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Project OE A3: Factory Carbon Fiber

by on 12 December 2014 in Project OE A3

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Carbon fiber as aesthetic improvement is a common theme at the highest level of the Audi brand. There are whole styling packages for cars like the R8, RS 6 and RS 7. So why not cars like the A3 and S3 sedan? Turns out Audi Accessories (Audi Original Zubehor to those of you in Europe) has the answer to that question. More…

1.8 TFSI Engine Named to “2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines” List

by on 10 December 2014 in Industry News

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WardsAuto Announced today that the 1.8-liter TFSI engine offered in the Audi A3 has found a place on its exclusive “10 Best Engines” list. More…

Five Stars for the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron from Euro NCAP

by on 10 December 2014 in Audi News

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The Euro NCAP consortium has awarded the new Audi A3 Sportback e tron* the maximum five star rating for crash safety. This puts the first volume production plug in hybrid from Audi among the safest cars in its class.
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KW Coilovers for the Audi A3 Sedan

by on 25 November 2014 in Aftermarket & Tuner News

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The launch of the Audi A3 as four-door sedan in the classic notchback design meets a positive response. And we already offer our stainless steel KW coilover suspension kits for the new A3-model (Type 8V). It does not matter whether the A3 notchback sedan has a front- or the recommendable quattro drive. With the coilovers, a continuous lowering of up to 60 mm is possible. Customers who purchase the kit from a certified retailer and let it install there, can also apply for the well-known KW-5-year extended warranty directly from KW. More…

Audi Converts A3 Cabriolet into Art for the Future Beauty Exhibition

by on 19 November 2014 in Audi News Design

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As part of Audi’s ongoing support of contemporary art in Australia, the company’s partnership with Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is producing some thought provoking work as part of the ‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ exhibition. More…

Audi Partners with Universal Pictures for Film Adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

by on 14 November 2014 in Audi News

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Audi of America today announced that the brand will be featured in Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ upcoming film adaptation of the bestselling book from E L James, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which will be released on February 13, 2015. More…

SEMA 2014: Restyling Ideas with OEMplus A3 Bumper Upgrade

by on 13 November 2014 in Aftermarket & Tuner News

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We’re not sure this is entirely new news as we’ve seen UK distributors selling parts like these already, but we still found their presence at SEMA interesting. SEMA exhibitor RestylingIdeas may have a hardback and immensely thick catalogue, though unfortunately their website isn’t quite operational as of yet. No doubt they’re an importer as are those aforementioned UK distributors, but they seem to offer a boatload of body and lighting upgrades… often ugly and obviously aftermarket, though decidedly OEM+ in the case of this A3 bumper upgrade that mirrors the design of the same generation’s S3.
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Audi Excels in 2015 TÜV Report

by on 6 November 2014 in Audi News

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Top placings for Audi in the TÜV Report 2015: The Audi A3* was voted best in the class of compact cars. The Audi A6* finished second overall in the reliability ratings. The analysis takes account of the results of 8.5 million technical inspections conducted by the German TÜV association on 226 models. Since 1971, the TÜV Report has served as a popular consumer guide for people buying a used car.
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Project OE A3: Suspension, Wheels & Tires

by on 28 October 2014 in Project OE A3

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The thing about starting with a somewhat basic car like our silver Audi A3 is that visual changes have so much more of an effect. Upgrading wheels and suspension on an Audi S or RS model and you’ll make a change. Make the same upgrades to a run-of-the-mill A-car and, well, you trigger a revolution. […] More…

New Audi RS 3 Grille Available Before New Audi RS 3!

by on 27 October 2014 in Aftermarket & Tuner News

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We love the UK tuning market for reasons like what you see here. Even before Audi has already released the latest RS 3, UK parts purveyors like xenonzUK are already preparing to sell some very convincing grilles in order to let you dress up your A3 or S3 like the RS version.
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#FotoshopFriday: Audi A3 TDI competition

by on 24 October 2014 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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This week’s #FotoshopFriday post isn’t exactly photoshop wizardry or pushing the limits on our rendering ability. We went with an easy one this week, adding some black accents to A3 sedan images from the Audi Deutschland configurator in order to create an A3 TDI competition.
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Audi A3 #TDIChallenge: Day 1 Report

by on 15 October 2014 in Audi News

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The first day of the Audi #TDIChallenge, attempting to run from Albuquerque, NM to Coronado, CA on one tank of diesel fuel, appears to be a solid start for Team Joest McCarthy. Our two man team representing this website and also Car & Driver, hit the road in our Shiraz Red Metallic Audi A3 TDI on the first leg from Albuquerque to Sedona, AZ.
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