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The 2017 Audi A3 received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2017 Audi S3 also received top marks from the organization. Both vehicles will be on the market beginning October 2017. This spectacular safety rating applies to each edition of the vehicles, both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. Both high scores in the extensive testing performed. These tests include a front crash test, side crash test and a rollover crash test. These assessments allow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to properly administer the most accurate score possible.
The 2017 Audi A3 and the 2017 S3 have been updated with several safety features that come standard in each model. One of the features included is a radar-based system that warns drivers of potential forward collisions. This system also is equipped with automatic braking.
The 2017 Audi A3 also has standard antilock brakes, a rearview camera, traction control and stability control. There is also a new feature called Audi Pre Sense Basic. This feature automatically tightens seatbelts and closes windows if it senses a potential frontal crash. Another option available on specific models is active lane keeping assist. This system alerts drivers if they begin to stray from their lane if they are traveling over 40 mph. Numerous other safety options are available on the Audi A3.
As Audi continues to increase the safety with the addition of new technology to their new vehicles, you can expect the same level of safety and quality engineering from a pre-owned Audi. To view a wide selection of pre-owned models, visit New Jersey State Auto Auction.
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One of the major factors driving advancements in automotive technology is the desire for increasingly complex safety features. As it stands, automakers may still be decades away from having fully autonomous vehicles that leave no room for driver error – because there isn't one. But in the meantime, automakers are coming up with innovative new ways to help keep people safe from their own mistakes and those of other drivers. Here are five of the best new technologies you'll be seeing in cars some time soon.
- Gesture recognition
Many companies have been working on this type of technology for a while now, including BMW, Mercedes-Benz and tech giant Microsoft, but Harman International Industries may have beaten them all to the punch. Wired reported that Harman's European division has developed a system that recognizes predefined nods, winks and various hand gestures from the driver. This includes raising and lowering your hand over the gear shaft to change the temperature and tilting your head to the left and right for radio volume control. Recombu, a car news site in the U.K., reported that Harman's system is so advanced it can tell the difference between real gestures and accidental or unintended gestures from the driver. What does all this have to do with safety? Hands-off controls mean fewer distractions for the driver.
Cars of the future will be safer than ever thanks to technological advancements by automakers.
- Automatic doze control
Falling asleep at the wheel is unfortunately a common cause of accidents, especially for truckers who spend long days and nights on the road. Volkswagen is working on a system that takes electronic steering to the next level, according to Popular Mechanics. The system works using a camera and other sensors that detect if the vehicle is experiencing any abnormal drifting patterns. The sensors communicate with a computer that interprets the severity of the situation, and takes control of the steering gear motor, if necessary, to keep the vehicle on a safe path. This technology is far from complete, however – as Popular Mechanics reported, the system cannot yet tell the difference between drifting and casually changing lanes. This will be a more active approach to lane departure warning systems that alert the driver if the vehicle begins drifting into other lanes without a turn signal. You can find various versions of such systems on newer used vehicles.
- Automatic sun visor
Drivers often encounter blinding sun rays that cause them to flip the visor and reach for their sunglasses. But Popular Mechanics reported that Volkswagen is developing an electronic matrix inside the windshield to help block the rays. One sensor focuses on the position of the driver's eyes while the other measures the intensity of sunlight beaming the windshield. The system then creates a dark area where the sunlight meets the driver's eyes that changes with the direction of the vehicle.
"New airbags will double the car's stopping power."
Airbags – for the car itself
How Stuff Works reported that Mercedes is designing an airbag system that helps stop a car when active safety sensors have determined an impact is imminent. The bags deploy beneath the vehicle and are coated with a substance that increases friction and doubles the car's stopping power. They also reduce the dipping motion that occurs as a vehicle is coming to a hard stop. It lifts the car 8 centimeters, which is enough to ease bumper-to-bumper contact and prevent passengers from slipping under their seatbelts. Airbag systems have become increasingly complex over the years, and you can already find plenty of cars with great airbag protection for the interior of the vehicle.
- Crash avoidance systems
Audi and other car makers already have vehicles on the road that can effectively swerve around a potential collision. But Audi is taking a few more steps in the fully autonomous direction with the zFAS central driver assistance controller, according to Automotive News. The zFAS uses two microchips – one that focuses ahead of the vehicle, and another that monitors areas around the vehicle. This helps determine the safest course of action the computer can take to avoid swerving around one object and prevent potentially colliding with another. The second generation of the zFAS will enable the chips to monitor each other as well, to provide backup in case one fails. Audi is also working with a number of other companies on overlapping sensors, radar systems and cameras to develop a fully comprehensive crash avoidance system.
While it may be a few years before you start seeing features as advanced as the ones on this list in cars everywhere, rest assured that that they're on the way. As for now, there are plenty of other active safety features you can find in used cars from New Jersey State Auto Auction.
In just a few days, the Baltimore Ravens will go head to head with the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII, and whether you’re rooting for the birds or sporting red and gold, there’s one thing everyone is looking forward to – the commercials. This is prime time for advertisements, as last year about 166.8 million viewers tuned in to the game, which is why ads cost nearly $4 million for just 30 seconds of air time. This cost may be worth it, as a recent Nielsen survey found 91 percent of viewers are just as excited for the commercials as they are for the game, according to USA Today.
Super Bowl commercials run the gamut from soda and beer to department stores and fashion lines, but the major player is almost always the auto industry. This year is no different, as Audi, Toyota, Volkswagen and many other brands are gearing up to air commercials debuting new cars. These ads go above and beyond the traditional car commercials, using unique angles to catch viewers’ attention.
Hyundai, for instance, showcases a kid gathering a team of his friends – including one bear-wresting youngster – to take on a neighborhood bully. His mom drives him around to wrangle his friends in a Hyundai Santa Fe. The whole ad strategy includes an interactive social media project called “Find Your 7” that allows fans to assemble their dream team in a seven-passenger virtual Santa Fe.
While most of the ads will showcase new cars, they can still help vehicle shoppers get an idea of what they might want in a used car. After the Super Bowl, drivers can find a variety of makes and models at New Jersey State Auto Auction. Plus, every model on the lot is CARFAX certified, letting all drivers feel like MVPs when they get behind the wheel of their cars.
The Volkswagen group redesigned two of its most popular sedans over the last year, and it looks like the move has paid off. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2012 Volkswagen Passat and the 2012 Audi A6 as its Top Safety Picks, USA Today reports.
The rating is especially good news for the manufacturer because many consider the IIHS' standards to be higher than the government's. To earn the distinction of being a Top Safety Pick, the cars had to get the top score on front, side, rear and rollover crash tests performed by the institute.
The rollover test is especially stringent and cars have to withstand a force up to four times the weight of the car. The Passat was able to stand up to six times its weight, while the A6 managed to withstand 4.9 times its weight, the publication reports. This isn't new territory for the Passat, which has earned the distinction before, but it is for the A6, which missed out last year.
Drivers looking to get behind the wheel of a used Audi or Volkswagen may want to check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which offers plenty of models at affordable prices.
Audi will be partnering with T-Mobile for its new in-car wireless system, Connect, a feature that will be debuting with the A7 sedan in April.
Connect allows drivers to access a broad range of web-based services via a wireless network, which is where T-Mobile comes in. Much like a smartphone, drivers will be able to select a monthly data plan upon purchase of the car, although the luxury automaker will also offer a free six-month trial.
"The launch of Audi Connect is part of a foundational strategy to help Audi lead with first-to-market, cutting-edge connected services," said Johan de Nysschen, President of Audi of America. "We're looking forward to a productive relationship with T-Mobile USA as we give motorists and passengers the ability to access the most current information and enhance their enjoyment of their Audi vehicle."
AT&T's recent acquisition of T-Mobile for approximately $39 billion is not expected to affect the agreement between the two companies.
The new system will surely send drivers flocking to the new A7 sedan, but buyers should keep in mind that the older versions of the model are excellent cars as well. Those looking to score a deal on a used Audi may want to head to New Jersey State Auto Auction, which offers a wide range of new and used cars for sale at low prices.
Audi has detailed some of its plans for diesel engines and electric hybrids over the next few years, promising diesel engines for U.S. models and an all-electric car by 2013.
Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi's American division, said today that the Audi A8, A6 and Q5 will all be getting diesel options within the next 24 to 30 months, according to Car and Driver. Nysschen did not elaborate on the specific engines that would be offered, but Car and Driver believes the A8 and A6 will be getting the diesel V6 from the Q7 TDI while the Q5 will source a four-cylinder from the Volkswagen Golf TDI.
When asked about the Audi A4, Nysschen said that the current iteration of the car was unfortunately not designed with a diesel engine in mind. Fans of smaller sedans with diesel engines will have to wait until the car undergoes a redesign, which is scheduled for 2014 or 2015.
In addition, the company announced that it will have its first electric vehicle on the market by 2013 as well. Audi did not provide any specifics as to what type of car it will be going with for its first foray into electric vehicle technology.
In recent months, BMW and Mercedes have both announced new manufacturing deals with SGL and Toray, respectively. SGL, Toray and Voith all make carbon fiber, an extremely lightweight yet sturdy material that many believe will be the future of automobile construction.
Many drivers want the best of both worlds – increased performance and fuel economy – but bigger engines mean less miles per gallon. One way to address both is to make vehicles lighter, and that's where carbon fiber comes in. The main drawback is that the material is much more expensive than typical sheet metal at this time, which is why it's usually only seen on high-end supercars.
However, the three German automakers jumping onboard with the material manufacturers seems to indicate that they see a future in mass producing carbon fiber. Audi already uses some carbon fiber parts in the R8, and BMW is building its strategy around the material with the new Megacity electric vehicle.
Extensive use of carbon fiber will likely cause a vehicle's price to go up. Those interested in a luxury car that won't break the bank may want to seek out a used auto at New Jersey State Auto Auction.
Those who have seen the latest Audis, like the A8, may have noticed the eye-like LED headlights or sleek grille. The German automaker has brought this design to nearly all of its new releases, but one model was curiously missing – the A6.
That's about to change, as Audi has pulled the lid off of the new A6, which several sources say looks like a smaller version of the redesigned A8. Drivers who really take the time to explore the new A6, however, will find a whole new model with plenty to love.
Audi claims that the new A6 is nearly 150 pounds lighter, thanks to a substantial amount aluminum used in the bodywork. The car will still offer the supercharged V6 from the previous iteration, which gets 300 horsepower. However, the automaker estimates that they have increased fuel economy by more than 5 mpgs on both city and highway, which would put it at a 26 combined mpg rating – if the EPA agrees. It is unknown if the inline-4 or non-supercharged V6 options available in Europe will also make their way stateside.
When the new Audi hits dealerships in 2011, it's likely that many of the older A6 models will find their way to the used car market. Those considering a luxury vehicle purchase may want to wait until that time comes and take advantage of the likely deals on used Audi A6's.
Nearly all manufacturers have race-ready versions of their vehicles for use on tracks all around the world. More often than not, these are unique vehicles that aren't available for purchase by the general public.
According to recent reports, Audi may be looking to change that trend. The company recently unveiled the TT GT4, a concept car that will reportedly be available to racing teams in the near future. Automobile Magazine, however, reports that "all the info we've seen points to a green light for production," with a rumored release date of 2012 and price tag of $160,000. There's no word on if the concept will be available in North America, but it would immediately become the highest-performing Audi available.
The GT4 is loosely based off of Audi's TT RS, which was recently greenlighted for the U.S. after fans of Audi's Facebook page requested it. However, the vehicle will be heavily modified for serious racing under track conditions, with a full cage, plastic windows and a carbon-fiber body. It will produce approximately 340 horsepower.
If released, the GT4 will be a highly-specialized vehicle for racers who want a track-ready model direct from the factory. For those who want performance without the high price tag, a used Audi might be a more affordable option.
Despite being significantly smaller than the main Volkswagen brand, Audi accounted for nearly half of the company's total profits in the first nine months of 2010, with $3.1 billion of a total $6.6 billion. That's a significant turnaround from just $1.6 billion in 2009. The luxury automaker is currently on track for its best year ever in the U.S., on pace to break the 100,000 sales mark for the first time.
"All indications continue to point toward 2010 winding up as the best year Audi has ever enjoyed in the U.S. market," said Audi U.S. President Johan de Nysschen.
Unfortunately, the automaker got disappointing news this week when a Consumer Reports survey listed many cars in the fleet as having "below average" reliability. Audi had previously been enjoying a big year for awards, with the Audi S4 winning Esquire's Car of the Year award.
The next launch for the company is the A8, a redesign of the company's flagship sedan that's due in November.
Drivers may want to wait until they can buy a used Audi, as they'll be significantly more affordable a few years from now.
One of the caveats holding electric cars back from widespread adoption is the range limits that batteries impose. If the claims of a German battery company are to be believed, those problems could soon be a thing of the past.
DBM Energy recently held a road test for reporters to see if their batteries, which are primarily used in forklifts, could be adopted for road vehicles. The company modified a used Audi A2 for use in the test.
The results were somewhat jaw-dropping. Over 7 hours, the Audi A2 was able to travel 375 miles averaging 55 miles per hour. Perhaps even more shockingly, the battery only required a 6-minute charge. At the end of the ride, the CEO of the company, Mirko Hannemann, offered to charge the batteries of reporters' cell phones with the remaining juice.
At this point skeptics might assume that these batteries were highly expensive and years away from adoption. Yet DBM claims that it can manufacture the batteries for cheaper than the lithium ion solutions being used by cars like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt.
If the company eventually does achieve a breakthrough, it could change the future of electric cars. Those interested in green technology may want to hold off on a new car purchase until the range is improved, instead buying a more affordable used car for the time being.
Technology moves at a rapid pace, especially in the automotive industry. Just a few years ago, 200 horsepower was Ferrari territory – now Hyundais are pushing 300. The same is true for safety and technological features. Where anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control were once high-priced extras, they're now standard on most vehicles. One only needs to look at the features list of many used cars to see how far technology has come in recent years.
With this in mind, Kelly Blue Book, the used car pricing guide, recently put together a top ten list of new car features that could eventually all become standard issue for many vehicles.
As portable devices become more popular, wireless internet access becomes more important. That's why a number of manufactures, like Audi, Ford and GM, are offering cars with mobile hotspot technology. While the driver won't get much benefit out of this, kids on long road trips will likely appreciate the ability to log onto Facebook and chat with friends, all while using the car's own personal network.
On the other hand, drivers of manual vehicles will likely appreciate one of the innovations that has made its way to Nissan vehicles. Driving a stick can be a bit of a hassle, which is where SycroRev comes in. The new system makes sure that the engine is always spinning at the right speed for any gear, ensuring that a driver's shifts are always good.
Touchscreen navigation is currently all the rage, but Audi is taking it one step further with its new Multi Media Interface. The system can trace finger movements and recognize handwriting, so even drivers with poor penmanship don't have to deal with a keyboard – they can simply draw the letters onto a screen.
Perhaps the technology that has the best chance of becoming standard in the future is lane migration. Mercedes-Benz and BMW have been two big proponents of this safety technology, although it seems to be finding its way onto more affordable vehicles as well. The system can recognize the lanes on a road and tell when a car begins to drift, automatically combating driver inattentiveness and alerting the driver to mistakes.
All of these new features come with a price, however. Drivers who are interested in the technological innovations may want to wait until the vehicles hit the used car market so that they don't end up paying extra for features that will later become standard.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady recently walked away from his crash in a 2010 Audi S8, but was spotted in the new 2011 Audi A8 at a charity event.
At a recent postgame press conference, a reporter asked Brady if he had gotten a new car since the accident.
"I did, I did," Brady joked. "I just wanted to get the 2011, so I had to crash the 2010."
The Boston Herald spotted Brady at a charity skeet-shooting event where he rolled up in the new A8. The original S8 was loaned to Brady by Audi because of his work with Best Buddies International, which is sponsored by the automaker. Car blog Quattroholic contacted Audi to see if the new A8 was also a gift from the automaker, which a senior official confirmed as part of their "VIP Fleet."
Fortunately, drivers don't have to wreck their existing vehicle in order to get into an Audi. Most used car dealerships will accept trade-ins, so drivers looking to upgrade can knock some dollars off a pre-owned Audi's already lowered purchase price and drive off the lot in a sleek luxury car.
Audi has listened to its fans and plans to bring its new TT RS model to the U.S.
After unveiling the TT RS at the Geneva Auto Show, the German luxury automaker received considerable attention and praise from the automotive press. And no wonder – the RS, a high-performance version of Audi's popular TT coupe, packs a direct-injection turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder screamer that produces 360 horsepower. Considering the light and aerodynamic style of the compact hatchback, that means a zero to sixty time of just 4.6 seconds.
But American fans ready to tear up straightaways were left disappointed, as the model appeared destined to be a European exclusive, as many cars are. Compacts generally sell better in Europe, and though the TT has done well here, the company wasn't sure if it would be welcomed with open arms.
So it turned to its Facebook fans – asking them if they wanted the TT RS in the United States. After 11,500 "likes," the German automaker buckled – the car will make its way stateside after all.
Those looking forward to the TT RS may want to wait until models begin hitting the used market, as all that power will likely come at a premium, which can be mitigated by the lower prices of pre-owned vehicles.
Esquire has announced the winner of its annual “Car of the Year” awards, and Audi‘s performance-oriented version of its A4 sedan, the S4, took home the top honors.
In each issue, the magazine profiled a car as it searched for the top car this year. The S4 had some stiff competition, including the Ford Mustang, BMW 535i, Porsche Boxster Spyder and Hyundai Genesis, but in the end, the Audi won out.
“Over several months and many miles, we drove cars – cars that are the most powerful, most attractive and most thrilling that the auto industry has to offer,” said Esquire Editor-in-Chief David Granger. “While a number of the cars we tested were terrific, the Audi S4 truly deserved top honors. Its rare combination of speed, force, design, and price makes the end result a triumph.”
The magazine praised the automobile’s mix of comfort and performance, along with its comparatively low price of about $45,000, as the reasons for the win. While the sedan style made a quiet ride in the city or country pleasurable, the S4 also packed enough wallop to be fun to drive when a driver really puts it through the paces.
Those interested in a luxury vehicle like the S4 may want to search on the used car market, as they can likely find it at a steep discount compared to its sticker price.
An Audi engineer working on Audi’s rally racing team noticed that an old Volkwagen army vehicle known as the Iltis could beat most of the company’s high performance machines in a race due to superior handling derived from its AWD powertrain. Using the Iltis as a basis, “quattro” was born, and Audi swept rally races for the next several years using the new technology.
Now, quattro lives on both as a branding for Audi’s AWD and in Quattro GmbH, Audi’s high-performance division dedicated to its sportiest and most exotic cars. Edmunds Inside Line recently looked at some of the landmark vehicles that made the term famous. While many of these vehicles have been discontinued, most can be found on the used car market.
It all started with the Audi Quattro Coupe, also known as the ur-Quattro. Modern technology means that this machine would likely be left in the dust by even a budget hatchback these days, but the news source reports that the steering still retains a fun feel and its easy to see how the car was once king of the rally circuit.
The Coupe was eventually replaced by the Sport Quattro, which again dominated rally races in 1984. The news source reports easy drifting and powerslides from this 1984 classic, but it would be a few years before Audi would truly refine the technology.
While the mid-nineties saw some intriguing cars using the technology, it wasn’t until Quattro GmbH kicked things into high gear in the latter parts of this decade that things got interesting again for the German automaker. In 2006, Audi released the RS4, which at that point was the pinnacle of the technology. While the cars of yesteryear certainly handled well, none of them were able to handle 414 horsepower as “with such subtlety and poise” as the RS4.
For those who want true power, the news source looked at the 2008 RS6 5.0 TFSI Avant, which packs a whopping 572 horses into a V10 engine. Although the ride is nowhere near as light and crisp as the RS4, the RS6’s sheer power, weight and size deliver a very different type of quattro experience – still able to handle the corners but also blow past most machines on the straightaway.
The latest addition to the lineup, the Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI V10, “expresses everything that Audi and Quattro GmbH have been trying to accomplish all these years,” according to the news source. With a chassis derived from the Lamborghini Gallardo combined with the signature handling of the entire line, the R8’s ride is “dumbfounding,” “sublime” and the “final proof-of-concept for the Quattro Way.”
German automaker Audi, which has stated that it hopes to take the title of most popular luxury brand away from its rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW in the coming years, has unveiled its A7 Sportsback, a car that it hopes will contribute to a major sales increase in the midsize and compact market.
The A7 was designed to compete with popular Benz and BMW models like the 5-Series Gran Turismo and CLS, according to Bloomberg. Audi’s strategy is to target niche segments, and the A7 does that by providing hatchback versatility with a sportier look and feel.
“We’re pushing into customer groups that are willing to pay more for their car, and that’s where the A7 will play an important role,” Audi Chief Financial Officer Alex Strotbek told reporters at an event on the island of Sardinia late yesterday. “It’s clearly going to help us with our profitability.”
While the vehicle will hit Europe at the end of October, it won’t come to the U.S. until next year. The current price is estimated to be around $66,000, but drivers can save off of that by searching for their luxury car on the used market.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recently unveiled nine more cars for its prestigious “Top Safety Pick” award. The IIHS tests every new model in several tests to earn the award, and the car must perform well in each test in order to qualify.
This year’s awards added a new test for roof strength, which is important in rollover situations, according to the Chicago Tribune. In addition, the cars must pass 40-mph frontal crash tests, side crash tests, and rear crash/whiplash tests, as well as be equipped with an electronic stability control system.
The IIHS has done the tests since 2006 and keeps archives of all the winners by model year on their website. Drivers searching for a used car can use this as a resource to ensure that their next purchase is of the highest quality.