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2010 Audi A5 Cabriolet Review – A stunning drop top with the moves to match

Monday December 21st, 2009 at 9:1212 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2010 Audi S4

By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Versatile turbocharged engine
  • Sticks to the road like glue
  • Well-appointed, luxurious interior
  • Soft-top folds down in a mere 15 seconds

Cons:

  • Could use a few more ponies under the hood
  • Rear seats are for kids only
  • A bit pricey, even for a luxury convertible

Introduction

Let’s face it, in the eyes of car enthusiasts convertibles just don’t get much respect. Taking the top off of a sporty coupe is seen as a recipe for appealing to the fairer sex, for whom aesthetic appeal is far more important than tire roasting acceleration or slot car like handling. When Audi announced that it would produce its A5 coupe in a cabriolet for 2010, one could easily interpret this as a blatant move in the hairdresser direction. With the TT roadster aimed more at the sports car segment, the A5 Cabriolet will surely appeal to the well-coiffed crowd.

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2010 Audi Q5 3.2 Quattro Review – Warm on the Outside, Cold on the Inside

Tuesday December 15th, 2009 at 1:1212 PM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

2010 Audi Q5
Review and photographs by Kurt Gensheimer

Blings:

  • Sedan-like handling
  • Exterior style that competitors lack
  • Unique LED ‘eyebrow’ lights
  • Copious interior space for its size (excluding rear middle seat)

Dings:

  • Useless rear middle seat
  • Interior colder than refrigerated German coleslaw
  • Options push sticker past the $50K cringe point
  • Where’s the 2.0T?

Ruling: Eventually we’ll all end up driving wagons again, but until then, the Q5 eases the transition with a perfect blend of SUV and station wagon characteristics.

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2009

Monday November 23rd, 2009 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

New Year 2009-2010 SignpostContributing editors: Greg Gaillard, Alex Kramer, Kurt Gensheimer, Derek Mau

Despite 2008′s desperate measures to help auto manufacturers hold on to business as usual, 2009 brought only radical change leaving many old business practices and brands behind.

We have been spectators in this year of turmoil and watched the industry struggle to reinvent itself.  Two of The Big Three went bankrupt; one emerged with a global partner, the other became lean and focused.  Diesels are now faster than their gasoline counterparts. Nine out of ten EPA mpg champs are hybrids. VW bought Porsche while Porsche was buying VW.  Overall sales were millions of units short of expectations. Manufacturers now pin their hopes on the Chinese market, while Americans pray that the Volt is half as good as it needs to be. Somehow, during all of this turmoil Kia became cool.  What was once unthinkable has happened.

Amidst the mayhem consumer conservatism has redefined value to mean more than MSRP, monthly payments and residuals. Cars had better be good at what they do or people won’t buy them. The industry must meet the new expectation of great cars and real innovation. Tricky marketing and trend analysis will not build the product portfolios of the future.

While the industry was being shaken to its core, 2009 was a banner year for new technologies and remarkable products.  Read on to find out which cars persevered as CarReview’s best choices of 2009

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2010 Audi A3 TDI Coming To America

Tuesday September 8th, 2009 at 7:99 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Audi A3 TDI

More news on the diesel front: Audi has finally decided to bring a diesel variant of its very popular A3 to America as a 2010 model. The A3, which is sort of the car that people buy when they want more than a Volkswagen and less than a bigger Audi, has been intensely popular. Small and compact enough for urban duty, yet able to travel long distances with ease put the car on a spectrum of car buyers’ short lists.

The only thing missing, for the American market, has been a diesel option. The oil burners have been available since the get go in Europe, where diesel is a popular fuel choice, but Audi has been reluctant to bring any of their diesels to North America. This has been something of a downer for those that want an Audi and are either the frugal type, or more green conscious, but now that’s all set to change.

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Audi A1 On The Way, Production Starts in Fall

Monday August 3rd, 2009 at 7:88 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Audi A1

Audi is getting into the mini-car market for real with their new A1, and its production will start this fall. Audi felt compelled to answer both BMW’s MINI as well as the Euro only A-Class from Mercedes with the A1. As you would expect, it looks like a shrunken head version of an Audi: just like the big ones, only crammed onto a smaller frame. Although there are no plans for a U.S. version, Audi isn’t saying no either.

Production of the new A1 will begin in Belgium this October. That’s according to Alfons Dintner, head of Audi’s Brussels plant. He also stated that Audi will shut down the plant for the coming five weeks in order to ramp up for production of the A1 which will hit Audi’s European showrooms in the beginning of 2010.

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New Entry-Level Engines For Audi Q5 and A4 Allroad Quattro

Tuesday July 28th, 2009 at 7:77 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2009 Audi A4 Allroad

More word from Europe on engines and models that car companies should be bringing to these shores. Audi, maker of all things all wheel drive and quick, has just announced some new engines for the euro market that would be really nice to see here in America (along with a model we should see too).

The most interesting of the new mills is an entry-level diesel that will be available for both the Audi Q5 SUV and the A4 Allroad Quattro crossover. It’s a 2.0-liter TDI with a nifty common rail high-pressure injection setup that cranks out 143 HP and a maximum of 236 lb-ft of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. Pretty impressive grunt for such a small engine. There’s also a new base 2.0-liter gasoline fueled that puts out 180 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 to 3,900 rpm for the Q5 SUV. Both engines get a 6-speed manual gearbox.

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2009 Audi A3 Review – Compact, but capable sport wagon

Tuesday June 16th, 2009 at 8:66 AM
Posted by: peter

2009 Audi A3
>> Review by Peter Newton | >> Photos by Derek Mau

Pros

  • Taut and controlled handling
  • Roomy cargo for a compact car
  • Cool-looking LED DRLs
  • Just above average Bose sound system

Cons

  • Too few controls available on steering wheel
  • Sunroof cover did not fully block light
  • Trip/car computer non-intuitive
  • No iPod integration

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2009 Audi A3 2.0T S-tronic Quattro – First Impressions

Friday May 15th, 2009 at 9:55 AM
Posted by: twain

2009 Audi A3
Review by Twain Mein

Pros

  • Zippy and economical 2.0T
  • Smooth shifting S-tronic gearbox (a.k.a. DSG)
  • Audi’s über-cool LED daytime running lights
  • Magnificent suspension setup and Audi ride quality

Cons

  • Pricey with options
  • Back seat legroom worse than flying Economy Class on Southwest

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Audi Axes W12 Engine In S8 For 2010

Tuesday April 28th, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Audi S8 from Flickr user Wyemji

ACK! No more W12 engine for Audi’s big sedan?! Actually, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Since the range topping 8 series is getting a redesign in 2010 and set to debut in the 2011 model year, Audi will discontinue the model only for one year.

Audi also announced that they will no longer be using the VW-sourced VR6 motor any further. Dating back to the early 90s, the VR6 engine is a 3.2-liter unit capable of producing up to 250 horsepower. Most recently the VR6 was used in the A3 and TT model ranges. According to Edmunds, Audi decided to drop the motor because it doesn’t fit with the company’s move toward more advanced direct-injection motors,

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2009 Audi A6 3.0T Review – The other German mid-size luxury sedan

Wednesday April 15th, 2009 at 9:44 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2009 Audi A6
Review by Alex Kramer | Photographs by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • Versatile supercharged engine w/direct injection delivers performance and efficiency
  • Excellent balance between handling and ride quality
  • Quattro all-wheel drive provides unflappable traction
  • Top notch interior materials
  • Good overall value in its class

Cons:

  • Multi Media Interface controls are awkwardly placed
  • Rear seating could use a bit more room
  • Exterior styling is still a bit conservative

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