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Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi: quality with diesel power

In view of the current discussion about driving bans in Europe, the South Korean carmaker Hyundai continues to rely on diesel. It is questionable whether Hyundai Germany will continue to sell 2018 percent diesel engines in 35. In any case, the strict emissions standards will continue to be met in the future and all diesel will be equipped with SCR technology in 2018.

Germany boss Markus Schrick sticks to the South Korean automaker's corporate strategy: "We want to be a real alternative to Volkswagen." Even the former VW boss Martin Winterkorn recognized that this was not out of the blue. Already at the IAA 2011 he noticed the high quality of Hyundai's products, which was recorded in a legendary you-tube video and was noted with surprise not only at Volkswagen: “There is nothing to be heard,” you can hear. A knighthood from the former VW quality fetishist Wiko.


Audi S5 Coupé: Nice, fast and expensive

The new Audi S5 Coupé is (k) a typical representative of its category. A purebred sports coupe with the characteristics of a sedan. Just as popular.

It's the old dilemma: a coupé actually offers less car and costs significantly more than a sedan. So also the Audi S5 Coupé. Why coupes are so popular despite their disadvantages? Market research knows exactly: Coupés are automobiles that exude more elegance. They are the exclusive outfit for individualists.


The new Audi Q5 quattro with “ultra technology”: all-wheel drive only when necessary

The second generation of the Audi Q5 is coming to the market shortly and awaits with interesting further developments. One of them is the “quattro ultra” paradox, the all-wheel drive that usually only has two (!) Driven wheels.

In search of every possibility to reduce fuel consumption, the Audi engineers found what they were looking for at the all-wheel-drive brand core "quattro". Because even the best all-wheel drive uses more fuel than a “two-wheeler”, the quattro four-wheel drive in the facelifted Q5 is only switched on when it is necessary. On our test drive in Mexico, the country in which the Q5 rolls off the assembly line, two driven front wheels were usually sufficient. Only when the ground got slippery in sandy terrain did the gear change quattro ultra in a flash, in just 200 milliseconds to four-wheel drive. The driver feels nothing of this and can rely on having four driven wheels under them whenever it helps them to make safe progress. As unusual as it may seem that the all-wheel drive mostly remains unused, the quattro concept called by Audi Ultra Technology has an efficient effect.


Audi R8 Spyder: The Sound of Violence

Superlatives wear out quickly. And for the new Audi R8 Spyder, there is no better way to create it than the one that we already gave it in its first version: Hammer! This word says it all.

3,6 seconds to 100 km / h, accompanied by the ten-cylinder goosebumps roar from the multi-flow exhaust system make the Bang & Olufsen sound system with the additional speakers in the headrests a relatively unnecessary extra. If there wasn't the possibility to stroll openly on beautiful country roads. The roof can be opened and closed up to 50 km / h within 20 seconds. The enjoyable rolling away is particularly impressive. It doesn't always have to be full throttle. And that is what makes this super sports car, which is absolutely suitable for everyday use, so appealing: being able to savor the full range of an emotional driving experience. From strolling speeds up to 318 km / h, everything is possible.


Diesel affair: Now Audi has got it too - head of development Knirsch has to go

When Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg had to leave the group at the end of last year because of possible, but still unproven, involvement in the diesel scandal, his reference to Volkswagen seemed to be sufficient as an explanation. With the surprising separation from his successor Stefan Knirsch and the hearing of the CEO Rupert Stadler, the exhaust gas scandal reaches a new dimension that fears further separation of executives in the Volkswagen Group.


The new Audi TT RS Coupé with goose bumps license

In 1998, who would have thought that the new and rather well-behaved Audi TT Coupé would become a car with the performance of a super sports car 18 years later. The Audi TT RS Coupé now presented and its open brother as a roadster break all the laws of driving dynamics with restraint. 400 hp from five cylinders and 3,7 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h are not everything: accompanied by addictive goosebumps sound it becomes clear what could be the real obstacle for the electric car.


The Hyundai i30 comes to Paris with a razor-sharp design leap

At first glance, it could also be an Audi. Only the dominant Hyundai logo in the "single-frame grill" makes it clear that a Korean is showing his face. Have the designers copied from Audi? Yes and no, one can say frankly about the new i30, which was developed in Europe, by the way.

The creator of the single frame grill at Audi is the designer responsible for the i30. The similarity to Audi fronts is therefore no coincidence. “The new Hyundai i30 is a vehicle for everyone. For the design of the new generation of our compact, we not only looked at one customer, but also focused on many different needs, ”explains Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer Hyundai Motor Group. "Our design language has evolved significantly with this model and helps our most popular model with the redesigned cascade grille for an adult appearance." Hear it personally here: https://youtu.be/WLHhrigZyxA


Deserved award: Audi is "most innovative premium brand"

Over the past few years, Audi has repeatedly faced the subtle reproach of not being really innovative anymore. Ex-Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn and the almighty ex-group supervisory board chief also criticized more or less clearly that Audi was the slogan lead by technology would no longer correspond. That is no longer the case (very clearly) Center of Automotive Management and the PricewaterhouseCoopers AG with the Automotive Innovations Award approved. Audi received awards in three categories: as Most innovative premium brand, as the best Connected car and in the category Vehicle concepts / body.


VW - The "diesel theme" or the neverending story

"The VW scandal has been bubbling for months and what questions have actually been answered? Not a single. The largest German company treats the largest suspected fraud case in its ranks as a medium-sized recall campaign aimed at correcting a breakdown. To date, there are no known culprits. ”The Handelsblatt writes this and is therefore in the mainstream of public opinion.




CES Las Vegas: The battle for pole position in autopiloted driving has flared up

Yes, the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas could give the impression of being at a car show. There has probably never been so much traffic. And it's not just the German manufacturers who are showing their developments, but also the Asians and Americans. In other words, everyone wants to be the first in the future.

The interior has nothing left of today's vehicles Photos: Daimler

The interior has nothing left of today's vehicles Photos: Daimler


Soo! needs advertising! Intelligent Audi TV commercial deserves “high” praise

Pep Guardiola made a speech

Pep Guardiola made a speech

Advertising is the fine art of getting people interested in a message. If that happens with intelligent humor, that's all the better. While I criticized the straight depressive advertising from Toyota a few days ago (see below), the latest Audi advertising deserves “högschde” recognition, to say the least with Jogi Löw, who doesn't matter here.


Audi A5 Coupé 3.0 TDI Clean Diesel: Premium all along the line

Audi always surprises me. You get much more than you get from a Premium-Marke expected. This is particularly true for the two-door A5 Coupé, which as the 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic absolutely corresponds to the philosophy of “being more than seeming”. It has always been the case that a coupe offers two doors less at a higher price, but it represents an extra portion of exclusivity and special aesthetics. The coupé looks very sporty, especially in profile, more like a sports car than a sedan. Even for a classic coupe, the lines with the flat roof appear even sportier than you would expect from a coupe. The front and rear also give this Audi a precise and confident presence that embodies extremely typical Audi design.


ADAC AutoMarxX: BMW clearly in first place in the image ranking ahead of Audi and Mercedes-Benz - A differentiated view of the individual criteria holds surprises

Up to the nineties, it would have been inconceivable for old Daimler managers: that the Mercedes-Benz brand that Daimler had sold to Volkswagen in the XNUMXs (then Auto Union) could overtake. Because, in the opinion of the then CEO Joachim Zahn, premium and mass products could not be successfully managed under one roof and because Daimler needed money to build a truck factory.


Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas: Audi pushes technology leadership and pulls out all the stops in a brilliant presentation

A few years ago, the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas was more for playful nerds than for serious car enthusiasts. That has changed dramatically with and since the first appearance of a premium manufacturer, namely Audi, in 2011. Because electronic systems in the automobile have become extremely important, the presence of automakers at the CES has become part of the global compulsory program, such as the Detroit Motor Show, which takes place a week later. Because automobiles have not only become mobility tools, but have now become mobile technology platforms.

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