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All-New Audi A7 Debuts Even Sexier, Packs More Tech

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New, 2019 Audi A7 Sportback white

The second-generation Audi A7 has been unveiled, sporting Audi’s new sleeker design language that was previewed with the Prologue concept and premiered by the new Audi A8, along with a long list of tech upgrades.

The four-door Sportback has a very similar shape to the outgoing model but features sharper edges and more athletic lines for a sportier, more expressive look.

At the front, a wider Singleframe grille is flanked by new headlights available in three versions. The basic setup integrates a dozen adjacent segments that are said to evoke the binary pattern of zeros and ones, while HD Matrix LEDs and laser lights are reserved for the flagship trim.

The rear end also boasts distinctive lighting, with the taillights featuring 13 vertical segments accented by fast-moving patterns when the vehicle is locked or unlocked.

Inside, the new A7 is a showcase of Audi’s latest digitalization strategy, doing away with the previous A7’s rotary pushbutton for two modern high-resolution touchscreens. The top display handles all infotainment functions, while the lower display is optimized for climate controls, comfort functions and text input.

Buyers looking for the ultimate interior tech have the option of an upgraded Audi virtual cockpit system with a 12.3-inch pane, a head-up display, and remote parking pilot and remote garage pilot that enable the A7 to automatically park and unpark itself.

The new 2019 AudiA7 launches with the Volkswagen Group’s 3.0-liter V6 TFSI engine, which produces 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, allowing the sizable German sedan to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a brisk 5.3 seconds.

All powertrains in the lineup come standard with 48-volt, mild-hybrid system that allows the A7 to coast at speeds from 34.2 (55 km/h) to 99.4 mph (160 km/h) and is capable of deactivating the engine when doing so to preserve fuel.

To improve handling, Audi’s engineers applied a more advanced chassis control system with optional all-wheel steering and revised air suspension, as well as variable-ratio steering that spans from 9.5:1 to 16.5:1 depending on the speed and input angle.

The all-new, 2019 Audi A7 goes on sale in February 2018, arriving in North America by the end of 2018 or early 2019. Do you like what you see?

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Genesis Claims Top Spot From Audi In Consumer Reports Rankings

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Genesis, Hyudai’s luxury brand, has entered Consumer Reports’ brand rankings with a bang, claiming the top spot from Audi. The two are the only brands to achieve ‘recommended’ ratings for every model in their respective lineups.

In all fairness, Genesis only has two models to Audi’s ten, so this isn’t exactly an apples-to-apples comparison. In fact, the mismatch makes Audi’s placing all the more impressive, with Consumer Reports stating:

“This is an especially impressive feat for Audi, which makes 10 models for the US market spanning categories from small cars to three-row SUVs. Genesis, with just two models tested, had less to get right to earn its place at the top of the list.”

BMW, Lexus and Porsche round out the top five. Kia grabbed sixth place, beating Subaru, Tesla, Honda and Toyota.

Chrysler gained the most points thanks to high road-test and reliability scores for the latest Pacifica minivan, while Buick and Acura dropped by the most due to falling reliability scores.

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Audi Introduces First Vehicle-Integrated Toll Technology

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Audi has expanded its vehicle-to-infrastructure technology by launching a vehicle integrated toll payment system, the first automaker to offer such a technology.

Billed as a “vehicle-to-infrastructure” (V2I) technology, the Integrated Toll Module was developed in partnership with Gentex and is built into the vehicle’s rearview mirror, sparing owners the inconvenience of attaching an unsightly transponder to the windshield or managing multiple toll accounts. It communicates with sensors used throughout the US and parts of Canada and Mexico to facilitate access to toll roads.

Owners can register the module with their current account, a new account, or a nationwide tolling account and will be able to adjust its settings through the vehicle’s Multimedia Interface (MMI).

The technology rolls out later in 2018, though it remains to be seen which Audi models will be equipped with it.

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2018 Audi RS4 Avant Is A No-Nonsense Performance Wagon

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New, 2018 Audi RS4 Avant Sports Wagon

Audi has been a dominant force in the performance car segment for decades now and it plans to remain so with the help of the RS4 Avant, a no-nonsense sports wagon that should put a smile on anyone’s face.

Picking up from where its predecessors left off, the latest Audi RS 4 Avant was promised to be a much better vehicle in a every way, shape or form, and — at least on paper — that’s a promise Audi’s engineers managed to fulfill.

Let’s start with the most controversial aspect of the new Audi RS4 — its twin-turbocharged and intercooled 2.9-liter V-6. Although smaller and more muted than the previous model’s naturally aspirated V-8, the engine is smaller, lighter and has a higher output of 450 horsepower and 443 lb-ft. of maximum torque available from 1900 to 5000 rpm.

That power is sent to all four wheels via a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, allowing the performance-tuned wagon to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 k/h) in just 4.1 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (241 km/h), or 174 mph (280 km/h) if you’re willing to pay extra for it.

Quite a number of those who have test driven the car have expressed amazement at the potency of the V6 and the speed at which the RS4 accelerates, with one enthusiast at stating:

“Aside from the fact that it has been downsized from a V8 to a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, Audi’s RS 4 has already proven to be one of the fastest vehicles the current market has to offer. Admittedly, I wasn’t expecting Audi to surpass its predecessors, but here we are, and it actually happened.”

Fortunately, the new RS4 has the handling chops to match its speed. Despite a not-so-svelte curb weight of 3,946 pounds (1,790 kg), it is expected to deliver clinical precision around the corners even with its regular suspension setup and 19-inch wheels. Buyers can opt for twenty-inch wheels, an adjustable suspension, dynamic steering, and ceramic brakes for an even more smile-inducing level of performance.

The new RS4 is visually differentiated from its lesser siblings with blistered fenders inspired by those of the original Quattro making it 1.2 inches wider front and rear, a rear diffuser, a roof spoiler, and two large oval tailpipes. The options list includes a Nogaro Blue exterior color that evokes the classic RS2 Avant.

The interior is the very definition of darkness, but RS-specific gauges and carbon trim contrasted by aluminum elements help brighten things up a tad bit.

While not entirely ruled out, the new Audi RS4 Avant isn’t likely to come to North America. It has a starting price of €79,800 (~ $95,674) in Germany, and £61,625 (~ $81,235) in the United Kingdom.

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