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The new higher-tech Audi A1 is on a mission to eclipse the rival Mini. The automaker is doing it by reinventing its supermini that is due to be released in 2018. The new second-generation version of the Audi A1 is longer, wider, more comfortable and more dynamic than its predecessor and designed to surpass it. Insiders say Audi plans to make changes from the ground up. The next A1 is built on a new platform structure and has a suspension that has been heavily reworked and offers optional adaptive damping control. It also has updated gearboxes and a new range of engines.

Scheduled to be launched in early 2018, the new A1 looks entirely different and has a more upmarket feel. Yet the starting price will still be close to the £14,570 the company charges for the current model. The larger new Ai has a wider grille as well a flatter bonnet which has three distinctive vents like Audi competition cars from years past. Plus, it will only be available in a five-door Sportback. To save money to invest in electric car development, the new Ai supermini will be produced in Martorell, Spain by Seat, another Volkswagen Group brand. If you are interested in other innovations by Audi, take one for a test drive at Tucson Audi.

The second-generation A1’s new platform uses MQB AO architecture and has engineering solutions used on the Audi A3. It employs a combination of hot-formed steel and aluminum to make the floorpan. This allows the Anew A1 to add 94 mm to its wheelbase for a total of 2564 mm. This significantly increases its torsional stiffness and makes it more refined. The second generation A1 is also over 4000mm long and wider than the current model’s 1740mm. This creates more interior space and more cargo room. The added space creates more head, leg and shoulder room in the vehicle’s rear seat area.

The new dashboard is modelled on the larger A3 and features class-leading connectivity and infotainment technology. The new A1 gives buyers the option to get a Virtual Cockpit digital display as well as embedded 4G LTE with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink. There are also driving assistance functions like City Emergency Braking, Front Assist and Pedestrian Monitoring systems along with a speed limiter and a tire pressure monitor.

The new A1 has several engine options. The entry level engine is a 1.0-liter, 113 bhp turbocharged three-cylinder TFSI petrol engine. There’s also a 1.5-liter, 148bhp turbo four-cylinder petrol engine. The top-of-the-line S1 will feature a new 2.0-liter, 250bhp turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. This model won’t be available in the United Kingdom until fall 2018. The A1 will also have a natural gas option. It will work with a specially adapted 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. It won’t be available in the UK.

Buyers can choose between the standard six-speed manual gearbox and the dual-clutch S tronic seven-speed transmission which features an automatic shift function. While the current A1 only offered four-wheel drive on the S1, the new A1 also features a Haldex-style multi-plate-clutch quattro electro-hydraulic system and several engine types.

The 2019 Audi A8 is poised to reveal a vast array of new technologies when it hits the U.S. market in summer 2018. It will introduce an entirely new type of autonomous driving capability that Audi calls Level Three. It features the company’s new ‘traffic jam pilot’ system that can drive the A8 at as fast as 37 mph on a divided highway. In slow traffic on long commutes, this can give drivers back some personal time. Audi calls this the 25th hour. The system even has a camera monitoring the driver to ensure they’re prepared to retake control in under 10 seconds. While you can’t race it on a test drive, if you want to see the potential power, check out an Audi A8 at Tucson Audi.

There are still legal and regulatory hurdles to cross in Europe and the U.S. before the 2019 Audi A8s Traffic Jam Pilot can be fully activated, but Audi anticipates clearing them soon. But the A8s wide selection of conventional V6 and V8 engines, innovative hybrid powertrains, driver aid technologies and active suspension don’t face such hurdles. And they’re ready to be unleashed. That includes a hybrid engine with which the battery’s inductive charging pad rises up from the floor of the garage.

Audi also uses a new very powerful 48-volt electrical system combined with road-reading laser sensors that improves the ride of the 2019 A8 by enabling the car’s suspension to respond almost instantly to potholes and bumps by raising and lowering the height of the wheels electronically. A computer-assisted, more precise electric power steering system that measures needed assistance and steering feedback will also debut on the 2019 Audi A8 and gradually make its way into the rest of Audi’s line up.

Laser headlights that can double the full beam’s reach and a touch-operated, twin flat screen center console with improved intuitive operation will also be featured in the 2019 version of the Audi A8. These and many other technological advances make this new Audi a game changer. One that will attract a new generation of buyers facing grueling, tedious, traffic jams in cities like Los Angeles, New York and Miami for whom those new technologies will be a godsend.

The market for full-size sedans has shrunk significantly. Some buyers have moved on to SUVs like the Range Rover and the Infinity Q7. A number of young drivers associate full-sized sedans with fat-cat values and outdated technologies. But the 2019 Audi A8 can change that perception with its innovations and the many benefits they offer. To this new generation of car buyers, Audi represents the future of automotive technology. And the 2019 Audi A8 is light years ahead of the competition in the technologies it offers. As usual Audi is showing its mastery of the art and science of automotive engineering.

With their Level Three autonomous system, laser headlights, electrical, laser-assisted road reading suspension, precise, computer-assisted, electric power steering systems and other technological advances, the 2019 Audi A8 has a major advantage over the automobiles available today. It’s also way ahead of what other automakers have in development. The 2019 A8 shows the future belongs to Audi.

With the 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet, Audi offers a renaissance droptop with the ability to do just about everything well. Convertibles rarely change. The idea of having an automobile with a retractable roof has been bandied about even before cars were invented. And Audi has had droptops as a mainstay of their line-up for decades. In the U.S., Audi markets four convertibles. The small, affordably-priced A3 for budget-minded sun seekers. The stylish TT for people with sportier, more style-conscious tastes. The wild R8 Spyder designed for those that want to cause a stir. And the perfectly priced, perfect size, mid-level A5 and S5.

Now there’s the newly redesigned Audi A5 Cabriolet. A vehicle that’s polished, swift, refined and a joy when it comes to open-air driving. The droptop A5 offers performance galore. It’s 360 pounds heavier than the coupe. This gives it a zero-to-60 time of 5.6 seconds. But the A5 cabriolet only needs 145-foot to stop when travelling at 70 mph, 7 feet less than the hardtop. Still, both vehicles are very impressive on the track.

When it comes to cornering and braking, the four-cylinder A5 tops even the performance-oriented Mercedes-AMG C43 cabriolet,. While the Audi S5 cabriolet with its 354-horsepower V-6 engine is faster in a short sprint, the A5 with its snappy 2.0 Ot’s turbocharged inline-four combined with its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is a better value than the S5 when you consider the price difference.

Audi’s has expertly tuned the chassis of the A5 so it better balances its superb performance with its genuinely relaxed character. That makes it the perfect luxury droptop for the fair-weather daily driver. It has a plush, composed ride quality and a stiff structure that never quivers. Even when in the much firmer Dynamic driving mode harsh impacts almost never penetrate the cabin.While you may love the convertible, you may want to check out other Audi models, and you can at Tucson Audi. You can check out an Audi A5, or many other models.

Audi has stayed with traditional softtops so far, presumably because they’re lighter and easier to pack than the retractable hardtops some of its competitors favor. The cloth top of the A5 cabriolet insulates the cabin well when raised and there’s only a minor amount of noticeable wind noise when sailing down the highway. The top can be lowered in 15 seconds and can be done when the car is travelling as fast as 31 mph. When its roof is folded, it reduces the trunk space from 9 to 7 cubic feet. Audi also offers a wind deflector that can be removed. But the A5 cabriolet doesn’t need it even when speeding down the highway. Plus the deflector takes up the all the generous rear seat space when installed. Without it, the rear seats can accommodate two adults.

The A5 cabriolet convertible costs almost $7000 more than if you bought the coupe. Plus if you opt for the Prestige-trim-level with the Driver Assistance package, adaptive dampers, Luxury package and 19-inch wheels, the price of the Audi A5 cabriolet is $65,050. That’s a reasonable price to pay for an A5 that does almost everything well and is practically perfect.