Audi has unveiled the R8 e-tron piloted driving concept at the CES Asia show in Shanghai, China. The R8 e-tron piloted driving concept may look almost identical to the R8 e-tron electric car, but the big news here is what you can't see - the concept previews Audi's self-driving technology that is slated to arrive in two years.
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I'm often asked what is the best small car on the market and the list always includes top models, like the Honda Fit and Mazda3, but one small car easily makes the top list - the VW Golf and specifically the GTI. The last-generation GTI was the definition of the perfect hot hatch and I loved it so much, that I actually bought one. Now for 2015 VW has completely revamped the Golf and the GTI, but is it just as good? Yes!
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Audi has big plans to further expand its current SUV lineup from the existing Q3, Q5 and Q7 lineup. It's been widely reported, but Audi has finally confirmed that three new SUVs will be added to its lineup by 2019.
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In addition to the Golf GTI Clubsport and Golf GTI Performance, VW has unveiled another Golf model - the Golf GTE Sport concept in Austria today at Wörthersee. Even though its name may make you think that it's just a sportier version of the Golf GTE, you'll be pleasantly surprised thanks to the concept's carbon fiber body and gullwing doors. VW says that the front of the concept previews "how the Golf GT models could develop in future."
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Next year the Volkswagen GTI turns 40 years old and to celebrate the birthday of one of the most iconic hatchbacks, VW is going to release a special model. VW is previewing the new limited-edition model with the GTI Clubsport concept that is debuting this week at the Wörthersee Tour GTI meet in Austria.
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VW has released design sketches of the new Golf GTI Clubsport, which is going to debut at Wörthersee next week. The concept is expected to preview a new model that will slow in between the current GTI and Golf R models in the Golf lineup.
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Audi is bringing a new concept car to Wörthersee Tour - the TT clubsport turbo concept. Even with styling bits that look like they are borrowed from the R8, the big news is what powers the concept, a 600 horsepower powertrain that gives the concept a 0-62 mph time of only 3.6 seconds.
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Audi has announced the pricing for the all-new 2016 TT. The third-generation TT is inspired by the first-generation TT, but has a modern take on the original with its with short overhangs, broad wheel arches and a lean a muscular stance.
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There have been several reports that VW may build the Golf R 400 concept with its 395-hp 2.0L turbocharged engine. Now a VW exec has confirmed that it will be produced and that its final output could rise to around 414 horsepower.
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Volkswagen has unveiled the C Coupe GTE concept at the Shanghai Motor Show. This latest concept previews the future design of VW's large sedans, like the next-generation Phaeton with its horizontal lines, creases and coupe-like profile.
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Audi has revealed another version of its sexy Prologue concept car - the Prologue Allroad. The latest concept follows up the first Prologue concept that debuted late last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Prologue Avant concept that debuted last month in Geneva.
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Last year VW created a unique GTI Roadster for the Gran Turismo 6 video game and now its unveiled a second model - the GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo concept. The newest digital concept is a hatchback version of the last year's roadster.
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Did Volkswagen just create one of the best electric cars under $40,000? Well lets just say that I was so impressed with the new eGolf that I asked Volkswagen if I could keep it longer - definitely something that I don't do often. The new seventh-generation Golf is an impressive platform, so it's no surprise that the eGolf is this great.
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Audi has announced that the high-performance RS 3 and Q8 SUV will be sold in the US. Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh has confirmed that the U.S. will get a sedan version of the RS 3 rather than the hatchback that is sold in Europe.
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Last month there were rumors that VW was considering killing off the Beetle and other slow selling models in its lineup. But now it's been confirmed that a new Beetle is in the works and that it will arrive within the next three years.
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VW continues to expand the Golf lineup and coinciding with the arrival of the new Golf SportWagen, VW has announced that the all-wheel-drive Alltrack model will go on sale in 2016 as a 2017 model. The Alltrack model adds a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, nearly an inch of ground clearance wheel arch moldings and flared side sills that offer body protection, newly designed bumpers, and an even more upscale interior.
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VW of America is celebrating its 60th anniversary and to help with the celebration, VW has revealed four unique Beetle and Beetle Convertible models at the New York Auto Show. All of the unique concepts pay homage to the Beetle's past while providing a glimpse at a possible future direction for the Beetle.
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Volkswagen has previewed its new SUV lineup several times with concepts like the Cross Coupe GTE and T-Roc. When the new SUV lineup does arrive they will have a more aggressive design language than VW's conservative models, like the Passat and Jetta.
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Volkswagen is reportedly looking at the idea of bringing a pickup truck to the U.S. market as it looks at ways to expand its lineup in the states. A VW pickup for the U.S. has been rumored for a while, but a decision could finally happen soon.
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Last week it was reported that Audi's next all-electric model will not be a Tesla rivaling sedan, but instead a fully electric SUV. Now we may have just received our first look at the new SUV, likely to be called the Q6.
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A new report claims that VW may soon cut more slow selling models from its lineup. VW has already confirmed plans to kill the Eos convertible, but now there's a report that the Polo and even the Beetle may be on the chopping block.
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VW has announced the introduction of a new Limited Edition version of the 2015 Passat that starts at $23,995, and supersedes the Wolfsburg and SE trim lines. The new Limited Edition model adds $2,755 worth of additional equipment to the automatic transmission S model, but costs just $1,555 more.
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This week Audi took the covers off the fully electric Audi R8 e-tron and now the automaker has confirmed plans to add another electric model to its lineup. The new electric model will be a fully electric SUV that will have a driving range of more than 311 miles on one charge.
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VW has announced the introduction of a new Limited Edition version of the all-electric e-Golf that starts at $33,450, almost $2,000 less than the SEL version. To get the price lower, the Limited version gets 16-inch steel wheels in place of aluminum-alloy wheels, halogen instead of LED headlights, cloth in place of leatherette seating surfaces, and deletion of the heat-pump system.
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Want the long range efficiency of a diesel engine, plus the zero-emissions capability of an electric motor all wrapped in an SUV? Well Audi has your answer with the new Q7 e-tron diesel-electric plug-in hybrid.
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Volkswagen has revealed the Sport Coupe Concept GTE at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, which is a sleek four-door coupe that previews a new model that could take the brand further upmarket. You'll recall that VW already offers the CC four-door coupe, but VW says that the Sport Coupe Concept GTE could lead to another four-door coupe that is positioned higher in the VW lineup.
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Audi has revealed the second-generation R8 supercar, which is going to debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. Some of the new R8's highlights include an aluminum and carbon fiber Audi Space Frame, a 610-hp V10 engine and a new all-wheel-drive system.
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Volkswagen is going to give us a preview of the next-generation CC four-door coupe with a new concept at the Geneva Motor Show next week. VW hasn't released the name of the concept, but we do have two sketches of the new concept, which features a more aggressive and coupe-like body than today's model.
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Audi has revealed the Prologue Avant plug-in hybrid concept ahead of its debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. The Prologue Avant is the follow up to the Prologue concept that debuted late last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
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Audi has released the first official teaser photo of the next-generation 2016 R8, which will be offered with optional laser headlights. The new R8's headlights can be equipped with LEDs for the standard daytime running lights and headlights with a laser spot as the high‑beam headlight.
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Late last year Audi previewed its new design language with the Prologue concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Now Audi has taken the original coupe concept and turned it into a wagon/ shooting brake with the Prologue Avant concept that is going to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show.
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Volkswagen has released the pricing for the 2015 Golf SportWagen, which starts at $21,395 for the 1.8T S model with the manual transmission, while the TDI Clean Diesel model starts at $24,595, a reduction of almost $2,000 over the previous base TDI model price.
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What we have here could be the first leaked photo of the all-new 2016 Audi R8. Instagram user dreboog posted this photo of that he apparently received from an Audi insider.
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Volkswagen has revealed the new Golf R-Line, which is a sporty version of the standard Golf for people that don't want to make the jump to either the GTI or Golf R. Like other R-Line models in the VW lineup, the Golf R-Line gets some styling upgrades and a few performance modifications.
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Volkswagen has announced that it's going to move away from the current media device interface (MDI) in its vehicles and instead will install USB ports. The current MDI system gives Apple iPhone users the ability to quickly connect their devices to the infotainment system in their VW, but Android users have had to go out an purchase an accessory adapter cable.
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Volkswagen has unveiled another version of the Golf Variant - the Golf GTD Variant, which is basically a wagon version of the diesel-powered Golf GTD hatchback. In Europe the Golf GTD Variant will go head-to-head with models like the Peugeot 308 SW GT and looks sportier than the standard Golf Variant thanks to its GTD-specific bumpers, grille, 17-inch alloy wheels and chrome exhaust.
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It's being reported that Audi is working on a new e-quattro all-wheel-drive system that mates a gas engine to two electric motors - with one electric motor in the transmission and the second powering the rear wheels. The system is expected to debut first in the new A4 and the upcoming TTQ crossover.
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At last year's Beijing Motor Show Audi gave the world a preview of what a crossover version of the TT could look like with the TT Offroad concept. Audi is reportedly getting ready to expand its SUV lineup at both ends with the upcoming arrival of the Q8 flagship and now it's being reported that a TT crossover is on the way - dubbed the TTQ.
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BMW and VW are set to emulate Tesla by creating an electric vehicle charging network across both the East and West coast of the U.S. The two automakers have partnered with ChargePoint to add 100 DC fast chargers to ChargePoint's network of more than 20,000 charging spots in North America.
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Although Audi recently introduced its all-new second-generation Q7 SUV, the Q7 will soon not be the top dog in Audi's SUV lineup. Audi is working on expanding its SUV lineup at both ends and by 2020 the larger Q8 will be released.
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