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Audi is introducing their new line of bi-turbo diesel engines that will make their way into several A6 cars and the A7 Sportback.
Those included in the list are the A6 sedan, A6 Avant, Allroad Quattro and A7 Sportbacks. Next spring U.K. customers can look forward to those cars sporting the option of Audi’s most powerful V6 diesel to date. The 3.0-liter bi-turbo oil burner will have 309 horsepower and 479 ft-lb of torque. That will be enough to propel the A6 Quattro from 0-60 mph in just 5.1 seconds, while the A6 Avant and A7 will get there in 5.3.
There isn’t any news on those cars making their way across the ocean just yet, but Audi did well in the U.K. last year, selling 14 percent more vehicles than they did the previous year. Audi says part of their plan to continue that upward trend is to invest more money in new products for what looks like a hungry market.
While this is little more than speculation, it doesn’t seem that outlandish that Audi might decide to bring those products to market in North America. An A6 diesel has long been rumored for the US, but the date keeps scooting out of sight.
Hopefully the new engine will sell well in the U.K. and encourage Audi to expand its distribution. That said, we won’t be surprised if it takes a long time or just doesn’t happen at all. Afterall, we’re still staring at the A1 with envy as the clock ticks by. There’s also already a diesel engine being sold in the US, albeit one with only 225 horsepower, sold in the Q7, and soon to be available in the Q5 CUV and A8 sedan.
Audi, which is looking to surpass BMW in the luxury vehicle segment is now aiming at the X6. BMW launched the X6 in 2008, and while it might not be a huge sales success, it has contributed enough to keep BMW SUV/CUV sales ahead of Audi.
So now, Audi is looking to take the challenge to BMW with their own X6 rival, which is expected to be called Q6. It will be more of a coupe off-roader (think a tall A7), and will lure those looking for something different.
According to Audi’s design boss Walter de’Silva, the design for this new vehicle is already signed off. Plus they are also ready for any future new competition from Bavaria. BMW is expected to launch the X4 in the next few years, and Audi is thus also planning for a possible Q4 model to stay competitive.
Currently, the best selling luxury SUV in Europe is the BMW X5. The Audi Q7 is in fifth-place.
[Source: Automotive News]
Audi has plenty to celebrate this year, having eclipsed their previous annual sales record of 101,629 (set in 2010) with a month to go in 2011. Sales through the Thanksgiving weekend stood at 102,055 vehicles, giving Audi an amazing year to go along with having record-setting months in each of the first 10 months of the year.
To go along with new car sales, Audi also set a new record with their Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles, besting their 2008 record of 32,108. CPO sales up to Thanksgiving weekend totaled in at 33,102 which was also a 32-percent increase over the previous year’s tally.
This is the second time Audi has exceeded 100,000 in sales since it established its brand in America over 41 years ago. They expect to have a record November month as well, and figures to close the year off with a 12th record setting month.
Kia has officially confirmed that it will be debuting a rear-wheel drive four-door sports sedan at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show. The concept has sleek and muscular proportions, and will likely slide in between the Hyundai Genesis and Equus in terms of size.
“I believe the car is a strong statement from Kia: We are ready to fast forward to an all-new chapter,” says Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Chief Officer.
Looking through the photos at the sheer size and shape of the vehicle, it becomes clear that Kia is interested in running this car against the big boys like the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS. ”No matter from which perspective you look at it – this concept car is roaring with energy and ready for take-off,” says Schreyer. ”I believe the car is a strong statement from Kia: we are ready to fast forward to an all new chapter.”
Gallery: Kia Sports Sedan
Audi‘s answer to Mercedes‘ CLS has been growing in popularity and now certain aftermarket tuners are offering enthusiasts options for the A7 much like Brabus has for the CLS. One of the major Audi tuners, ABT Sportsline, is now offering a styling kit and performance upgrades for various A7 models, enhancing horsepower and aesthetics to fulfill the search for a sporty, yet luxurious, driving experience.
Starting with the exterior, ABT presents a subtle front and rear lip that is matched by their side skirts, giving the A7 a sportier appearance than factory, while the rear-end houses the quad-tipped exhaust quite nicely,
The big news comes from ABT’s offering of performance upgrades for the 3.0 TFSI and 3.0 TDI models with various stages. For the diesel powerplant, ABT offers their ABT Power package and Power S, depending on what your needs are. For those just searching for a minimal power increase, the ABT Power package will increase horsepower from the factory 245-hp to 282-hp. For those searching for even more, the Power S package offers new turbochargers from ABT and brings horsepower up to 310-hp. For the 3.0 TFSI owners, ABT can increase your horsepower to 410-hp, up 110-hp from the factory 300-hp figure.
Finishing off the package is a selection of 19- to 21-inch wheel offerings from ABT, complete with tire packages. Those looking for a more aggressive stance can pick up ABT’s Level Control which allows the owner to lower the air suspension on the A7.
Official press release available after the break.
GALLERY: ABT Sportsline Audi A7
The not-quite-an A6, not-quite an A8 five-door from Audi finally has a price: in America it will start at $59,250.
At that price, the A7 will come with a 3.0-liter supercharged, direct-injection V6 hooked up to a Tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.
The sedan-cum-coupe-slash-hatchback will reach showrooms later this month, to confuse potential A6 and A8 buyers into reorganizing their priorities. Do they want a hatch to go with their aluminum-bodied Teutonic precision? Can they live with carrying only four passengers? Would A8-driving Jason Statham approve? Between the A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A8, and now the A7, don’t fault Audi for not covering all their bases.
The A7 is on its way
As though the polished look of the Audi Sportback Concept were not enough to convince you that a similar car will make it to production as the A7, Audi even has a design philosophy thought out for the car and it’s oddly numbered siblings.
According to Audi PR boss Christian Bokich Audi’s philosophy for the A3, A5 and (potentially) the A7 is that the odd numbered vehicles are an area where the company can express itself more creatively. The even numbered models making up the conservative backbone of the German company.
This theory gives credence to the Sportback Concept becoming the A7. It is, after all, a luxury hatchback. The reason behind the hatchback idea comes from the massive success of the A3, as well as the continued popularity of the Avant models.
Powered by a 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine that gets 40 mpg and, the Sportback makes 225hp and 406 ft-lbs of torque. Power is put to the ground thanks to Audi’s 7 Speed S-Tronic transmission.
Other highlights of the Sportback include continuously variable shock absorbers and carbon ceramic brakes.
Official release after the jump: Continue Reading…