Audi Latest Automaker to Introduce Gas-Price App

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Joining automakers such as GM and Ford, whose respective infotainment systems — Chevrolet MyLink and MyFord Touch — offer drivers the ability to find the nearest station with the cheapest gas, Audi has added an app to its lineup helping folks find where to fill 'er up frugally. The German automaker announced this week that, beginning in May, members of its A3 family of hatchbacks equipped with Audi connect will have access to Refuelling Stop, a new online service that provides information about where to find the cheapest gas.

According to Audi, the service consults an online database of gas stations and prices and matches the list to the driver's current location or destination. The driver can sort search results by price or distance, and simply click on the station and set it as the navigation destination. The system will even consider the type of fuel required by the A3, which can be premium or diesel depending on the engine.

By Matt Schmitz | April 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Audi A4

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Taking advantage of Audi's aptitude for creating quickness in smaller, lower-horsepower engines, the 2013 A4 shouldn't have to work so hard to keep sales pace with its better-selling German competitors. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the midsize luxury sport sedan manages hefty torque with its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while maintaining respectable fuel efficiency and responsive handling. Offering a reliably sophisticated, if not dynamic, interior, along with some subtle revisions to its face, the A4 is a "textbook example" of how to keep an older model fresh.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 10, 2012 | Comments (1)

NHTSA Adds Six Models to Five-Star Award List

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a crop of new crash-test scores for several all-new or recently redesigned vehicles.

Audi's A4 sedan earned five stars across the board, including in front, side and rollover crash tests. Other vehicles earning the safety agency's top overall score are the 2013 Dodge Dart sedan, the 2013 Ford Focus sedan and hatchback, the 2013 Buick Verano sedan, Acura's new 2013 ILX and ILX Hybrid sedan, and Hyundai's redesigned 2013 Santa Fe Sport SUV.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

2010 Audi A5, S5 Cabriolets Priced

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Many automakers seem to release convertibles throughout the year, which doesn’t make much sense to those of us who can only enjoy top-down driving for short portions of the year. Audi has already missed almost the entire summer driving season with its new line of convertibles, the A5 and S5 Cabriolets. The high-powered S5 will go on sale later this month with a starting price of $58,250. Unfortunately, lovers of the sun who are happy with the A5’s mere 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder will have to wait until fall to plunk down $42,000 for one.

The A5 will also feature a Quattro all-wheel-drive model with the same 2.0-liter engine, starting at $44,100. None of the prices include an $825 destination charge. 


Audi also announced pricing for the 2010 S4 sedan, which gets the same supercharged V-6 as the new A6 sedan, good for 333 hp. An RS4 will likely go on sale later in 2009 or early in 2010. Pricing for the S4 — which also goes on sale later this month — is below.

By David Thomas | August 14, 2009 | Comments (2)

Through Ian's Lens: 2009 Audi A4

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Within the entry-level luxury sedan class, the Audi A4 has one of the toughest assignments: Compete with the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The 2009 A4 is a great example of how Audi is putting its best design foot forward in the small-luxury segment. A spotless interior is matched with a decent (neither boring nor exciting) exterior design that should give the other big German automotive companies something to think about.

With the 2009 model year comes Audi’s new headlight design. Every new Audi's uplevel trims on the A4 use a string of LEDs inside the headlight housing to accent the front of the car and act as daytime running lights. It’s just not enough to have xenon headlights anymore; now you need LED lashes to complete the look. It’s yet another classy way to let the world know you own an Audi and can afford luxury over a Chevy Malibu.

Cars.com was lucky enough to have both the 2009 Audi A4 sedan and the 2009 Audi A4 Avant (wagon) in the office at the same time.

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By Ian Merritt | March 20, 2009 | Comments (4)

How an Audi A4 is Made

Have you ever visited an assembly line and watched a car be put together, piece by piece, until it rolled off the line? Well, now you don’t have to. Check out the video above to see an Audi A4 make its way through a high-tech assembly process before it heads out the door to some lucky owner.

Via MotorMouths Blog

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By David Thomas | March 19, 2009 | Comments (1)

Low Demand Means No New Audi Allroad for U.S.

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Over the weekend, Audi released some information and images of its new A4 Allroad Quattro. But, despite Audi’s recent new model onslaught on the U.S., this rugged wagon will remain just a figment for us Yankees.

According to Audi’s U.S. Public Relations Manager, Bradley Stertz, there are no plans to bring the Allroad wagon here.

Stretz states there simply isn’t enough demand for the Allroad – though he admits they know of many “very loyal fans”; himself included. He says other causes include the expense of passing stringent U.S. emissions and crash/safety standards, which are too high for such a niche player.

We’re inclined to believe Stertz on the demand issue. While the newly redesigned A4 is a healthy seller — comprising about half of all Audi’s U.S. sales volume last year — only 7% of those A4’s were Avant derived (the wagon body style). Meaning, Americans don’t like wagons.

So if Audi can only sell around 3,000 A4 wagons each year, porting over a more expensive and specialized version doesn’t make much sense does it?

By Colin Bird | February 17, 2009 | Comments (6)

Audi Adds Front-Wheel Drive, Manual A4

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Audi is introducing two new trim levels for its entry-level A4 sedan, along with pricing. The new 2.0T FrontTrak is basically a front-wheel-drive version of the base A4, which comes with a 211-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The FrontTrak is now the base trim level and will start at $31,000.

That's more than its closest rival, the Acura TSX ($28,960). However, that price does make it cheaper than the Lexus IS 250 ($31,155), Mercedes-Benz C-Class ($32,900) and BMW 328 ($33,400) — though those all come with six-cylinder engines. The base A4 gets 23/30 mpg city/highway, which tops the TSX's 20/28 mpg.

The Audi A4 Quattro all-wheel-drive sedan will also now be available with a six-speed manual transmission in the 2.0T trim level. With the manual, the Quattro (Audi-speak for all-wheel drive) has a price tag of $31,850, which is $3,000-$4,000 less than all-wheel-drive variants of other entry-model luxury cars.

Both models come with typical luxury amenities such as a sunroof, leather seating and satellite radio standard. The new trim levels should reach dealer lots early in the new year.

By Colin Bird | December 22, 2008 | Comments (5)

Cars.com Videos: 2009 Honda Civic, 2009 Acura TL and More

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2009 Honda Civic: Mike Hanley takes a look at the higher-end features — including a navigation system, heated leather seats and a USB port — in this premium compact car.

2009 Pontiac G5:
The XFE G5 gets a whopping 37 mpg on the highway, but Kelsey Mays says there are better compact cars on the market.

2009 Acura TL:
The radically redesigned TL now comes in a base version and a performance-minded TL SH-AWD one, and both come with the love-it-or-hate-it grille, David Thomas says.

2009 Audi A4 Avant: This completely restyled station wagon puts a premium on interior space, especially when there’s a child-safety seat in the backseat, David says.

2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class:
The ML320 Bluetec is equipped with a clean diesel engine and a new navigation and entertainment system that’s really impressive.

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By Jennifer Newman | December 10, 2008 | Comments (3)

2009 Acura TL vs. 2009 Audi A4: Part 2

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Joe Bruzek and Kelsey Mays, Cars.com

Yesterday we introduced our latest comparison, between the redesigned Audi A4 and Acura TL. In our comparison, these competing luxury cars are similarly priced around the $40,000 mark, which made for a perfect matchup of which car offers the most for the money. Perceived value will of course be in the eye of the buyer, and both cars we tested had their own merits. In the end, though, there can be only one Highlander … er, winner. 

The A4 provided an upscale interior experience with finer materials and more precise build quality. While our preproduction TL lacked such finesse, it offered more gadgets, interior room and a sportier performance for less dough, earning the value-winner nod.

Throughout our Audi A4 and Acura TL drive, we kept bringing up “what ifs” for the Audi’s somewhat lackluster driving performance compared to the sporty TL SH-AWD. What if it had the optional sportier tires, or what if it had the optional stiffer suspension, or what if it were the S-line model?

By Kelsey Mays | December 2, 2008 | Comments (32)

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