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    2016 Audi R8 supercar rendered

    2016 Audi R8 render

    Photoshop wizard renders new second-generation Audi R8 supercar.

    With test mules already lapping the Nurburgring, it’s only a matter of time until we see the second-generation Audi R8 supercar. Though we may be getting an early glimpse at the new mid-engine R8 curtsey of Photoshop wizard Marco Van Overbeeke who recently released images of what he thinks the next Audi supercar will look like.

    Using recent spy images as a point of reference, Marco has come up with a rather tasty-looking rendition of the new second-gen R8. The new model is expected to adopt sharper lines than the existing model with a squarer appearance similar to that of the recently launched third-gen TT sports car.

    As shown in these render images, the new R8 is also expected to ditch the iconic side blades that made the original design so unique and appealing. Instead, the second-gen model is tipped to feature more conventional side intakes, though a contrasting blade may still feature.

    2016 Audi R8 render

    2016 Audi R8 render

    At the rear things are once again tipped to become a lot sharper with bolder surfacing combined with squarer lines. The current car’s big circular exhaust tips are also expected to be replaced by the square items fitted to current prototype R8s.

    In terms of mechanicals the new R8 will once again be based on the baby Lamborghini supercar. This time its platform is shared with the new Huracan rather than the old Gallardo, which means a carbon fibre and aluminum chassis and all-wheel drive. The V8 and V10 naturally aspirated engines are expected to carry over from the current R8 range, though not without a power boost. The new R8 V8 should at least be quicker than the recently revealed RS3 hatch which can crack 62mph in 4.3 seconds, while the V10 will be in the low three second range.

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  • Latest News/ Latest Release/ News

    New Audi Q7 revealed

    2015 Audi Q7

    Second-gen Audi Q7 luxury SUV to debut in Detroit. 

    Audi has revealed its all-new second-generation Q7 flagship SUV ahead of the model’s public debut at next month’s Detroit motor show.

    The new model is smaller, less flabby, and significantly more fuel efficient than the outgoing Q7 which has been doing the school run for around eight years.

    The exterior design of the new Q7 is altogether more aggressive than the outgoing model which features much softer and rounder lines. With sharp, square lines and a new three dimensional grille similar to that adopted by the new Q3 range the new model certainly looks more sporting than before.

    Weighing up to 325kg less than the car it replaces, the new Q7 features an aluminum intensive body structure with lightweight components used throughout, so should also be more dynamically capable than before.

    2015 Audi Q7

    2015 Audi Q7

    The second-gen Q7 is also 37mm shorter in length and 15mm narrower with a 10mm shorter wheelbase compared to the current model, though Audi claim interior space has actually increased with more head and leg room for first and second row occupants. The new model will still be offered in 7-seater form.

    Inside, the new flagship SUV has been fitted with a fresh and futuristic dashboard design fitted with Audi’s new digital instrument display, as well as Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto systems.

    Initial engine options will include a 3.0-litre diesel V6 with 268hp which is said to be around 23 per cent more efficient than before and capable of hitting 62mph in 6.3 seconds.

    2015 Audi Q7

    2015 Audi Q7

    A 328hp supercharged petrol V6 will also be available and can hit 62mph in 6.1 seconds.

    All models feature and eights-speed automatic gearbox connected to a Quattro all-wheel drive with a 40:60 front-rear torque split.

    Shortly after launch a plug-in hybrid model will arrive featuring a diesel engine and electric motor to give 369hp and around 166MPG with an all-electric driving range of around 35 miles.

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  • Latest Release/ News

    2015 Audi RS3 revealed

    2015 Audi RS3

    Audi reveals its Mercedes A45 AMG rival, the new RS3 hot hatch.

    The folk at Mercedes AMG must be starting to worry, because Audi’s Quattro performance division is looking to dethrone the current hot hatch king with its new Audi RS3 hyper hatch.

    Revealed today ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show in March, the new RS3 is aiming straight for the A45 AMG and on paper at least, out performs it in every department.

    The AMG makes do with four cylinders delivering 355hp/450Nm, the RS3 has five producing 362hp/465Nm from 2.5-litres of displacement. Zero to 62mph is dealt with in a supercar-worrying 4.3 seconds in the Audi RS3, while its AMG rival takes 4.6 seconds.

    Both cars have seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions with launch control and both have all-wheel drive systems. But, the RS3 should have the upper hand because unlike the Mercedes it can send up to 100 per cent of its warbly five-cylinder’s torque to the rear wheels. And that means you should be able to drift it, which is what you want.

    2015 Audi RS3

    2015 Audi RS3

    Compared to the now pointless S3 which has been Audi’s quickest hot hatch until now, the RS3 rides lower and features wider front and rear tracks and beefier brakes.

    Visually, the RS model also wears wider front fenders, a more aggressive front bumper with larger air intakes to feed that turbo five-pot and a fat rear bumper housing naughty twin oval exhaust tips.

    Indoors there’s sports seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel with Alcantara bits, and lashings of carbon fiber throughout the cabin.

    The RS3 will make its public debut at the Geneva motor show early next year before arriving in a rear-view mirror near you towards the middle of next year.

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  • Top 10s

    10 Of The Best Clever Car Billboards

    With online advertising and expensive multimedia campaigns, you may fear the iconic billboard advert is dead.

    Fear not; billboards are still going strong. And they are as eye-catching and clever as ever; whether that’s a good thing for us consumers or not.

    After looking at lists of the best, and the worst, TV commercials, alongside our top 20 print ads, we’ve compiled our top 10 clever billboard advertisements.

    10) Audi R8 GT

    Advertising is all about personalization these days. And gaining the attention of Lake Forest, IL is a good start. By keeping the locals on their toes looking out for an Audi R8 Gt

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    9) BMW i3 – Become Electric

    What better way to advertise the world’s first premium fully electric car, than with electricity styling? The glowing effect around the cut-out of the i3 is certainly very striking, and is sure to catch the attention of passers by. Although it does vaguely look like something out of TRON.

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    8) Mini – Let there be Xenon

    Attracting a crowd from far further than eye distance of the ad itself, these Batman-esque lights in the sky are sure to make you look at this gravity-defying Mini. Plus, it demonstrates the true power of Xenon.

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    7) Ford Mustang – Fast

    GE Lexan EXL semi-transparent resin gave birth to this advert for the Mustang. So what is it? Well, it blurs the scene behind the billboard, whatever it may be; demonstrating the speed and ferocity of Ford in a way no other advert could. Awesome.

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    6) Mini – Electronic Billboard

    These personalized ads are activated via humans with iPads, displaying photos of drivers and various messages. Mini’s idea was to make their brand feel special, with the hashtag #MiniNotNormal supporting this. I can’t help but think this would be a pretty major distraction for drivers, however.

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    5) Hot Wheels – Loop the loop billboard

    Okay, so maybe this one isn’t directly a car brand. But it’s still car related, and I couldn’t resist including it.  On a long stretch of highway, coming across this Hot Wheels loop-the-loop is sure to bring a smile to your face. Ahh, to be young.

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    4) Smart – Small is beautiful

    Smart have always gone about things differently, and this campaign is no different. Who said billboards have to be huge? Small car, small billboard. Very classy.

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    3) Smart – Bridge jump billboard

    Another entry from Smart, demonstrating the more fun and zany side of advertisements. Having to double-take the view of a car making the jump between this bridge is a very “smart” idea.

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    2) Ford Mustang – Smoking billboard

    Couple a billboard with a smoke machine, and this is what you get. Appearing at the Woodward Dream Cruise, every 3 minutes the rear tire would spin, generating the appearance of a burnout.

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    1) Audi and BMW – Chess Billboard War

    If you have seen this before, then you probably saw this coming. One of my personal favorite brand-wars, the two German car manufacturers BMW and Audi go head-to-head billboard style.  Who wins this game of chess? It’s a tough choice.

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    Honorable mention: 

    So the last post was pretty smart, right? Well Audi replied once more, showing off their sports car prowess in the form of the R8. Of course, BMW also have their own heritage of fast cars, in the form of F1. Unfortunately, it seems the blimp was a photoshop, but to be frank, that doesn’t have any effect on the impact for us on the internet. It still remains a stroke of pure genius, in one of the best rivalries going.

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  • Humor/ Videos

    Ricky Gervais Stars In Hilarious Audi A3 New Car Commercials (VIDEO)

    Ricky Gervais Stars In Hilarious Audi A3 New Car Commercials (VIDEO)

    The Audi A3 is an awesome car and when put alongside Ricky Gervais in the new Audi A3 commercials, it is pretty funny too. The only way Gervais can work is if he is being ridiculed by American’s and that’s exactly what Audi do well!

    What do you think? Does the Audi and Gervais partnership work? Check out the videos below…

    Audi has released two new adverts which features Gervais. In the first one of the two, Gervais is seated in a car (obviously the Audi A3) with a little girl  in the backseat. The girl, who referrers to him as ‘Uncle Ricky’, reads out a couple of really mean tweets about the comedian.

    When she then asks him what it all means, he simply answers that it means he is “doing something right”. Then the ad ends, and Audi’s tagline rolls out: ‘Whatever you do, stay uncompromised’.

    Very clever.

    The second, features Gervais and a few other celebrities, doing a rendition of the ever popular Queen song, ‘We Are The Champions’. Needless to say, this one is just as good and guarantees some laughs as well.

    It’s always great to see some really clever advertising from car companies. And these Audi ads are no exception.

    via: Carblog.co.za

    Check out the commercials below

    Ricky Gervais Stars In Hilarious Audi A3 New Car Commercials (VIDEO)
    Ricky Gervais Stars In Hilarious Audi A3 New Car Commercials (VIDEO)
    Ricky Gervais Stars In Hilarious Audi A3 New Car Commercials (VIDEO)
    Ricky Gervais Stars In Hilarious Audi A3 New Car Commercials (VIDEO)
    Ricky Gervais Stars In Hilarious Audi A3 New Car Commercials (VIDEO)

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  • Super Cars

    2015 Audi TT Teased Ahead Of Geneva Motor Show

    2015 Audi TT Teased Ahead Of Geneva Motor Show

    Audi’s third-generation TT sports car is gearing up for its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next month, but these official sketches provide us with our first look at the car’s design. They confirm that Audi’s new TT, which is due in showrooms later this year, as a 2015 model, will feature lines inspired by the original Peter Schreyer-designed icon but with clear influences from Audi’s recentAllroad Shooting Brake concept.

    The front end of the 2015 TT features the concept’s horizontal lines, complete with a broad and flat singleframe grille. Audi will offer LED headlights as an option, and on overseas models the automaker’s Matrix Beam technology–where the light beam can be split up–will be offered. At the rear, too, horizontal lines reinforce the wide, sporty look.

    MUST SEE: Chris Harris Drives The McLaren P1 On /DRIVE

    The interior of the 2015 TT has also been previewed, with Audi showing off the stylish design during its tech preview at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in January. One thing you’ll notice is the absence of a central display. Audi calls this design the “virtual cockpit,” where most information is presented through a 12.3-inch display located behind the steering wheel.

    Underpinning the 2015 TT is the Volkswagen Group’s flexible MQB platform; it’s likely to result in a lighter overall vehicle, which would yield benefits to performance and gas mileage. The lightest version of the current model tips the scales at around 2,800 pounds.

    Power in the base model should once again come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, this time expected to deliver around 220 horsepower. A mid-level TTS will also be included, with this model likely to adopt the 296-horsepower turbo four featured in the upcoming 2015 S3. Though it wasn’t offered for the 2014 model year, we suspect that a high-performance TT RS model will make a return with this new generation, though not at launch.

    2015 Audi TT Teased Ahead Of Geneva Motor Show
    2015 Audi TT Teased Ahead Of Geneva Motor Show For more on the 2015 Audi TT, click here for a spy video.

    via: Motor Authority

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  • Latest Release

    The New Audi S1 Quattro Hot Hatch Is Leaked! See The First Official Photo Here.

    So, after hearing that Audi’s mystery world premiere for the Geneva Motor Show that will be revealed online tomorrow (watch it here live), is the new S1 Quattro, we now have what is claimed to be the first official photo of the car. If you must ask, it does look to be the real thing, but we’ll know for sure on Wednesday.

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  • News

    The Sochi Olympic Ring Fail Could Have Been The Perfect Audi Commercial

    If you’ve been above ground the past few days, you’re likely aware of Russia’s bungled Winter Olympics opening ceremonies, which saw the failed deployment of all five (mechanized) Olympic rings. c We tweeted about the 80-percent-complete Olympic ring display’s resemblance to a squished Audi logo with an asterisk a few days ago, but one enterprising Photoshopper took it a step further with the gem you see above.

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  • Latest Release

    Audi Unleashes Second Teaser and it Doesn’t Look like the New TT; What is it?

    Audi recently teased the revealing of a new model, though they were very evasive in regards to given even the slightest details as to what it is. Now, a second teaser video is out, and this time we decided it was worth pausing and printing the screen, then playing with the brightness and contrast of the shots. 
    The result is what you see after the virtual jump, a small collection of five photos that show us a car with a Quattro badge and yellow seat backs, but one that according to Audi’s only hint has a number in its name, so it can’t be the production-spec Quattro model or the all-new TT.From the side it looks quite high off the ground, so it could be a new Q-badged model, since the German manufacturer stated its goal of concentrating on expanding its crossover and SUV range.

    If you know what the car is or have some better idea than we do, feel free to share in the comments section below. Otherwise, we’re forced to wait until the official reveal of the model, planned for February 12.


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  • Latest News/ Videos

    The 2014 Audi RS4 V8 with Straight Pipes Sounds Like Heaven (VIDEO)

    Having eight cylinders placed in a vee formation is usually something that is thought of as being an American tradition, but the Europeans do it well too, and have been doing so for decades. They do it differently, but the results are always worth mentioning.Now, I’m m not sure if there’s an actual debate going on as to which Euorpean V8 sounds the best, and there are really a lot to choose from. However, most have now migrated into the realm of turbocharging, and while that has all sorts of benefits for everything but throttle response, it also has a habit of killing any kind of rasp in the exhaust…

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  • Latest Release/ Reviews

    The Continental: BMW Doubts Modernism, Benz Sending Non-Corleone Vito to U.S., AMG on a Roll

    Each week, CarandDrivers German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.

    2015 BMW 435i Gran Coupe

    BMW’s F30 3-series architecture is one of the industry’s most fertile, with the latest body variation, the 4-series Gran Coupe, coming to market in just two years. (The F30 platform sits beneath the 3-series sedan, Gran Turismo, and wagon, and a version also underpins the 4-series coupe and convertible.) The four-door Gran Coupe is quite a bit more expensive than a 3-series sedan and not as practical as the 3-series Gran Turismo, but it is probably the most beautiful variation of the platform next to the 4-series coupe. The hatchback shape with its short, stubby deck reminds me of the premium hatches of the 1980s, such as the Merkur Scorpio and the Saab 9000.

    While it might seem like BMW is chasing every conceivable niche, and even inventing new ones (X6, anyone?), it unfortunately won’t be chasing the small, high-performance four-door-coupe genre. An M4 Gran Coupe isn’t in the cards, BMW sources tell me, because that particular niche is just too small. There will be the M3 sedan, the M4 coupe, and the M4 cabriolet—and that’s it.


     

    BMW 4-series Modern Line

    In other BMW news, the automaker might drop the “Modern Line” equipment level from its portfolio soon. Sold in Europe as an alternative to the base model, as well as the somewhat conservative “Luxury Line” and sporty “Sport Line,” the “Modern” trim aims to create a wellness-type environment with soft, monochromatic colors schemes and unusual (modern!) materials. (A 4-series cockpit thus equipped is pictured above.) I am told that most customers dislike the look, especially the light-colored steering wheel and the three-dimensional “Fineline Pure” wood trim. Personally, I disagree with them, and I applaud BMW’s courage to try out new color and trim designs. If I were in the market for a new 3-series, mine would be a manual-transmission 335i with the “Modern Line” package.

    The new Mercedes-Benz V-class

    The V-class. Its sister model, the Vito, will come to the U.S.

    Vito for America, No Qoros for Europe—Yet

    It is not clear yet whether Mercedes-Benz will bring its new V-class family van to the U.S. market. The passenger van would fill a niche long ago inhabited by the Volkswagen Eurovan. But I got confirmation from the company that the V-class’s commercial-van sister model, the Vito, will be sent stateside. It’ll be powered by Benz’s ubiquitous 2.1-liter, OM651 turbodiesel, and even though the Vito hasn’t been unveiled yet, it likely won’t look much different from the V-class.

    Qoros 3 hatchback

    We had thought that the Qoros 3 hatchback was designed mainly for Europe.

    The Chinese auto revolution in Europe will be delayed. Qoros, the offspring of a joint venture by Chery and an Israeli corporation, was supposed to be launched in key European markets by 2015. Now the brand’s vice chairman Volker Steinwascher, a former VW executive, says that it is “not clear when we will come to Europe,” adding, “Europe is not attractive right now.” Steinwascher was speaking at the CAR Symposium in Bochum, which is organized by Professor Ferdinand Dudenhöffer and is regarded as one of the big events on the automotive calendar in Germany.

    Opel Astra OPC Extreme

    This will be the fastest street-legal Astra ever.

    Some Geneva Auto Show News

    News about the upcoming Geneva auto show’s big debuts is beginning to trickle in. Here’s a photo of the upcoming Opel Astra OPC Extreme (written in all caps by Opel). According to Opel, this OPC will be the fastest street-legal Astra ever, and a low-volume production run is promised, as well. There are few details, but this racy picture is more than enough to whet our appetite. So . . . how about that Buick version?

    An electric luxury car from Liechtenstein

     

    Meanwhile, Liechtenstein-based nanoFLOWCELL AG has announced a concept car called the Quant for Geneva. It is running and driving prototype of a fully electric, S-class–sized four-door sedan, and will be used to help evaluate energy flow and charging and regeneration strategies in electric cars. I, for one, am mostly curious about the styling—just look at that teaser shot above. Also, this is the first car to come out of Liechtenstein in a very long time; anyone remember the Jehle Saphier? We’ll wait while you Google that one.

    Audi Sport Quattro concept

     

    At this year’s CES show in Las Vegas, Audi unveiled a prototype laser headlight system on the hot Sport Quattro concept car. So is laser light the next big thing after halogen, HID, and full LED headlights? In a word, no. Engineers tell me that laser light won’t be able to emit the wide carpet of light needed for low-beam applications. But it will be an excellent addition to today’s LEDs and HIDs, as it provides an extremely powerful high-beam functionality. And it sounds cool to say your car has “laser light,” doesn’t it?

    AMG Driving Academy, Winter Sporting Basic, A 45 AMG, 2013

     

    Congrats, AMG

    AMG has just celebrated its most successful year ever, having sold 32,200 AMG-badged cars globally. The compact and relatively affordable A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG models undoubtedly will further boost this figure, and the brutish G63 AMG SUV continues to sell in record numbers. Congratulations are in order to AMG chief Tobias Moers, and to his predecessors Volker Mornhinweg and Ola Källenius, who helped to put the current program on track to success.

     

    Still buddies? Dieter Zetsche and Andreas Renschler.

    Meanwhile, corporate Daimler drama is unfolding around the sudden departure of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle chief Andreas Renschler. The executive is rumored to be headed to the Volkswagen Group, where he could take charge of that outfit’s commercial vehicle group once former Scania chief Leif Östling retires. However, Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche reportedly has said that Renschler won’t be working for a competitor “in the foreseeable future.” Let’s see how this one will unfold . . .



    The Doberhuahua, left, and Mercedes-Benz’s CLA on the right.

    One final remark on this year’s Super Bowl commercials, which my colleagues have covered ad nauseam: Is it just me, or did Audi model its mildly terrifying Doberhuahua creature after the Mercedes-Benz CLA-class?

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  • Features

    Audi’s Super Bowl Snapchat: Awesome or Awkward?

    Audi's Super Bowl Snapchat: Awesome or Awkward?

    Audi Snapchat images from Super Bowl 2014

    Yesterday afternoon and evening, millions of sports fans geared up for a Super Bowl that would ultimately prove to be stupendously underwhelming (or overwhelming, for Peyton Manning).

    But despite the huge number of TV sets tuned to the big game, many viewers were glued to other, smaller screens. That’s because the way we watch TV is changing. Audi understands that, so the automaker tried its hand at a newfangled marketing campaign, conducted via Snapchat.

    Was Audi successful? You be the judge.

    NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S SUPER BOWL

    Once upon a time, when something important was on television, interested viewers had to shush everyone around, crank up the volume, and pay close attention. Then came VCRs, DVRs, Roku, YouTube, and variations on those themes, and suddenly, we didn’t have to worry. If we missed something, we could always catch it later.

    That gave us room to multitask, and today, everyone’s favorite multitasking tool is the smartphone. When news is happening, we put our heads down and we Facebook it, we Instagram it, we tweet it, we turn it into GIFs and post it to Tumblr, where it gets reblogged and reblogged ad infinitum. Today, TV isn’t so much a spectator sport as a conversation-starter on social media.

    One of today’s trendiest social media channels is the smartphone app called Snapchat. Like a bajillion other apps, Snapchat allows users to send private messages, pics, and videos to individuals or groups of friends, including followers. (It’s a little like Twitter in that respect.) Unlike other apps, though, Snapchat erases those messages, pics, and videos in a matter of seconds.

    Snapchat is most popular with users in their teens and early 20s. It gained early notoriety for one obvious reason: Snapchat allows you to sext naughty pics and videos of yourself to playmates, knowing that those images won’t linger forever on the internet. (Except, of course, that they do, because people have a knack for figuring out clever ways to save smut.)

    Anyway, advertisers know all-too-well about Snapchat and are eager to gain access to its young user base. So, during last night’s Super Bowl broadcast, Audi’s social media team sent out a boatload of snaps to its followers, hoping to get their attention. Speaking to AdWeek several days before the broadcast, Audi’s Loren Angelo said that the snaps would focus on “anything and everything happening outside the football bubble on Sunday”.

    You can see a few examples of the snaps they sent above, courtesy of Twitter’s @ccpoirier. Basically, they constitute a series of non sequiturs — not unlike the endless stream of unconnected images we see as we scroll through our Facebook news feeds and Tumblr dashboards.

    OUR TAKE

    Are Audi’s snaps funny? Occasionally. They’re not as good as the “Doberhuahua” ad, but in keeping with the Snapchat aesthetic, they’re perfect (and perfectly forgettable) ten-second distractions.

    Do they sell Audi products? No, but social media isn’t really about selling, it’s about engaging. On that front, they succeed, marginally.

    Do they reinforce the Audi brand? Not even close. These snaps could be from anyone. There’s no Audi logo, nothing to identify their point of origin.

    From where we sit, the campaign was an interesting exercise. Due to the ten-second expiration stamp that’s slapped on every snap, marketers have been unsure how to use Snapchat for advertising. Audi’s attempt was close, but it feels like a near miss. It also feels a little cringe-worthy, like grandpa rapping to seem cool, but maybe we just have a low tolerance for embarrassment.

    via: The Car Connection

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  • Videos

    Road Rage! Bicyclist Gets Punched In The Face After Telling Car Driver He’s In The Bike Lane! (VIDEO)

    Road Wars! Bicyclist Gets Punched In The Face After Telling Car Driver He's In The Bike Lane! (VIDEO)

    This disturbing video recorded in London that shows a road rage incident involving a bicyclist and a driver of a white Audi shows how drivers and cyclists really don’t like to share the road! Did the cyclist deserve this?

    The Audi KW13 CWA pulls into a space at traffic lights that is designated to give cyclists a head-start on motorists. One of the cyclists in the area informs the driver that he is in the bike line, and the driver speeds off.

    At the next light, the cyclist confronts the person in the car and is subsequently punched in the face. He then gets back on his bike and rides away from the pugnacious person in the Audi.

    This type of driver-on-bicyclist assault may happen more often than is realized — the YouTube user says she was filming it while reviewing the helmet camera — and it is a terrible way to treat a cyclist and fellow human being.

    The Metro UK notes that YouTube user Jude, who filmed it with a Sony Action Cam on her helmet, said that she reported the assault to police, who are looking for the cyclist so that they can investigate the incident.

    Read more: Businessinsider.com

    Road Wars! Bicyclist Gets Punched In The Face After Telling Car Driver He's In The Bike Lane! (VIDEO)
    Road Wars! Bicyclist Gets Punched In The Face After Telling Car Driver He's In The Bike Lane! (VIDEO)
    Road Wars! Bicyclist Gets Punched In The Face After Telling Car Driver He's In The Bike Lane! (VIDEO)

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  • Videos

    Audi Reveals Doberhuahua-Themed Super Bowl Ad For The 2015 A3 (VIDEO)

    Audi A3 Dog Superbowl Commercial

    What does the 2015 Audi A3 have to do with a dog? They both star in Audi’s new ad for the Super Bowl taking place next week. We’re not talking any old dog, though. The dog featuring in Audi’s ad is a Doberhuahua, a mixture of a Doberman and a Chihuahua.

    The Doberhuahua is the result of a couple wanting two different dogs and compromising on one dog with the combined features of the other two. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Audi wants to portray to buyers of its new A3 that they won’t have to compromise on anything.

    While the ad portrays the Doberhuahua as a little scary, there’s nothing overly ferocious about the A3’s base 1.8-liter TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine–which produces 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque–or the optional 2.0-liter version with 220 hp and 258 lb-ft. Both engines comes with a six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system is standard.

    The base price of $30,795 (including destination), isn’t too scary either. That puts the A3 in the ring with the similarly-sized Mercedes-Benz CLA250, which was the star of its own Super Bowl commercial last year.

    On television screens, Audi will compete with Volkswagen and Jaguar, which has drafted its own team of “British Villains” to ensure commercial domination. Oh, and apparently some people will be playing a game of football while all this is going on.

    The Big Game kicks off February 2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Be glad you won’t have to endure the likely cold temperatures, or the post-game traffic.

    via: Motor Authority

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  • Features/ Tech

    This Audi Can Predict When a Parking Space Will Open Up

    This Audi Can Predict When a Parking Space Will Open Up

    Photo: Audi AG

    Photo: Audi AG

    When the wife and I head into San Francisco for a night on the town, I don’t bother entering the restaurant’s address into the sat-nav. I find the nearest parking garage and use that instead. It’s a helluva lot easier than endlessly circling the block in search of a parking space, wishing my navi could tell me where to find a space.

    Before long, it will. Audi’s Urban Intelligent Assist research initiative uses big data, wireless connectivity and the car’s on-board navigation system to, among other things, tell you which street spaces are available and, even better, when a space will open up. It’s like Google Now for parking.

    “The vehicle isn’t just a tool to get from one place to another, but a friend in an unfriendly environment,” says Dr. Petros Ioannou, director for the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology at the University of Southern California. Audi’s urban assistance project also includes researchers from U.C. Berkeley and the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, along with Audi’s own Electronics Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley.

    It’s a transportation-focused version of Google Now.

    To transform your ride into said friend, Audi and its cadre of geeks created Driver Centric Urban Navigation. Before we set off on a demonstration run in an Audi A6, Mario Tippelhofer, a senior engineer at ERL, sets AT&T Field as our destination. He’s using an Android smartphone running an Audi-developed app that combines a calendar and navigation into sort of GPS-infused day planner.

    With the destination set, the app queries current and historical traffic data and determines it should take about seven minutes to reach the ballpark. If it was a business appointment, the app would use the same data to push an alert telling me when to leave, and even provide a user-defined buffer — say, five minutes — to make sure I get there a little early.

    Once inside the A6, Tippelhofer puts the phone on a panel in the center console. It uses Near Field Communications to transfer the destination info from his phone to the car’s navigation system. (NFC isn’t a requirement for the system. Bluetooth Low Energy or Wi-Fi could handle it just as well.) Once the navi gets the destination, it displays a map. Dozens of pins appear on the streets surrounding the park. Some say “2? while others say “4,” indicating the number of spaces available on that block.

    How does it know? Parking spaces along 600 city blocks in San Francisco and nearly 700 in Los Angeles and Hollywood have sensors that connect to a central server. A car leaves the spot, the system marks it as open. If a car takes the spot, it’s marked as occupied, even if the tightwad behind the wheel doesn’t feed the meter.

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    Cooler still, the system can tell you when a spot might open up. Based on historical data and nearby events, it can predict how many spaces near your destination will be available when you arrive. Audi claims the system is 97 percent accurate if you’re 10 minutes away and 91 percent accurate if you’re 20 minutes away.

    It works. We park in one of three spaces two blocks away from the stadium. We get out, and the Audi smartphone app gave us walking directions to the park. The cool thing about that is the system doesn’t simply give you street names, it provides conversational commands like “Make a right after the McDonald’s” through its integration with Google Maps and Street View.

    Because every driver is different, the system will “learn” your habits. “To have an effective driver assist system, it has to be personalized,” Ioannou tells us.

    This happens remarkably quickly. During my demo drive, the A6 picked up on my habits — how I accelerate and brake, how closely I follow other cars, that sort of thing. All that info is stored in the system’s computer to create a driver profile that includes how fast you’ll arrive at your destination and even your preferences for parking on the street, in a garage, or with a valet. The system can compile a baseline driving profile in only 15 minutes; a more detailed, personalized profile takes about an hour, and it constantly evolves over time.

    The car’s constantly evolving profile, when combined with traffic information and dynamic re-routing, allows the car to tell you with remarkable precision exactly when you’ll arrive at your destination based upon how fast traffic is moving, how you’ll react to it, where you’ll park, and how fast you’ll walk from your car to the door upon arrival.

    “The car is an active learning machine,” says Malte Möller, a vehicle safety and concepts engineer at Audi. “But this is a mid-term objective.”

    Mid-term for Audi means it’ll see production within the next few years as more cities adopt advanced traffic monitoring systems and parking sensors and the stream of data gets bigger and more accurate.

    Now if it could just tell us if someone left time on the meter.

    Photo: Audi AGPhoto: Audi AGVia: Wired

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  • Videos

    This Lucky Lady Just Won a $157,000 Audi R8 Spyder! (VIDEO)

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    Watch This Woman Win A $157,000 Audi R8 On Price Is Right, Freak Out

    This might look like an over reaction for winning a car on ‘The Price is Right’, but it’s not just any old car… It is a freaking Audi R8 Spyder worth $157,000!

    Sheree Heil from Tacoma, Washington won the Audi R8 Spyder on The Price Is Right  and became  the biggest winner in the history of the gameshow. All we can say is that we are insanely jealous and that we would goes just as crazy as her if we could get our supercar loving hands on an R8!

    Check out her awesome excitement! Lucky Lady!

    via: Steez.io

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_nxqI7DzTc#t=355

     


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  • Features/ Videos

    2014 Super Bowl Ads? Audi Are Teasing Us Already… (VIDEO)

    2014 Super Bowl Ads? Audi are teasing us already... (VIDEO)

    2014 Super Bowl Ads? Audi are teasing us already... (VIDEO)

    Audi has kicked off the SuperBowl frenzy with the brand’s likely ads for the 2014 Superbowl ads wars. Audi are teasing us already…

    According to carscoops.com

    “We haven’t confirmed this yet, but there’s a very strong possibility that the four fresh spots found on Audi’s YouTube page hidden from plain site (locked) could be the brand’s 2014 Super Bowl ads– it’s not uncommon for companies to release them early, and perhaps Audi is testing the waters online before it airs them on TV.”

    They have launched a series of ads that puts the 2015 Audi A3 against other rival brands like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus declaring that the new A3 is the ‘only’ Sedan to buy this year.

    Watch Audi’s likely 2014 Super Bowl Ads below and let us know your fave ad…

    Luxury Car Abstinence
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O10Hxx0NTQE#t=52

    Lessons
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_2ijmJ0cS0

    Buyer’s Remorse
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtMXdXAxyQ8

    Shame
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEFOmCmswfk

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  • News

    Audi Are Adding 11 Models to Expand Range by 2020 (PHOTOS)

    Audi Nanuk Quattro

    Audi Nanuk Quattro

    Audi have made public their aggressive goals to release 11 further models to their range by 2020 in a bid to be selling 2 million vehicles each year in the global market.The current Audi range has 49 models so there is a lot to look forward to over the next 6 years. But what are we likely to see?

    Audi Quattro Hybrid.
    This is the Quatro Sport Hybrid Concept.

    Audi Nanuk QuattroThe Audi Nanuk Quattro looks devilish in Red.

    New Audi ModelsThe sport hybrid concept side view.

    Audi Q1

    The Audi Q1 Concept

    Rumor has it that their will be a number of Audi Q crossover models with the  Q2, Q6, and Q8 set to be produced. We’ve since heard that the Q2, a compact crossover based on the next Volkswagen Polo’s platform, will actually wear a Q1 badge. The Q6 will be based on the next-generation Q5 crossover and will be a coupe-like version of the four-door, more conventional Q5; likewise, the Q8 is expected to be a sleeker, sportier version of the next-generation Audi Q7.

    There have also been reports of a possible Audi V4, an MPV-like hatchback that would be based on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform. Audi could also gain a variant of the Volkswagen Up! city car which may be called A0 if it becomes a reality. There have also been musings that the high-tech, ultra-efficient Volkswagen XL1 could spawn a more performance-oriented Audi version, potentially called the XS.

    At the 2013 Frankfurt auto show earlier this year, Audi showed two concepts that may reach production, at least in limited numbers. The first was the Audi Sport Quattro Hybrid, a midsize, sporty notchback with a powerful hybrid drivetrain. This vehicle may become a sort of revival of the Audi Quattro from the 1980s, although it may switch out the hybrid system for a more conventional powerplant to save weight. The other Audi concept from Frankfurt, the Nanuk Quattro, was a strange blend of SUV and supercar based on the Italdesign Parcour concept. It may seem far-fetched for this model to go into production, but Audi executives in Frankfurt told us that the concept received strong interest from customers in the Middle East, Russia, and China.

    Since Audi is saying the lineup will go from 49 models to 60, we can assume that some of these additions will be new variants of existing models, such as the high-performance Audi RS3 which is expected to join A3 and S3 variants next year. Additionally, given that S and RS versions of existing Q5 and Q3 crossovers already exist, we would bet that Audi is counting high-performance versions of the new Q6 and Q8 in its total of 11 new models.

    It will be exciting to see what Audi has in store for us over the next few years.

    via: automobilemag.com

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  • Videos

    Audi Celebrates Christmas By Dumping Paint On Cars In Slow Mo (VIDEO)

    Some companies send festive emails, some cards and some even video messages to celebrate Xmas.

    Audi have decided to throw tradition out of the window by dumping tons of paint over their cars. Just for the sheer hell of it!

    Watch gratuitous slow mo action below. Merry Xmas Everybody!

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  • Celebrity Cars/ Super Cars

    Real Madrid Superstars: Bale and Ronaldo given FREE Audi’s for Xmas (PHOTOS)

    The more money you get the more freebies come your way…

    The Worlds most expensive footballers Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo cost Real Madrid a combined £166million. You would think with that pay packet they would buy their own cars but their sponsors Audi have decided to give them and the Real Madrid team a free car of their choice. Unbelievable!

    Arguably the two best footballers in the World right now joined the rest of the Real Madrid squad in the capital for the sponsor’s day at the Hippodrome de la Zarzuela. After waving to supporters clad in their red Audi jumpers, the Real Madrid superstars were given a car each to drive away in.

    Ronaldo lapped up the opportunity as he is a huge car nut. Already in Ronaldo’s esteemed collection is a McLaren MP4-12C, Lamborghini Aventador, Bugatti Veyron, Audi R8 and even the new Ferrari LaFerrari. Basically the worlds finest cars!

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    Ronaldo jumped into a smart Audi RS6 estate before giving the photographers a thumbs-up and Bale picked up an Audi Q7.

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    Check out the video below. Which Audi would you have chosen?

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