Audi is set to raise the bar in sustainability. The German manufacturer will provide a minimum of one plug-in electric vehicle, whether it’s 100% electric or a plug-in hybrid in each of their model series in the upcoming years.
The member of the Board of Management at AG for Technical Development, Ulrich Hackenberg had confirmed the company are ready to launch a number of plug-in vehicles. Along with Audi now providing a high standard electric model guaranteed to turn heads, the R8 e-tron. The impressive range of the model is estimated at around 280 miles, something that Hackenberg is extremely happy with as he commented, “the Audi R8 e-tron continues to be our technology carrier for future electric cars.”
Continuing in more detail, Hackenberg revealed exclusive details about the new battery-electric model which is expected to be launched in 2018. Incredibly advanced, it will possess a range of more than 310 miles.
Hackenberg added, “It will have a new, very attractive design, which we are developing especially for the e-tron range and for battery-electric vehicles. This sports activity vehicle will be built on the second generation of the modular longitudinal platform. From the very beginning, this tool for optimal drivetrain diversity implementation has been designed for a broad variety of concepts.”
Ulrich Hackenberg presented his speech at Audi’s Annual Press Conference in Ingolstadt, where he also expressed his opinion on natural gas vehicles. Hackenberg commented on how battery electrics are making a large improvement towards sustainability and was positive about the targeted CO2 emissions reductions that this could help to achieve.
Audi has been honoured twice more for its advanced A3 range in the latest Carbuyer awards.
The Audi A3 Cabriolet and its adaptable five-door sibling, the A3 Sportback, have been chosen as Best Small Luxury Car and Best Convertible respectively by the motoring review website, which picks the most popular reviews as its winners.
Stuart Milne, Carbuyer’s Editor, said, “No other drop-top blends so much comfort, performance and style as the A3 Cabriolet. Plus, a clever fabric roof makes it as quiet as the hatchback when you're on the move."
This automatically retracting hoods allows Audi A3 Cabriolet drivers to make the most of the good weather by retracing in only 17 seconds and at speeds of up to 31mph. For Sport and S line versions, an upgraded sound-insulating acoustic hood ensures even greater levels of interior refinement when on the move.
Outlining why the Audi A3 came out on top, Carbuyer cited its ability to ‘demonstrate everything that makes an Audi special’ and commends the fact that is features ‘a wide selection of engines that range from the very frugal to the very fast.’
Both models feature comprehensive equipment lists in entry-level SE form. Highlights include a retractable 5.8-inch screen, the Audi Music Interface, Bluetooth, DAB and preparation for SD card navigation.
All models also benefit from an extensive set of safety systems, including an active bonnet, adaptive brake lights which flash during an emergency stop, an electronic differential lock and a secondary brake collision assistant.
Company car drivers have the option to upgrade to ‘business class’ with the latest SE Technik version of the A3 Sportback, which adds SD card-based satellite navigation, a colour driver’s information system, cruise control and an acoustic rear parking system over and above SE specification.
Sport and S line upgrades are available are available offering even more standard equipment and visual enhancements.
Advanced TFSI and TDI engines to suit number of driver preferences are available for each model, from a 1.2-litre TFSI which can return a diesel-rivalling 57.6mpg combined to the most powerful 2.0-litre TDI Quattro with 181bhp and 380Nm of torque.
The S3 Cabriolet is the fastest, most powerful convertible ever to be produced by Audi, drawing on a 2.0 TFSI engine delivering 295bhp and a 0-62mph time of just 5.4 seconds. quattro all-wheel drive is fitted as standard for the ultimate in top-down driving thrills.
When the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) gets underway in April; Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis will do so as established drivers but crucially as a team for the first time.
Jarvis, who hails from Burwell near Cambridge, has been driving for Audi since 2008 while Loic Duval and Lucas di Grassi joined the manufacturer in 2012.
Since Audi’s old team of Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Dindo Capello have retired from careers as race drivers there was an opportunity to freshen up the line-up.
“This gave us the opportunity to combine the three younger talents into a new driver squad,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.
Duval and di Grassi raced together last year while Oliver Jarvis, who previously occupied the third cockpit in WEC races at Spa and at Le Mans, is now contesting all eight WEC rounds as a regular driver for the first time.
“This has always been my big aim. It’s a huge opportunity that I’m determined to make optimum use of together with Lucas and Loïc” says the delighted 31-year-old Briton from Burwell, who had formerly been active for Audi in the DTM for four years and sealed his first sports car victory in the Sebring 12 Hours in 2013.
Lucas di Grassi has strong ambitions to be the first Brazilian to win the Le Mans 24 Hours. Whilst Duval would preferably give himself a gift two days after his 33rd birthday.
After his first victory at La Sarthe in 2013 alongside Kristensen and McNish, Duval is now aiming to take his next trophy in the classic 24-hour race – the Frenchmen still currently holds the lap record at the course which he set back in 2010.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, concluded, “In these three drivers we’ve got a strong squad on the grid that is set on competing with our three-time Le Mans winners Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer”
Adding, “Our driver line-up for 2015 is balanced, experienced and strong. I can fully rely on them. They’re an important element in the WEC battle with the other three manufacturers.”
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