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Audi is a pioneer in lighting technology. They are most notably known for their proliferate use of LED technology on their vehicles, which has become a signature of the brand. This has sent other automakers scrambling to catch up. To see Audi’s latest LED-equipped vehicles, head to your Audi of Tucson dealer.
Audi is further innovating lighting technology by the introduction of its new headlamps called Matrix LED.
Set to be released on the upcoming, and refreshed, 2015 Audi A8, and sadly won’t be available stateside, Audi’s Matrix LED headlamps take adaptive headlights to a whole new level. What makes these new LED headlamps so remarkable is their ability to adjust to oncoming vehicles as to not blind the other drivers. They won’t be available on U.S. Audis because Federal laws prohibits active headlamps.
These headlamps take high-beam control away from the driver and give it to GPS sensors and cameras. What it allows is manipulation of the 50 LEDs, 25 in each individual headlamp, so that they can maintain maximum brightness for driver awareness without interfering with oncoming traffic. Like most technology that finds its way into the majority of Audis lineup, bringing the Matrix LED headlamps here will take some political persuasion.
The technology works by dimming or shutting off individual diodes. This preserves the bright illumination in the remaining zones.The Audi Matrix LED headlamps also features navigation-based cornering lights that help turn the headlamp beam so the driver can see around the corner better. While other systems on vehicles work by aiming the whole headlamp away from oncoming traffic or physically covering sections of the beam, Audi’s unique system works by controlling each individual diode, which gives the vehicle greater control over the beam. This, in turn, provides increased sight during nighttime driving.
With cars and technology advancing at an astonishing rate, Audi’s Matrix LED headlamps will make it to the American market soon, and many drivers will enjoy the new, innovative feature. To see the current lineup of Audi vehicles, check out an Audi in Tucson AZ.
At this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, Audi unveiled a technological marvel celebrating the 30th anniversary of the original Audi Sport quattro and its all-wheel-drive system that propelled Audi to their current pinnacle in German sports car greatness. While the technologies pioneered by the original Sport quattro can be seen in today’s Audis at your local Audi of Tucson dealer, the Sport quattro concept shows where Audi plans on heading with their future products.
Adorned with the styling that crosses an Audi R8 with an A5, the Audi Sport quattro concept has the looks that coincide with the technology it has under the hood. The original Sport quattro helped Audi make a name for their all-wheel-drive technology that is now an Audi standard. The Sport quattro concept unveiled in Frankfurt may appear to be a docile Audi, but in reality, the magic is in the powertrain beneath the hood.
Powering the Sport quattro concept is a 700-horsepower hybrid powertrain. Audi pairs a 560-horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque 4.0-liter V-8 engine with an electric motor that supplies the remaining 150-horsepower. The top speed is limited to 190 mph and the standard 0-to-62 mph run comes in just 3.7 seconds.
While the Sport quattro concept has the power of a supercar, the real technological wonder lays it in its combination fuel-saving technology and power thanks to its hybrid setup. Cylinder deactivation and an engine stop-start system both aid in saving fuel. These two technologies already appear on today’s Audis and their appearance on the concept only reiterates their importance to future Audi products. The addition of the electric motor allows the Sport quattro concept to drive up to 31 miles using only the electric motor.
While the Audi Sport quattro concept will likely never make it into production as it stands, the technologies will continue to see their way into production vehicles. The idea of a hybrid powertrain that combines fuel efficiency and power will most likely slowly trickle across the Audi lineup as stricter fuel standards are put in place around the world.
Head to your local Tucson Audi dealer today for more information about current and future Audi products.
If you’re in the market for a new Audi in Tucson, you’ll find an exciting new feature. With the addition of INRIX Park, Audi is simplifying the unpleasant task of finding off-street parking. INRIX park is a real-time navigation service for all existing and new Audi connect® subscribers.
INRIX is one of the fastest growing big data technology companies in the world. The company leverages big data analytics to reduce the individual, economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion. Through cutting-edge data intelligence and predictive traffic technologies, INRIX helps leading automakers, fleets, governments and news organizations make it easier for drivers to navigate their world.
Audi is the first automaker to offer the breakthrough service developed by INRIX to customers around the world. It will be available immediately at Audi dealers with all active Audi connect accounts. In the U.S. market, the service instantly brings new benefits to more than 100,000 Audi models already on the road today plus thousands more new vehicles sold every month.
With the INRIX Park, Audi connect customers gain the ability to easily compare rates, gauge proximity to their destination and get turn-by-turn directions the entrances for more than 18,000 participating parking locations in the U.S. The roster of available parking destinations will continue to grow as data on the locations and available spaces builds.
Audi offers vehicle owners this newly launched service through Audi MMI® Navigation equipped vehicles with Audi connect* in the U.S. Delivered via the INRIX platform, the parking service is available as part of an options package that includes Bluetooth® mobile phone connectivity, INRIX’s dynamic fuel price service as well as real-time news, local traffic, travel and weather information.
INRIX Park allows search beyond a static point of interest to navigate to the closest available parking location and best entrance based on the drivers’ approach route and traffic, pricing including hourly scaling and the number of available spaces. Key feature benefits include:
- Find available parking closest to a destination; save favorite locations
- Compare by distance or current price; prices include the rates charged for length of time parked
- Navigate with precision via the most direct route to the closest entrance from the vehicle’s location.
Audi is no stranger to technology. Audi connect also provides the occupants of the vehicle with other services that give motorists and passengers the ability to access the most current information and enhance their enjoyment of their Audi vehicle. Services include Voice-activated Google Earth, Google Local search, Real-time Information, myAudi Destinations and Rolling Wi-Fi Hotspot.
For more information on Audi cutting-edge technology, visit Audi of Tucson.
There is a new Audi for sale, the 2014 RS7, coming this fall. The RS 7 comes after Audi made the decision to not offer the RS6 Avant in America because consumers weren’t buying enough of the vehicles.
The RS7 is a five-door hatchback that Audi is calling a coupe. According to CarandDriver.com, the vehicle houses a V-8 engine and 560 in horsepower. It is said that the car can go from 0 to 62 mph in about four seconds and can reach a top speed of 155 mph. Of course, the German automaker gives consumers package options that will make the car’s top speed 174 mph or 190 mph. Fuel economy is rated at 21mpg, due to a cylinder-deactivation system that turns the V-8 into a four when cruising along the highway, as well as a stop-start system.
The luxury vehicle will cost drivers the hefty price of $104,000. The vehicle can fit four passengers and no external or interior colors and information has been released. For an idea of current interior and exterior options check out the in-stock vehicles at your Tucson Audi dealer.
Consumers looking for an excellent entertainment system in their vehicle should definitely check out the Audi S7, which has 14 speakers and can get Sirius XM. It also comes with Blutooth technology, iPod integration, and a driver’s foot rest. This luxury super-car will certainly be different from any other vehicle in the market, even other high-end cars.
For more information on Audi vehicles visit Audi of Tucson.
For the 2014 Audi R8, Audi has made a few changes to keep its flagship sports car fresh. For the exterior, the Audi R8 has received a new single-frame grille with the beveled upper corners painted in high-gloss black, a new bumper with the air inlets and new matte black vent louvers. As an option, drivers will receive a carbon fiber reinforced plastic front splitter. All models will now be offered with standard LED headlights.
Visit a local Audi dealer to discover the base engine – a 4.2-liter V8 that produces a perfectly thrilling 430 horsepower. However, drivers who desire more horsepower will prefer the optional V10, which boasts 525 horsepower in standard guise and 550 horsepower in the lightweight V10 Plus trim. Power is routed to the rear-based all-wheel-drive system via a smooth and precise 6-speed manual transmission or a nearly as satisfying 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Although the R8′s available V8 and V10 engines are unchanged, they now come paired to an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. This is a welcome upgrade from the R8′s previous single-clutch automated gearbox, which was notorious for its rough-shifting nature.
The R8′s driver-oriented cabin is as luxurious and accommodating as one of Audi’s high-end sedans. For drivers who like a quiet drive, the cabin remains quiet enough for easy conversations. The interior layout is smartly arranged with controls placed within easy reach. The R8 comes standard with leather/Alcantara seats, Bluetooth with a seatbelt microphone for voice commands and a magnetic ride system that lets you chooses between comfort and sport modes. Versions with the 5.2-liter V10 come with a rearview camera, navigation and Nappa leather seats. Spyder versions have a power-folding fabric roof that can be opened or closed in 19 seconds, even while the car is in motion. Numerous control and trim elements are covered in chrome strips or black paint, while the instrument cluster and the shift paddles have been slightly modified.
To check out the 2014 Audi R8, visit Audi of Tucson.
Audi has recently revealed their next step into the electric hybrid world with the Audi E-tron prototype. According to Audi, the E-tron is “a realistic glimpse into the future of mobility as Audi is planning it. The electrification of the drivetrain, above all using plug-in technology, plays a deciding role in the strategy of the brand.”
The E-Tron is a high-performance sports car with a purely electric drive system that is powered by four electric motors rather than a gasoline engine. The maximum output of 313 hp is with overall torque output of 502 lb-ft . The four motors each drive one wheel and can be controlled independently, thus offering torque-vectoring functionality. It I expected to dash from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds, top out at 138 mph and go as fast as 81 mph in electric-only mode.
The battery, rated at 53 kWh, takes 2.5 hours to charge with a special 400-volt electrical outlet. Audi claims that a full charge will get you about 150 miles on the road. The battery is charged not only when the car is stationary, but also when it is in motion. This form of energy recovery and return to the battery is already available today in a number of new Audi cars. During braking, the alternator converts the kinetic energy into electrical energy, which it then feeds into the on-board electrical system.
As for the interior, eye- catching and functional references to the new drive concept characterize the interior design. They establish an advanced connection between Audi luxury and new formal characteristics. The cockpit of the E-tron is oriented toward the driver.
Instead of a classic instrument cluster, the concept car is the first Audi to be equipped with a large, fold-out central display with integrated MMI functions. The MMI is controlled via a scroll pad with a touch-sensitive surface on the steering wheel, which is much like modern smartphones. While an analog speedometer on the right provides speed information, the instrument on the left tells the driver how much power is being drawn. The central display shows the range in the status bar and presents all key information from the infotainment and navigation systems. It also provides the driver with relevant data from the vehicle’s communication with its surroundings. The instruments combine the analog and the digital worlds into a single unit.
For more information on the Audi E-Tron concept, visit Tucson Audi.
Visit an Arizona Audi dealer to preview the 2014 Audi SQ5. The new Audi SQ5 will be the first of this model ever to be powered by a gasoline engine. The 2014 version will produce 354 hp and 346.65 lb-ft of torque. The new top-of-the-line model will sprint from zero to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph.
The new SQ5 will be powered by a free-revving, supercharged, three-liter V6 engine with a displacement of 2,995 cc. An eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive will transfer the power of the SQ5 firmly to the road. The fast-shifting automatic transmission will offer two modes, and will allow the driver to switch gears manually via the standard shift paddles on the steering wheel.
The exterior will feature a platinum gray radiator grille with horizontal double bars that will have an aluminum look. Distinctive bumpers and roof spoiler will be sure to catch your eye, as will V6 T badges which will garnish the front fenders. In addition, there will be two exclusive crystal-effect finishes: Estoril Blue and Panther Black.
Bathed in black, sportiness will even carry over to the interior. The instruments will feature gray dials and white numerals; while the the pedals and shift paddles will have a shiny aluminum-look finish. The standard power-adjustable sport seats will be covered with a combination of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, with four different colors of leather optional. The standard inlays will be brushed aluminum. Options include Carbon Atlas, Piano finish or layered aluminum and wood in Beaufort black.
Additional standard features will include xenon plus headlights with LED daytime driving lights, a stainless-steel loading-sill protector and a driver information system with color display. The luggage compartment will offer up to 59.33 cubic feet of capacity.
Audi will also offer an array of optional assistance and infotainment systems. MMI navigation plus and the Bluetooth online car phone will provide the Internet services from Audi. Also, the Audi drive select system will allow drivers to switch among several modes in various systems.
For more information on the 2014 Audi SQ5, visit Audi of Tucson!
In 2010, Audi launched the Audi Urban Future Initiative as a solution to their concerns with the future of automobiles in urban cities. The car company’s concerns stemmed from the idea that pollution and cost will eventually cause cars to become obsolete; and that architects will design cities around this idea. However, much to Audi’s surprise, their assumptions were false.
The Head of Audi Design senses that automotive strategy is ready for a change; something new without defying tradition. The objective for the design team is to redirect their attention to restructure the Audi design. Furthermore, the focus of Audi’s design future is the relationship between technology and design.
How does this affect the future of Audi’s design? The answer is simple: Adapt their automobiles to become economically sound, and to take it a step above others, adapt their ideas to the designs of urban futures.
Automotive designers and product designers at The Concept Design Studio in Munich, Germany benefit from one another’s creative ideas. They are proving themselves strong by reflecting the freedom in the work process of their creative talents. The three segments of automotive design (Color and Trim, Interior, and Exterior) will work more thoroughly together in the future in order to design a car from a universal perspective, particularly during the initial creative phase.
All of these factors will result in greater differentiation between the A, R and Q model lines in the future. Looking ahead, the design team is initially concentrating on the Q family. It embodies a hearty, distinguishing look. Audi Design, as a result, is making modelsmore three-dimensional to support the powerful presence characterizing every model. For example, the Q model line’s removable center roof element of carbon is also distinctive. It transforms the urban SUV into an open-top all-arounder. For more information on Audi’s current and future designs, visit Tucson Audi.
To take it a step further, Audi plans to focus on electricity. With the Audi A3 e-tron, Audi recently launched its first electric vehicle pilot program. Although a challenging venture for Audi, this venture has allowed the company to maintain their innovative strong suits in designing what is a different kind of car for the future.
To check out more current and future Audi designs, visit an Arizona Audi dealer.
As automotive technology continues to advance and the quality of vehicles increases, it should come as no surprise that the value of pre-owned vehicles is at an all-time high. Many manufacturers offer buyback programs, rebates, and other incentives to encourage buyers to consider pre-owned vehicle options, even as the price point of those vehicles edges closer to that of a new vehicle. At your Tucson Audi dealer, the value of a pre-owned Audi has never been higher (even though prices remain comparatively low).
Nearly every manufacturer boasts some sort of certified pre-owned program, but Audi presents a superior offering in three key ways: warranty, inspection, and dealer/manufacturer incentives.
Warranty. Audi offers one of the best certified pre-owned warranties in the market. Certified pre-owned owners enjoy a six-year, 100,000 total vehicle mileage warranty which covers the engine, cooling system, fuel system, transmission, suspension, brakes, steering, climate control, and electrical systems. The warranty even covers emergency repairs performed by non-Audi service facilities provided the repairs were necessary and it was unreasonable to bring the vehicle to an Audi service center. Few, if any, manufacturers offer such a comprehensive warranty program for their certified pre-owned vehicles.
Inspection. Audi’s certification process for pre-owned vehicles begins with a 300+-point inspection. Practically every mechanical part and interior and exterior feature (including the Audi badges) is examined by an Audi technician to ensure that every pre-owned Audi which receives certification operates just as well as it did when it was new. The inspection is capped off with a full road test to identify and eliminate any ride, noise, or other issues which may be overlooked by a traditional garage inspection.
Incentives. Audi offers many dealer and manufacturer incentives on certified pre-owned vehicles. If you are interested in purchasing a used Audi, there are many offers unique to your local dealer which may sweeten the deal, such as 1.9% APR financing available at the time of this writing.
Audi produces some of the most luxurious and reliable automobiles on the road. With the purchase of a certified pre-owned Audi, you, too, can enjoy the remarkable feeling of owning and driving one of the greatest vehicles available without any of the concerns plaguing other used vehicles.
You drive to your Arizona Audi dealer, test drive some of the world’s greatest automobiles, and finally settle on your model of choice. You choose a trim and color, then turn to accessories. With so many options available, how are you to choose?
Here are some Audi accessories packages (with information drawn from the manufacturer’s website) and tips to help with your all-too-important decision:
Sport and Design Package. Every Audi is designed with both performance and style in mind, but discerning customers sometimes demand even more. Sport and Design upgrades include everything from custom wheels to spoilers, grilles, and other appearance-altering finishing touches. Ensuring both form and function were considered, Audi engineers designed each piece with care – your Audi will truly become one-of-a-kind with the addition of any of these accessories.
Audi TravelSpace Transport Accessories. If driving your Audi alone isn’t entertaining enough, Audi of Tucson can help you select the right equipment to bring along the gear you need to explore the world. Cargo carriers, ski racks, bike racks, towing packages, and other accessories provide worry-free means to get you and your accoutrements wherever you want to go.
Audi Guard Comfort and Protection Products. You may wish to purchase a new Audi in a few years, or you may want to keep your current car in top shape for many years to come. Either way, Audi Guard Comfort and Protection Products accessories are engineered for durability and carefully tailored to fit your vehicle. Cargo mats, splash guards, vehicle covers, and more protect your Audi’s appearance, interior functionality, and resale value even better than automotive care alone.
Electronics. Although not strictly necessary, electronics upgrades can quickly become some of your favorite features in your new Audi. Whether it has been several years or only a few months since you have stopped in to check out some new automotive technology, the breadth of available electronic capabilities may astound you. Touch screen navigation, parking assistance computers, and surround sound systems are just a few of the technological advancements which are becoming harder to pass up.
Audi Guard Car Care Products. No one knows Audi quite like Audi, so it stands to reason that the best available products to care for your new vehicle come directly from the manufacturer. Audi offers every cleaning product and tool you might need to keep your Audi looking great – floor carpeting, leather seats, window glass, paint, and all.
For more information about accessories packages or anything else you wish to know about today’s Audi, contact the Audi Parts and Accessories department at Audi of Tucson.