Audi Prologue Concept Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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The Audi Prologue, which bowed today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, is more than just a flashy concept: It's likely a preamble to the luxury brand's future design direction. Based off the A8 platform, the concept coupe is long and wide with a rounded roofline and bulging fenders, while its gaping shield grille calls to mind a Ford Fusion.

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Inside is a touch-sensitive display panel that spans the entire dashboard, enabling front passengers to operate vehicle systems as opposed to just the driver. Moreover, Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman said from on the scene that cabin appointments are "certainly different than any current Audi interior, and it's quite attractive."

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

Audi Prologue Concept: First Look

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Looks like: The future styling direction of Audi luxury cars - also, a Ford Fusion

Defining characteristics: Big shield grille, round roofline, bulging Quattro-esque fenders

Ridiculous features: Full width, touch-sensitive organic light-emitting diode dashboard

Chance of being mass-produced: Better than average

Think Audi products are starting to get a little stale? The company has had the same basic design since the early 1990s, when the A4 was introduced, and has kept that "one sausage, many sizes" idea throughout the brand's resurgence. Now the brand is known for more than just its excellent design, establishing itself for its exquisitely crafted interiors, Quattro all-wheel-drive technology, efficient diesel powertrains and outstanding driving dynamics. Yet, as Audi has slowly rebuilt itself, competitors have taken notice and have been introducing strong designs of their own.

Time to shake it up a bit.

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Enter the Audi Prologue concept, introduced at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the first project under Audi's new design chief Marc Lichte. It's basically a peek at what a new range-topping A8-based coupe would look like.

By Aaron Bragman | November 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Audi TT, TTS to Make U.S. Debut in L.A.

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Audi updated its TT and TTS sports cars for the European market for model-year 2015, and the cars will hit U.S. shores as model-year 2016 coupes and convertibles. The third-generation TT is all angles up front with a large hexagonal grille, sharp hood contours and sleek, slit-like LED headlights. 

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TT coupes and roadsters will again use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but horsepower is up slightly for 2016 to 220 hp from 211 hp; in the sporty TTS model, the 2.0-liter will make 292 hp, up from 265. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic is again the sole transmission; no word on if Europe’s diesel version or manual-transmission model will be available in the U.S. The TT will be available as coupe and roadster; the TTS will be available as a coupe only.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect

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If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as Cars.com covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi Q3 Review

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"The 2015 Audi Q3 looks like an Audi, drives like an Audi and has the real-deal Audi experience on the inside — and it drinks gas more like its larger Audi brethren," said Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. Check out Bruzek's review for more.

2015 Audi Q3 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | October 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Audi A4, S4

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 102,000 model-year 2013-15 Audi A4 and S4 sedans

The Problem: The front-impact airbags may not deploy as designed in a crash due to improper algorithm/coding within the airbag control module, according to The Detroit News. Front-seat occupants may not have the intended protection from the frontal airbag system in a secondary impact, putting them at risk for an injury, the newspaper reported. The automaker discovered the problem during routine quality-assurance testing, and no accidents or injuries have been reported; the issue is not related to the massive ongoing Takata airbag recall.

The Fix: Audi will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the airbag software for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Audi at 800-253-2834 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 | October 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Audi Previews Design-Changing Concept Car

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The face of Audi will soon have a new look, heralded by a now-unnamed concept car debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Audi welcomed a new head of design earlier in the year, and Audi's latest concept is the new guy's first bit of work; it's nothing too complicated, just launching a new era of design for Audi.

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The under-lit concept shows bulging fenders on all four corners and what looks like an aggressive rear roofline. Audi says its core competencies of sportiness, lightweight and all-wheel drive have a high level of importance in the new design. Audi's current lineup is an attractive bunch, and Audi's booming sales seem to prove that shoppers agree. We'll have more coverage when the concept debuts on Nov. 19 during the auto show's media days; the show is open to the public Nov. 21-30.

By Joe Bruzek | October 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Features for Showoffs

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Prefacing any great show-off moment is the phrase, "Hey, watch this." That's what Cars.com editors imagined when picking the greatest show-off features in new cars. What's surprising is the sheer number of over-the-top features surely wild enough to impress even the most non-interested parties. Want to set off car alarms in a parking garage or attract the attention of everyone who sets eyes on your car up to a mile away? This list has what it takes to be the center of attention.

By Joe Bruzek | October 13, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Audi Q3: Car Seat Check

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The all-new Audi Q3 is a subcompact crossover, a new class of cars that's growing quickly with competitors such as the BMW X1, Buick Encore, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and the Jeep Renegade. Although it's small on the outside, the Q3 made good use of its interior. With seating for five, this tiny SUV managed to easily handle all of our child-safety seats with ease.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | October 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Audi Q7

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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)

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