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All-New, 2018 Audi A8 Arrives With New Design, Autonomous Tech

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Audi has unveiled the all-new Audi A8, effectively ushering in its new design language and a new era for the brand.

With the forth-generation A8, which competes directly with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series, Audi hopes to gain a bigger slice of a segment dominated by the latter. It is instantly distinguished from its predecessor by a massive single-frame grille that occupies most of the front fascia, delivering a more muscular look.

As you move to the rear, it is very clear that the new A8 modern and clean styling is inspired by the Prologue concept. It’s not going to win any styling awards, but it has a stately enough presence to make things not too boring.

Fortunately, there is more than meets the eye, as most of Audi’s new executive sedan’s selling points are technical rather than aesthetic. The interior is a tour de force, featuring a clean and very modern design highlighted by three screens and the lack of buttons. A foot massaging function? You get that many other top-notch premium features — just you name it.

There is a strong focus on highly automated driving systems that will gradually proliferate throughout Audi’s lineup. The A8 can drive itself and park itself. Drivers benefit from Audi AI Traffic Jam Pilot, which can take over driving on freeways and highways up to speeds of 37.3 mph, allowing you to take your hands off the steering wheel permanently, though it is currently not advisable that you sleep, read or text while the car is in motion.

The Audi AI remote parking pilot and Audi AI remote garage pilot autonomously steer the A8 into and out of a parking space or a garage, with the driver tasked with monitoring all maneuvers whether in the car or not.

As for power, the new A8 will be offered with a range of engines that all utilize a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. European buyers will have the choice of a 286-hp 3.0L TDI diesel engine and a 340-hp 3.0L TFSI V6 at launch. Two eight-cylinder engines — 435-hp 4.0L TDI and 460-hp 4.0L TFSI — will follow, and then a 6.0L W12 engine later on.

European sales of the all-new, 2018 Audi A8 and A8 L begin in fall 2017 with pricing starting at 90,600 euros (~$103,300 USD) for the normal wheelbase model or 94,100 euros (~$107,400 USD) for the stretched A8 L. North American sales commence in spring 2018.

Are you pleased with how the fourth-gen Audi A8 turned out? Will you choose it over a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7 Series?

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You Can Now Have Amazon Music In Your Audi

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2017 Audi A4 Avant interior

Audi has added Amazon Music connectivity in some of its 2017 and 2018 models, notably the A3, A4, A4 allroad, Audi Q7, R8, TT and 2018 models of the Audi Q5 and A5

Users can stream Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music via the German automaker’s MMI system and MMI connect mobile application, giving you access to up to 40 million songs.

The driver uses the interface to make song selections, scroll through the playlists and stations, browse new releases and charts and search the music library.

Those with an active Audi Connect Prime subscription can also get remote vehicle services with their Audi connect mobile application, including Speed, Curfew and Valet Alerts, as well as remote lock and unlock capability and online car finder.

No more having to use Bluetooth or USB connections, which are becoming relics by the day.

Is Alexa voice controls next to come to cars?

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Top Five Compact Executive Cars You Should Consider

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BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class Audi A4

The battle among the world’s premium car brands is as fierce as ever, with plenty of capable cars to choose from. Although , compact executive sedans remain the go-to models for buyers making their first foray into owning a luxury car.

Yes, such cars command a premium price, but know that you’re getting the finest balance of performance, luxury and technology. Without further adieu, here our pick of the top 5 compact executive sedans you should consider.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class

As far as luxurious elements and elegant appearance are concerned, it’s very evident that Mercedes-Benz has exceeded all expectations with the C-Class sedan, explaining why you see the model everywhere. The C-Class is made for those who appreciate cars with, well, class and don’t mind paying a bit extra for it. The dashboard has a simple yet elegant layout and is arguably much easier to manage than many other executive cars. The Mercedes-Benz C-Classis available at .

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Audi A4

Not only is the latest Audi A4 considered one of the best executive sedans on the market, but it is also well-suited for sports-oriented drivers. The car glides through the narrowest and sharpest roads with little trouble, and there really isn’t much more you could ask for from a premium, executive fastback. For something more sleek in appearance, have a look at the Audi A5.

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Jaguar XE

As the new kid on the block, the Jaguar XE has quickly risen to the top of its class in terms of performance. It’s not unusual for drivers to invest in Jaguar models based only appearance and the brand’s reputation — the XE is an attractive saloon inside and out — but they will be taken aback by its class-leading handling and abundant power.

2016 BMW 3-Series

BMW 3 Series

Essentially the face of the premium compact sedan segment, the 3 Series offers adjustable features that enable drivers to make the most of their ride, whether looking for a quiet and smooth experience, or a drive puts a smile on your face. Despite the cost of the BMW 3 Series, its power, ride and exceptional feature balance makes ir a model worth paying for!

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Infiniti Q50

Often forgotten in the midst of the big-name contenders, the Infiniti Q50 is Nissan’s successful upmarket brand taking on Europe’s finest. Its high-quality interior, gadget-packed cockpit and roomier cabin are just three reasons why it’s non-obvious choice for those looking for a compact premium sedan.

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Ford, Daimler, BMW, VW Form EV Charging Network Across Europe

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Ionity charging network

BMW, Daimler, Ford, and the VW Group have formed Ionity, a new joint venture tasked with making it easier for electric car owners to charge their EVs easier and faster.

Ionity will be behind a new charging network that has a capacity of up to 350 kW per charging point and uses the European charging standard Combined Charging System to significantly reduce charging times compared to existing systems.

The company’s plan calls for the launch of 400 high powered charging stations by 2020 across Europe, starting with 20 in 2017 and an additional 80 in 2018. They will be maintained through partnerships with stores such as Tank & Rast, Circle K and OMV.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Hajesch stated:

“The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles. IONITY will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel.”

Ionity’s network will compete with Tesla’s Superchargernetwork, which is now 7,000 strong worldwide. Brand agnostic”, meaning it will be capable of charging all makes of current and future electric vehicles, and the four partners have invited other companies to join the venture

With an increasing number of European cities and even countries looking to ban internal combustion engines in an effort to cut emissions, Ionity represents a significant step toward increasing electric vehicle charging infrastructure and, thus, electric car uptake.

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