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Three-row SUV Makes Life Effortless

It’s difficult to sit in any large SUV without feeling like a responsible adult. The large seating area and spacious cargo room are made for kids, toys and groceries, not necessarily in that order. The nice thing about the Audi Q7 is that even though it still has a “parental” touch, the luxury features help you feel like an adult who has “made it” in life. From the elegant exterior design to the nicely appointed interior, it makes you want to tell the kids “no eating in here” while you tune out the cares of the day with the symphonic stereo system. See what luxury driving is all about by checking out the Audi Q7 inventory at Audi of Tucson.

Air Suspension, Four Wheel Steering Provide Dynamic Handling

Opt for the air suspension and four wheel steering package and the big Audi Q7 provides deft handling and the ability to weave in and out of tight urban traffic. While other large SUVs feel more like a boat crashing through the waves, the Q7 grips the road with little body roll, even in tight corners. The only engine available at the moment is a 3.0-liter V6, which delivers 333 horsepower and achieves a decent 25 mpg on the highway. Check out the new Audi Q7 inventory at Audi of Tucson later next year and you should find a 2.0-liter E-Tron engine that is more efficient. No word from Audi yet on exactly when that version will start showing up in dealer showrooms.

Virtual Cockpit Displays Info at Glance

Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, first introduced in the TT sports car, is now available in the Q7. It comes as the key ingredient in a vision package that also includes a surround camera system that offers a 360-degree of your vehicle, and LED headlamps. The virtual cockpit displays vital vehicle information, as well as navigation and music selections, right in line with the driver’s eyes. This keeps the focus on the road, making for a safer driving experience.

Driver Assistance Package Helps Avoid Collisions

The best part of the Driver Assistance Package is the adaptive cruise control that helps keep a safe distance between your new Q7 and the car in front of you. By automatically slowing your vehicle and even braking in extreme cases, the system takes over when the driver is distracted. The system also has traffic sign recognition to slow your vehicle when the speed limit changes. While those systems are fantastic to help you avoid collisions and speed tickets, the best part of the Audi Q7 is the comfortable ride and a warm, welcoming interior that may just have you driving around the block a few extra times before you pull into the garage.

Audi hybrid-electric

Audi recently announced plans to incorporate a gas-electric powertrain in its cars by 2017. Driven by new electric motor technology, Audi’s goal is to create electric cars that are economical to own and operate and produce very little exhaust pollution.

This new gas-electric powertrain lets Audi use its newly developed, highly-advanced suspension innovations. It will ultimately lead to the deployment of Audi’s automated driving assistance systems. The use of mild hybrid drivetrains and the development of an increasing number of conventional plug-in hybrids will allow the company to phase out diesel engines, particularly in the A1, A3, and A4.Whether you want a small sports car or an SUV, you can get one now. If you head to Audi of Tucson, you can see some in person, and you will surely fall in love as the company makes cars for everyone.

Predictive efficiency assistant technology combines live traffic reports with mapping information to allow the vehicles to automatically switch from gas to electric power to produce better fuel economy and longer stretches without having the recharge the battery. The predictive efficiency assistant will also allow vehicles to coast on downhill stretches of road to conserve electric power and gas.

This dramatic change is due to Audi’s adoption of Integrated Starter Generators (ISG). These large electric motors act as both starter motor and alternator. The ISGs also help by sending torque to the engine’s crankshaft through the drive belt. The system also employs a little lithium ion battery. Audi already has an ISG which can be used in its current A1 and A3 models. It’s powered by a standard 12 volt electrical system.

This new technology activates the stop-start system when the vehicle is traveling slower than 9 miles per hour. At high speeds it enables the engine to coast and saves fuel. The company announced it expects to begin producing vehicles which integrate the ISG technology in the 2017 model year.

The A3 1.4 TSI Ultra gets 60 mpg. Add the 12V ISG system, and it gets up to 65mpg. Coasting and energy recuperation while braking could lead to even higher gas mileage. A 48V ISG system with increased power using a configuration which combines the 12V and 48V will be revealed soon. The 48V system allows for an ISG as much as 10 times more powerful and allows the engine to coast for as long as 30 seconds. Full-scale 48V electronics allows Audi to introduce two types of electrically driven engine compressors

One provides a boost even at low crankshaft speeds. At low engine speeds, the other one pushes air into the turbochargers and can eliminate turbo lag at higher speeds. Audi will also introduce a system which uses active anti-roll bars and eROT electromechanical dampers. The anti-roll bars increase lateral acceleration, reduce understeer, roll when cornering, and a more comfortable ride. They also create enough charge to power the entire system. The dampers reduce CO2 emissions.

A predictive efficiency assistant system using the Internet to get live traffic information and satellite derived 3D navigation information will debut in the UK in March on the Q7 e-tron.

AudiSetting a monthly sales record for a few months in a row is great. Setting sales records every month for a year is outstanding. But when you set sales records for 59 consecutive months, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating. That means for four years and 11 months through November 2015, Audi has been increasing their sales every month. So far this year, 181,803 Audis have been sold. That’s an 11.7 percent increase year to date. In November alone, Audi sales increased 0.4 percent and Audi sold 16,700 vehicles. What’s more, sales were strong for all of Audi’s core models.

It was the most vehicles Audi has ever sold in the U.S. in November. It broke the previous record of 16,640 sold in November 2014. With the sale of 209 more vehicles, Audi will surpass its sales total for 2014. For the first time the automaker is on the verge selling more than 200,000 automobiles in the same year. Plus, they anticipate breaking their monthly sales record for a 60th month in a row in December 2015. It is a testament to the quality, style, and performance of the Audi brand, and a love for their well-made, technologically advanced automobiles.

With the strength of their popular Q7, A4, and R8 models, which will be upgraded for 2016, Audi expects their record-breaking sales to continue for the foreseeable future. Its North American market continues to grow as more and more customers gravitate to the well-respected brand. This year showed steadily increasing sales of Audi’s A3, A5, A7, and other core models. The A3, A5, and A7 model lines had sales increases totaling 20.6 percent, 20.2 percent and over eight percent, respectively in November.

Audi SUVs also saw a significant uptick in sales between 2014 and 2015. The Q3 model increased sales by 50.9 percent, while sales of the Q5 rose by eight percent compared to November 2014. Sales of Audi’s brand new TT increased 1,000 percent during the same time period. Even sales of certified pre-owned Audi vehicles showed growth over 2014 numbers. Sales of pre-owned Audi vehicles increased by four percent, compared to its 2014 success. All these increases show demand for automobiles made by the German automaker continues to grow in North America, much to the liking of Audi management. To see why Audi is so great, you can see one in person and get a feel for its cars. By going to Audi of Tucson, you can check out the whole lineup, and you are sure to find exactly what you want and need.

A recent report by automotive industry watchers stated that with 59 straight months of growth, Audi now holds the industry’s longest running monthly record for sales of premium cars. This is a testament to the quality, innovation, and enduring value of Audi cars. While many other automakers have seen a weakening in sales of their luxury models, Audi sales have consistently soared for going on five years in a row. Audi is one of the world’s most respected brands. Its continued penetration into the North American market bodes well for the future of the luxury brand.

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Modern Safety Technology Assists Drivers

Thanks to the availability of a Driver Assistance Package that provides warnings and assumes some control of the vehicle when danger looms, the Audi A3, A6 and Q5 have all earned the Top Safety Pick + rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS is an organization that has no ties to the auto industry, other than testing vehicles and providing consumers with a clear indication of which vehicles are safest on the road. Audi’s Driver Assistance package, available on the Audi A6, Audi Q5 and Audi A3, includes adaptive cruise control, active lane assist and high beam assistant. Adaptive cruise control adjusts your speed relative to the car in front of you and applies the brakes if necessary. Active lane assist provides an audible warning if you are drifting out of your lane. High beam assistant automatically switches your headlights to low beams with the appearance of oncoming traffic. It then switches back to high beams when traffic has passed, allowing you to focus on the road. Try these safety features out and take a test drive by visiting Audi of Tucson.

IIHS Rating System Applies to Occupant Safety and Crash Avoidance

When the IIHS evaluates a vehicle, it focuses on how well the vehicle protects all the passengers as well as the vehicle’s ability to avoid a crash in the first place. The vehicle crashworthiness ratings range from poor to good, based on five different criteria, including roof strength and head restraints. Crash avoidance systems earn ratings of basic, advanced or superior, depending on the vehicle’s ability to mitigate a crash in track testing.

Redundancy Coming Soon for Audi Safety Systems

Audi is taking a very serious approach to providing safe vehicles for consumers as it moves closer to the days of autonomous vehicles. Within the next two years, the company will introduce a central driver assistance controller that will include backup systems for all the sensors, software, and processors. Two different chips will analyze obstacles all around the car, while a sensor array that utilizes lidar, ultrasound, radar and cameras will provide a 360-degree view of possible issues around the car. The end result will be a vehicle that can move from side to side, and not just brake, to avoid a collision. Although autonomous vehicles are still at least a decade away, Audi is taking steps now to provide a safer driving environment for everyone. Keep in touch with the latest Audi safety technology by planning a visit to Audi of Tucson.

Audi Electric SUV

Audi is at it again. The innovative German automaker has plans to produce an electric SUV. In fact, Audi says its fully electric SUV will be in dealerships by 2018, and it will have a range of about 250 miles. Electric automobiles are nothing new at Audi. Its R8 e-tron concept, which it put on display during the 2009 International Motor Show Germany, drew rave reviews. The company has also incorporated some of the technology into its hybrid vehicles. But now with this bold new step Audi is bringing the electronic automobile to an entirely new demographic.

People seem to love SUVs. But many feel a little self-conscious using them because of their penchant for gas guzzling. With its announcement of the impending release of an all-electric SUV, Audi seems poised to make both SUV lovers and environmentalists happy. Earlier this year the German automaker introduced its A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in to mixed reviews. But that has not dissuaded them from boldly blazing a path into the creation of electronic vehicles for everyday use. In fact, Audi says its electric SUV is only the beginning, and by 2025 at least 10 percent of the cars it produces will either be fully electric or plug-in hybrids.

With these promises of a wider use of green technology in its cars and the impending release of its all-electric SUV, Audi may just be providing a foreshadowing of the future of the automobile. By verbally committing to create greener automobiles, Audi may force other automakers to step up the greening of their vehicles or risk losing a significant share of the environmentally-conscious car buyers to Audi. Plus, announcing its decision to get greener hot on the heels its parent company Volkswagen’s bit of bad press is pure genius. If you want to check out any SUV, go to Audi Of Tucson and take one for a spin.

Audi’s concept cars show this new electric SUV isn’t just a one-off production. The automaker has been experimenting with electric cars for over a decade. With so many people in love with the SUV, producing an electric model now is a brilliant move. Still, it will come down to the vehicle’s performance to decide how big a splash it will make. If this electric SUV can continue the tradition of superior style, speed, power, and handling for which Audi is known, it can kick start an automotive revolution with Audi leading the charge. 

The development of an electric SUV and the promise of more electric cars is only part of Audi’s bold move. The company also announced an ambitious plan to place 150-kilowatt charging stations all over the country before the release of its green SUV. So you can take your electric SUV anywhere you want. Plus at those charging stations, any brand of hybrid or all-electric vehicle will be able to plug in and power up to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes. Ready or not, Audi plans to lead you into the future.

Parking in the inner city can be a challenge. The spaces are so tight it seems you’d need a shoehorn to fit your vehicle into it. Plus, parallel parking seems to be a dying art. Just when it looked like people would have to stop parking on the streets in downtown areas and simply do all their shopping online, Audi is coming to the rescue. The automaker has said it will offer self-parking cars in the near future. As part of its Urban Future Initiative, the German automaker is working with Somerville, a suburb of Boston, to incorporate autonomous car technology into the downtown area to accommodate self-parking cars as early as 2018.

It’s all part of an ambitious plan by Audi to begin to address urban gridlock, which threatens to become an intractable problem. One recent study found that 30% of the cars driving around in urban areas were people looking for a place to park. So if cars could park themselves even in tight spaces that would significantly improve traffic flow. But Audi’s ambitious plan takes it a lot further. The company wants to reduce the amount of space needed parking and reduce congestion and air pollution. The automaker is also working to create a network of interconnected traffic lights to improve traffic flow in the congested Union Square area. To see all the Audi tech in action, come down to Audi Of Tucson and see one for yourself.

Phase One of Audi’s plan takes place in 2018. The company will test a fleet of self-parking cars on a garage specifically designed for them. The garage which does not require any stairs, elevators, and pedestrian walkways can put up to 60% more cars in the space required to build a conventional garage. Phase Two calls for garages in Somerville designed to hold first Audi’s self-parking cars by 2020, then self-parking cars from any automaker a few years afterwards. Audi is even looking at a scenario where cars park themselves in garages outside urban areas and their owners only used them before and after work.

Audi’s next big idea to fix urban gridlock is car sharing. The company estimates people only use their cars only 5% of the time. That means 95% of the time the cars are just parked and losing value. Audi envisions a business model where instead of leaving the car parked all day, people that work in-town and leave their self-parking cars outside the urban area, rent out the cars out during the hours they would be sitting in the garage. This would mean less cars driving in the inner city, less congestion, less pollution, access to a vehicle for a few hours for someone that needs it, and a little profit for the car owner.

For Audi reducing urban gridlock with a self-parking car is just a first step. It leads to a broader vision of how to keep cars from clogging in-town roadways, use automobiles more efficiently, and leave urban areas for pedestrians.

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Audi President Shows Path to Vehicle Electrification

Already a leader in vehicle technology, Audi has staked its claim as one of the major players in electric vehicles with the release of the A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid. Scott Keogh, Audi president, spoke at the recent Los Angeles International Auto Show, telling the crowd that following the release of the A3 EV, the company will accelerate the release of a production e-tron Quattro SUV to 2018 on its way to a goal of achieving 25 percent of all sales in the U.S. from electric vehicles by 2025. The A3 sportback EV will be arriving soon at Audi of Tucson. Stay in touch to find out when you can drive one.

Charging Network Part of Overall Plan

One of the reasons for the relatively slow development of the electric vehicle market in the U.S. is the lack of a sufficient charging station network. Keogh said Audi will develop a 150 kilowatt charging network by 2018 that will give an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes. That’s enough juice to drive 200 miles in the e-tron quattro. “With the cars on this stage – the Audi A3 e-tron hybrid plug-in and the Audi e-tron quattro electric SUV – we are, in full force, joining the electric revolution,” Keogh said. “Now is the time to make electric driving more available to the mainstream.”

A3 Sportback Available Nationwide

The A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid is being produced on a scale large enough to meet demand nationwide. Starting at $37,900, the sporty hatchback delivers the performance drivers have come to expect from Audi with the benefits of electric power. When you buy an e-tron, you’re buying a package that includes a home charger and a carbon offset program that retires carbon credits. Also available is a solar panel installation as part of a comprehensive solution to energy sustainability. The design of the A3 Sportback is both beautiful and efficient, providing a top speed of 130 miles per hour. The vehicle comes in three trim levels: the Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.

Q5 Offers Hybrid Performance and Size

If you need something a little bigger and can’t wait for 2018, head to Audi of Tucson and check out the Q5 hybrid. This midsize SUV delivers 30 miles per gallon on the highway while delivering 245 horsepower. As you’d expect, the Q5 hybrid features a superior sound and infotainment system, along with driver assistance features that use cameras and sensors to help avoid collisions. It also has adaptive xenon headlights, a power tailgate and panoramic sunroof as standard features.