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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.
"With head-turning style, exquisite interior trim, sophisticated electronics and speed aplenty, the 2014 Audi S7 is practically the perfect luxury car," says Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman.
Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman
There are those out there who fear that semi-autonomous driving technology will ultimately lead to lazy drivers. While I certainly understand the argument, the truth is I don't have laser eyes in the back of my head (don't tell my kids). In some instances, these systems can see more and react faster than humans can. And, while much of this technology is still in its infancy, if it prevents a tragedy on the road with my own family, it's hard to argue against it.
Leading the way in autonomous and semi-autonomous driving is Volvo, which, believe it or not, has a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles on the road currently in Sweden. The automaker is taking what it's learning in that living lab and applying it to semi-autonomous driving technology in its cars here in the U.S.
The new XC90, for example, can completely avoid several different types of crashes without human intervention: front collisions with other cars, pedestrians and cyclists at certain speeds as well as intersection auto braking to avoid a crash from oncoming traffic while turning through an intersection. The XC90 also has autonomous steering that works in conjunction with adaptive cruise control to help fill in the blanks if, for example, a distracted parent turns to check on a child in the backseat. These systems are helping Volvo get closer to its safety goal of no human killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020.
Audi's redesigned people mover looks a lot more wagonlike than its predecessor, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. With a spacious, luxurious interior, families should find a lot to like about the new Q7, which bowed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Check out the video for more.
The redesigned Audi Q7 has changed quite a bit, shrinking in its overall exterior dimensions — it's 1.5 inches shorter and more than a half-inch narrower, but still about the same height — yet somehow stretching its interior space in terms of both headroom and legroom. It's also shed a bunch of weight — more than 700 pounds in the European-spec model — to improve fuel efficiency and help refine the ride quality, among other benefits.
Climbing into the Q7, the second row slides back and forth by 4.3 inches to allow for more legroom in either the second or third rows. The third row feels quite tight and is probably best suited for kids. The big news is the second row is wide enough to allow for three separate Latch system sets; now whether your child-safety seats are narrow enough to actually squeeze in shoulder to shoulder, that's another story. If you're tasked with a full gaggle of kids in car seats, the Q7 has five sets of lower Latch and tether anchors. Taking a trip with friends to the zoo? You'll be on tap to ferry all the excited toddlers.
Amid the flurry of sales reports and state-of-the-industry analyses, automakers had plenty to say at an event that's becoming more intertwined with the auto industry each year: the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show.
This year, autonomous cars and wearable technology were high on the docket. The show runs Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas, but we pulled together all the news that should matter for car shoppers.
Big luxury cars are great. If you haven't actually had the chance to drive one, go try that 5-year-old Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the dealership's used-car section the next time you're there to buy a new Camry. But big luxury cars often come with other big things — big weight, big engines and quite a thirst for fuel. This is starting to change, however, as more of these large luxury cars start to feature alternative-fuel powertrains like the long-wheelbase 2015 Audi A8 L TDI and its turbocharged diesel V-6 engine.
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German automakers have been at the forefront of diesel technology in passenger cars with all of them offering some form of it, and the fuel economy gains are significant. A standard Audi A8 L with the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine is rated at 19/29/22 mpg city/highway/combined. Not bad for such a big car. Move up to the turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 and your mileage drops to 18/29/22 mpg, a nearly identical rating. Splurge for the slick W-12 engine and you'll get only 14/22/17 mpg. But tick the diesel box and your big, comfy A8 L could return 24/36/28 mpg. The combined city/highway rating is 27 percent higher than that of the base engine.
Those are some impressive numbers for a vehicle this big and heavy, but are they realistic in real-world driving? We loaded an A8 L TDI with three people and some weekend luggage for a fall-color tour of southern Ontario earlier this year.
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.
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