Top 10 Cars That Stayed True to Their Concept

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During the past decade, the once fanciful concept car — never meant to see the light of day — has morphed into more of a design study for future products. Taking that notion to the next level, our editors have rated the 10 production cars that did the best job of incorporating their concept when made into reality during the past decade.

Related: 2015 Detroit Auto Show Winners and Losers 

Note: We didn't take into account certain "concepts" often considered prototypes that some automakers roll out at auto shows. Those show cars are barely discernible from the real thing and are introduced much closer to when the actual cars go on sale.

By David Thomas | February 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 26,000 Audi and Volkswagen Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: About 26,000 model-year 2011-12 Audi S4, S5 and Q7 vehicles; model-year 2012 Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid vehicles; and model-year 2012-13 Audi A7 sedans.

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, the fuel-injection system could experience a leak. In the presence of an ignition source, this leak increases the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals for free.

What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen will notify owners around March 10. Audi owners can call 800-822-2834 and refer to recall 24AP; Volkswagen owners can call 800-893-5298 and refer to recall 24BK. Owners also can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Newman | January 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi RS 7 Real-World Cargo Space

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Who says you have to compromise when buying a sports car? The pumped-up high-performance 2014 Audi RS 7 variant of the A7 has a 560-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-8, four doors and an entirely usable cargo area. Zero to 60 mph comes in 3.7 seconds, so you better strap down both strollers in the cargo area. Yes, "both strollers." We fit our large and small strollers in the back of the RS 7 with room to spare.

Related: Research the 2014 Audi RS 7

The RS 7's cargo area isn't the widest. Its strengths are in how deep the cargo area stretches combined with the large hatchback opening and split-folding backseat. There's a generous 24.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, which is roughly how much room a compact-to-midsize SUV offers behind the backseat. See how well our assortment of common cargo goods fit in the RS 7's cargo area below.

By Joe Bruzek | August 21, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Audi A7: First Look

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Competes with: BMW 5 Series GT, Porsche Panamera

Looks like: Audi's striking four-door coupe retains its swoopy profile but gains a more chiseled front and rear end

Drivetrain: 310-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 (3.0T); 240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 (TDI); 420-hp, 4.0-liter V-8 (S7); 560-hp, 4.0-liter V-8 (RS 7)

Hits dealerships: Audi said the car will go on sale in Germany late this summer, but would only confirm a 2015 on-sale date for the U.S. market

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Audi's sleek "four-door coupe" is getting a light refresh for the 2016 model year. The 2016 A7 is updated with a slightly revised face, tweaked rear-end design and updated cabin materials.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi A7 Cars.com Review

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The Audi A7 TDI offers a winning combination of beauty, speed and efficiency says Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman, but one thing it definitely isn't is affordable. The swoopy sedan's base price went up considerably for 2014, and the new TDI model adds even more of a premium. Is it worth it, and how do competitors measure up? Check out the review below.  

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

Move Over Laptops; Touchpads Are on the Rise in Cars

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A budding group of automakers is embracing something that's ubiquitous outside the car: the humble touchpad. Popularized by laptops since the 1990s, the touchpad is everywhere, including in more and more cars.

We first saw Audi incorporate a touchpad with its Multi Media Interface, thereafter dubbed MMI Touch, in November 2009, and we got a hands-on look just six weeks later. MMI Touch augmented MMI with map scrolling and character recognition, which helped with writing-intense functions like navigation entries. MMI Touch debuted on the A8 (pictured above) and subsequent S8 sedans, and Audi has since thrown it in the new A7/S7 and redesigned A6/S6.

In 2012, BMW joined the fray with iDrive Touch, and Mercedes-Benz is close behind with the 2015 C-Class, which mounts a touchpad above the control knob to operate the Comand multimedia system. Lexus is joining the party too; its forthcoming RC Concept adapts a touchpad to the brand's Remote Touch Interface. Touchpads buck the trend in multimedia systems for touch-screens or control knobs — but seldom both. How shoppers will react? For now, the sample size is still too small.

By Kelsey Mays | November 12, 2013 | Comments (2)

Hypermilers Shatter Audi TDI Fuel-Economy Figures

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A trio of 2014 Audi diesel models logged mileage figures that obliterated their EPA estimates during a two-day, coast-to-coast road trip last weekend. A group of hypermilers set out to prove just how far they could go on as little fuel as possible. The most impressive performance came courtesy of the new Audi A6 TDI sedan, which completed the journey with a combined fuel-economy figure that was 50% better than its corresponding EPA rating.

The A6 drove at an average speed of 62.44 mph and consumed a total of only 66.08 gallons of fuel for a recorded 43.56 mpg — 15% better than the EPA highway-mileage rating and 50% better than its combined rating (the EPA lists it at 24/38/29 mpg city/highway/combined). The A7 TDI sedan, whose EPA estimates mirror those of the A6, logged mileage of 42.65 at an average speed of 62.17 mph — 12% better than its highway rating and 47% better than the combined figure. Meanwhile, the Q5 TDI compact crossover, serving in the challenge as a support vehicle carrying luggage and supplies, still managed 38.62 mpg at an average speed of 61.9 mph, 24.5% better than its EPA highway rating and 43% better than its combined rating (24/31/27 mpg).

By Matt Schmitz | September 11, 2013 | Comments (24)

Top 10 Worst Auto Industry Names

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The auto industry has its share of bad names, and we're not talking bad car names. No, these are bad industry names: drivetrains, technologies or trim-naming schemes that leave car shoppers scratching their heads, rolling their eyes or just plain laughing. Our editors racked their heads for the choicest bungles, and here are our top 10. Some are marketing missteps; others are engineer speak that marketers should have rescued.

Read on.

By Kelsey Mays | August 15, 2013 | Comments (6)

Audi's RS7 Hits Six Figures, 60 MPH in 3.7 Seconds

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The 2014 Audi RS 7 goes from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, and this uber-high-performance variant of the A7 hatchback/four-door coupe goes from about $65,000 to $105,795 in just one luxurious check of the trim level box. Audi announced the collar-tug-eliciting starting price, including an $895 destination charge, today for the RS 7. It debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and is expected to arrive in dealerships in the fall.

The all-wheel-drive RS 7 has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that produces 560 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque, and it's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. There are standard matte aluminum or carbon styling packages, distinctive bumpers and grille, an adaptive rear spoiler, lower rear diffuser and large elliptical tailpipes. Inside, the performance theme is accentuated by a three-spoke perforated multifunction sport steering wheel with contrast stitching and an RS 7 emblem, sports seats in Valcona leather with honeycomb quilting, an RS-specific shift knob and interior door handles, and carbon-fiber inlays.

By Matt Schmitz | July 31, 2013 | Comments (2)

Sorry, Spocks; Mercedes-Benz CLS550 Handles Golf Clubs Just Fine

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By now you, and 1.8 million other people, have seen the humorous Audi S7 commercial on YouTube featuring past and present "Star Trek" Spock actors Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto.

It's a great ad that cleverly shows the rivalry between automakers. But we've got a problem with the depiction of poor Leonard Nimoy not being able to fit his clubs in the CLS' trunk.

Why?

Well, because we fit a set of clubs in there just fine. Actually, it was two sets and an overnight bag.

By David Thomas | May 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

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