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New, 2019 Audi A6 Looks The Same, But A Better Car Than Before



New, 2019 Audi A6 sedan

This is the all-new, eighth generation Audi A6! At first glance, it doesn’t look that much different from its predecessor, but peeling back the skin reveals a much improved vehicle with more luxury and all the tech goodies you could want in a car.

If you fancy the latest Audi A7 but prefer more conventional sedan proportions and a trunk as oppose to a hatch, the new A6 has your name written all over it. The two models are essentially the same, featuring a design that’s more sculpted, sharper and, thus, sportier than that of their predecessors. It’s just too bad the new A6 looks very similar to the old A6.

Fortunately, the interior has been completely revamped, boasting higher quality materials, better functionality and a boatload of tech. The infotainment system and climate controls are operated via two driver-oriented screens, while a third screen replaces the analog instrument cluster. A head-up display projects important information onto the windshield.

The top screen goes black to blend into the rest of the dashboard when the car turns off and re-activates automatically when it detects a door open.

To make driving easier, the 2019 A6 offers a long list of driver assistance systems such as parking pilot and garage pilot, which autonomously maneuver the car into and out of a parking space or garage. The driver can use the myAudi app on their smartphone to activate the parking systems while out of the A6.

There is also a City assist package includes such features as crossing assist and a Tour assist package that supplements the adaptive cruise control with a light steering assist feature to keep the vehicle in lane. These new assist systems utilize a whopping five radar sensors, five cameras, twelve ultrasonic sensors and a laser scanner to function.

In Europe, the 2019 Audi A6’s engine lineup includes a turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6 that produces 340 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque and a 3.0-liter TDI (diesel) V6 rated at 286 horsepower and 457 pound-feet. Both benefit from mild hybrid technology and a belt alternator starter (BAS) to help keep gas mileage in check.

The gasoline engine is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, while the diesel shits through an eight-speed automatic. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system is standard.

According to Audi, drivers can expect a much sportier driving experience thanks to a new suspension and the all-wheel steering system.

The new, 2019 Audi A6 goes on sale in June 2018 after making its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.


Genesis Claims Top Spot From Audi In Consumer Reports Rankings



2018 Genesis G80 luxury car front

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



Audi integrated toll payment tech

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



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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