Audi A3 a model of success: two decades, three generations

Audi presented the Audi A3 at the Paris Motor Show in 1996. The car was developed from the ground up on the basis of the Golf IV platform, which followed in 1997. From the very first generation, the Audi A3 has boasted innovations and quality features from higher classes, making it the founder of the premium compact class. The A3 initially was available exclusively as a three-door hatchback in three trim lines and with four different gasoline and diesel engines. In September 1998, Audi brought quattro permanent all-wheel drive to the compact segment for the first time in the A3. A five-door variant joined the model series in March 1999.

And the brand reached a milestone with the first generation of the particularly sporty Audi S3 in the spring of that same year: the 1.8 liter, inline four-cylinder engine with turbocharging and five valves per cylinder produced 154 kW (210 hp).

The split grille still used in the second-generation Audi A3 was replaced in 2005 by the Singleframe, which went on to become the brand’s defining design element. Audi also expanded the A3 family to include its first open-topped variant: The A3 Cabriolet launched in 2008 with a classic cloth top.

Now in the third generation, the Audi A3 is available for the first time as a notchback sedan*. This version of the A3 celebrated its premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. In 2016, each and every variant in the entire model series received a technology update.

The Audi RS 3 Sportback is the sporty spearhead of the model series. The first generation was launched in 2011 with a 250 kW (340 hp), five-cylinder engine. The second edition of the RS 3 Sportback with 270 kW (367 hp) followed in 2015.

At this year’s Paris Motor Show, Audi presented the RS 3 Sedan* – the first compact notchback Audi with an RS badge. The RS 3 sedan is powered by a 2.5 TFSI engine with 294 kW (400 hp), the most powerful five-cylinder engine on the market.

Cockpit: from analog to digital
The first and second generation of the Audi A3 rolled off the assembly line with an analog speedometer and tachometer. The current A3 is available with the optional Audi virtual cockpit. The all-digital cockpit depicts the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a TFT screen with a 12.3-inch diagonal. The driver can switch between two views by pressing the “View” button on the multifunction steering wheel. In Classic mode, the instruments are as large as conventional analog instruments. In Infotainment mode, however, a central window dominates. It provides more space for the navigation map or displays easy-to-read lists from the Telephone, Radio and Audio functions. Tachometer and speedometer are displayed here as small round gages.

Drive system: from conventional to alternative
The A3 is also the forerunner in the Audi model portfolio when it comes to drive system variants. Besides eight conventional gasoline and diesel engines, the A3 model series has also been available with two alternative drive systems since the launch of the third generation: a natural gas-powered model and a plug-in hybrid.

The Audi A3 e-tron* is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid. It pairs a 1.4 TFSI with an electric motor. The combustion engine produces 110 kW (150 hp) and delivers 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque; these figures for the electric motor are 75 kW and 330 Nm (243.4 lb-ft). The system power of 150 kW (204 hp) enables sporty driving performance. When connected to a 380 volt three-phase outlet, it takes just over two hours to fully recharge the lithium-ion battery (8.8 kWh).

The model series offers another alternative drive system with the A3 Sportback g-tron*: the compact five-door model can also use Audi e-gas, whose production is virtually climate neutral, as an alternative to fossil natural gas. Equipped with a 1.4 TFSI engine producing 81 kW (110 hp), the A3 Sportback g-tron sets standards for efficiency and economy. Fuel costs to the customer are roughly four euros per 100 kilometers (62.1 mi). Thanks to the four-cylinder engine’s configuration for bivalent fuels, its range is over 400 kilometers (248.5 mi) in the NEDC cycle with natural gas fuel. When powered by gasoline, the driving range is extended by as much as an additional 900 kilometers (559.2 mi).

Transmission: first dual-clutch automatic transmission
The racing-inspired electrohydraulic dual-clutch transmission made its debut in an Audi volume production model with the second-generation A3. It enabled sporty driving thanks to lightning-fast gear changes with no break in propulsive power. Today the S tronic dual-clutch transmission is firmly established and is available in nearly every model family.

Light: from halogen to Matrix LED
The A3 reflects the development of lighting technology over the last 20 years. The first Audi A3 was equipped with halogen lights. Today the premium compact comes standard with xenon headlights. Optional Matrix LED headlights illuminate the road with a light very similar to daylight without causing glare for other road users.

15 LEDs in each Matrix LED headlight radiate from three reflectors to produce the high beam. A camera on the interior mirror feeds information to the controller. The controller turns individual LEDs on or off as needed, or dims them in 64 steps. The Matrix LED headlights can thus realize several million different light distributions. They specifically illuminate road signs with 30 percent less power to prevent glare caused by reflections.

Assistance systems: on the home stretch to piloted driving
The numerous driver assistance systems in the A3 exemplify Audi’s rapid pace of development in electrical systems and electronics. The current model generation offers such systems as Audi active lane assist or Audi pre sense front including predictive pedestrian protection.

The optional traffic jam assist in the current A3 is groundbreaking. The system maintains distance to the vehicle ahead in traffic. If the customer combines the traffic jam assist and
S tronic, the A3 automatically sets off again following brief stops. In slow-moving traffic up to
65 km/h (40.4 mph) on well-paved roads, the traffic jam assist even takes over the steering – a key step toward piloted driving.

Model of success: more than four million units delivered since 1996
20 years of the Audi A3: in Germany alone, the combination of body style, engine, transmission and drive system yields 54 variants of the premium compact model. But the car from Ingolstadt has now become a global player, having conquered the roads of more than 100 sales markets. Audi produces the Audi A3*, A3 Sportback*, A3 Sportback e-tron* and A3 Sportback g-tron* models at its site in Ingolstadt. In 2001, the Audi Group expanded portions of A3 production with a facility in Győr, Hungary. Today, the Audi A3 Sedan* and A3 Cabriolet* come off the assembly line there. Audi produces the A3 Sportback and the A3 Sedan for the Chinese market at its factory in Foshan. Total production volume since the car made its debut 20 years ago is more than four million A3 models.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi RS 3 Sedan:
This vehicle is not yet on sale. It does not yet have type approval and is therefore not subject to directive 1999/94/EC.

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 1.8 – 1.6** (130.7 – 147.0 US mpg)
Combined electrical consumption in kWh/100 km: 12 – 11.4**
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 40 – 36** (64.4 – 57.9 g/mi)

Audi A3 Sportback g-tron:
Combined CNG consumption in kg/100 km: 3.6 – 3.3**
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km (gasoline): 5.5 – 5.1** (42.8 – 46.1 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km (CNG): 98 – 89** (157.7 – 143.2 g/mi);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km (gasoline): 128 – 117** (206.0 – 188.3 g/mi)

Audi A3 three-door:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.8 – 3.8** (40.6 – 61.9 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 133 – 99** (214.0 – 159.3 g/mi)

Audi A3 Sportback:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.0 – 3.8** (39.2 – 61.9 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 137 – 99** (220.5 – 159.3 g/mi)

Audi A3 Sedan:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.9 – 3.7** (39.9 – 63.6 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 136 – 98** (218.9 – 157.7 g/mi)

Audi A3 Cabriolet:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.3 – 4.2** (37.3 – 56.0 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 144 – 110** (231.7 – 177 g/mi)

**Figures depend on the tire/wheel sets used and the engine/transmission variant.

Euro NCAP: Five stars for the Audi A5 and Audi Q2

Emergency braking systems were introduced to the evaluation procedure in 2016. The Audi Q2* is equipped as standard with the emergency braking assistant as part of Audi pre sense front. The system examines whether other vehicles or pedestrians are in the path of the vehicle. If a collision is imminent, it warns the driver and if necessary initiates automatic emergency braking.

The new Audi A5 Coupé* and A5 Sportback* models were also awarded the top grade of five stars by the examiners. Both models offer high levels of safety for adults and children, as well as good pedestrian protection.

The standard Audi pre sense city helps the A5 Coupé and A5 Sportback to avoid accidents. At speeds of up to 85 km/h (52.8 mph), the system scans the road for other vehicles and pedestrians using a windshield-mounted front camera with a range of over 100 meters (328.1 ft). If it detects an impending collision, the driver receives a series of warnings, and if necessary the car initiates maximum braking. At speeds up to 40 km/h (24.9 mph) accidents can be avoided completely within the system limits. At higher speeds (up to 85 km/h (52.8 mph)), warnings and brake intervention reduce the impact velocity.

The Audi A5 also features an extensive range of other assistance systems, for example collision avoidance assist or turn assist. While collision avoidance assist helps the driver to drive around an obstacle, turn assist monitors oncoming traffic when turning across the flow of traffic at low speed. In a dangerous situation, it brakes the vehicle to a complete stop, if necessary, to prevent a turn when there is oncoming traffic.

The Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) has been investigating the crash performance of new car models since it was established in 1997. In order to simulate real-life accident conditions better, the consortium continually tightens crash safety requirements.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi Q2:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.7 – 4.1** (41.3 – 57.4 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 134 – 109** (215.7 – 175.4 g/mi)

Audi A5 Coupé:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.4 – 4.1** (31.8 – 57.4 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 170 – 107** (273.6 – 172.2 g/mi)

Audi A5 Sportback:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5 – 4.2** (31.4 – 56.0 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 170 – 109** (273.6 – 175.4 g/mi)

**Figures depend on the tire/wheel sets used and the engine/transmission variant.

Audi Sport – Farewell to 24 Hours of Le Mans

Audi Sport - Farewell to 24 Hours of Le Mans

From the R8 to the R18, Audi Sport has shaped an entire racing era. Experience some of the highlights from Audi Sport’s 18 years on the racetrack.

107 overall race victories and countless memories. Thank you for 18 thrilling years, 24 Hours of Le Mans!

Part-Time Scientists and Audi lunar quattro ready to head for the Moon

Audi and the German group of engineers announced their partnership in early 2015. Their common objective: to bring together the technological expertise of both partners in getting a rover to travel about on the Moon, under the auspices of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. A group of 16 Audi experts has since been supporting the Part-Time Scientists with expertise in a large number of technical areas and has optimized the rover for the lunar mission. Audi was above all able to contribute its quattro experience, knowledge of lightweight construction and expertise in e-tron and design in helping the Berlin team with the development of the unmanned lunar vehicle.

“We are proud that we have given the moon rover important aspects of the four rings’ DNA: It is a quattro, has an e-tron battery on board, drives in piloted mode and offers an intelligent mix of materials,” remarked Michael Schöffmann, Head of Audi Transmission Development and Development Coordinator of the Audi lunar quattro. “The collaboration with the Part-Time scientists is also very enriching for us: We are breaking new technological ground with the Audi lunar quattro and can learn much about how automotive components behave in extreme conditions.”

Over the past few months Audi’s experts have been working on the rover’s intelligent all-wheel-drive power distribution, optimizing its high-performance electronics and contributing their piloted driving expertise to the development process. In order to boost stability and increase the contact surface, the engineers and designers enlarged the rover and its wheels. Meanwhile they reduced its weight from 38 to 30 kilograms by adopting an optimum mix of materials and using aluminum 3D printing. Sophisticated tests, for instance in the Audi sun simulation chamber, were also run to simulate the extreme conditions on the Moon and examine the suitability of the rover’s components.

On the Moon, the Audi lunar quattro will have four cameras to help it find its way around. It will use them to examine objects and take 3D and 360°pictures. One popular motif will be the rover from the Apollo 17 mission, which still stands in the Valley of Taurus-Littrow. ALINA, the landing module of the Part-Time Scientists, will touch down close to the 1972 landing point with two Audi lunar quattro vehicles on board. The probe will travel to the Moon on a launcher such as a Falcon 9 and has a total transport capacity of 100 kilograms. As well as the two rovers, the Part-Time Scientists will therefore also be able to take research equipment to the Moon for other partners. In this context, project partners such as the U.S. space agency NASA, the European Space Agency ESA and Wikipedia were recruited because of their substantial scientific interest in the mission.

The Part-Time Scientists plan to set off for the Moon from late 2017. Before then, they will still need to conduct extensive stress testing of the two Audi lunar quattro vehicles and the landing probe. To that end the team will be simulating the entire mission in the Middle East over the next few months, and is now performing some final fine-tuning.

The Part-Time Scientists came together in late 2008 on the initiative of IT expert Robert Böhme and are based in Berlin. They now number 35 engineers on three continents. Working together with international space experts, their aim is to make the lunar mission become a reality and gather as much knowledge as possible to promote technological development and advance scientific progress.

The Google Lunar XPRIZE, worth more than USD 30 million, is a space travel competition aimed at engineers and entrepreneurs from all over the world. To win, a private team must get a rover on the moon, drive it at least 500 meters and send high-resolution pictures back to earth. From an original field of almost 30 challengers, there now remain five leading teams in the race to head off for the moon. The Part-Time Scientists are the only team from Germany.

Link:Digital press kit on “Mission to the Moon”
Link: Image film on the mission with Frank Schätzing

“Auto Trophy 2016”: with seven awards, Audi most successful brand

Audi is once again the brand with the most awards in the Auto Trophy 2016 competition in Cologne and received more prizes than ever before. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG: “We are delighted to receive this multitude of awards. They

provide the entire Audi team with both recognition and incentive. On the basis of our “Audi.Vorsprung.2025” strategy, we will give our all to delight our customers with sporty, emotional, efficient and increasingly connected cars.”

Dietmar Voggenreiter, Board Member for Marketing and Sales at AUDI AG, accepted the award for “Best brand” as well as the prizes for the Audi Q2 and Audi Q7. “The results of the reader survey confirm strong interest among customers in our two newest SUVs in the market. Following the Q7 in the full-size class, we have also set new standards for connectivity features in the city format with the Q2,” said Dietmar Voggenreiter. The prize for the Audi Q5 was presented to Jennifer Meister, Project Manager – Total Vehicle Audi Q5. Trophies for the Audi A1 and the Audi A5 Sportback were accepted by Bernd Martens, Member of the Board of Management for Procurement at AUDI AG. Marc Lichte, Head of Design at AUDI AG, accepted the prize for “Best design.”

In the evaluation, the Audi A1 received 29.6 percent of the reader votes in the city car/small car category. The Audi A5 Sportback, with 26.1 percent, led the pack in the midsize class. Three Audi models took top honors among the SUVs: The Audi Q2 won with 28.1 percent (SUVs up to EUR 25,000), the Audi Q5 with 28.2 percent (SUVs up to EUR 50,000), and the Audi Q7 with 21 percent (luxury SUVs, international). In addition, Audi won the trophies for “Best design,” with 15.5 percent, and “Best brand,” with 18 percent.

This was the 29th time that Auto Zeitung has presented the “Auto Trophy” awards. Nearly 60,000 readers participated in the voting. The trophies are among the most prestigious prizes in the automotive industry and are presented in 24 categories.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi A1:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.2 – 3.6** (32.7 – 65.3 mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 168 – 94** (270.4 – 151.3 g/mi)

Audi Q2:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.7 – 4.1** (41.3 – 57.4 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 134 – 109** (215.7 – 175.4 g/mi)

Audi Q5:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 4.9** (33.1 – 48.0 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 162 – 129** (260.7 – 207.6 g/mi)

Audi A5 Sportback:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5 – 4.2** (31.4 – 56.0 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 170 – 109** (273.6 – 175.4 g/mi)

Audi Q7:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.6 – 5.5** (30.9 – 42.8 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 199 – 144** (320.3 – 231.7)

** Figures depend on the tire/wheel sets used and the engine/transmission variant.

Audi Hungaria passes millions mark in production

“Thirty million engines and one million automobiles are a meaningful milestone in the 23‑year history of Audi Hungaria,” said Peter Kössler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi Hungaria. “I am proud to be able to hold this celebration, together with the current 11,400 employees at Audi Hungaria. We will continue to rely on the dedication and outstanding performance of our team in the future. They produce our engines and cars in premium quality and, as a result, delight our customers all over the world.”

The record-setting car is an Audi TT RS Coupé in Catalunya red. Audi Hungaria took up series production of the sportiest model of the Audi TT model line in August. The record-setting car is powered by the thirty millionth engine from Győr, a sporty five‑cylinder engine that won the “International Engine of the Year” prize this year for the seventh consecutive year. With 400 hp output, it provides a special driving experience.

Engine production began at Audi Hungaria in 1994. The first engine produced in Győr had four cylinders and five valves. Over the years, the portfolio of engine production was continuously expanded, new engine types were introduced, and Audi Hungaria developed into what it is today: the world’s biggest engine producer. Currently, 216 engine variants are manufactured at the company. Each day, employees build a total of 8,800 four‑, five‑, six‑ and eight‑cylinder engines. With a total of 30 million engines built, a total of 5 billion horsepower have been brought to the roads.

Automotive production began at Audi Hungaria in 1998 with the assembly of the Audi TT sports car. Additional models followed, including the Audi RS3 and the Audi A3 Cabriolet. The second‑generation Audi TT Coupé and Roadster are also produced in Győr, along with the sporty RS models.

Audi Hungaria opened the automotive plant, which covers the entire range of vertical integration, in 2013. In addition to assembly and a press shop, a body shop and paint shop have been established in Győr. Series production of the Audi A3 Sedan began in the new automotive plant, as did that of the A3 Cabriolet. The third generation of the Audi TT also rolled off the assembly line in Győr.

The Audi Q3 will soon expand the range of automotive production in Győr. With the construction of a new body shop covering 80,000 square meters (861,113 sq ft), the company is already preparing for the production of the new model. 

“The extra hour” installation by Audi and the LEGO® Group at Design Miami/

Self-driving cars relieve the strain on drivers while also giving them precious added time, since their hands and minds are freed up for other things during the drive. As a result, the Audi of tomorrow will become a place to work, relax and enjoy experiences. At Audi, this time gain is symbolized by the 25th hour – “The extra hour”. At Design Miami/, Audi partnered with the LEGO Group to give this new freedom a visual form with an installation. The Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept, placed at the center of a giant clock face, represents the focal point of this brand presentation. Also on display: The giant numeral “25”, made completely from LEGO bricks.

“Audi and the LEGO Group share a passion for innovation and inventiveness,” said Nils Wollny, Head of Digital Business Strategy & Customer Experience at AUDI AG. “This passion is also especially valuable in the development of new products and business models that relate to autonomous driving.” William Thorogood, Senior Innovation Director at LEGO Creative Play Lab, added: “We hope to inspire the imagination and creativity of the visitors with this installation and encourage them to allow themselves this break from their everyday routine. The 25th hour is the perfect time for that.”

Design Miami/ is being held November 30 to December 4, 2016, in Miami, Florida (USA). It is viewed as a worldwide design forum and each year draws the most influential art collectors, gallery owners, designers, curators and critics from all over the world to Miami. Audi has been the exclusive automotive partner to the exhibition since 2006.

Moving forward under a new name: quattro GmbH becomes Audi Sport GmbH

Since 1983 quattro GmbH, with its headquarters in Neckarsulm, has been building high-performance sports cars and delivering high-tech automotive concepts. And now the Audi subsidiary has changed its name to Audi Sport GmbH. It is built on four business areas. In addition to developing and manufacturing the Audi R8* and Audi RS models, it is responsible for customer motorsport – Audi Sport customer racing. Other areas of business include car customization options via the Audi exclusive program, plus lifestyle articles marketed as the Audi Sport collection. 

The name Audi Sport is inspired by a long and successful tradition of motorsport. As far back as the 1930s, the legendary “Silver Arrow” models of Auto Union were the ultimate benchmark on racing circuits worldwide. In the 1980s, the Audi quattro with permanent all-wheel drive proved outstandingly successful in rally competition. Today the brand with the four rings is involved in the DTM, Formula E, GT racing and in the TCR category. Young racing talent is being fostered in the Audi Sport TT Cup. The production models benefit from developments and technologies first used in motorsport. The Audi R8 and the Audi RS models represent the sporty vanguard of the brand, combining superlative performance with exclusiveness and prestige.

The abbreviation RS stands for the most powerful engine version within a particular Audi model series, for impressive dynamic performance, for understated sophistication coupled with comprehensive everyday usability, and for quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The brand’s RS tradition started in 1994 with the appearance of the Audi RS 2 Avant.

It was a trendsetter – a genuine high-performance sports car with five seats and a large luggage compartment. Since then, quattro GmbH has steadily expanded the portfolio of RS models, which now range from the compact Audi RS 3 Sportback* to superior cars such as the Audi RS 6 Avant* or Audi RS 7 Sportback*. The subsidiary’s focus is to create the most prestigious models in the portfolio of AUDI AG.

The Audi R8 is the pinnacle of the product range. The first generation appeared on the market in 2007 with an innovative vehicle concept: mid-engine, systematic lightweight construction featuring Audi Space Frame technology, and quattro drive. The high-performance sports car provides a typical driving experience, but is also perfectly suited to the racetrack thanks to its optimum power-to-weight ratio.

The Audi subsidiary doubled its sales over the past five years. Over the next 18 months, Audi Sport GmbH will be launching eight new models, which will further consolidate the company’s position in the market. The number of specialized Audi Sport dealers will increase from 370 at present to around 600 by the end of 2017.

Stephan Winkelmann has been Managing Director of the company since March 15, 2016. Audi Sport GmbH has around 1,200 employees at locations in Neckarsulm and Ingolstadt.

The product portfolio of Audi Sport GmbH currently comprises the following models:

  • Audi RS 3 Sedan*
  • Audi RS Q3*, Audi RS Q3 performance*
  • Audi RS 6 Avant*, Audi RS 6 Avant performance*
  • Audi RS 7 Sportback*, Audi RS 7 Sportback performance*
  • Audi TT RS Coupé*, Audi TT RS Roadster*
  • Audi R8 Coupé*, Audi R8 Spyder*
  • Audi S8 plus*

Fuel consumption of the models named above

Audi RS 3 Sedan:
This vehicle is not yet on sale. It does not yet have type approval and is therefore not subject to directive 1999/94/EC.

Audi RS Q3:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.6 – 8.4** (27.4 – 28.0 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 203 – 198** (326.7 – 318.7 g/mi)

Audi RS Q3 performance:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.6 (27.4 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 203 (326.7 g/mi)

Audi RS 6 Avant:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.6 (24.5 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 223 (358.9 g/mi)

Audi RS 6 Avant performance:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.6 (24.5 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 223 (358.9 g/mi)

Audi RS 7 Sportback:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.5 (24.8 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 221 (355.7 g/mi)

Audi RS 7 Sportback performance:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.5 (24.8 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 221 (355.7 g/mi)

Audi TT RS Coupé:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.4 – 8.2** (28.0 – 28.7 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 192 – 187** (309.9 – 300.9 g/mi)

Audi TT RS Roadster:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.5 – 8.3** (27.7 – 28.3 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 194 – 189** (312.2 – 304.2 g/mi)

Audi R8 Coupé
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.3 – 11.4*** (19.1 – 20.6 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 287 – 272*** (461.9 – 437.7 g/mi)

Audi R8 Spyder:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11.7 (20.1 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 277 (445.8 g/mi)

Audi S8 plus:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 10.0 (23.5 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 231 (371.8 g/mi)

** Figures depend on the tire/wheel sets used

*** Figures depend on the tire/wheel sets used and the engine/transmission variant

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi & Porsche Plan a Joint Venture for Ultra-Fast, High-Power Charging Along Major Highways in Europe

The projected ultra-fast high-powered charging network with power levels up to 350 kW will be significantly faster than the most powerful charging system deployed today. The build-up is planned to start in 2017. An initial target of about 400 sites in Europe is planned. By 2020 the customers should have access to thousands of high-powered charging points. The goal is to enable long-distance travel through open-network charging stations along highways and major thoroughfares, which has not been feasible for most BEV drivers to date. The charging experience is expected to evolve to be as convenient as refueling at conventional gas stations.

The network will be based on Combined Charging System (CCS) standard technology. The planned charging infrastructure expands the existing technical standard for AC- and DC charging of electric vehicles to the next level of capacity for DC fast charging with up to 350 kW. BEVs that are engineered to accept this full power of the charge stations can recharge brand-independently in a fraction of the time of today’s BEVs. The network is intended to serve all CCS equipped vehicles to facilitate the BEV adoption in Europe.

BMW Group
“This high-power charging network provides motorists with another strong argument to move towards electric mobility”, says Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.“The BMW Group has initiated numerous public charging infrastructure projects over the last years. The joint project is another major milestone clearly demonstrating that competitors are combining forces to ramp-up e-mobility.”

Daimler AG
“The breakthrough of e-mobility requires two things: convincing vehicles and a comprehensive charging infrastructure. With our new brand EQ, we are launching our electric product offensive: by 2025, our portfolio will include more than ten fully electric passenger cars. Together with our partners, we are now installing the highest-powered charging infrastructure in Europe”, says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “The availability of high-power stations allows long-distance e-mobility for the first time and will convince more and more customers to opt for an electric vehicle.”

Ford Motor Company
“A reliable, ultra-fast charging infrastructure is important for mass consumer adoption and has the potential to transform the possibilities for electric driving”, says Mark Fields, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company. “Ford is committed to developing vehicles and technologies that make people’s lives better, and this charging network will make it easier and more practical for customers across Europe to own electrified vehicles.”

“We intend to create a network that allows our customers on long-distance trips to use a coffee break for recharging”, says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “Reliable fast charging services are a key factor for drivers to choose an electric vehicle. With this cooperation we want to boost a broader market adoption of e-mobility and speed up the shift towards emission-free driving.”

Porsche AG
“There are two decisive aspects for us: ultra-fast charging and placing the charging stations at the right positions”, says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Together, these two factors enable us to travel in an all-electrically powered car as in a conventional combustion engine vehicle. As automobile manufacturer, we actively shape our future, not only by developing all-electrically powered vehicles but by building up the necessary infrastructure as well.”

The automobile manufacturers intend to make substantial investments to create the network, underscoring each company’s belief in the future of electric mobility. While the founding partners – BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group – will be equal partners in the Joint Venture, other automobile manufacturers will be encouraged to participate in the network to help establish convenient charging solutions for BEV customers. The Joint Venture is also open for cooperations with regional partners.

The Joint Venture formation is subject to execution of definitive agreements and merger control approval in various jurisdictions.

Audi uses wearables in logistics

An innovative scanner glove has now replaced conventional barcode scanners at selected workplaces in the international logistics of CKD (completely knocked down) in Ingolstadt. The scanner is integrated in the “ProGlove.” The employees trigger the scanning function by pressing the thumb and first finger together. This means that they have both hands free for their work and save additional hand movements, to pick up and put down the scanner for example. It also minimizes walking and makes the working routines in CKD Packing more ergonomic.

“For our employees, the scanner glove is a real help. It makes them more flexible; they can move freely and can scan and pack the cartons more easily,” explained Hartmut Bartsch, Head of CKD Packing. “In addition, with the help of the glove, we design complex logistics processes to be more innovative and more efficient.”

“The development of ProGlove follows the idea that wearable electronics have to support the employees. That’s why we have developed a light glove for industry that is intuitive to use, and which can be deployed without any integration expense,” stated Thomas Kirchner, CEO of ProGlove.

The intelligent glove has an ergonomically optimized trigger button on the index finger, which operates the scanner when it is pressed against the thumb. The employee doesn’t have to focus on the barcode, because the scanning function is integrated in the natural hand movement. By means of optical (LED light), acoustical (buzzer) and tactile (vibration) signals, the commissioner knows that the article has been scanned.

The scanner communicates with the receiver unit by radio. This access point is connected via USB or a normal serial connector; the installation of additional software is not necessary. The battery charge is designed to last for the period of a working shift and can then be fully recharged within two hours.

Audi has successfully tested the ProGlove for four weeks and has now deployed the first gloves in the CKD Packing area. This is the first step towards widespread use of so-called wearables in production. In parallel with CKD Packing in Ingolstadt, the glove is also being tested in pilot phases in other areas of production at Audi.