What We Know About the New Audi Q7

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The Audi Q7 may be a bit long in the tooth but it is the epitome of a luxury SUV. The new Audi Q7 — lighter, more efficient, larger on the inside — turns down the wagon road in terms of styling.

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Even though the SUV is making its first public appearance at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, Audi only released details of the European version. We can tell quite a bit about what will be essentially the same vehicle but the company declined to confirm certain specifics like a model year. This is what we can safely tell you until the SUV's debut in Detroit on Jan. 12.

By Joe Bruzek | December 15, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2013 Audi Q7


Vehicles Affected: More than 1,800 model-year 2013 Audi Q7 luxury crossovers manufactured between June 5 and Nov. 29, 2012, and equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel engine

The Problem: A check valve in the engine may become contaminated with plastic debris and allow engine oil to leak into the brake booster. If this happens, the brake booster diaphragm may rupture, causing a loss of power braking assist and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Audi-manufacturer Volkswagen began notifying owners this week, and dealers will replace a vacuum line for free. Dealers will also inspect the brake booster system for oil contamination and, if contamination is found, replace additional components, also for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Audi at 800-253-2834 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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

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By Matt Schmitz | September 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Should I Buy an Audi Q7 or an Acura MDX?

"Should I buy an Audi Q7 or an Acura MDX?"


By Rick Popely | October 12, 2013 | Comments (9)

July's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars


We'd like to think most auto executives drove to work this morning listening to The Cars' "Good Times Roll." June and July turned out the best seasonally adjusted auto sales since before the recession. In raw numbers, new-car sales saw the healthiest July since 2007.

The fastest sellers, unsurprisingly, were also some of the strongest. Recent redesigns of the 2014 Acura MDX (July sales up 29.5%), 2014 Lexus IS (sales up 58.6%) and 2014 Subaru Forester (sales up 52.5%) joined the updated 2014 Honda Odyssey (sales up 10.9%) among July's fastest-selling cars.

The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover topped the list, but the sybaritic SUV was redesigned a year ago. No matter: Each Rover stayed on dealer lots less than a week apiece, and July sales flew 111.3%.

Stranger still, the Audi Q5 has gone without a substantial redesign since it arrived in early 2009, yet it was the third fastest seller on the list — and it's been among the fastest-selling cars for nine of the past 10 months. Its Q7 sibling, meanwhile, has been on the roster for four straight months despite showing up in late 2006.

By Kelsey Mays | August 2, 2013 | Comments (1)

Audi Latest Automaker to Introduce Gas-Price App


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)

October's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars


It appears shoppers clamored more aggressively for incoming 2013s last month. Cars for the 2013 model year averaged just 23 days to sell from the day they hit lots while 2012s averaged 121 days. Combined, the group averaged 73 days to turn. That's a wider gap than October 2011 when 2011 and 2012 cars averaged 15 and 93 days to turn, respectively.
New or redesigned cars topped the month, with the seventh-generation Nissan Sentra and all-new Subaru XV Crosstrek taking just five days each to move. The redesigned Ford Fusion and Honda Accord plus the all-new Ford C-Max Hybrid made this month's movers, as well.
We focused on just 2013 models for October since automakers had a vast majority of 2013 models on sale. October did have one notable redesign in the Loser column: the Chevrolet Malibu Eco, which averaged 92 days on dealer lots. The regular Malibu, meanwhile, took 32 days to sell. That’s better but still below average for 2013s. Is the new Malibu getting lost in the slew of redesigned family cars? Sales fell 6% in October, putting the Malibu behind the Fusion and well in back of the redesigned Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima.

Here are October's fastest- and slowest-selling cars:

By Kelsey Mays | November 5, 2012 | Comments (3)

Sales of Diesels Continue to Rise

Cheap gas prices aren't the only thing on drivers' minds this year. U.S. sales of diesel-powered vehicles are on a roll. According to research firm Baum and Associates, sales of diesel vehicles during the first six months of 2012 are up 27.5%. 

Through June of this year, 61,214 diesel-powered vehicles have been sold in the U.S., which doesn't look like much, but sales are on a steady climb. U.S. sales of clean-diesel vehicles increased 22.3% in June, compared with last June. Similarly, they increased 14.4% in May and 28.2% in April compared with those months in 2011.

By Jennifer Geiger | August 1, 2012 | Comments (1)

Audi Sound Concept Uses 62 Speakers

Audi really wants you to enjoy your music. The German automaker has developed the Audi Sound Concept, which creates “wave field synthesis” using five woofers, five tweeters and 52 midrange speakers.

A spatial audio rendering technique, wave field synthesis essentially creates a sound quality that permeates the cabin of the car — in this case, a prototype Q7. No spot in the car has less sound quality than any other spot.

The speakers are arrayed in the roof pillars, in doors and even in the instrument panel beneath the windshield. The system can even create the illusion of sounds coming from outside the car. In its demonstration, Audi included the sounds of a lion roaring nearby and a helicopter buzzing overhead.

Don’t get excited too quickly, though: There are no plans yet to make the Audi Sound Concept commercially available. The project is mostly about demonstrating what is possible with in-car sound technology (not to mention it’s probably quite expensive). For now, Audi buyers are stuck with the 14 speakers of the Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system.

Audi Sound Concept: One Car, 62 Speakers (Gizmag.com)

By Stephen Markley | June 18, 2010 | Comments (5)

2009 Audi Q7 Video

For his review of the 2009 Audi Q7, Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson takes on the diesel version, which he calls a “mixed bag.” In addition to his take on engine noise versus power on the road, Jackson gives a brief explanation of the sea of buttons one faces from Audi’s navigation system. Watch the video to find out if these issues are enough of a hindrance to bar him from recommending an otherwise pleasing luxury SUV.
By Stephen Markley | October 19, 2009 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2009 Audi Q7

09Q7 The Audi Q7 has been a second tier player in a crowded segment of luxury crossovers, but according to Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson the diesel version of the Q7 manages to distinguish itself with a sure-footed, muscular ride that gives any driver a reason to smile. Yet the Audi has a few marks against it, one of which is a deal-breaker for Jackson. To find out what that is and if it will keep you from even test-driving a Q7, read his full review.

2009 Audi Q7 Review

By Stephen Markley | October 14, 2009 | Comments (0)

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