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2017 Audi A3 Earns High Safety Rating

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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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5 new safety technologies being developed by automakers

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.

  1. 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.

    Auto makers are redesigning safety concepts with new technology.Cars of the future will be safer than ever thanks to technological advancements by automakers.

  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. "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. 

  5. 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.

Super Bowl XLVII Commercials Showcase Cars and More

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.

Volkswagen, Audi score well on IIHS saftey test

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 to utilize T-Mobile for new wireless system

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 reveals green initiatives for next two years

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.

Drivers in the market for an Audi may want to shop New Jersey State Auto Auction, which offers a number of luxury cars for sale at affordable prices.

Audi announces carbon fiber partnership

German luxury automaker Audi has announced a partnership with carbon-fiber producer Voith, following in the footsteps of its rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

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. 

Audi’s new A6 brings it in line with rest of fleet

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.

Audi may offer retail race car

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.

Audi helps charge Volkswagen profits

Volkswagen isn't performing up to past standards, but the company's Audi luxury brand is keeping profits high for the German automaker.

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.