn’t been tried in that time period, it’s likely the owner will never use the feature. When you buy your car at Audi of Tucson, the sales pros will spend as much time as necessary making sure you understand all the technology in your new vehicle. While some of it may be confusing at first, new safety features are designed to help you avoid collisions and lessen injuries in the case a crash does occur.

Is Ambivalence Toward Technology a Growing Concern?

Auto industry observers feel that some consumers are not happy with technology being forced upon them, especially as it drives the cost of new cars well above the $30,000 mark. The average cost of a new vehicle is now $33,000 due in part to new technology and safety features. Although the new car industry continues to have a strong showing, used car sales are also at record highs. This indicates that people are comfortable with a vehicle where you put it in “D” to go forward, “R” for reverse and turn the radio on and off with the push of a button.

Educating Consumers Key to Accepting Technology

Automakers and analysts agree that consumer education is important if they want people to accept all this new technology. Many dealerships, like Audi of Tucson, take great pains to make sure owners understand all the features of their new cars. New owners are encouraged to ask questions and come back to the dealership as often as necessary to completely understand all the bells and whistles that are available to them.