Cyber-Security Experts Name 'Most-Hackable' Cars

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We'll get right to the point, as time is of the essence in this fast-paced new world of connected cars and cybersecurity anxiety: You may be driving one of the "Most Hackable" cars as designated by researchers. On Wednesday, Twitter security engineer Charlie Miller and Christopher Valasek, director of Security Intelligence at computer security firm IOActive, presented a study at the 2014 Black Hat USA security conference in Las Vegas, identifying popular car models they determined to be the vehicles most vulnerable to a remote cyber-attack.

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The top three Most Hackable vehicles are:

By Matt Schmitz | August 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi A8 and S8 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Looks like: Audi's flagship gets a slight makeover
Drivetrain: 333-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine; 240-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6; 435-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with cylinder- deactivation technology; 500-hp, 6.3-liter 12-cylinder; 520-hp, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine (S8); all pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Summer 2014

Audi's already luxurious and stylish flagship sedan is getting a makeover for 2015 with a horsepower bump and updated front- and rear-end styling. Both the regular 2015 Audi A8 and its performance-oriented S8 sibling make their debuts at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi A8 L TDI Cars.com Review

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The 2014 Audi A8 L TDI courts hyperbole on many levels. The full-size luxury sedan is enormous and boatlike with decadent interior comfort. Then there's its fuel economy (at least for its size) of 24/36 mpg city/highway and its 856.8-mile range. Both double-take-inducing. Perhaps most ridiculous of all, a torque-heavy turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel propels it to 60 mph briskly considering the mass, but without reminding occupants of its diesel powertrain — Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says they might wonder if the engine's even running at a stop. Read Bruzek's review below.

2014 Audi A8 L TDI Review

By Matt Schmitz | December 17, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Audi A8 L TDI Video

If full-size luxury sedans are from Mars and fuel-sipping diesels are from Venus, the best-of-both-worlds 2014 Audi A8 L TDI claims dual planetary citizenship. Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says the A8 TDI looks identical to last year's gasoline model, but couldn't be more alien with its fuel economy of 24/36 mpg city/highway and 850-mile range. That's more astounding when you consider that those four-cylinder midsize-sedan figures are for a powerful, 4,500-pound behemoth priced for buyers who needn't worry about fuel costs but for whom extravagant comfort is of utmost concern.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

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)

2014 Audi A8 L: Car Seat Check

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Audi's flagship sedan probably isn't the first vehicle on family shoppers' lists, but the 2014 A8 L's extra roomy backseat might have some parents giving it a look. The long-wheelbase version of the A8 adds 5.1 inches to the wheelbase, which translates into 42.9 inches of rear legroom. The regular A8 has 38.7 inches of rear legroom. Given the A8 L's starting price — $81,795 including an $895 destination fee and a $2,100 gas-guzzler tax — most parents will look elsewhere for a full-size sedan that can handle their child-safety seats.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Newman | November 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Audi S6, S7, A8 and S8

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 3,594 model-year 2013-14 Audi S6 and S7 vehicles and approximately 1,120 A8 and S8 vehicles

The Problem: A manufacturing issue may cause certain model-year 2013-14 S6 and S7s equipped with 4.0-liter engines to leak fuel. This could lead to a fire.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

What Does This Button Do?

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We can always count on a luxury car's extravagant features for confusing button imagery. The nearly $100,000 2014 Audi A8 L TDI we recently tested is no exception, housing what may be an industry exclusive backrest snowball launcher. Best cooled seat ever?

Unfortunately, it's not the world's coolest seat, but it is one of the more refreshing driver comfort features.  

By Joe Bruzek | October 24, 2013 | Comments (8)

Video: Diesel Pump Anxiety

Forget range anxiety. Whenever I pull into a gas station with a diesel-powered car, I cringe and wait for the inevitable admonishment: "Wait! That pump is diesel!" exclaims the gas station attendant over the intercom. Imagine his surprise when I explain that I'm in the right place with my Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta or Audi A8.

Apparently Audi has also picked up on this trend, and has taken it to hilarious heights in a new ad. Watch the video above.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 14, 2013 | Comments (4)

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)

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