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Ferdinand Piech Resigns as Chairman of Volkswagen Group Advisory Board

by on 25 April 2015 in Industry News

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It just may be an understatement to call this the end of an era. Confirmed today via a statement from the Volkswagen Group, advisory board chairman Dr. Ferdinand Piech has resigned from his post. While a bit of a surprise, the resignation is not altogether out of the blue. Piece had distanced himself in recent […] More…

Neidfaktor with Project Blue Marlin Audi R8 Project

by on 24 April 2015 in Aftermarket & Tuner News

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For the serious Europe-based car-modding enthusiasts, April is that time you finalize your build in preparation for Wörthersee. Only the largest gathering of modified Audi and other Volkswagen Group models, this is where people with modded cars go to be seen or discovered. Such is the case with Neidfaktor’s latest Audi R8 build dubbed “The Blue Marlin Project”. More…

FourWord: Motor Trend Editorializes (former Audi) Cadillac Boss Johan de Nysschen and You Won’t Believe What Happens Next

by on 24 April 2015 in Industry News

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Look Motor Trend, we know we’ve had our issues with you in the past. We’re not always happy with your comparison article winners, but they make for spirited debate. Our long-term R8 got dinked by a cleaning guy with no clue and an errant vacuum while on display at one of your regional auto shows and your event insurance to cover it was sub par (meaning non-existent). We’re sometimes jealous of the access you get to manufacturers as one of the larger of the print mags. None of that is terribly important in the grand scheme, but when former Audi of America chief and now head of Cadillac Johan de Nysschen talked a little smack toward the German marques on Facebook, we think it brought out the worst in you.
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Audi TT 1.8 TFSI: Athlete in a Compact Format

by on 23 April 2015 in Audi News

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New entry-level engine versions for Coupé and Roadster 132 kW (180 hp), and 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.9 seconds. Starting price of EUR 32,100 in Germany Audi is extending the engine range for its new TT generation. From July, the compact sports cars will also be available in a 1.8 TFSI version […] More…

Event: 2015 RS Treffen at Audi Forum Ingolstadt

by on 23 April 2015 in Events Coverage

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One of our favorite events of the year to report on must of course be the RS Treffen. It seems bizarre that a show we’ve never attended and that Audi doesn’t officially display at would rank near the top, but you can’t really argue with the premise. In short, Germany’s biggest performance Audi groups Audi RS-Club and RS-quattro converge on the Audi Forum Ingolstadt with a truly impressive mix of the coolest Audi cars. All sorts of fun ensues. More…

Confirmed Audi SQ7 Test Mule Spied at Nurburgring

by on 23 April 2015 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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With the new Q7 revealed in January, Audi plans an expansion of the model line that will dial up the performance quotient. Dr. Hackenberg even mentioned the car recently to press, though these latest spy photos confirm the model live and in person. More…

Audi, DHL and Amazon.com Deliver to Trunk of Your Audi

by on 23 April 2015 in Audi News

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In the future, the new service is to provide customers with the option of entering their Audi as the shipping address for online orders. DHL Parcel is providing the dispatching service in the pilot project. Development partner Amazon is the first online retailer to offer customers delivery directly to their car’s trunk. More…

Audi Exclusive RS 7 in Florett Silver Matte at Audi Forum Neckarsulm

by on 22 April 2015 in Audi Exclusive

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We’re longtime fans of the Audi Forum Neckarsulm. It is readily one of our favorite Audi facilities to visit, largely due to the presence of the quattro GmbH maintained Audi Exclusive showroom. The space is meant to show Audi’s latest and greatest cars customized in house by factory-trained tailors. Combine all that with a very social media savvy staff and the result is a never-ending feed of seriously cool Audi content. Take this Audi exclusive RS 7 Sportback in Florett Silver matte. More…

Audi S4 Avant B9 Spied Again on Nurburgring

by on 22 April 2015 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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Yesterday we published photos of upcoming B9 Audi S4 test mules. An S4 sedan was spied logging laps on the Nurburgring while an S4 Avant was spied on the roads nearby the German circuit. As it turns out, our spy photographer sources also managed to catch the Avant on the circuit as well. More…

Neidfaktor Audi RS 4 Ghost Project Turns Tailoring Skills toward B8.5 Basis

by on 22 April 2015 in Audi News

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We were already fans of the work from Neidfaktor. Best known for custom tailored interiors of Audi RS 6 Avants, the firm’s “Ghost Project” based on an RS 4 Avant shows what the same level of material craftsmanship can do to the all-popular B8.5 cockpit. More…

Event Coverage: Techno Classica 2015

by on 22 April 2015 in Events Coverage

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Much like Essen, Germany’s other big show focused on the aftermarket, trying to find a direct equivalent elsewhere in the world is a bit difficult. Sure, there are “auto jumbles” that cater to vintage cars like Hershey or Carlisle, and there are trade shows like the SEMA Show where company’s display their parts in a trade […] More…

New Audi S4 Avant B9 Spied Near Nurburgring

by on 21 April 2015 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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Audi’s development team are busy logging plenty of time at the Nurburgring, as clearly evidenced by those photos of the new B9-generation S4 sedan earlier today. If that wasn’t enough, our spy photographer sources nabbed further shots of another S4 later on the roads near the circuit, this time an S4 Avant. More…