As part of my morning routine, after stepping through the doors of Sunset Imports I log on to my computer and check out the latest Audi news on Fourtitude , a great Audi resource. Pricing for the 2010 Audi A3 TDI had been published and the Diesel version of the Audi A3 is only $1,200 more then the gas engine. That is amazing news! Below is a compressed version of the article. To read the whole thing, just visit the origional source – Fourtitude News
HERNDON, VA – Audi today announced pricing for the 2010 A3 TDI, its second U.S. clean diesel offering launched this year. Expected to begin arriving at U.S. dealers in late November 2009, the 50-state certified A3 TDI delivers the highest highway fuel economy in the luxury car category – 42 mpg, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates.
• Second U.S. clean diesel offering from Audi within a year
• EPA estimated highway 42 mpg offers unmatched efficiency in luxury car segment
• Luxurious features and amenities without compromise
Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (excluding $825 destination charge, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges):
A3 TDI clean diesel with S tronic front wheel drive $29,950
Weather you love Audi or not this is a must watch video for any car enthusiast! Racing has advanced and so has the supporting technology. Without question some of the best years of motor-sport were in the 80’s, don’t get me wrong I can’t pick a favorite time in racing history but I have to say that this was one of them. Feel free to point me in the direction of any other videos you like, but for not watch this video and let me know what you think. Remember I Am Audi has a real passion for racing!
Top Speed wrote “Jay Leno never seems to run out of cars to talk about, does he? If you’re half the auto enthusiast that he is, you probably wouldn’t get tired of talking about them either. It also helps that he’s got way more money than all of us combined, which means that he doesn’t settle for talking about cars, he actually goes out and buys them. In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the comedian finds himself looking at Audi’s benevolent beast, the Audi R8 V10 Spyder. Ever the gearhead that he is, Leno gives us the lowdown on the car and shares some pretty insightful thoughts on what he thinks of the R8. He also brings out his buddy, Justin Bell, to give us even more tidbits on the R8, including the time it takes for the soft-top roof to retract and stow away in its compartment, as well as the R8’s now iconic front fascia.”
“After showing a video of Bell testing the R8 on his own, Leno gets his turn behind the wheel and brings it out on the streets of LA. As he drives, he shares more nuggets of wisdom on what he thinks of the R8, including his admission that, as far as he’s concerned, the R8 Spyder is arguable the fastest supercar in the wet.” Enjoy the video!
Source: Jay Leno’s Garage’s
Now this is one Audi we really think would do well in the United States, a little smaller then the A7 and a little sportier then the A6 – perfect! When your in Europe and you see the A5, S5 sportback for the first time your really not sure what to think or even what it is. People often think that the A5/S5 sportback is the A7, the headlights are a dead giveaway that its not. Audi plans to have a lot more models available for us State side by 2015, who know maybe this will be one of them.
How low is too low??? Well we may have just found it! I know there are a great many of you out there that are not going to be too happy about the lowness level of this very special Audi courtesy of Audi Society – but you have to admit, it does test the laws of low?! Enjoy! Or don’t – but share your thoughts either way!! Full Article
Audi is once again opening up new horizons: the Audi urban concept is a 1+1-seat, ultra-light car for congested urban spaces. The technical study does not fit under any of the conventional categories – the Audi urban concept combines elements of a racing car, a fun car and an urban car into one radical new concept. The Audi urban concept is not based on any previous model – its development is solely oriented on the strict principles of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction. The result is a concept car with no unnecessary weight, and one that concentrates on the pure essence of sporty motion. For more pictures make sure to visit the source: Fourtitude .com
Audis will have computer-style dashboards and be able to download iPhone -style software applications before the end of the decade, according to the firm’s sales and marketing boss, Peter Schwarzenbauer. Schwarzenbauer also raised the possibility that owners will be able to “download heated seats” as part of plans to allow buyers to upgrade the specification of their car once it has left the factory. A number of Audi models will get in-car wireless internet access from this year, as the company’s cars start to become ‘learning machines’ that are able to make greater use of live information and predictive behavior.
Schwarzenbauer suggested to Autocar that in the near future his company’s vehicles will ‘remember’ that a driver makes particular journeys on certain days, automatically selecting the correct sat-nav guidance and even making pre-emptive checks on traffic information before the driver has started the journey. Any move to downloadable software packages would be accompanied by a completely new concept in dashboard and switchgear design. Schwarzenbauer’s suggestion that owners could “download heated seats” means that the hardware (such as the heating elements) would have to be pre-installed at the factory and would be only be ‘made live’ by downloading a paid-for software package to the car.
The newly activated heated seats would then be controlled by multi-function, touch-sensitive switchgear similar to the touch pad introduced on the new Audi A8. Other downloadable software packages could include a wide range of sat-nav packages, electronic chassis controls and hi-fi upgrades. Pre-installing hardware at the factory would also help Audi’s production system become more flexible. Currently the company takes 12 weeks to build a car to order. In future the factory could make stock cars that have their exact specifications tweaked via software downloads by the dealer at the point of sale.
Source: Auto Car
2008 was a very successful year for Audi but I also found success as in indivdual. I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me over the past year and to all my clients who have given me the opportunity to share my passion with them. Thank you for taking the time to work with me and if I can be of any assistance feel free to give me a call or send me an email.
Although the 2009 Audi Allroad is based on the 2009 B8 A4 Avant we will most likely never see it in North America. I do like the look of the Allroad and think the off-road styling looks nice, however if we did have it in the United States it would compete directly with the Q5. I know that for the people who have owned an Audi Allroad they loved and it is those same people who have fallen in love with the new Audi Q5.
I added this video of the Audi Allroad to keep everyone up to date with our world wide product line up. I will continue to showcase original content in order to be your top source for Portland Audi.
Recently we had the opportunity to hear the story of a 2012 Audi A6 reaching top speed on the German Autobahnen , here it is! Well here I am, in the land of sausage and sauerkraut, I’m rolling the new 2012 Audi A6 TDI and being American the first thing I want to know is “how fast can this thing go?”. Here’s my pick of the speedo at about 230 closing in on 260 where I finally felt it just wouldn’t go any faster. I’m going to say that (just for the record), you’ll want both hands on the wheel going over 230 KMPH! Hey someone throw me another quarter (or euro in this case), I want another run at it!! Thanks Audi for supporting these launches and making what we do so much fun!!!
Designed to appeal to eco-conscious families, the Audi Q5 crossover features a parallel Hybrid system which consists of a 2.0-liter TFSI petrol engine and an electric motor. The four-cylinder produces 208 horse power and 258 ft. pounds of torque, while the electric motor contributes 44 horse power nd 156 ft. pounds of torque. All told, the system has a combined output of 241 horse power and 354 ft. pounds of torque. This allows the Q5 to accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 7.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 138 mph. More importantly, fuel consumption in the normal cycle (NEDC) is less than 34 US mpg and CO2 emissions are under 100 grams per mile.
To get these impressive figures, the Q5 Hybrid has a 84 lb lithium-ion battery which stores 39 kW of energy. When stopped, in traffic, all drive systems are deactivated. As soon as the brake is released, the electric motor powers the vehicle at speeds up to 62 mph. Furthermore, it’s possible to travel up to 1.86 miles on electricity alone at speeds up to 37.28 mph. With the future huge success of the Q5 Hybrid expect more Audi Hybrid Vehicles in the future.
Source: World Car Fans
At I Am Audi we like to keep it fresh and that means constant updates and continual efforts on making the site better both visually and functionally. We strive for a site that’s sexy and a site people enjoy visiting and sharing with others – but what does that really take?? Well here is a sneak peak. It’s a rare opportunity to see the development of a website in action, but this a chance to see the man behind the curtain – Benjamin we love everything you have done for I Am Audi and we really appreciate it :: Scroll to the bottom and watch the video!
It looks as though Volkswagen is giving their Phaeton another chance against it’s competition in the US. The Phaeton is a pricey Volkswagen model that is to again compete with the likes of the Mercedes S-Class, Lexus LS and of course, Audi’s A8. This is the second attempt for the Phaeton who’s popularity just wasn’t there the first time around. Perhaps its second run will have better luck with fewer glitches and a service experience that will really WOW! customers willing to pay the steep price. The new Phaeton will get a bit of a face lift and is still maybe more than a couple years out – but hopefully this version will fetch more attention that its predecessor. I look forward to checking the new model out! Read the article below for more information on the new Phaeton and to compare the old vs. new!
Top Volkswagen officials in Europe have confirmed that the next-generation version of the Phaeton large luxury sedan will return to the U.S. Although a facelifted version of the current Phaeton will be released in Europe and China, the next-generation Phaeton is still at least two years away, likely more, from U.S. introduction. Ringing in at around the same price as a base Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, or Lexus LS, the 2004-2006 Volkswagen Phaeton never seemed to convince U.S. luxury shoppers that it was worth the coin. Over several drives of the $70k Phaeton back when it first came out, The Car Connection was impressed with the big sedan’s solidity and construction, as well as the impeccable interior and cabin detailing, and it was one of the first models among VW and Audi products to feature ‘scroll roll’ steering-wheel toggles. Interior and trunk space were cavernous, and powertrain perfromance was brisk and smooth, with an quiet, isolated feel that was every bit like that of its rivals.
Volkswagen had moved aggressively to update its showrooms and sales facilities, but buyers ended up needing more than the brand could provide on the service side. Some early quality and reliability issues plagued the Phaeton—including electrical issues that were so frequent that many in the media had to stop and take note. Automobile Magazine, frustrated with repeated dealership visits and unprepared service departments, called the electrical system in its long-term test Phaeton “irreparable.” And in a single test vehicle, this author at the time observed power window issues, as well as the infotainment system reboot itself after going over a major bump, during which many vehicle functions weren’t available. Just as the first time the Phaeton arrived ashore, VW’s dealership network leaves something to be desired, according to customers.
VW has ranked rather low in J.D. Power Customer Service Index (CSI) studies in prior years. But it’s recently shown improvement; Volkswagen did better in this year’s CSI, placing just above the mass-market average on the study. However compared to luxury brands, Volkswagen still placed behind all but Volvo. VW pulled the Phaeton from the U.S. market in 2006, after continued slow sales. Volkswagen had been hoping to sell 20,000 worldwide per year but only sold around 4,500 Phaetons in its last year; U.S. sales were supposed to be a major portion of the total, but over 2004 and 2005 VW sold less than 2,500 of them. While the Phaeton, as a model in itself, was a failure in the U.S. market, it helped spawn other vehicles from other brands that are in VW’s stable—including the Bentley Continental GT and Continental Flying Spur.
Sadly I know I am not alone when I walk down the street and point out every car I like, especially an Audi . More than once people have stared at me while I take a picture of a car on the street… so to avoid the embarrassment, or actually to share some of it with everyone else, I am going to invite others to participate in the “Audi Google Street View Search”. This is an opportunity for others, like myself, to send in pictures of Audi’s they see on Google Street View and I will post it on “Audi Street View” for all to see. No matter where you are in the world, if you see an Audi on Google Street View, send it in and I will post it!
Volkswagen did a really nice job when they released their Harlequin Edition cars, but today’s trivia is did Audi ever officially release a “ Audi Harlequin ” Edition? Have a great Thursday everyone and let us know if you like the Harlequin and if you think VW or Audi should bring it back… imagine a Harlequin Audi Q5 , beautiful.
I woke up this morning and checked my Audi references as I do each morning and there we were the 6 finalists for the Audi Western Regional Walk Around competition. Thank you Audi for your continued support as well as everyone from Sunset Imports for helping me practice each day, a special thanks to James Fitzpatrick for making sure I was on my game.
The local Portland Audi Dealer, Sunset imports has been the Oregon & Lower Washington Audi Specialist for the past 30 years. Lots has changed with Audi in that time and much has changed with Sunset as well. As I was leaving the office yesterday the sky looked more beautiful then usual, and I remembered daylight savings was the reason. But I was reminded how lucky I was to live in such a great city and have such a great dealer behind me. Have a great November – Drive safe and make sure your Audi is ready for the Winter to come.
Like every open-top Audi the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro has a cloth top – an uncompromising solution for a high-performance sports car. The soft top’s approximate weight is a mere 66.14 lb; it thus keeps the vehicle’s total weight and center of gravity low. The top takes up little space when open and is a harmonious design element when closed. It tapers off to two slim fins extending to the trailing edge of the car, emphasizing the elongated silhouette.
The electrohydraulic soft top opens and closes in 19 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 31.07 mph. When opened, it folds like a Z into its storage compartment over the V10 engine. The compartment cover opens and closes automatically. The heated glass window, which is separate from the cloth top, is lowered into the bulkhead. It can be independently raised and lowered at the press of a switch, with the top up or down. An additional net-like wind deflector comes standard and can be latched into the bulkhead behind the seats in two easy steps says RS Sports Cars – by far one of my favorite non Audi websites to get the straight facts.
Today we saw the Audi Matryoshka Doll print ad; the creative work of DDB Barcelona and it made us think of other favorite automotive advertisements. Audi has introduced some very compelling advertisements in its time – we would dare to say Audi perhaps, leads the industry with creative marketing. We want to know what you think are some of the best Audi or automotive advertisements from the past. Please share them with us with the new Disqus feature below!
“For more than a century, perfection down to the last detail is a standard for us.” Audi has been the standard for fit and finish, interior & exterior craftsmanship forever and this video shows you how. An Audi is not just an Audi it has to earn the four rings, watch this video and see how, I am sure you will be impressed.
Source: Audi Youtube
Winning Le Mans is something Audi is no stranger to; and the 2008 24 hours of Le Mans was no different. Audi raced the diesel V12 R10 to victory yet again. The locals of the 24 hours of Le Mans take great pride in this event and know the history behind it. Lets see what Audi comes up with next to keep themselves at the top of the podium; inevitably they will push the envelope.
I Am Audi Celebrates The Season of Audi Event; this is a time when you can really capture the benefits of owning an Audi and all the great things that go along with that ownership. The Season of Audi Event starts November 3rd and goes until the end of 2009, this is a time when the manufacturer extends some of its most enticing programs to the pubic. Whether you are leasing a new Audi or purchasing a new or Certified Audi, now is the time to reward your self. I Am Audi would like to wish you a wonderful Holiday season and give you assurance that you will “Have the best lights in your neighborhood” with The 2009 Season of Audi Event.
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I love the design of the Jim Russell Racing // Drivers School website and I love that there is a place for passionate motor-sport enthusiasts to go to learn more of this demanding sport. Jim Russell is not just your average racing school, it is the new standard, and that is not a phrase I use often with others. Jim Russell Future Driver // 2010 Selection is a worldwide driver search created to find the best young talent from the worlds of karting and formula car racing. This is Jim Russell’s newest program and it is a once in a life time opportunity for the talented few. Good luck to those that are performing in this amazing program, and we will be watching your progress as the season opens. And Jim Russell, thank you for being such a positive and supportive avenue for the world of Motorsport.
Ready, Set, Weekend!! We don’t have to tell you guys how excited we are that it’s finally Friday! Does anyone else share our unwavering enthusiasm for the day of the week that has so much potential?? Well we have to say that if this beauty of an Audi A7 was parked outside waiting for us to get started on a Saturday, we may just be up a little earlier! Hope everyone has a fantastic Friday and a phenomenal weekend! We are going in search of snow – what are you guys up to?!
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In a departure from its main area of expertise, German car maker Audi announced it has started the Audi Urban Future workshop in London, a competition which will witness six international architectural firms battling to develop the city of the future, which combines mobility, architecture and the city itself. Rupert Stadler, Audi chairman of the board, explains why the car maker ventured into a realm it has little expertise in.
“In shaping the future of the automobile, it is important to analyze trends and look beyond one’s own back yard. The exchange with pioneers of another discipline – but one which has many parallels to automotive engineering – is proving to be very inspiring. In particular, because the architects come from very different cultural backgrounds.”Audi will seriously get involved in the project, with architects from the six firms taking a trip to Ingolstadt where they received tips and tricks from Audi’s experts from Technical Development, Design, and Brand and Corporate Strategy.
The firms raking part in the project are Alison Brooks Architects (London), Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen), Cloud9 (Barcelona), Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York), J. Mayer H. Architects (Berlin) and Standardarchitecture (Beijing). They will work on the project until August, when the projects (installation as well as models and images) will be shown at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. “The Audi Urban Future Award is no ordinary competition,” Stylepark Director Christian Gartner added. “Despite the competition of ideas among the architectural firms, the aim is to develop perspectives collectively.”
Source: Auto Evolution a Rad Site!
Recent media reports indicate that Audi has decided not to bring the upcoming A1 to the United States because of concerns that the car will be too expensive for the American market. Reportedly, the company will consider bringing the A1 to the States when it is redesigned for its second generation, but that is unlikely to happen before 2015.
One of the most prestigious awards possible in the used car market has recently been awarded to the Audi A3, the Audi A3 has been named the ‘Executive Used Car of the Decade’. CAP is a group that evaluates used cars in the market based on a number of factors and does so over a period of time. This award is truly an indication of a vehicles dependability, resale value, quality and safety. Knowing that this award has been given and the diesel A3 is only now available in the United State and was awarded Green Car Of The Year I guarantee more accolades will come for the Aud A3.
The Audi B5 body style is to date one of my favorites. It could be because of the size or this was the model available off the showroom floor when I was new in the business or it could be my memories of this body style in the DTM races. No matter what the reason my appreciation for a project like this will never go away; taking an already amazing RS4 Avant and swapping the motor with the more potent BI-Turbo RS6 motor. Audi is know for beautiful Avants (wagons), Audi is know for potent turbo charged engines and of course Audi is known for quattro, so what do you get if you add this all up? An Incredible project.
Good Morning!! Living in the Pacific North West we see many days like the one in this pic with this brilliant Audi S6. But one thing about living here is that regardless of what the forecast states, mostly rain, all you have to do is look outside and see it change right before your eyes. It’s a gorgeous day here and one of the ones that makes us feel so lucky to live in this part of the country. Now that is not to say we wouldn’t love to have a taste of life somewhere else, but today, we can really appreciate things where we are. Enjoy your day!
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2010 is the 30th anniversary of Audi’s quattro four-wheel-drive and, by extension, the Audi quattro (the car) itself. In recognition of this, Audi announced today that it will be taking a selection of its classic vehicles to an “unusually large” quantity of motorsport events in an effort to promote the marque’s heritage.
This is a nice gesture, and it’s an acknowledgment that Audi owes its modern fortunes to the virtues of all-wheel drive. And while automotive anniversaries seem to come around once every fifteen minutes, we figured a look at the beginning of Ingolstadt’s modern history was a nice way to close out the week. To read the full article make sure to visit the source, Jalopnik. On a side not for Jalopnik, “quattro” is not capitalized unless at the start of a sentence, but i didn’t know that until about a year ago and I have been with the company almost 9 years.
It’s our favorite day of the week!! You know what that means… no, we don’t either. We are game just to be spontaneous and see where the weekend takes us. It would certainly be favorable if it lead us to this slammed Audi A5 so we could roll on down the road, but because it likely won’t happen, we are just as happy with our A4 Avant bundled up and in search of some snow! How are you guys spending your weekend? Enjoy it, whatever you do – and thanks for another great week!
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The countdown to the 79th Le Mans 24 Hours is most certainly on! The qualifying stages of the event are well under way and for the first time since 2006 Audi will be leading the pack! This is a very exciting event for Audi and we can’t wait to see how great they do! The second starting vehicle is also an Audi; following third is a Peugeot. Should be a great race – we wish we were there!!! For more on the qualifying rounds go to Paddock Talk and read on. Also make sure to watch the traffic jam video at qualifying for the 2011 Le Mans.
When I found this picture on Auto Evolution the first thing that came to my mind was the time that went into Photoshop . I looked at this picture for some time deciding if I liked it and thinking if I should post it knowing most people will hate everything about it. Well I do like it and I like the time that went into putting this picture together – who ever put this picture together keep up the good work, love the creativity.
So does your Audi Dealer use social Media? Let us know if you work at an Audi Dealer and you are using Social Media on a regular basis; or if you work at an Audi Dealer and your store hasn’t jumped into the arena yet. We also want to hear from those of you who don’t work at an Audi Dealer but your local store is active with Social Media , and those of you who wish your Audi store would get involved! Give us some feedback on your store, feel free to use your stores name and link to what your doing!
Jeff – this one is for you!!! Because we know how much you love Audi Diesel – like the A3, and are especially fond of the demand for the Audi Q5 with a diesel power-plant, we are here to say; don’t lose hope. Though the Q5 is only available in the USA and Canada with the 3.2L V6 and the 2.0T gasoline engines, in other parts of the world they are enjoying the fruits of diesel fuel in the hugely popular Q5!!! Enjoy and we hope this makes your day:)