Audi Q3 Owners Forum banner

1101 - 1120 of 1137 Posts

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,101
Success model 4.0: the new Audi A3 Sportback
1248

  • Five-door premium compact car with a sporty design
  • Technologies from the full-size class – from infotainment to driver assist functions
  • Powerful TDI and TFSI engines with high efficiency
Audi established the premium compact class segment with the A3 in 1996. The fourth generation of the success model is now being introduced on the market – sporty, digitalized and fully connected. Beneath the progressive design of the body of the new A3 Sportback lie many innovations from the full-size class, for example the infotainment, suspension, and driver assist systems.


Distinctive: design and lighting
The new Audi A3 Sportback features compact proportions and a sporty design. The wide Singleframe and large air inlets at the front end accentuate the dynamic character of the premium compact car. The shoulder of the body extends in a smooth line from the headlights to the rear lights. The surface below is curved inward – a new element of Audi’s design that puts a stronger emphasis on the wheel arches. The digital daytime running lights of the Matrix LED headlights are a further innovation. They consist of a pixel array made up of LED segments in a three by five arrangement that create special light signatures and make the A3 immediately recognizable. The sporty and sophisticated design is continued in the interior with the new shifter, aluminum or carbon inlays, striking door openers and an instrument panel with a black-panel look. Seat upholstery made of recycled PET bottles and adorned with stylish contrasting stitching are being used for the first time.
Digitalized: controls and displays
The cockpit of the A3 Sportback is wholly focused on the driver. It uses familiar elements from the brand’s full-size models and is equipped with a 10.1-inch touch display as standard, which is integrated into the center of the instrument panel. This recognizes letters entered by hand, provides acoustic feedback and can be controlled using natural language. The instrument cluster, which the driver operates via the multifunction steering wheel, is also digital as standard. The Audi virtual cockpit offers additional functions such as a large display of the navigation map. The plus version measures 12.3 inches and offers three different views, including graphics with a sporty look. A head-up display that projects important information onto the windshield in color can be installed upon request.

Intensified: the infotainment
The MMI operating concept is powered by the new third generation modular infotainment platform. Its computing power is ten times higher than that of its predecessor, it performs all tasks relating to connectivity, including telephony and the Audi connect services with LTE Advanced speed, and also has an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot.
Individual settings can be stored in up to six user profiles – from climate control and the seat position to frequently selected navigation destinations and frequently used media. The DAB+ digital radio is included as standard and the online or hybrid radio is available as an option. Route guidance is even easier and more flexible. For example, the navigation offers predictions on the development of the traffic situation, high-resolution satellite images from Google Earth and detailed 3D models of many major European cities. Audi connect enriches points of interest with photos, opening hours and user reviews. The connect services also include the car-to-X services. They help with finding free parking spots on the roadside or allow the driver to surf the green wave by communicating with traffic lights. The A3 Sportback is connected to the smartphone via the myAudi app, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, as well as via the Audi phone box. The latter connects the device to the car antenna and charges it inductively. The Audi connect key, which authorizes the customer to lock and unlock the car and start the engine via their Android smartphone, and Amazon Alexa will follow shortly after the market launch.
Sophisticated: the engines
The new Audi A3 Sportback is being launched in Europe with a choice of three engine versions – a 1.5 TFSI with 110 kW (150 PS) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.1 – 4.8*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 116 – 111*) and a 2.0 TDI that delivers 85 kW (116 PS) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 3.6 – 3.5*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 96 – 92*) or 110 kW (150 PS) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 3.9 – 3.7*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 103 – 98*). All engines impress with their powerful torque and sophisticated running characteristics. The engine versions at start of production will be combined with front-wheel drive. Power will be transmitted by a six-speed manual transmission or the quick-shifting seven-speed S tronic, the selector lever of which is now designed as a compact shifter. The driver can push and pull this to control the basic functions of the automatic transmission. Shortly after market launch, Audi will be gradually expanding the offer to include further engine versions, including electrified drive systems and versions with quattro drive.
Refined: the suspension
The suspension of the new A3 Sportback – with a four-link rear axle for engines from 110 kW (150 PS) – is sporty and balanced, combining pleasant ride comfort with good dynamics. Upon request, the suspension is available with adaptive damper control, which simultaneously lowers the body by 10 millimeters (0.4 in). Each damper permanently adapts to the road condition, the driving situation and the settings in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, creating a wide spread between highly comfortable roll motion and agile handling. With the sport suspension – standard in conjunction with the S line exterior, otherwise an option – the focus is clearly on the latter. Due to the tauter tuning of the suspension and dampers and the fact that the vehicle is lowered by 15 millimeters (0.6 in), the compact model conveys an even more direct contact with the road surface.
Well versed: the driver assist systems
Equipped with Audi pre sense front, swerve assist and lane departure warning, the A3 Sportback helps prevent accidents with other road users and offers a high level of safety as standard. Further assist systems, such as the lane change and exit warnings as well as the cross-traffic and park assist systems, are available as an option. The adaptive cruise assist, which customers know from many of the full-size models, assists with longitudinal and lateral guidance. It maintains the speed and distance to the vehicle in front and assists with lane guidance by means of gentle interventions in the electromechanical steering. This increases the level of driving comfort during long journeys in particular.
Optimized: the space concept
The new A3 Sportback offers more space and functionality combined with compact external dimensions. Measuring 4.34 meters (14.2 ft) in length and 1.82 meters (6.0 ft) in width without the mirrors, the premium compact car has grown by just over three centimeters (1.2 in) compared with its predecessor. The height of 1.43 meters (4.7 ft) and the wheelbase of 2.64 meters (8.7 ft) remained unchanged. Depending on the position of the rear bench seat, the luggage compartment holds between 380 (13.4 cu ft) and 1,200 liters (42.4 cu ft), and the loading floor can be inserted at different heights. An electric tailgate, which can also be controlled with a foot motion, is available upon request.
Scheduled: market launch and prices
Presales of the new Audi A3 Sportback start in many European countries in March 2020, with the first vehicles to be delivered to customers at the beginning of May. The 1.5 TFSI with 110 kW (150 PS) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.1 – 4.8*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 116 – 111*) starts at 28,900 euros. The market launch will be accompanied by a special-edition model: the A3 Sportback edition one with exclusive features. From the outside, it can be recognized by attachments in matt platinum gray as well as darkened Matrix LED headlights and 18-inch wheels in titanium gray. The S line interior with newly developed sport seats including integrated head restraints, aluminum inlays and stainless steel pedals round out the dynamic look.
Further information regarding the Audi A3 Sportback is available at the Audi Mediacenter:
Audi A3 Sportback.
There is also information regarding the 40th anniversary of the legendary Audi quattro all-wheel drive

40 Years of quattro

* Information on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as well as efficiency classes in ranges depending on the tires and alloy wheel rims used.

1249
1250

1251
1252

1253
1254

1255
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,102 (Edited)
Success model 4.0: the new Audi A3 Sportback
1292


  • Five-door premium compact car with a sporty design
  • Technologies from the full-size class – from infotainment to driver assist functions
  • Powerful TDI and TFSI engines with high efficiency
Audi established the premium compact class segment with the A3 in 1996. The fourth generation of the success model is now being introduced on the market – sporty, digitalized and fully connected. Beneath the progressive design of the body of the new A3 Sportback lie many innovations from the full-size class, for example the infotainment, suspension, and driver assist systems.


Distinctive: design and lighting
The new Audi A3 Sportback features compact proportions and a sporty design. The wide Singleframe and large air inlets at the front end accentuate the dynamic character of the premium compact car. The shoulder of the body extends in a smooth line from the headlights to the rear lights. The surface below is curved inward – a new element of Audi’s design that puts a stronger emphasis on the wheel arches. The digital daytime running lights of the Matrix LED headlights are a further innovation. They consist of a pixel array made up of LED segments in a three by five arrangement that create special light signatures and make the A3 immediately recognizable. The sporty and sophisticated design is continued in the interior with the new shifter, aluminum or carbon inlays, striking door openers and an instrument panel with a black-panel look. Seat upholstery made of recycled PET bottles and adorned with stylish contrasting stitching are being used for the first time.
Digitalized: controls and displays
The cockpit of the A3 Sportback is wholly focused on the driver. It uses familiar elements from the brand’s full-size models and is equipped with a 10.1-inch touch display as standard, which is integrated into the center of the instrument panel. This recognizes letters entered by hand, provides acoustic feedback and can be controlled using natural language. The instrument cluster, which the driver operates via the multifunction steering wheel, is also digital as standard. The Audi virtual cockpit offers additional functions such as a large display of the navigation map. The plus version measures 12.3 inches and offers three different views, including graphics with a sporty look. A head-up display that projects important information onto the windshield in color can be installed upon request.

Intensified: the infotainment
The MMI operating concept is powered by the new third generation modular infotainment platform. Its computing power is ten times higher than that of its predecessor, it performs all tasks relating to connectivity, including telephony and the Audi connect services with LTE Advanced speed, and also has an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot.
Individual settings can be stored in up to six user profiles – from climate control and the seat position to frequently selected navigation destinations and frequently used media. The DAB+ digital radio is included as standard and the online or hybrid radio is available as an option. Route guidance is even easier and more flexible. For example, the navigation offers predictions on the development of the traffic situation, high-resolution satellite images from Google Earth and detailed 3D models of many major European cities. Audi connect enriches points of interest with photos, opening hours and user reviews. The connect services also include the car-to-X services. They help with finding free parking spots on the roadside or allow the driver to surf the green wave by communicating with traffic lights. The A3 Sportback is connected to the smartphone via the myAudi app, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, as well as via the Audi phone box. The latter connects the device to the car antenna and charges it inductively. The Audi connect key, which authorizes the customer to lock and unlock the car and start the engine via their Android smartphone, and Amazon Alexa will follow shortly after the market launch.
Sophisticated: the engines
The new Audi A3 Sportback is being launched in Europe with a choice of three engine versions – a 1.5 TFSI with 110 kW (150 PS) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.1 – 4.8*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 116 – 111*) and a 2.0 TDI that delivers 85 kW (116 PS) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 3.6 – 3.5*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 96 – 92*) or 110 kW (150 PS) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 3.9 – 3.7*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 103 – 98*). All engines impress with their powerful torque and sophisticated running characteristics. The engine versions at start of production will be combined with front-wheel drive. Power will be transmitted by a six-speed manual transmission or the quick-shifting seven-speed S tronic, the selector lever of which is now designed as a compact shifter. The driver can push and pull this to control the basic functions of the automatic transmission. Shortly after market launch, Audi will be gradually expanding the offer to include further engine versions, including electrified drive systems and versions with quattro drive.
Refined: the suspension
The suspension of the new A3 Sportback – with a four-link rear axle for engines from 110 kW (150 PS) – is sporty and balanced, combining pleasant ride comfort with good dynamics. Upon request, the suspension is available with adaptive damper control, which simultaneously lowers the body by 10 millimeters (0.4 in). Each damper permanently adapts to the road condition, the driving situation and the settings in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, creating a wide spread between highly comfortable roll motion and agile handling. With the sport suspension – standard in conjunction with the S line exterior, otherwise an option – the focus is clearly on the latter. Due to the tauter tuning of the suspension and dampers and the fact that the vehicle is lowered by 15 millimeters (0.6 in), the compact model conveys an even more direct contact with the road surface.
Well versed: the driver assist systems
Equipped with Audi pre sense front, swerve assist and lane departure warning, the A3 Sportback helps prevent accidents with other road users and offers a high level of safety as standard. Further assist systems, such as the lane change and exit warnings as well as the cross-traffic and park assist systems, are available as an option. The adaptive cruise assist, which customers know from many of the full-size models, assists with longitudinal and lateral guidance. It maintains the speed and distance to the vehicle in front and assists with lane guidance by means of gentle interventions in the electromechanical steering. This increases the level of driving comfort during long journeys in particular.
Optimized: the space concept
The new A3 Sportback offers more space and functionality combined with compact external dimensions. Measuring 4.34 meters (14.2 ft) in length and 1.82 meters (6.0 ft) in width without the mirrors, the premium compact car has grown by just over three centimeters (1.2 in) compared with its predecessor. The height of 1.43 meters (4.7 ft) and the wheelbase of 2.64 meters (8.7 ft) remained unchanged. Depending on the position of the rear bench seat, the luggage compartment holds between 380 (13.4 cu ft) and 1,200 liters (42.4 cu ft), and the loading floor can be inserted at different heights. An electric tailgate, which can also be controlled with a foot motion, is available upon request.
Scheduled: market launch and prices
Presales of the new Audi A3 Sportback start in many European countries in March 2020, with the first vehicles to be delivered to customers at the beginning of May. The 1.5 TFSI with 110 kW (150 PS) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.1 – 4.8*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 116 – 111*) starts at 28,900 euros. The market launch will be accompanied by a special-edition model: the A3 Sportback edition one with exclusive features. From the outside, it can be recognized by attachments in matt platinum gray as well as darkened Matrix LED headlights and 18-inch wheels in titanium gray. The S line interior with newly developed sport seats including integrated head restraints, aluminum inlays and stainless steel pedals round out the dynamic look.
Further information regarding the Audi A3 Sportback is available at the Audi Mediacenter:
Audi A3 Sportback.
There is also information regarding the 40th anniversary of the legendary Audi quattro all-wheel drive

40 Years of quattro
 

Attachments

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,103
Pure Dynamism with a New Look:
The Audi RS 5 Coupé and the Audi RS 5 Sportback




Sharpened RS design language and new operating concept
Extremely high-torque V6 twin-turbo
quattro, sport differential and Dynamic Ride Control
Many design details and a new operating concept: The updated RS 5 models**, Sportback
and Coupé, incorporate the new RS design language of their big brothers, the RS 6 Avant**
and RS 7 Sportback**. They are operated via the new 10.1-inch central MMI touchscreen.
The V6 twin-turbo with 331 kW (450 PS) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km*: 9.2 –
9.1; combined CO 2 emissions in g/km*: 209 – 208), the quattro permanent all-wheel
drive, and the intelligent Dynamic Ride Control suspension technology ensure outstanding
driving performance.
“Our RS 5 models** are highly dynamic all-rounders,” says Oliver Hoffmann, Managing
Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “The quattro permanent all-wheel drive grants the RS 5
models** that decisive extra traction, dynamism, and stability – strengths that Audi put on
the road 40 years ago with the first quattro and has continually optimized. The handling is
made even more spontaneous with the optional sport differential at the rear axle, which
distributes the torque actively between the wheels.”
Reduced and functional: the exterior design
The RS 5**, either as a classic two-door Coupé or as a five-door Sportback, remains true to its
genetics and continues the sporty and elegant character also in its revised version. The best
example of this is the three-dimensional wave-like shoulder line. Like the original Audi
quattro, the RS 5** impresses with perfectly balanced proportions: A long engine hood, the
extended wheelbase, and the short overhangs underline the sporty presence of the RS 5.
The new Singleframe is considerably flatter and wider compared to the Audi A5**. The
radiator protective grille with the RS-specific three-dimensional honeycomb structure
features a gloss black design. The implied air vents above the grille are reminiscent of the
classic Audi Sport quattro from 1984. RS-specific darkened Matrix LED headlights with Audi
laser light are available as an alternative to the standard Matrix LED headlights. The large,
striking side air inlets have a new, pentagonal, geometric cut.

The side view is characterized by the new sill trims. The intensive light-shadow interplay
visually makes the RS 5 models** appear even flatter and deeper. The wheel arches, which
are flared by an additional 15 mm (0.6 in) on each side make reference to their quattro
genetics. Similar to the RS 6** and RS 7**, the new RS-specific bumper and the diffuser insert
grant the RS 5** an accentuated rear end. The striking diffuser showcases the RS exhaust
system, which, as is typical for the RS, terminates in oval, chrome colored tailpipes on both
sides or, in the RS sport exhaust system, terminates in large, black tailpipes. A surface-
mounted spoiler lip in black, or optionally in carbon, rounds out the rear.
The gloss black, matt aluminum, and carbon styling packages give many add-on parts an even
more individual look. The solid turbo blue and tango red, metallic colors return to the color
palette.
Individual and high-quality: the interior
Horizontal lines and the new RS design package in black with rock gray contrasting seams
dominate the interior of the RS 5 models**. The strongly contoured RS sport seats can be set
electrically in many ways; their armrests are embossed with the RS logo. As standard, a
mixture of Alcantara and leather with a honeycomb pattern serves as upholstery material;
fine Nappa leather is available on request. As a new feature in RS 5 models**, the inlays are
available in carbon matt.
Touch instead of turn: the new operating concept
The future-oriented interior design harmonizes with the new operating concept, which is
concentrated on a 10.1-inch MMI touch display. This is based on the new third-generation
modular infotainment platform (MIB 3). The large display, which is equipped with acoustic
feedback, stands freely in the space and is slightly tilted toward the driver. Its menu
structure is simple and intuitive like that of a smartphone. The natural-language voice control
understands many formulations from everyday speech.
If the top MMI Navigation plus infotainment system is on board, the “RS monitor” view
informs the driver about the engine and transmission temperature, the maximum
longitudinal and lateral acceleration values, and the tire pressure and temperature in the
central MMI display. In the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit, special RS displays concerning tire
pressure, torque, output, engine oil temperature, boost pressure, and g-forces can also be
shown. Moreover, lap times and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) can be started
directly via a button on the steering wheel.

Stunning pulling power: the drive
Immense pulling power and high output combined with efficiency: Even after the revision,
the output of the 2.9 TFSI remains unchanged at 331 kW (450 PS) (combined fuel
consumption in l/100 km*: 9.2 – 9.1; combined CO 2 emissions in g/km*: 209 – 208). The V6
twin-turbo delivers between 1,900 and 5,000 rpm; during this process, each charger supplies
a cylinder bank with compressed air and 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of torque is supplied to the
crankshaft. Both RS models catapult themselves from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9
seconds; on request, Audi Sport GmbH can raise the top speed from 250 km/h (155.3 mph)
to 280 km/h (174.0 mph) .
An eight-speed tiptronic that has been tuned for sportiness transmits the forces of the
engine; the driver can control it using enlarged aluminum shift paddles. The quattro
permanent all-wheel drive gives the RS 5** a special place in the segment. In normal driving
operation, the power distribution between the front and rear axle is 40:60 – this
asymmetrical dynamic torque distribution leads to sporty, rear-biased handling. If necessary,
the center differential can redirect up to 70% of the forces toward the front or up to 85% of
the forces toward the rear. With the optional sport differential, which actively distributes
torques between the wheels of the rear axle, the dynamic handling is increased even further.
In the WLTP driving cycle, the Audi RS 5 Coupé consumes just 9.1 l (2.4 US gal) of fuel per
100 km (62.1 mi) ; the RS 5 Sportback consumes 9.2 l (2.4 US gal) ; the two vehicles thus emit
208 g/km (334.7 g/mi) and 209 g/km (336.4 g/mi) of CO 2 respectively.
Tuned for sportiness: the suspension
The taut and tuned RS sport suspension forms a perfect partner for the strong drive. The RS
sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) is available on request. It realizes a
purely hydraulic and thus fully instantaneous roll and pitch stabilization; the operation of its
dampers can be switched into three stages using the Audi drive select dynamic handling
system.
Apart from the familiar comfort, auto, and dynamic drive modes, there are the two new
“RS1” and “RS2” modes. These can be individually configured, saved, and then selected
directly and quickly via the RS Mode button on the steering wheel. Audi drive select
influences the operation of important technical elements, including the engine, tiptronic,
steering, and optional components, such as damping, dynamic steering, sport differential,
and exhaust flaps.
The RS 5 Coupé** and the RS 5 Sportback** drive on 19-inch wheels as standard. 20-inch
wheels in three new designs, one version of which is milled and painted in matt bronze, are
available on request.

Facts and Figures
The Audi RS 5 Models
Exterior design and body

Clean, minimalistic, and functional: The RS 5 Coupé** and RS 5 Sportback** speak the
new RS design language
 Wider, flatter Singleframe in gloss black with three-dimensional honeycomb structure
 New front and rear bumper and new sill trims
 Matrix LED headlight as standard, optional RS-specific darkened Matrix LED headlight
with Audi laser light

Gloss black styling package, aluminum matt and carbon for individual differentiation,
gloss black is standard
 Audi rings and RS badges with black design upon request
 Coupé with CFRP roof on request; reduces weight by 4 kg (8.8 lb)
 Exhaust system with two large oval tailpipes, RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipe
trims
 Length: Coupé 4,723 mm (185.9 in) , Sportback 4,783 mm (188.3 in)
 Width: Coupé 1,866 mm (73.5 in) , Sportback 1,866 mm (73.5 in)
 Height: Coupé 1,372 mm (54.0 in) , Sportback 1,387 mm (54.6 in)
 Wheelbase: Coupé 2,766 mm (108.9 in) , Sportback 2,826 mm (111.3 in)
Interior and controls
 Interior kept in black, RS design package in red or gray brings color to the interior
 RS sport seats as standard with fine Nappa leather covers on request
 New operating concept: Free-standing 10.1-inch MMI touch display and acoustic
feedback; “RS Monitor” view provides information about temperature status

On request, Audi virtual cockpit plus and head-up display with RS-specific information,
such as g-meter, shift light, oil temperature, tire pressure, tire temperature

Engine and transmission

2.9 TFSI V6 twin-turbo with 331 kW (450 PS) output at engine speeds of 5,700 to 6,700
rpm and 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of torque within a wide engine speed range of 1,900 to
5,000 rpm

Sporty, direct responsiveness thanks to both turbochargers being positioned within the
inside V of the engine

0–100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds, 0–200 km/h (124.3 mph) in 13.7 seconds;
top speed of 280 km/h (174.0 mph) with RS dynamic package

Eight-speed tiptronic, quattro permanent all-wheel drive with self-locking center
differential: Front/rear power distribution of 40:60 as standard and optionally 70:30 or
15:85

Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) with three modes and wheel-selective torque
control
 Optional sport differential for distributing drive forces to the rear axle
 RS 5 Coupé: Consumption according to WLTP, 9.1 l (2.4 US gal) per 100 km (62.1 mi)
(emissions of 208 g of CO 2 per kilometer (0.6 mi) )

RS 5 Sportback: Consumption according to WLTP, 9.2 l (2.4 US gal) per 100 km
(62.1 mi) (emissions of 209 g of CO 2 per kilometer (0.6 mi) )
Suspension

RS sport suspension as standard, on request, sport suspension plus design with hydraulic
Dynamic Ride Control and three-way variable damping
 Progressive steering as standard, dynamic steering as an additional option
 Audi drive select dynamic handling system with two new individually configurable RS
modes; control directly via the “RS MODE” button on the steering wheel
 Wheels in 19-inch format or 20-inch format; three new 20-inch designs
 Steel brake discs with a diameter of 375 mm (14.8 in) at the front and 330 mm (13.0 in)
at the rear as standard

On request, carbon fiber ceramic brakes with six-piston fixed calipers and perforated
brake discs on the front axle with a diameter of 400 mm (15.7 in) ; red or blue brake
calipers on request
Connectivity

Up-to-date: new third-generation modular infotainment platform (MIB 3) brings a new
operating concept on board
 Top infotainment system MMI Navigation plus with many new navigation functions
 Audi connect with numerous tailor-made online services
 More than 30 driver assist systems available individually or in packages

Exterior design
With the revised RS 5 models**, elegant proportions are combined with details from
motorsports. The designers of the RS 5** have been inspired by the original quattro from
1980 and the Sport quattro from 1984 in particular. For the revision, the designers have
sharpened this character further and designed a few typical characteristic details so that they
are even more striking.
The wider and flatter Singleframe dominates the front end. Between the Singleframe and the
engine hood, there are implied, flat air vents – reminiscent of the classic Sport quattro from
1984. Its radiator protective grille with the RS-specific three-dimensional honeycomb
structure features a gloss black design. The outer air inlets appear as independent, geometric
bodies. Their new cut gives them even more presence. Like in the Singleframe, the three-
dimensional honeycomb grilles fill the inlets; the left one is closed for optimized
aerodynamics in the background and the right one supplies air to both auxiliary water coolers.
The air curtain improves the flow of air around the RS 5 through the airstream. For this
purpose, an air flow is led through the bumper along the wheels in the outer segments of the
side honeycomb grilles. Two spoiler lips on the bottom of the front bumper optimize the
airflow to the underbody. The result: best drag coefficients with 0.32. The horizontal blade
forms a clear finish up to the road surface.
As standard, the RS 5 models** drive with Matrix LED headlights and dynamic turn signal. For
the first time, Matrix LED headlights with Audi Design are available on request. They are
showcased in an RS-specific manner when unlocking and locking.

Want to read more?
 

Attachments

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,104
Elegant – Efficient – Evolutionary:
The new Audi A3 Sedan

1325

  • Design with a focus on the extended lateral line and coupé-like roof
  • TDI and TFSI engines with high efficiency and strong performance
  • Digital cockpit and touch display as standard, multitude of connect services
The second generation of an Audi success story is here – the A3 Sedan. The compact four-door model is digitally and fully connected – from the infotainment through to the assist systems. Beneath the elegant body, new drives and refined suspension tuning ensure a driving experience that is as efficient as it is dynamic. The A3 Sedan will be on the lots of European dealerships beginning in summer 2020.


The new A3 Sedan is presented in a sporty, elegant look. Compared with its predecessor, it is now 4 centimeters (1.6 in) longer at 4.50 meters (14.8 ft), while its wheelbase remains unchanged. Its width has increased by 2 centimeters (0.8 in) to 1.82 meters (6.0 ft) and it is now 1 centimeter (0.4 in) taller at 1.43 meters (4.7 ft). This has yielded an increase in headroom – a good 2 centimeters (0.8 in) in the front thanks to the lower position of the driver seat – and some more elbow room. At 425 liters (15.0 cu ft), the luggage capacity is exactly the same as in the predecessor model.
Powerful and elegant: The exterior
The front is dominated by a large Singleframe with honeycomb grille that is flanked by striking headlights. On the outside, they form trapezoidal angles that are drawn downward. In the top model with Matrix LED technology, this is where the new digital daytime running lights are housed. They consist of a pixel array made up of 15 LED segments that can be actuated individually and give the various versions of the A3 Sedan a specific signature.
With the A3 Sportback, the body line running above the sill rises towards the rear lights before the rear wheel arch, thus accentuating the short rear end. The body line on the Sedan, by contrast, extends up to the rear bumper. This emphasizes its length – 15 centimeters (5.9 in) longer than the Sportback – and gives the flank an elegant appearance. The concave surface under the broad body shoulder further accentuates the quattro blisters and the sill. This creates an intensive play of light and shadow. The roof line slopes down from the B-pillar dynamically – just like on a coupé – and finishes in a striking spoiler on the tailgate. Optionally available in carbon, this provides a visual accent and, in so doing, emphasizes the powerful appearance of the four-door model.
Streamlined body
The aerodynamics benefit from the higher rear end compared with the predecessor as well as the large diffuser. As a result, the new A3 Sedan with the 2.0 TDI 110 kW (150 PS) achieves a Cd value of 0.25 and is therefore 0.04 Cd points better than the first generation. The controllable cooling-air inlet with two electrically actuated louver modules behind the Singleframe also contribute to this. They regulate the flow of air intelligently and according to the situation. In addition, the paneled underbody, the exterior mirrors with improved aerodynamics, and the active brake cooling reduce air resistance and make for a streamlined vehicle.
Focused and digitalized: The cockpit
The cockpit of the A3 Sedan is entirely focused on the driver. This begins with the interior design and ends with the display and control elements. Thus, the instrument panel with the central MMI touch display is inclined slightly toward the driver. It has a 10.1-inch diagonal and is intuitive to operate. As standard, it includes handwriting detection as well as natural language control that can optionally draw on the capabilities of the cloud. The 10.25-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel is digital even in the basic model. As the Audi virtual cockpit plus, it measures 12.3 inches and offers three different views, including sporty graphics with inclined digits and a particularly dynamic layout. The RPM and speed are shown here as bar diagrams with angular red graphical elements. Upon request, a head-up display complements the display concept, whereby it projects important information onto the windshield in the driver’s direct field of vision.
Highly connected: From infotainment to driver assistance
The top infotainment system in the new A3 Sedan is the MMI Navigation plus, which uses the third-generation modular infotainment platform (MIB 3). The MIB 3 boasts computing power ten times higher than in the predecessor model, connects the car via LTE Advanced speed, and connects the smartphones of the passengers to the Internet via Wi-Fi hotspot. The MMI Navigation plus offers a multitude of Audi connect services as standard, including online traffic information, news, and additional information such as photos, opening times, and user reviews relating to points of interest.
Car-to-X services that make use of the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet are also part of the portfolio. They report hazardous areas or speed limits, for example, to vehicles with the corresponding equipment or find free parking spaces at the side of the road. If the car is switched off, the myAudi app continues navigation from the car on a smartphone. This way, customers reaches their destination directly.
The A3 Sedan is also connected to the smartphone via the Audi smartphone interface, which integrates iOS and Android cell phones with Apple Car Play and Android Auto in the MMI, as well as via Audi phone box. The latter connects the device to the car antenna and can charge it inductively. What is more, the A3 Sedan can be locked and unlocked as well as started via an Android smartphone with the Audi connect key. Personalization allows up to six users to store their preferred settings in individual profiles, including those for the seat, climate control and media. The DAB+ digital radio comes as standard. Options include online radio and the hybrid radio, which automatically switches between FM, DAB, and the online stream depending on a station’s signal strength, thus ensuring optimum reception. Beginning in the middle of the year, the Amazon Alexa voice assistant will complement the offering.
The driver assist systems are also particularly effective thanks to the close networking. In the Audi pre sense front system, the camera behind the interior mirror works together with the front radar to prevent accidents, or at least reduce their severity. The standard collision avoidance assist also uses the data from this sensor system. Adaptive cruise assist, an innovation from the full-size class, supports drivers with longitudinal and lateral guidance. The efficiency assist notifies them when it would be sensible to take their foot off the accelerator. To do so, it evaluates information including the navigation data. The exit warning, the cross-traffic assist and the surround view cameras that will follow shortly after the market launch are also useful in in urban traffic.
Three engines at ramp-up: The drives
The new A3 Sedan is available with a choice of two TFSI engines and one TDI engine at launch. One thing they all have in common is high efficiency. The 35 TFSI, a 1.5-liter direct injection engine, produces 110 kW (150 PS) and is available in two versions – with a newly developed six-speed manual transmission (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.0 – 4.7 (47.0 – 50.0 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 114 – 108 (183.5 – 173.8 g/mi)) and with a quick-shifting seven-speed S tronic (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 4.9 – 4.7 (48.0 – 50.0 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 113 – 107 (181.9 – 172.2 g/mi)).
Besides the cylinder on demand technology, the powertrain in conjunction with the S tronic dual-clutch transmission uses a 48-volt mild hybrid system. It recovers energy during deceleration, supports the engine with up to 50 Nm (36.9 lb-ft) of torque when driving off and accelerating from low engine speeds and allows the A3 Sedan to coast with the engine switched off in many situations. In everyday driving, it reduces consumption by up to 0.4 liters (0.1 US gal) per 100 kilometers (62.1 mi).
The 2.0 TDI with 110 kW (150 PS) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 3.9 – 3.6 (60.3 – 65.3 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 101 – 96 (162.5 – 154.5 g/mi)) also works in conjunction with a seven-speed S tronic, whereby gear shifts are performed via a new switch using shift-by-wire technology.
Comfortable and dynamic at once: The suspension
The suspension of the new A3 Sedan has been tuned to be sporty and harmonious – a touch more precise than in the predecessor model. To a large degree, this precision and reaction speed is thanks to the central dynamic handling system that ensures optimal interaction between all the components relevant to the transverse dynamics. As an alternative to the standard setup, there is a sport suspension and a suspension with controlled dampers. The latter offers a wide spread between highly comfortable roll motion and agile handling. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system also allows the driver to experience different levels of suspension tuning in their A3 Sedan – from comfort-oriented and distinctly dynamic right through to particularly fuel-efficient. This also brings about changes in the characteristics of the throttle response and the progressive steering, for example, which varies its ratio depending on the steering angle.
From EUR 27,700: Prices and market launch

Presales of the new A3 Sedan will begin at the end of April 2020 in Germany and many other European markets. Deliveries will commence in the summer. Prices for the 35 TFSI with 110 kW (150 PS) start at EUR 29,800. Shortly after the market launch, an entry-level gasoline engine will follow with a list price of EUR 27,700.

1326

1327

1328
1329
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,105
Charging capacity vs. charging speed:
What constitutes high charging performance

1330

  • The real charging duration depends largely on the ideal charging curve
  • The Audi e-tron** charges with a maximum charging capacity of up to 150 kW over a large portion of the charging procedure
  • Unique charging curve: short charging duration even beyond 80%
  • The Audi e-tron is fully charged at a fast charging terminal in around 45 minutes
With its e-tron** and e-tron Sportback** models, Audi is making electric mobility a reality for long-distance driving – thanks in part to a charging curve that is unique in the competitive environment. Drivers of a fully electric Audi model thus benefit from high charging speeds because the charging capacity of up to 150 kW is available for a large portion of the charging procedure. This enables sophisticated thermal management of the lithium-ion battery. In order to assess the everyday usability of an electric car, customers should take not just the nominal maximum charging capacity but also the charging speed into account.


** The collective fuel consumption values of all models named and available on the German market can be found in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo.
Most charging processes of an electric car generally occur at home or at work. The time factor generally does not play a substantial role there. By contrast, every minute counts and fast charging is essential on a long-distance journey. After a brief break, the car should be ready for the next stage again. Therefore, many customers orient themselves toward the maximum charging capacity of their electric car to assess the charging characteristics – but this value is of only limited use if it concerns quick refueling of range at a fast charging terminal. High charging speed (kWh / minute recharged) over the entire charging process is essential for a short charging duration. In other words, a high charging capacity must be available for as long a period as possible. The e-tron models** with their continuous output impress with precisely this property.
Charging speed is more meaningful than pure charging capacity
In the current competitive environment, the Audi e-tron** takes the lead with a high-performance charging capacity even if there are already models on the market with a nominally higher output. The difference is in the details: The ability of the HPC fast charging (High Power Charging) to provide the highest possible output at the charging terminal may be a necessary prerequisite but it is not the one crucial factor.
A high current consumption on the part of the battery for a large portion of the charging procedure is, at the very least, just as important. However, if the car charges with maximum output over a relatively short period and needs to lower its power early, the charging speed is also simultaneously lowered – i.e. battery capacity recharged per unit of time. Thus, thanks to an ideal charging curve with maximum output available for a long period of time, the charging speed is the more substantial criterion when it comes to charging performance and, ultimately, it guarantees a short charging duration at the charging terminal. As well as the average consumption, it also depends on how much range can be recharged on average over a defined period, for example within ten minutes.
It’s the charging curve that makes the difference
When it comes to the charging curve, the Audi e-tron 55** plays to its conceptual advantages: The curve of an HPC terminal with 150 kW output stands out at a high level thanks to its continuity. Under ideal conditions the car charges between 5% and 70% state of charge at the threshold of the maximum output before the intelligent battery management reduces the current. A major difference from other concepts, which normally only reach their full output for a short time – at the “peak” – and lower their power considerably before reaching the 70% threshold. On a day-to-day basis, this means an elementary advantage: For a range of around 110 kilometers, the customer ideally spends just under 10 minutes at the charging terminal. The Audi e-tron 55** reaches the 80% mark after approximately 30 minutes. Even though it takes much longer, for technical reasons, to fill the remaining 20 percent of a lithium-ion battery, fully charging (5% to 100% state of charge) at an HPC terminal takes around 45 minutes – an outstanding characteristic in the competitive environment.
Thanks to sophisticated thermal management, the car charges more quickly
The lithium-ion battery of the Audi e-tron 55** has a gross capacity of 95 kWh (net 86.5 kWh) and has been designed for a long life cycle. Its elaborate thermal management system forms the basis for well-balanced performance and durability. Liquid cooling ensures that the battery’s temperature remains in the optimum range of 25 to 35 degrees Celsius, even at high stress levels or low temperatures. 22 liters of coolant circulates in the total of 40 meters of cooling lines in the four coolant circuits. During direct-current charging with 150 kW, cold coolant takes away the heat that occurs as a result of electrical internal resistance in the battery. The core of the cooling system is made up of extruded profiles – visually comparable with a slatted frame – which have been affixed to the battery system from below. A newly developed, thermally conductive adhesive joins the cooling unit to the battery housing. The gap filler forms the contact between the housing and the cell modules placed in it. This filler is a thermally conductive gel that fills the space to the housing beneath every cell module. The gel evenly transfers the waste heat produced by the cells to the coolant via the battery housing. The spatial separation of elements and battery cells carrying cooling water also increases the overall system’s safety. An additional positive side effect of this elaborate design is the high resilience in the event of a crash.
1331
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,106
Audi full-size station wagon now as a plug-in hybrid:
the new A6 Avant TFSI e quattro

1333

  • 2.0 TFSI engine and quattro drive; system output: 270 kW (367 PS)
  • Up to 51 kilometers (31.7 mi) of electric range in accordance with WLTP
  • Eligible for a 50 percent company car tax reduction in Germany
Beautiful station wagons are called Avant – and are now also electrically driven and have zero local emissions. Following the A6 Sedan, the Audi full-size station wagon is now entering the market as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The intelligent drive management with a predictive operating strategy enables the new Audi A6 Avant 55 TFSI e quattro** to achieve a high electric range, low fuel consumption and dynamic performance. The Audi A6 Avant PHEV has a comprehensive range of standard equipment on board, including the S line exterior package, Audi virtual cockpit, Matrix LED headlights as well as sport suspension and sport seats.


*Figures for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and efficiency classes given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used
**The collective consumption values of all models named and available on the German market can be found in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo

Audi is now also offering its successful full-size station wagon A6 Avant as a plug-in hybrid: The new A6 Avant 55 TFSI e quattro has a system output of 270 kW (367 PS) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km (US mpg): 2.1–1.9 (112.0–123.8); combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km*: 18.1–17.6; combined CO2 emissions in g/km* (g/mi): 48–44 (77.2–70.8)). Its drive concept combines a 2.0 TFSI engine with 185 kW (252 PS) of output and 370 Nm (272.9 lb-ft) of torque with a powerful electric motor. The permanently excited synchronous machine has a peak output of 105 kW and a peak torque of 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft). Together with the separating clutch, it is integrated into a seven-speed S tronic, which uses ultra technology to transfer the drive torque to a quattro drivetrain. The Audi A6 Avant PHEV thus has an efficient and permanently available all-wheel drive for an equally high level of traction and dynamic handling. The system torque already reaches its maximum of 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) at a speed of 1,250 rpm.
The electric range of the Audi A6 Avant 55 TFSI e quattro** is up to 51 kilometers (31.7 mi) in the WLTP cycle. This means that it is eligible for a 50 percent company car tax reduction in Germany. The A6 Avant PHEV accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.7 seconds. Its top speed is 250 km/h (155.3 mph) – in electric-only mode, the plug-in hybrid can reach a speed of up to 135 km/h (83.9 mph) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km [US mpg]: 2.1–1.9 (112.0–123.8); combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km*: 18.1–17.6; combined CO2 emissions in g/km* (g/mi): 48–44 (77.2–70.8)).
Autonomous – drive management and predictive operating strategy
The drive concept of the Audi PHEV model is designed so that customers can do most of their daily driving electrically and therefore with zero local emissions. They can choose between the three drive modes “EV” for all-electric driving, “Hybrid” for the efficient combination of both drive types and “Hold” to conserve the electrical energy available at any given time.
In “Hybrid” mode, the predictive operating strategy ensures maximum efficiency and the maximum possible amount of electric driving. It controls the drivetrain so that the last stage of the journey before getting to the destination can be covered in all-electric mode and the battery is charged up beforehand via the combustion engine where necessary. The predictive efficiency assist takes over the fine planning of a stage of the journey. It also uses a large amount of information for this purpose, including navigation, online traffic events, the customer’s driving style, and the vehicle sensors such as the camera and radar. It plans the management of the drives and decides between freewheeling with the engine deactivated and coasting recuperation.
Connected and comfortable – charging equipment and charging management
Customers can use the myAudi app to manage charging and pre-entry climate control even before they set off. The air conditioning system operates together with a highly efficient heat pump that uses the waste heat from the electrical drive components. With the standard mode 3 cable, customers can charge the plug-in hybrid at public charging terminals with an output of up to 7.4 kW. The lithium-ion battery is thus recharged in around 2.5 hours. While on the road, the Audi e-tron Charging Service provides access to more than 140,000 public charging points in 24 European countries. The myAudi app is equipped with a route planner that shows where the terminals are.
Predisposed for practicality – 405 liters (14.3 cu ft) of luggage capacity and a flat loading floor
The lithium-ion battery, which is placed in the rear of the vehicle, stores 14.1 kWh of energy: It is integrated so that the luggage compartment still provides a level and convenient luggage space. The luggage capacity is 405 liters (14.3 cu ft) as standard – without a step in the loading floor. This means that even large and bulky goods can be loaded and transported easily. When the rear seat backrest is folded down, the luggage capacity is up to 1,535 liters (54.2 cu ft).
Elegant and sporty – design and equipment
The A6 Avant 55 TFSI e quattro** with a sporty design includes the S line exterior package, the black styling package, black exterior mirrors and privacy glazing as standard for a particularly dynamic appearance. Matrix LED headlights, sport seats, four-zone automatic air conditioning, Audi virtual cockpit, sport suspension, 19-inch wheels, and red brake calipers round out the comprehensive standard equipment.
The base price for the Audi A6 Avant 55 TFSI e quattro** is EUR 71.940.

Fuel consumption of the model named above:
(Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and efficiency classes given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used)
Audi A6 Avant 55 TFSI e quattro
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km (US mpg): 2.1–1.9 (112.0–123.8);Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km*: 18.1–17.6; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km (g/mi)*: 48–44 (77.2–70.8)
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,107
Audi e-tron Sportback conquers the virtual world
1334

It is the next step in digitalization and virtual experience for the Four Rings: Audi is the first car manufacturer to use "Virtual Market 4," one of the world's largest virtual reality events, as a presentation and experience platform for the all-new Audi e-tron Sportback (combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km* (62.1 mi): 26.3 - 21.6 (WLTP); 23.9 – 20.6 (NEFZ); combined CO2 emissions in g/km* (g/mi): 0).
The Social VR-event created by the Japanese company Hikky will take place for the fourth time in 2020 and attracted more than 710,000 international visitors last year. This year, the organizers expect up to one million participants, who will move through the virtual space called "Para-real Tokyo" as 3D characters and interact with each other. In view of the current situation, "Virtual Market 4" is therefore an ideal format for preparing and flanking the market launch of the Audi e-tron Sportback in Japan and beyond. The model will be launched in Europe in this quarter and will reach dealers in the United States and Asia in the second half of the year.
The Audi e-tron Sportback is parked in "Para-real Tokyo" at selected locations. If a visitor touches the vehicle, he is guided to a very special virtual Audi stand: The Audi booth is a digital recreation of the “Audi Meteorite”, a special e-tron experience facility installed physically at Munich Airport for a limited period from beginning 2019 and in Shanghai in autumn 2019.
Visitors of the digital experience world can not only see the second model of the e-tron family there, but also various features, design and technology will be explained live by Audi avatars. In addition, the "Virtual Market" players have the opportunity to take guided virtual test drives around the Meteorite.
Audi will take part in “Virtual Market 4“ together with 42 other companies and around 1,400 stores.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,108
Audi extends new car warranty and extended warranty as a goodwill gesture
  • Measure put in place due to Corona crisis in many markets worldwide
  • Horst Hanschur, Vice President Retail Business Development and Customer Services: „Enabling more flexibility for our customers in these trying times“
Audi is offering its customers an extension of new car and extended warranties. This measure is being introduced short-term in many markets around the world as many customers have been, or still are, unable to visit an Audi dealership and report their warranty claims due to the ongoing Corona crisis.


The extension applies worldwide to all cars produced in Europe, Brazil, Mexico or India whose new car or extended warranty expires or has expired in the time period between 1st March 2020 and 31st May 2020. The period for the extension ends three months after the expiration of the original new car or extended warranty, at the latest on 31st August 2020.
„We are reaching out to our customers in these trying times and are enabling more flexibility in order to organize visits to Audi dealerships”, says Horst Hanschur, Vice President Retail Business Development and Customer Services. “Many of our dealer partners worldwide are still closed or just in the process of opening their doors again. We are therefore making adjustments in a number of areas in order to ensure our customers still have a premium experience with the Audi brand, as well as to ensure the future of our dealerships.”
The mileage restriction of the Audi extended warranty remains unchanged with respect to the warranty extension. If mileage restrictions for new car warranties have been issued in a market, then these also remain unchanged. In the case of an overlap between the extension of the new car warranty and the start of the Audi extended warranty, the start of the extended warranty will be postponed for three months free of charge.
All the above mentioned measures are one-time and voluntary goodwill measures which have been introduced due to the circumstances created by the Covid-19 crisis. These measures are not a recognition of any legal obligation and do not imply any such obligation in the future.
1335
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,109
Tour the design laboratory of Audi online with “Insight Audi Design”
1336

  • Experience design development at Audi conveniently from home
  • Interactive live stream with experienced tour guides at www.audi.stream
Use your smartphone, tablet or PC to explore design processes at Audi with the new “Insight Audi Design” live stream. The interactive discovery tour has now been added to the online tours at www.audi.stream.


Experienced tour guides present the "Insight Audi Design” live stream from a studio and explain the Audi design philosophy. Using video sequences, they explain how the designers work and show how the team is developing the design language of the future. The guides answer questions in dialogue and construct the roughly 20-minute live stream according to the wishes and interests of the participants. Interested parties can choose a suitable date for “Insight Audi Design” online at www.audi.stream.
The interactive guided tours on AudiStream are free of charge; fees may be charged for Internet access, however, depending on the selected provider. The new “Insight Audi Design” live stream starts with presentation in German and an English version will follow.
With AudiStream, Audi is the first manufacturer to offer online discovery tours. The “Insight Audi Design” stream complements the “Audi live at the Ingolstadt factory” online tour. This virtual factory tour has been offered since November 2019 and provides insights into selected production sections as well as technical highlights of the brand.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,110
Making of RS: How Audi Sport GmbH shapes the character of its RS models
1376

The RS models from Audi Sport GmbH are the dynamic spearheads of their respective product lines. They have a strong character that consists of distinct design differentiation, full everyday usability, effortless top performance, and a thrilling driving experience. This results from a relentless focus on minute details by the designers and development and test engineers, and it is perfected over numerous test drives around the world. There is a behind-the-scenes look at development work.


** The collective fuel consumption values of all models named and available on the German market can be found in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo.
The North Loop (Nordschleife) of the Nürburgring is a legend among race tracks: The 20.832-kilometer course is among the most challenging worldwide. And every single meter is truly a tough challenge: the compression at the Fuchsröhre, the kickbacks iat the Karussell, or the jump at the Pflanzgarten. More than 80 percent of the course is driven with full power. With maximum load applied in fast motion, every kilometer on this course equates to multiple kilometers of regular road operation. 8,000 kilometers of endurance testing on the North Loop easily equates to a car’s entire lifetime. With its high demands, the North Loop is the benchmark for every sporty car. If you can survive here, you can survive on the world’s roads.
The North Loop can also tell a knowledgeable driver a lot about an automobile: Its strengths and weaknesses, precise handling to achieve fast lap times, easy controllability at the limit and, most of all, solid quality even in the most challenging conditions. This is why the North Loop is one of the fixed stars in the cosmos of vehicle development and testing at Audi Sport GmbH.
A North Loop expert working for Audi Sport: Frank Stippler
Frank Stippler is one of the people who know the “Green ****” best. The 45-year-old was born in Cologne and lives in the Eifel region. He is connected with the history of Audi Sport like no other racing driver. His greatest accomplishments include winning the 24 Hours races of Spa in 2012 and the Nürburgring (2012 and 2019). Stippler was part of the team right from the start, when the GT3 racing car Audi R8 LMS debuted in 2009. Aside from his skills as a driver, he also contributed his engineering expertise. Ever since then, it has been hard to imagine the development of customer sport racing cars and even sporty road models without him. This applies to the RS models as well as the R8** high-performance sports car, which was extensively updated at the beginning of 2019 – as Coupé, as Spyder, and as an R8 V10 RWD** with rear-wheel drive.
Stippler’s latest coup is a lap record on the North Loop, which he set with an RS Q8** in the fall of 2019. The clock stopped after 7 minutes and 42.253 seconds – attested by a notary – and the racing professional from Cologne had beaten the former best time for standard SUVs by twelve seconds. While the new record was not the aim of the development work, it is nevertheless clear proof of the immense dynamism that Audi’s most sporty Q model has to offer.
Oliver Hoffmann: “The North Loop is the ultimate endurance test”
“The North Loop represents the ultimate endurance test in our development and coordination work,” explains Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “Every RS model undergoes at least 8,000 kilometers of testing here. The track provides us with detailed information about the durability of our parts under extreme conditions and specifics about the suspension. With the RS Q8**, our main focus was on the setup of the springs, dampers, and the ESP as well as the performance characteristics of the roll stabilization and the sport differential”
What distinguishes the character of Audi’s fastest SUV? “The RS Q8** combines outstanding performance and extraordinary design along with the power and versatility of an SUV and our extensive quality standards,” Hoffmann explains. “RS vehicles have a strong and unique character: spontaneous maximum performance wherever and whenever desired, and effortless performance on long journeys.” This is important, as many RS drivers use their car every day for business trips and running errands and rack up a lot of kilometers. “An RS is a true Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde. It is important for every kilometer, no matter how it is driven, to be an experience. This is achieved thanks to breathtaking design, high-end look and feel, and outstanding quality,” says Oliver Hoffmann, who is also responsible for Technical Development at the Neckarsulm site.
Twelve models in the portfolio: The RS initiative is underway
The RS model offensive is in full swing: The sporty subsidiary of AUDI AG already has twelve RS models in its portfolio: the RS 3 as a Sportback** and Sedan*, the RS 4 Avant*, the RS 5 as Coupé** and Sportback*, the RS 6 Avant*, the RS 7 Sportback*, the TT RS as Coupé* and Roadster*, the RS Q3* and the RS Q3 Sportback*, as well as the RS Q8*. Eight of these models were only introduced in 2019, and Audi Sport GmbH already has many more ideas up its sleeves for the near future.
Future RS models will enhance the range relatively soon after the launch of the respective base product lines. That means that their characteristics will be defined at a very early stage and that their development will run alongside work on the corresponding product line upon which they are based. In addition to design, this work will focus on powertrain and suspension. After all, the aim is to bring the sporty DNA that every Audi carries to the fore as much as possible.
Modern efficiency is one of the fundamental goals here. With the RS 6 Avant*, RS 7 Sportback*, and RS Q8**, the list of ingredients already includes a sophisticated mild hybrid system based on the 48-volt on-board electrical system as well as cylinder deactivation (COD) in the V8 TFSI engine under partial load. Needless to say, these functions must also be implemented in an RS-typical way. “Fine-tuning” is the magic word when it comes to the long road that is the development of a spectacular RS model. “A unique character will only evolve if we work consistently and with great precision. A lot of experience and a clear visionare the keys to creating a coherent overall concept,” says Oliver Hoffmann with certainty.
Around the world 30 times: the testing program for the RS Q8** – and not just this RS
Test engineers from Audi Sport GmbH spent around two years on the road in the RS Q8**, covering more than 1.2 million kilometers, the equivalent of driving around the world 30 times, with development vehicles and prototypes. The test drives took them to Finland, Sweden, France, Italy, South Africa, China, and the USA. They were conducted on all types of racing tracks and roads.
Testing areas like the high-speed circular track in the southern Italian town of Nardò were used to test the resilience of all components at a consistently high speed. The ice and snow in Scandinavia offered ideal conditions for putting the finishing touches to the response characteristics of the suspension and control systems. When driving on a slippery surface, even minor changes to the setup have very noticeable effects. The heat and elevation in South Africa presented the air conditioning, engine cooling, and performance characteristics with special challenges.
Inspired by the racing car: the design of RS models
The RS models are the dynamic spearheads in Audi’s model portfolio, as is already indicated by their particularly striking exterior design. It is very much inspired by motorsports, combining cool understatement with a dynamic edge. Top performance in motorsports requires more extreme component shapes. According to the principle of “form follows function,” it is therefore natural that the use of high-performance technologies from motorsports is also reflected in the visual appearance of RS models.
In many RS models, the proportion and position of the Singleframe are based on the R8** sports car: It is both wider and lower than on its sister models and dominated by a puristic, sporty black instead of chrome elements. Some RS models have horizontal slits between the grille and the hood that are reminiscent of the iconic Audi Sport quattro from 1984. Mighty air inlets and large elliptical tailpipes symbolize the power of the turbocharged engines.
The body also features an exclusive look, which is particularly striking in the Audi RS 6 Avant**. It is 80 millimeters wider than the base model, and the design of the fenders is just as RS-typical as that of the rear doors, the side panel frames, the front section, and the engine hood. Only the front doors, the roof, and the tailgate are unchanged. The wheel arches of the high-performance Avant accommodate wheels with a diameter of up to 22 inches – or even 23 inches in the case of the RS Q8.
Workshops and master jig: Top-of-the-line quality even during development
The Audi maxim of uncompromising quality applies to each of the many exclusive solutions. “Our customers demand the best products on the market,” says the Managing Director of Audi Sport, Oliver Hoffmann. “We have the best specialists and teams to meet their high expectations.” The RS workshops, where the first cars are assembled by hand, play an important part during the development phase.
The Audi Quality Assurance department has a great influence on the later series production vehicle even during this phase. The employees assemble the complete RS body on highly precise aluminum measuring fixtures known as the master jig. They use state-of-the-art measuring methods such as laser scanners, which record several million measuring points on the surface of the part, to adjust all surfaces, joints, and radii down to the tenth of a millimeter. This benefits both the aerodynamics and the appeal of each individual RS.
Four locations: production of the RS models
RS models are produced at four locations. The RS 3 Sportback*, the RS 3 Sedan*, the RS 4 Avant*, the RS 5 Coupé*, and the RS 5 Sportback** roll off the line in the German plant in Ingolstadt. The RS 6 Avant** and the RS 7 Sportback** are produced at the Neckarsulm site. At the Hungarian plant in Győr, the TT RS as a Coupé** and Roadster*, the RS Q3* and the RS Q3 Sportback** are built. The RS Q8** is produced at the Slovakian plant in Bratislava. All RS models are processed on shared systems with their sister models. The Audi press shops supply the specific sheet metal parts made of steel or, in many cases, aluminum that are then assembled in the body shop.
The marriage, that is the assembly station where the suspension and drivetrain are joined with the body, is very challenging in the case of the models with a V8 engine in particular.
RS-specific parts such as the exhaust system, bumpers, rear aprons, and wheels complete the RS models. A two-digit number of RS 6 Avants** and RS 7 Sportbacks** are built in Neckarsulm every working day. Each one of them is checked on a road course before being handed over to the customer.
The “Böllinger Höfe” factory is located close by the Neckarsulm plant, the headquarters of Audi Sport GmbH. This is where the sports and racing cars of the R8 family** are built, in large part by hand, and the fully electric Audi e-tron GT will soon be built here, too.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,111
Markus Duesmann launches “Artemis” project
1377

  • New Audi CEO and Volkswagen Board of Management Member for Group Research and Development creates agile unit for additional car projects
  • Alex Hitzinger will establish and manage “Artemis” in Ingolstadt with use of the Group’s resources and technologies
  • Hitzinger’s team is to implement a new lighthouse project for Audi in record time
Two months after taking office as the new CEO at Audi, Markus Duesmann is setting up a unit for the accelerated development of additional automobile models. The head of the “Artemis” high-tech project will be Alex Hitzinger, a successful motorsport chief engineer and currently in charge of autonomous driving in the Group. He will work with a team of automotive and technology experts to – as a first step – “develop a pioneering model for Audi quickly and unbureaucratically,” says Duesmann. Resources and technologies of the entire Volkswagen Group are potentially available for this. Duesmann and his Volkswagen Group colleagues also expect the “Artemis” project to provide a blueprint for the future agile development of cars throughout the Volkswagen Group.


“The Volkswagen Group’s brands stand for excellent technologies – and have potential for much more,” said the Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, Markus Duesmann. “With 75 planned electric models by 2029, the current electric initiative at the Volkswagen Group naturally ties up all our capacities. The obvious question was how we could implement additional high-tech benchmarks without jeopardizing the manageability of existing projects, and at the same time utilize new opportunities in the markets.” The project team will be given a large degree of freedom and will work globally, from the high-tech hub of the INCampus in Ingolstadt to the west coast of the United States. Digital services will be provided by the Group’s own unit, car.Software.org, which is also based in Ingolstadt. “Artemis” will focus on new technologies for electric, highly automated driving with a specific model reference. Its first task is to create a highly efficient electric car that is scheduled to be on the road as early as 2024. The creative team will also develop an extensive ecosystem around the car, thus designing a new business model for the entire usage phase.
Alex Hitzinger will be the head of the “Artemis” project, reporting directly to Markus Duesmann as of June 1, 2020. Hitzinger was until now Board of Management Member for Technical Development at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, as well as Senior Vice President of the Volkswagen Group with responsibility for autonomous driving. “I value Alex Hitzinger for his strengths in innovation and implementation. We need both qualities to make major technological advances,” stated Audi CEO Duesmann, who also has overall responsibility for research and development at the Volkswagen Group. “I am also relying on his expertise to integrate future achievements into new products together with the development departments of our major Group brands. In the medium term, I expect ‘Artemis’ to provide a blueprint for a fast and agile development process at the Group, as agile as in a racing team.”
Hitzinger started his automotive career as a development engineer at Toyota Motorsport. At Ford/Cosworth, he was the youngest chief development engineer in Formula 1. Under his leadership, the first Formula 1 engine with a speed range of up to 20,000 rpm was created in 2006. After Red Bull Technology, Hitzinger joined the Volkswagen Group for the first time and built up the highly successful motorsport team at Porsche that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Endurance World Championship from 2015 to 2017. After three years at Apple in Silicon Valley, where he set up and managed product development for autonomous vehicles, Hitzinger returned to the Volkswagen Group in 2019 to develop autonomous driving and the ID. BUZZ at VW Commercial Vehicles.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,112
Innovative aerodynamics concept of the Audi e-tron S models
1426

  • Top aerodynamic drag figure of 0.26 for the e-tron S Sportback prototype
  • Wheel arch trims with air flow-through as new Audi patent, plus fully enclosed floor pan and controllable cool-air inlet
  • Virtual exterior mirrors with OLED displays in the interior
Aerodynamics is a key factor in range particularly with all-electric automobiles. Thanks to smart technology innovations, Audi’s sporty SUV coupé achieves a remarkably low drag coefficient figure of 0.26. The sophisticated aerodynamics concept features many innovative detailed solutions.


The electrically powered S models reveal their power through sporty details on the exterior – the wheel arch trims, for instance, are 23 millimeters (0.9 in) wider on both sides than on the basic version. The striking design takes it cue from aerodynamics based firmly on new technologies. The SUV coupé’s quickly downward-sloping roof line further improves the drag coefficient compared with the sister model. And in particular a spoiler edge on its trunk lid improves the airflow direction at the rear.
Optimized airflow through the front wheels: air curtains and airflow through wheel arch trims
The controlled airflow at the front wheels is fundamental to the aerodynamics concept. The side air inlets in the front – the air curtains – route the air over a channel in the wheel houses to optimize the airflow to the wheels and the vehicle flank. The airflow through the wheel arch trims serves the same purpose: Narrow horizontal bars in the recesses formed by the widened trims in the front channel the airstream to surround and encapsulate disruptive swirl in the wheel houses. The upshot is “cleaner” airflow along the vehicle flank with reduced flow losses. The design of the 20-inch wheels as well as the tread and the pattern on the sidewalls of the tires have also been optimized accordingly.
The airflow through the wheel arch trims helps Audi resolve the conflict of objectives between outstanding aerodynamics and sporty looks. For the first time, the brand with the Four Rings is bringing this innovative, patented solution to high-volume automobile production. The future Audi e-tron S Sportback will achieve a drag coefficient figure of 0.26 – the Audi e-tron S 0.28.
Virtual exterior mirrors with OLED displays in the interior
Compared with standard mirrors, the sleek virtual exterior mirrors further reduce aerodynamic drag. They help improve aerodynamics by around the same amount as the airflow through the wheel arches and increase range by around three kilometers (1.9 mi)in the WLTP cycle. The virtual exterior mirrors were another world first from the Four Rings that already went into volume production in the Audi e-tron quattro (combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (62.1 mi)*: 26.6 – 22.4 (WLTP); 24.3 – 21.0 (NEDC); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 0). Each of their flat supports integrates a small camera at the ends. The captured images appear in the interior on high-contrast OLED displays located in the transition between door and instrument panel. Whether driving on the highway, turning or parking, the field of view adjusts to each driving situation.
The sophisticated aerodynamics concept of the future e-tron S models continues under the vehicle floor. Here underfloor paneling with spoiler elements cleanly routes the air around the vehicle. The underfloor together with the aluminum cover plate for the high-voltage battery is enclosed. The bolting points come with bowl-shaped indentations, similar to the dimples on a golf ball. They make the air flow much better than a totally flat surface. The standard adaptive air suspension – the air suspension with controlled damping – further helps improve the aerodynamic drag: At high speeds, it lowers the body up to 26 millimeters (1.0 in) below the standard height in two stages.
Part of thermal management: the controllable cool-air inlet
The controllable cool-air inlet is an important component, which also acts as the thermal management control center. It comprises a frame behind the Singleframe with two electrically operated louvers. At speeds between 48 and 160 km/h (29.8 and 99.4 mph) these are usually closed so that the air flows over the hood with virtually no swirl. If the air conditioning system or the drive components require more cooling air, the louvers open gradually. If the hydraulic wheel brakes are subjected to extremely high loads in exceptional circumstances, the controllable cool-air inlet releases two channels that route air to the front wheel arches. If necessary, the cooling fan is turned on.
Up to 973 Nm (717.6 lb-ft) of torque: innovative drive concept with three electric motors
The future e-tron S models will stand out thanks to their extraordinary performance in addition to their outstanding aerodynamic characteristics. The two new flagship models in the Audi e-tron model line use three electric motors, two of which work at the rear axle. Together they produce 370 kW boost output and up to 973 Nm (717.6 lb-ft) of torque. The S models each sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.5 seconds. Their intelligent drive control raises vehicle safety, and dynamic handling in particular, to a new level. In addition to the electric all-wheel drive, there is the electric torque vectoring with active and fully variable torque distribution on the rear axle.

 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,113
A bestseller gets even better: Audi unveils a new look for the Q5
1449

  • Sharper design with an even stronger Q identity
  • Rear light cluster featuring new digital OLED technology
  • New MMI touch-sensitive controls
  • Exclusive edition one model
The Audi Q5 has been one of the bestselling SUVs in the premium mid-size segment on European markets for years. And now, Audi has made it even better and even more attractive. The optimized Q5 combines a sporty character with excellent everyday usability, and comes with a wide array of infotainment and assistance options. The sharpened exterior design of this highly successful model emphasizes the Q identity and boasts a rear light cluster featuring digital OLED technology for the first time worldwide.


The exterior design: Audi Q design language now even more distinctive
The strong Q identity characterizes the exterior of the Audi Q5 with its expression of power, robustness and safety. In executing the exterior update, Audi designers further emphasized this look and feel with a series of distinctive details. The octagonal Singleframe is now shallower and appears wider than before. The side air intakes have grown in height and are now structured by trapezoidal insets. The upper section of the LED headlamps features a new signature for the daytime running lights. Viewed from the side, the Q5 now has lighter look with greater ground clearance thanks to the redesigned sill insert. At the rear end is a new trim element between the light clusters and a new diffusor insert with a horizontal fin. As well as the standard trim there are also two optional design lines. The advanced line comes with chromed vertical ribs in the Singleframe, along with under-ride guards beneath the front and rear bumpers in silver instead of black. The S line comprises a sporty honeycomb in the Singleframe and a chrome strip framing the rear diffusor.
Two of the twelve available paint colors are new – district green and ultra blue. The black trim package is available as an option.
The interior design: a light touch and first-class quality
The horizontal emphasis of the interior design conveys a feeling of expanse and lightness. The sculptural, elegant sweep of the trim inlay separates the lower and upper sections of the dashboard, with the focal point formed by the new freestanding MMI touch display with acoustic feedback. The previous rotary/push control on the center-tunnel console is absent, its place now occupied by a storage cubby.
Q5 customers can also choose from three interior finishes: base, design selection and S line, which can be combined as desired with the exterior trim packages. The design selection interior comes with the contour/ambient light package, which incorporates an array of lighting effects that perfectly enhance Audi’s characteristic workmanship.
World first: digital OLED technology in the rear lights of the Audi Q5
Next-generation OLED lighting technology is available for the first time ever in the modified Q5. OLEDs are extremely efficient organic light-emitting diodes that generate a homogenous light surface. The optional OLED rear light is split into three tiles of six segments each, which enables Audi designers and developers to create different light designs and signatures from a single item of hardware.
“In addition to perfect contrast, the benefits of digital OLED are a high level of homogeneity and minimal gap between the segments,” explains Stephan Berlitz, head of development, light innovation at Audi. “Looking to the future, digital OLED is therefore the perfect technology for executing personalized light design with a high degree of precision and extensive variability. This technology offers all sorts of opportunities for further development.”
When ordering their Q5, customers can choose from three rear-light signatures, whereby each signature has its own specific designs for coming and leaving home. On switching the Audi drive select mode to “dynamic”, the lights change to yet another signature. The OLED rear-light cluster is also equipped with proximity detection: If a road user approaches a stationary Q5 from the rear to within less than two meters, all the OLED segments light up. When the Q5 starts to move, it returns to the original light signature. The full spectrum of the OLED rear lights is rounded off by dynamic turn indicators. The basic equipment for the Q5 is now LED headlamps, with matrix LED headlamps available as an option. Their intelligent, adaptable high beam offers greater safety and convenience without dazzling other road users.
Spacious and variable: dimensions and interior space
At 4.68 meters (184.3 in), the redesigned Audi Q5 is now 19 millimeters (0.75 in) longer – due primarily to its larger bumpers. Its width (excl. mirrors) of 1.89 meters (74.4 in) and height of 1.66 meters (65.4 in) remain unchanged. The long wheelbase of 2.82 meters (111.0 in) facilitates spacious interior proportions. Audi’s sliding rear bench plus with adjustable backrests is available as an option. When this is fitted, the luggage space measures 550 to 1,550 liters (19.4 to 54.7 cu ft). A variable folding floor mat comes as standard, with a power tailgate available as an option. Thanks to its intelligent material mix, the Q5 has one of the lightest bodyshells in the segment, while the cd figure of 0.30 is among the best-in-class. Refined aero-acoustics make for an exceptionally quiet interior.
Control, infotainment and Audi connect: first-class connectivity
Behind the new control setup in the updated Audi Q5 is a new main unit – the third-generation Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB 3), which offers ten times the computing power of its predecessor, the MIB 2.
Its basis is a conventional dashboard with a centrally positioned driver information system. The top of the range is the Audi virtual cockpit plus – a high-resolution 12.3-inch digital display with three different graphic layouts. The driver controls the displays via the multifunction steering wheel. A head-up display is also available as an option.
The central 10.1-inch MMI touch display is standard equipment in the Q5. Its menu structure with flat hierarchies makes it extremely easy to use, and is searchable using free text. The driver has the choice of entering characters and letters manually or via voice control, which understands a vast array of everyday terms. Combined with the MMI navigation plus infotainment system including Audi connect navigation & infotainment, the voice-control system can access the cloud for even greater flexibility.
The Audi connect online services network the Audi Q5 closely with the internet and traffic infrastructure. The navigation system offers high-resolution satellite images from Google Earth, lane-by-lane information on traffic flow and traffic forecasts. DAB+ digital radio is part of standard equipment, while the Amazon Alexa service allows access to thousands of Alexa skills. The car-to-x services provided by Audi connect make for even more relaxed driving – helping, for example, to find available roadside parking spots or using traffic-light communication in some cities to “surf the green wave”. The myAudi app connects the user’s smartphone to the car.
A wide assortment of personal settings – from frequently used navigation destinations to seating position to preferred air-conditioning levels – can be saved in six user profiles. The data is stored in the myAudi customer portal in the cloud, where it is available for each authorized user in any suitably equipped Audi.
Functions on demand: book anytime post-purchase
An important new feature in the updated Audi Q5 is “functions on demand”, which allows customers to book functions such as MMI navigation plus and the Audi smartphone interface anytime they wish post-purchase via the myAudi smartphone app or myAudi online portal. The functions are then activated over-the-air via a cell data bundle. There is a choice of three usage periods: one month, one year or open-ended.
Driveline: powerful performance, low emissions
The upgraded premium SUV comes to market in Europe as the Audi Q5 40 TDI (fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 5.4-5.3* (43.6-44.4 mpg US); CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 143-139* (230-224 g/mi)). Its powerful two-liter four-cylinder diesel generates 150 kW (204 PS) and 400 Nm of torque (295 lb-ft). The aluminum crankcase weighs approx. 20 kilograms (44.1 lbs) less than that of the previous engine, while the crankshaft is around 2.5 kilograms (5.5 lbs) lighter.
The mild hybrid system (MHEV) contributes to the low fuel consumption. A belt-driven starter/generator (BSG) supplies the 12-volt vehicle electrical system, which incorporates a compact lithium-ion battery. The BSG recuperates braking energy and stores it in the battery. The MHEV system enables the Audi Q5 to coast with the engine off, and allows for start-stop mode at speeds below 22 km/h (13.7 mph). Overall, this results in a fuel-efficiency improvement of approx. 0.3 liters per 100 kilometers (62.1 mi). The Audi Q5 40 TDI (fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 5.4-5.3* (43.6-44.4 mpg US); CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 143-139* (230-224 g/mi)) accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in
7.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 222 km/h (137.9 mph).
The powerful diesel engine is not only efficient, but also clean – meeting the requirements of the latest Euro 6d-ISC-FCM emissions standard and EU 6 AP. Nitrogen oxide emissions are reduced significantly thanks to a new twin-dosing SCR system with dual AdBlue injection. The urea solution is added upstream of two SCR catalytic converters arranged in series. More engine versions will follow after the launch of the updated Q5: two further power variants of the four-cylinder TDI, a V6 TDI and two 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI engines. The successful Q5 TFSI e with plug-in hybrid drive will also be offered again in two output variants.
In the Audi Q5 40 TDI (fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 5.4-5.3* (43.6-44.4 mpg US); CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 143-139* (230-224 g/mi)), a seven-speed S tronic sends the engine power to the quattro all-wheel drive with ultra technology, which also contributes to efficiency. In normal operation, it sends all the power to the front wheels. If all-wheel drive becomes necessary e.g. in slippery conditions or during dynamic driving, two clutches connect the rear wheels to the driveline in fractions of a second – in many situations, this happens predictively. In terms of traction and performance, the system leaves nothing to be desired.
The running gear: even more comfort and agility
Both sporty and comfortable – the well-balanced running gear is a great strength of the Audi Q5. The multilink suspension front and rear are exceptionally lightweight, thus improving not only handling, but also efficiency. Available as an option for the Q5 is Audi’s dynamic steering, which varies its ratio by up to 100 percent in accordance with speed and steering angle.
Q5 customers can choose from four setup options. The sports suspension offers an alternative to the standard suspension. The standard suspension with steel springs is also available with damper control and delivers a broad spread between comfortable and dynamic. As well as damper control, the adaptive air suspension can also vary the ground clearance of the bodyshell in five stages, which makes it an exceptionally good match for the Q5.
The Audi drive select handling system, which influences the characteristics of several technical components, is part of the standard equipment package. The driver can choose from up to seven profiles, including off-road and all-road (with air suspension). The hill descent assistant provides support on steep inclines. The Audi Q5 runs as standard on 17-inch alloy wheels. The advanced line and S line come with 18-inch wheels, while Audi and Audi Sport also offer further 19, 20 and 21-inch wheel designs.
Driver assistance systems: Vorsprung in safety and comfort
The updated Q5 also comes with a comprehensive set of assistance systems. The Audi pre sense city system comes as standard, and helps avoid collisions with road users in front of the vehicle or mitigate their consequences. The optional turn assist, collision avoidance assist and exit warning systems also contribute to overall safety. Adaptive cruise assist can largely relieve the driver of accelerating, braking and lane-keeping maneuvers for long periods, while predictive efficiency assist supports an anticipatory driving style and lowers fuel consumption.
Market launch: autumn 2020
The Audi Q5 is built at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico and will come to international markets in fall 2020. The starting price in Germany for the Q5 40 TDI (fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 5.4-5.3* (43.6-44.4 mpg US); CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 143-139* (230-224 g/mi)) is 48,700 euros.
edition one: exclusive looks paired with special details
Customers can now order a special edition of the redesigned Audi Q5 named “edition one”. The exterior design is based on the S line exterior, further enhanced by the black trim package. The specific design elements set sporty accents with a black Audi insignia front and rear as well as on the rear doors, black roof rails and black exterior mirrors as well as carbon door trim. On entering the vehicle, the Audi rings are projected onto the ground by LED lights. The equipment package also includes red brake calipers, 19-inch wheels and sports seats. The exterior paint colors are glacier white and myth black in addition to new shades, district green and ultra blue.

Fuel consumption of the models named:
*
Information on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as well as efficiency classes in ranges depending on the tires and alloy wheel rims used.
Audi Q5 40 TDI:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.4 – 5.3 (43.6-44.4 mpg US)
Combined CO2 emission in g/km: 143 – 139 (230-224 g/mi)
1450

1451

1452

 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,114
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept (2020)
1471

  • Audi presents Coupé variant of Q4 e-tron as a concept car
  • Versatile efficiency technologies enable ranges over 500 kilometers (310.7 mi)
  • Production version to be launched in 2021 as the Audi brand’s seventh electric model
From a technical perspective, they are identical twins, but in terms of their shape, they each have their own unmistakable and characteristic features: The Audi Q4 e-tron concept gave visitors to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show a taste of the first compact electric SUV from Audi. With the Q4 Sportback e-tron, the brand is now presenting the second model of the product line that will go into production in 2021 as an SUV Coupé.

This gives potential Q4 customers the opportunity to start thinking about which version they prefer roughly a year before the first vehicles will be delivered: the versatility and robustness of the classic SUV or the dynamic elegance of the Coupé variant. The dimensions of the two Q4 models are almost identical: With an exterior length of 4.60 meters (15.1 ft) and a height of 1.60 m (5.2 ft), the Sportback is one centimeter (0.4 in) longer and flatter. The Q4 variants are identical in terms of their width of 1.90 m (6.2 ft) and their wheelbase of 2.77 meters (9.1 ft).
The two concept cars, which are already offering a clear look ahead at the top-of-the-range engine line-up of the coming series production model, also have the same drive technology. Two electric motors mobilize 225 kW of system output in the Q4 and Q4 Sportback e-tron concept. As is typical for Audi, the driving power is brought to the road with quattro all-wheel drive. Thanks to excellent traction, both versions of the Q4 accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 6.3 seconds. Top speed is restricted to 180 km/h (111.8 mph).
A large battery with a capacity of 82 kilowatt hours takes up almost the entire space in the underbody area between the axles. The range of over 450 kilometers (279.6 mi) – in line with the WLTP standard – sets the benchmark in its class. Versions with rear-wheel drive will offer a range of over 500 kilometers (310.7 mi) in accordance with WLTP. The technology of the Q4 e-tron concept is provided by the modular electrification platform (MEB), which will be integrated in numerous electric vehicles produced by the Volkswagen Group in the future, from the compact class to the superior medium-size class. The Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept offers an advance look at what will already be the seventh series production electric vehicle that the manufacturer will introduce by 2021.
Sexy back: the exterior
The silhouette of the Sportback slopes downward to the back in a subtle and dynamic curve. The roof line transitions into the significantly inclined D-pillars and ends in a horizontal spoiler at the level of the lower window edge. As a result, the future Audi Q4 Sportback appears much longer than its sister model, the Q4 e-tron concept.
The striking broad light band that connects the two lamp units on the rear end of the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept was incorporated to reflect an element of the Audi Q4 e-tron concept. It is clearly visible even here that these two models belong to the same e-tron family, as the close relation to the e-tron Sportback* is obvious. This also applies to the inside of the lights, where the significant sweep of the LED segments is also reminiscent of an element of the older brother. The striking design of the bumper diffuser unit with its horizontal slats and the illuminated e-tron logo in the middle is an element that the two Q4 versions share.
When looking at it from the front, the Singleframe with the four rings brand logo identifies the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept as an Audi vehicle. And it will take no more than two glances to see that this is an electric Audi: Like the first production Audi with electric drive, the new concept vehicle also features a structured closed surface within a broad, almost upright octagonal frame in place of a traditional radiator grille.
The prominently modeled fenders of all four wheels are a further classic Audi design feature that has distinguished the brand since the legendary original quattro 1980. The widened features of the Q4 e-tron concept and Q4 Sportback concept are designed to be highly organic and flowing, and they add a characteristic touch to the side view. The accentuation of the rocker panel area between the axles, where the battery and thus the powerhouse of this SUV is located, is a typical feature of the e-tron. Large 22-inch wheels leave no doubt as to the potential of the newest member of the Audi family.
The Q4 Sportback e-tron concept is painted in the new kinetic grey color, a light metallic and pearl effect color that takes on a distinct greenish tinge depending on the angle of the light. In contrast, the lower sections of the body are painted in a dark grey color. This segmentation emphasizes the width and horizontal orientation of the vehicle’s architecture.
Sense of spaciousness – the interior
With its dimensions, the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept also takes its position in the upper third of the compact class. Its road space requirements qualify the electric SUV as an agile all-rounder. In terms of the interior, by contrast, its wheelbase of 2.77 meters (9.1 ft) puts it at least one class higher. As there is no transmission tunnel restricting the space, the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept offers unsuspected spaciousness and comfort, especially in terms of legroom at the front and even more in the rear.
The color scheme emphasizes the sense of spaciousness. While light, warm colors dominate the upper section of the cabin, the dark carpet in the floor section provides a contrast. The headlining, the window pillars and the upper section of the door rail and dash panel are fitted with white and beige microfiber textiles. Sustainability is the top priority not only in terms of the electric drive in the Audi Q4 and Q4 Sportback: The floor covering is made of recycled materials. Instead of chrome-plated metal decor frames, the surfaces are covered with a high-quality multi-layer paint finish. The painted frosted Plexiglas on the applications creates an intensive depth effect. Four seats with integrated head restraints are upholstered with comfortable Alcantara material manufactured with exquisite workmanship. Double seams stitched with thick yarn adorn the upholstery.
The display of the Audi virtual cockpit with the most important display elements for speed, charge level, and navigation is located behind the steering wheel. The large-format head-up display with an augmented reality function is a new feature. It can display important graphical information, such as directional arrows for turning, directly on the course of the road.
Control panels designed as touch elements on the steering wheel spokes can be used to select frequently used functions. In the middle above the center console, there is a 12.3-inch touchscreen via which the infotainment and vehicle functions are displayed and operated. It is tilted toward the driver for greater ease of operation. A strip of buttons for controlling the air conditioning is located below it.
As the center console does not need to hold functional elements such as a gear lever or hand brake actuation elements, it is designed as a spacious stowage compartment that includes a cell phone charging cradle. There is a horizontal area in high-quality design into which the selector button for the transmission mode is integrated and that also serves as a cover for the front section of the console. In addition to the conventional lower storage compartment, the doors now provide the possibility to store bottles in the specially molded upper section, where they are easy to reach.
Efficient performer: drive system and suspension
The modular electrification platform (MEB) offers a broad range of drive variants and power levels. The performance version of the electric drive is installed in the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept. The front and rear axles are each powered by an electric motor – this Q4 Sportback is a quattro. There is no mechanical connection between the axles. Instead, an electronic control ensures that the torque distribution is coordinated optimally, and it does so in fractions of a second. That enables the SUV Coupé to achieve optimum traction in all weather conditions and on any type of surface.
In most cases, the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept mainly uses its rear electric motor, a permanently excited synchronous motor, in order to achieve the highest efficiency. For reasons of efficiency, the drive torque is generally distributed with a rear-axle bias.
If the driver demands more power than the rear electric motor can supply, the electric all-wheel drive uses the front asynchronous motor to redistribute the torque as required to the front axle. This also happens predictively even before slip occurs in icy conditions or when cornering fast, or if the car understeers or oversteers.
The electric motor in the rear end has an output of 150 kW and mobilizes a torque of 310 newton meters (228.6 lb-ft); the front motor supplies the front wheels with up to 75 kW and 150 newton meters (110.6 lb-ft). The system output is 225 kW. The battery in the vehicle floor stores 82 kilowatt hours, which allows for a range of more than 450 kilometers (279.6 mi) according to the WLTP standard. The battery is charged with a maximum of 125 kilowatts. It therefore takes little more than 30 minutes to reach 80 percent of the total capacity.
However, the recipe for this excellent range involves far more than just an energy storage unit with a large capacity. Just like the first member of the family, the Audi Q4 e-tron concept, the Audi Q4 Sportback also presents itself as an efficiency virtuoso, starting with the low aerodynamic drag of the body, whose drag coefficient is 0.26 and therefore 0.01 below that of the Q4 e-tron SUV. The compact electric product line also features a sophisticated recuperation strategy, leaving out no possibility for optimizing its range. The complex thermal management of the drive and battery, which involves a CO2 heat pump, also contributes to this.
Sporty, precise handling
A key factor for the sporty character and outstanding transverse dynamics is the low and central position at which the drive components are installed. The high-voltage battery system is optimally matched to the dimensions of the Audi Q4 Sportback and is located between the axles in the form of a flat, broad block beneath the passenger compartment. The battery system weighs 510 kilograms (1,124.4 lb). The center of gravity of the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept is therefore at a similar level to that of a sedan with a conventional drive system.
Axle load distribution is perfectly balanced at almost 50:50. The front wheels of the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept are guided on a MacPherson axle with adaptive dampers. In the rear, there is a multi-link axle with separate springs and adaptive dampers.
The modular electrification platform MEB: the base
MLB, MQB – modular longitudinal platform and modular lateral platform: These component systems for vehicle development represent a great success story in all segments of Audi and the Volkswagen Group. Previous platforms were designed primarily for the use of combustion engines. What is new and different about the modular electrification platform: It was designed specifically and exclusively for automobiles with electric drive systems. Axles, drives, wheelbases and the interaction between all components are selected and adapted specifically for e-mobility.
The placement of the large-volume battery units and their geometry can therefore be optimized without having to make concessions to other drive concepts that must always be taken into account in the MLB and MQB.
At the same time, the MEB opens up a huge synergy potential. This platform serves as the basis primarily for electric cars in the high-volume A segment. It allows the best technology available to be developed jointly across brands and used in many different electric cars. The MEB thus also helps electric mobility to break through even in the particularly price-sensitive compact segment.
E-initiative: more than 20 electric drive models by 2025
The brand with the four rings launched its electric offensive with the world premiere of the all-electric SUV Audi e-tron* in September 2018. By 2025, Audi will offer more than 20 automobiles with all-electric drive in the most important markets worldwide and achieve roughly 40 percent of its sales with electrified models. The SUVs within this portfolio include the e-tron* and the e-tron Sportback*. In addition, there will be a range of models with classic body layout such as Avant and Sportback. The range will cover every relevant market segment from the compact class to the luxury class.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:
(Fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures given in ranges depend on the equipment selected)
Audi e-tron 50 quattro
Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (62.1 mi): 26.6–22.4 (WLTP); 24.3–21.9 (NEDC)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km (g/mi): 0
Audi e-tron 55 quattro
Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (62.1 mi): 26.4–22.4 (WLTP); 23.1–21.0 (NEDC)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km (g/mi): 0
Audi e-tron Sportback 50 quattro
Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (62.1 mi): 26.3–21.6 (WLTP); 23.9–21.4 (NEDC)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km (g/mi): 0
Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro
Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (62.1 mi): 26.0–21.9 (WLTP); 22.7–20.6 (NEDC)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km (g/mi): 0
1468

1469

1470





 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,115
Superior performance: The Audi SQ7 and Audi SQ8 with V8 TFSI engine
1478

  • 4.0 TFSI engine for superior performance: 0–100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.1 seconds
  • Sport air suspension and all-wheel steering standard
  • European market launch beginning in autumn, new connectivity and assistance services
Audi presents the SQ7** and the SQ8** with new TFSI engines. The brand is thus responding to the worldwide trend toward sporty gasoline engines in the high-performance SUV segment. The Audi SQ7** and SQ8** feature numerous high-tech suspension components and offer new connectivity and assistance functions. They will launch on the European markets beginning in autumn 2020.


* Fuel/electric power consumption and CO2 emission figures given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used.
** The collective fuel/electric power consumption values for all models named and available on the German market can be found in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo.

Ample power: The 4.0 TFSI
With its output of 373 kW (507 PS) and 770 Nm (567.9 lb-ft) of torque, the 4.0 TFSI gasoline engine propels the large Audi SQ7** and SQ8** extremely powerfully. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes just 4.1 seconds; acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h (49.7 to 74.6 mph) just 3.8 seconds. Top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Depending on the equipment chosen, the SQ7** consumes between 12.1 and 12.0 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (19.4 – 19.6 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 278 to 276 grams per kilometer (447.4– 444.2 g/mi). For the SQ8**, these figures are also 12.1 to 12.0 liters (19.4 – 19.6 US mpg) and 276 to 275 grams CO2 (444.2 – 442.6 g/mi)).
The biturbo V8 is a high-tech engine. The cylinder on demand (COD) system temporarily deactivates four cylinders during moderate driving, thus reducing fuel consumption. The two twin-scroll turbochargers reduce backpressure and optimize gas exchange for improved filling of the combustion chambers. They are located in the 90-degree V of the cylinder banks. This layout results in short gas paths and spontaneous response even at low rpm. In the exhaust system, two mode-controlled actuators modulate the eight-cylinder sound. Oscillating coils in the active engine mounts minimize the transmission of vibrations to the body by generating counterphase vibrations. These overlap the engine vibrations and largely eliminate them.
For sporty movement: Power transmission and suspension
An eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive transfer the superior power of the 4.0 TFSI to the road. The Audi SQ7** and SQ8** come standard with two sporty chassis components: the adaptive air suspension sport with controlled dampers and all-wheel steering. At low speeds, the latter turns the rear wheels by as much as 5 degrees in the opposite direction, which improves agility and reduces the turning circle. At speeds of 60 km/h (37.3 mph) and above, they turn slightly in the same direction for improved stability at higher speeds and during fast changes of direction.
The advanced suspension package includes another highly effective module: electromechanical active roll stabilization (eAWS). When driving straight ahead, the system, which actuates the stabilizers via electric motors, provides for a high level of ride comfort. It also reduces roll during fast cornering. This package also includes the sport differential, which shifts torque between the rear wheels as needed during fast cornering. Handling is even more agile and precise as a result.
The electronic chassis platform (ECP) is the central controller that interconnects most of the controlled chassis systems. Drivers experience this close interaction as maximum handling precision. They can choose between seven driver profiles in the Audi drive select system: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, allroad, offroad and individual.
The Audi SQ7** comes standard with 20-inch wheels, with wheels up to 22 inches optionally available. With the SQ8**, the standard size is 21 inches with 22- and 23-inch wheels optional. Both cars feature front brake discs measuring 400 millimeters (15.7 in) in diameter. Their black calipers sport S badges. Audi also offers particularly powerful and durable carbon fiber ceramic discs for the front and rear axles. In this case, the brake calipers are painted anthracite gray. New features in infotainment, connectivity and driver assist systems round out the two models’ technology package. They make driving and parking even easier, more pleasant and more comfortable.
From EUR 93,287.40: Market launch begins in autumn
The Audi SQ7** and Audi SQ8** with the 4.0 TFSI will launch on European markets beginning in autumn. List prices in Germany are 93,287.40 and 101,085.72 euros, respectively.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

*Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used.
Audi SQ7:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km (US mpg): 12.1 – 12.0 (19.4 – 19.6);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km (g/mi): 278 – 276 (447.4 – 444.2)
Audi SQ8:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km (US mpg): 12.1 – 12.0 (19.4 – 19.6);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km (g/mi): 276 – 275 (444.2 – 442.6)
1479

1480
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,116
Audi e-tron Is World Market Leader in Its Segment
1481

  • Audi e-tron the top-selling electric SUV in Europe
  • Deliveries of the model increased by 86.8 percent as compared to previous year
  • Electric offensive continues to gather pace with e-tron GT and Q4 e-tron models
The Audi e-tron is the worldwide market leader in its segment. The first fully electric series production model from Audi is popular all over the world with customers and media alike. Numerous awards and comparative tests stand testament to this. With the e-tron GT, the Q4 e-tron, and the Q4 Sportback e-tron, Audi is looking toward an electric year 2021 in both senses of the word.


In the first half of 2020, Audi delivered 17,641 e-tron models to customers worldwide. This corresponds to an increase of 86.8 percent as compared to the previous year – despite the difficult market situation due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fully electric Audi model is therefore way ahead of its competitors in the full-size battery electric vehicle SUV segment worldwide. It is even the overall top-selling electric SUV in Europe.
The Audi e-tron is highly sought after in the Scandinavian market in particular. In Norway, which is the pioneering country when it comes to electric mobility, it was the top-selling passenger-car model in the first half of the year. The e-tron makes up 92 percent of the volume of Audi models delivered in Norway. It also makes up a significant portion of deliveries in Iceland (93 percent), Sweden (12 percent), and Israel (14 percent). In the USA, the e-tron has recorded an increase in sales by more than 50 percent as compared to the previous year. Hildegard Wortmann, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing: “The Audi e-tron is a real game changer for us and clearly illustrates our vision of sustainable and progressive premium mobility. Our first fully electric SUV combines design, dynamic handling, and interior quality with the latest technology – for emissions-free driving without having to make compromises. The e-tron is the beginning of a new era for Audi. We will continue this success story.”
Fast charging and long-distance qualities as a trump card
The success of the Audi e-tron arises mainly from its everyday usability. In addition to the large passenger-compartment space, its long-distance range plays a decisive role here. Longer distances can be managed easily with the e-tron Sportback 55
, which has a range of 446 kilometers (277.1 mi) (WLPT), and the e-tron 55
, which has a range of 436 kilometers (270.9 mi) (WLTP). e-tron drivers also benefit from fast charging speeds. The charging capacity of up to 150 kW is available for a significant proportion of the charging process. For a range of about 110 kilometers (68.4 mi), the customer ideally spends just under 10 minutes at the charging terminal. The Audi e-tron 55** reaches the 80 percent mark after roughly 30 minutes.
The e-tron Charging Service provides a further great advantage when it comes to everyday usability. The premium charging service makes around 155,000 public charging points in 25 countries accessible with one charging card. When driving abroad, customers can charge their cars according to the local purchasing conditions without any extra costs. The myAudi app and the Audi navigation system make operation particularly easy. In addition to planning the route and activating charging points, the driver is also always informed as to whether or not the charging terminal is currently available for use.
Awards in many categories
The Audi e-tron is a winner, as demonstrated by the numerous comparative tests and awards it has won. In 2019, the e-tron won more than two thirds of all comparative tests. In addition, readers of “AUTO BILD Allrad” magazine voted the e-tron “all-wheel drive car of the year” in the “all-wheel drive hybrids and electric cars” category in Germany in 2019. The e-tron won the “Goldenes Lenkrad” (Golden Steering Wheel) in the “large SUVs” category, prevailing against competitors powered by a combustion engine. In the “company car of the year 2020” award, the e-tron won in the “electric cars full-size/luxury class” category.
The e-tron also receives awards in other countries regularly. In the USA, the model recently won the “Wards 10 Best Interiors” award for its futuristic interior. The US magazine “Green Car Reports” named the Audi e-tron the “Best Car To Buy 2020.” The e-tron also convinced the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in crash tests and was the first electric car in the world to receive the “Top Safety Pick+.”
The technical innovations of the Audi e-tron also convinced experts. For example, Audi won the “Display Industry Award 2020” of the “Society for Information Display” (SID) for the development of the virtual exterior mirror. This award is one of the highest distinctions in the industry. The technology is also well received by customers. One third of all buyers opted for the camera-based exterior mirrors.
Sportback and S models flank the success model
The Audi e-tron marks the start of an extensive electric offensive that will include around 20 fully electric models by 2025. The Audi e-tron Sportback was added to the e-tron family in April. The “S” versions of the e-tron and e-tron Sportback, which were introduced just recently, form the sporty spearhead of the model series.
Electric: high-end GT and two Q models in the starting blocks
Today’s successes are an incentive for tomorrow’s goals. With the Audi Q4 e-tron concept, Audi gave visitors to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show a taste of the brand’s first compact electric SUV. With the Q4 Sportback e-tron, the brand has now presented the second model of the product line, which will go into production in 2021 as an SUV coupé. Both models will be important cornerstones of the electric strategy.
Customers can look forward to another major highlight coming next year. The four rings will be launching the Audi e-tron GT. Performance and an expressive design are the most important ingredients for the e-tron GT. It thereby emphasizes the sportiness of the brand and continues the success story of the Audi e-tron together with the electric Q models.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,117
Electric cars as part of the energy transition:
Audi is researching bidirectional charging technology

1497

  • Intelligent use of electric cars offers great potential for the energy transition
  • Temporary storage of domestic PV electricity possible thanks to bidirectional charging
  • Cost-optimization and domestic electricity supply provide financial incentives
Increasing network stability, lowering electricity costs, and contributing to climate protection – that is the vision that Audi and the Hager Group are pursuing. The incorporation of the electric car into the domestic grid is at the core of an innovative research project on bidirectional charging. This offers major advantages in combination with a photovoltaic system in particular. Excess PV electricity can be stored temporarily and output as needed.


Audi has committed to the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement and is working on making its vehicle fleet CO2-neutral by 2050. In order to achieve this aim, the brand with the four rings is pursuing a broad electric offensive that involves launching around 20 fully electric models by 2025. And not only that: The electric car is to evolve into part of an increasingly broad mobility offer and become an element of the sustainable energy transition.
In the first half of 2020, renewable energies contributed more than 50 percent to the German electricity mix for the first time. However, the increasing percentage is also accompanied by a basic dilemma of wind and solar power: The generation of electricity is not always constant. On sunny days and phases with strong winds, there is often a lack of capacity to store the generated energy that the grid cannot use.
As the number of registered electric cars increases, the number of mobile energy storage units also rises. This offers great potential, provided that the storage capacity can be used intelligently. This is why Audi and the Hager Group joined hands and developed a research and solution approach that creates financial incentives and offers greater security of supply: bidirectional charging. “Electric mobility is bringing the automotive industry and the energy sector closer together. The battery of an Audi e-tron could supply a single-family home with energy for around one week independently. Looking ahead, we want to make this potential accessible and make the electric car part of the energy transition as an energy storage device on four wheels,” says Martin Dehm, technical project manager for bidirectional charging at Audi.
The electric car as a flexible energy storage unit
The idea is as simple as it is genius: The high-voltage battery of the electric car not only is charged via the wall box at home but can also supply energy back to the house as a decentralized storage medium. If the customer has a photovoltaic system, the electric car serves as a temporary storage medium for the domestically generated eco-electricity. When the sun is no longer shining, the vehicle can supply the stored electricity back to the house. Bidirectional charging at home – also known as Vehicle to Home (V2H) – has great potential to reduce the home owner’s electricity costs and increase network stability. As a further expansion stage in combination with a home storage unit, it is possible to achieve near complete energy independence and increased security of supply in the event of a blackout. “Using the battery of electric vehicles to contribute to climate protection while lowering electricity costs at the same time is a vision that we have found fascinating since the very beginning. And we have found an ideal partner in Audi,” explains Ulrich Reiner, project manager at Hager Group.
Near-series technology in use
What sounds simple in theory requires a high level of technical intelligence and coordinated interaction between different technical components in terms of infrastructure and in the vehicle in practice. An Audi e-tron with near-series charging technology was used in the research project. In the test grid, the fully electric Audi model operated with a DC wall box, which enables a charging capacity of up to 12 kW, and a flexibly extendable home storage unit with a capacity of 9 kWh. While it could provide additional flexibility in possible series production, it is not a necessary requirement for bidirectional charging. Thanks to the DC voltage level in the overall grid, the connection between the PV system and the vehicle does not require an inverter and is thus a particularly efficient solution.
Charging with PV electricity saves money
Bidirectional charging focuses mainly on use cases where home owners use their own photovoltaic system to benefit from cost-optimized charging with their domestically generated electricity. The electric car stores the excess electricity from the PV system that is not used by appliances in the house. If the customer has variable rates, the electric car can supply the entire house in phases where electricity prices are high. At night or during non-productive times of the rate, the car then uses inexpensive electricity to charge up to the desired target SOC (state of charge). Bidirectional charging also provides a security of supply that extends beyond pure cost optimization: In the event of a blackout, the system can supply the house with energy via the high-performance HV battery or it can even operate a building without a grid connection independently in what is known as stand-alone operation.
Everyday usability in the focus of the developers
The developers made everyday usability a top priority. “Maintaining mobility is at the center of our attention. Customers therefore don’t need to restrict themselves in order to make bidirectional charging suitable for everyday use,” Dehm describes the focus of the development. “The intelligent charging management manages the optimum use of the battery, thereby maximizing the cost-effectiveness of the overall system. The system is very easy for customers to use – all they have to do is plug in the car, and the rest happens automatically.”
The joint research project with the Hager Group has proven two essential things: Customers who have their own PV system can design their mobility to be optimized in terms of cost and CO2 consumption while taking some of the burden off the grid at the same time. As a positive side effect, customers who own an electric car from Audi can make an important contribution to the success of the energy transition. The intelligent use of the HV battery in the vehicle also opens up possibilities to use an existing resource that was previously used for mobility purposes alone in a sustainable way.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,118
Lighting technology pioneer Audi fields next-generation OLED technology
1523

  • Digital OLEDs debut in Audi Q5
  • New taillight designs due to extended segmentation
  • Benefits: greater homogeneity, efficiency, compactness, safety and personalization
In June 2020, the next generation of a lighting technology premiered in the Audi Q5: digital OLED technology. With organic light-emitting diodes (so-called OLEDs), Audi was a pioneer as far back as in 2016. Now digitalization is ringing in a new age. This technology promises to improve road safety and is the first to allow for personalization of the taillight signature.


Dr. Werner Thomas, OLED technology project manager at Audi, explains: “Headlight technology has seen a rapid evolution at Audi in recent decades. In addition, we have been decisively driving the development of rear-lighting systems.” The latest milestone achievement: now the brand is the first automobile manufacturer to digitize the taillights.


Why does Audi focus on OLED technology?


OLED light sources are panel radiators – unlike point light sources such as LEDs using semiconductor crystals. The benefits of OLEDs: Their light is extremely homogeneous. It is infinitely dimmable and achieves very high contrast. It can be split into segments. These segments are individually controllable and can develop diverse levels of brightness, with minimal gaps between the segments. The lighting unit does not require any reflectors, optical fibers or similar optics. This makes OLED units very efficient, lightweight and flat, which considerably increases design freedom.
An OLED lighting element is just one millimeter thin, while conventional LED solutions require much greater installed depths of 20 to 30 millimeters. The energy requirement of an OLED is once again significantly lower than that of LED optics if the latter are to achieve similar homogeneity. Audi’s OLED technology made its production debut in the taillight of the Audi TT RS
in 2016. Up to now, Audi models using OLED lighting technology have had up to four individually controllable, complex lighting segments that could be used for an individual, defined lighting design.


Audi Q5 40 TDI

1
Audi digital OLED Technology

Audi OLED Technology

Audi digital OLED technology
Customizing lighting design and to be used for car-to-x communication

What benefits do Audi’s new digital OLEDs offer?
The larger number of individually controllable segments can now be randomly activated, with continuous variability of brightness. In the Q5, three tiles of six units each, in other words 18 segments per lamp, are currently used. The high precision and great variability offer light designers a wealth of opportunities, using just one type of hardware. Q5 customers opting for digital OLED technology have a choice of three signatures in the taillights when purchasing their car. In the “dynamic” Audi drive select mode, the lamps additionally switch to another signature. Moreover, animation effects such as coming-home/leaving-home lighting scenarios can be implemented, plus the dynamic flashing light has been integrated in the new lamp units as well

How exactly do digital OLEDs differ from established OLED technology?
“Up to now, we have been using OLED segmentation with the Audi TT RS and A8 for designing signature lighting. This has changed with the Q5,” says OLED technology project manager Dr. Werner Thomas. “Here the taillights turn into a kind of display on the outer shell, which will provide us with ample opportunities and prospects in terms of design, personalization, communication and safety going forward.” Thus, the year 2020 marks the threshold of a new age: a pure medium for signal functions is now additionally becoming a medium for displaying diverse types of content.

How do digital OLED lamps improve road safety?




Animation: Digital OLED lighting technology in the Audi Q5
Audi digital OLED Technology


In the new Q5, Audi has implemented a proximity detection feature for the versions using digital OLED taillights. When another road user approaches a stationary Q5 from the rear within less than two meters, all the OLED segments light up. When the Q5 starts to move, it returns to the original light signature. This is just an initial example of the automobile’s car-to-x communication with its surroundings. Subject to legislative approval, predefined warning symbols are conceivable in the future as well. The development and approval of the first dynamic turn signals is a good example of Audi’s effective engagement in collaborating with approval authorities. The developers present potential technologies and then adapt them as needed – which facilitates the homologation and approval of new ideas and concepts. Audi also shaped the developments around the digital OLEDs in advance in a way that made legislative approval possible for the Q5 in spite of differences in taillight design. Thus, the roads are becoming safer with lighting technology from Audi.

How will the development in this area continue?
Going forward, clearly more segments per taillight are conceivable, allowing for even greater personalization of signature lighting. For instance, predefined symbols might be displayed to provide other road users with early warnings of hazards such as slippery roads or the tail ends of traffic jams.
Digital OLED light technology
Digital OLED light technology
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,119
Hardware meets software: from classic mechanical systems to a fully interlinked high-end control unit
1532

  • Electronic Chassis Platform interlinks mechanical chassis components
  • Brake energy recuperation turns efficiency into a new chassis dimension
  • Future fusion of chassis and powertrain control in an integrated vehicle dynamics computer
  • New high-end control unit clearly more powerful and about ten times as fast as current systems
Exactly 40 years ago, Audi revolutionized the automotive world. With its permanent quattro all-wheel drive the company, in 1980, presented a new approach to chassis technology that still decisively underpins the slogan “Vorsprung durch Technik.” Today, thanks to smart interlinking by the Electronic Chassis Platform (ECP), innovative chassis systems such as electromechanical Active Roll Stabilization (eAWS), the predictive active suspension and Dynamic All-wheel Steering (DAS) are able to unfold their full potential. In the Audi e-tron, the integrated Brake Control System (iBRS) emphasizes the fact that efficiency will become the third variable in chassis development alongside ride comfort and sportiness. As a high-tech control unit, the future vehicle dynamics computer can simultaneously actuate up to 90 components.


On the road toward an integrated vehicle dynamics brain
Audi consistently drives the idea of integrating chassis and powertrain technology. In the future, an integrated vehicle dynamics processor will handle longitudinal and lateral dynamics control as well as energy and powertrain management: recuperating energy during a braking event, determining the damper compression rate within milliseconds and keeping the vehicle precisely on track – all practically at the same time. The development objective for future chassis generations is clear: besides an even greater spread between sportiness and comfort, the integration of efficiency technologies will play a central role.
The future vehicle dynamics processor will be centrally controlling nearly all functions in longitudinal, lateral and vertical dynamics: chassis, powertrain and recuperation functions, and be clearly more powerful than today’s ECP, for instance. It will operate about ten times as fast as current systems and be able to control up to 90 system participants – compared to about 20 in the case of the current ECP. New as well will be its modular usability for diverse types of powertrains, in other words, ICE-powered, hybrid or electric vehicles, as well as front, all-wheel or rear-wheel drive systems for electric models. As a result, the central vehicle dynamics computer, in addition to car-to-x functions, will enable function-on-demand features as well. Its precise data computation will also execute the requirements of advanced driver assistance functions.
Chassis technology development at Audi emphasizes intensified interlinking of individual mechatronic chassis components and vehicle functions using smart electronic control. The Electronic Chassis Platform (ECP) made its debut in the Audi Q7 in 2015. Today, it interlinks the individual component assemblies of the chassis systems in Audi’s mid-size, full-size and luxury models. Due to this smart ECP interlinking of chassis technologies that have undergone continuous further development such as permanent quattro all-wheel drive, the adaptive air suspension and Dynamic All-wheel Steering, Audi has forged a successful link between superior ride comfort and high-level driving dynamics.
Interlinking as an enabler – previously unknown flexibility, from comfortable to sporty
A perfect example that illustrates the enormous effort Audi invests in the technical design of the chassis is the electric roll stabilization used in the Audi SQ7 and SQ8. Due to smart interlinking, the system can unfold its full potential. Body roll of the full-size SUV during cornering and load changes is reduced to a minimum. In addition, it provides the Audi full-size SUVs with amazingly high lateral dynamics capabilities resulting in an impressive driving experience for the driver.
In fast cornering situations, due to the electronic adjustment of the stabilizer bar, body roll is reduced because the stabilizer, within milliseconds, smoothly lifts the vehicle side that is on the outside of a corner against the centrifugal forces with a moment of up to 1,200 Newton meters. This makes higher cornering speeds possible and clearly reduces load change reactions as well. During straight-line driving, for instance on uneven road surfaces, a planetary gear system disconnects the two halves of the stabilizer, which enhances ride comfort. As a central control unit, the Electronic Chassis Platform also matches information from other chassis technologies in the SQ7 and SQ8, such as the all-wheel steering system, the air suspension and the quattro sport differential. The driver experiences this close collaboration of the Audi chassis systems in the form of high handling precision and agility.
Another chassis highlight with a decidedly comfort-enhancing function is used in the Audi A8. Here the active suspension operates: a fully active, electromechanically operated suspension system. Per wheel, it has one electric motor that is supplied by the 48-volt primary electrical system. The control signals for the active suspension are sent by the Electronic Chassis Platform every five milliseconds. A belt drive and compact strain wave gearing convert the torque of the electric motor to 1,100 Nm and transfer it to a steel torque tube. From the end of the torsion bar, the force reaches the chassis via a lever and a coupling rod. At the front axle, it acts on the air spring strut of the adaptive air suspension and on the rear axle, on the transverse control arm (wishbone).
In this way, every wheel of the Audi A8 can be separately subjected to or relieved of additional loads and adapted to the respective roadway. As a result, it actively controls the position of the body in any driving situation. Due to the flexibility of the active suspension, driving characteristics are expanded to an all-new range. When the driver selects dynamic mode in the Audi drive select system, the car becomes sportier: it firmly turns into corners, the roll angles are only about half as big compared to the normal suspension, and the body hardly dips during braking events. In comfort mode, however, it smoothly floats across surface irregularities of any kind. In order to calm the bodywork, the active suspension constantly – adapted to the respective driving situation – supplies energy to or removes energy from the body. Thus, drivers and passengers are practically “disconnected” from mechanical powertrain and driving effects.
On the other hand, in the event of an impending side impact at more than 25 km/h, the active suspension of the A8 instantaneously lifts the body by up to 80 millimeters. As a result, the other car involved in a crash will only hit the sedan in an even more resistant area. The deformation of the passenger cell and impact on the occupants, especially in the chest and abdominal area, can thus be as much as 50 percent lower than in a side crash without suspension lifting. Here, again, the ECP is responsible for activating the active suspension and its interlinking with other chassis components like the air spring. The results: premium ride comfort and maximum safety.
Braking is a winner – the integrated Brake Control System in the Audi e-tron
The integrated Brake Control System (iBRS) of the Audi e-tron models illustrates the increasing intertwinement of chassis and powertrain technology. As a result, efficiency becomes the third objective of chassis development alongside comfort and sportiness.
The recuperation system, for instance, contributes up to 30 percent to the range of the electric SUV. The iBRS includes the two electric motors as well as the hydraulically integrated braking system in this process and is the first to combine three different types of recuperation: manual overrun recuperation using paddle shifters, automatic overrun recuperation using the predictive efficiency assistant and brake recuperation with a smooth transition between electric and hydraulic deceleration. The Audi e-tron recuperates up to 0.3 g exclusively via the electric motors without using the conventional brake – this is the case in more than 90 percent of all deceleration events. As a result, practically all normal braking maneuvers are energetically fed back into the battery.
Drivers can select the level of overrun recuperation in the Audi e-tron in three stages using the paddle shifters. On the lowest level, the car coasts without additional drag torque when the driver’s foot is lifted off the accelerator pedal. On the highest level, the electric SUV noticeably reduces speed – the driver can decelerate and accelerate strictly via the accelerator pedal, resulting in the so-called one-pedal feel. The brake pedal does not have to be used in this case of deceleration. The wheel brakes only come into play below the threshold of 10 km/h, when the brake pedal actuation exceeds 0.3 g or when the battery is fully charged and thus no brake recuperation is possible.
Due to a new electrohydraulic actuation concept, which Audi uses in an electrically propelled production automobile as the first manufacturer to do so worldwide, the driver can no longer perceive the transition from electrical brake recuperation via the electric traction motors to the mechanical braking effect via the hydraulically operated conventional friction brake. This “brake blending” results in an effectively variable pedal feel with a clearly defined, constant pressure point, just like in a vehicle with a conventional internal combustion engine and hydraulic wheel brakes. The brake pedal is not connected to the hydraulic system, the transition from the motor brake through the electric motors to the conventional brake is smooth and can no longer be felt by the driver’s foot.
This is enabled by a complex electrohydraulic system: a hydraulic piston in the compact brake module generates additional pressure and braking force that complements the recuperation torque. In an automated emergency braking event, only 150 milliseconds elapse between the time deceleration is initiated and the maximum brake pressure is applied between the linings and discs. Depending on the driving situation, the electrohydraulically integrated Brake Control System decides whether the Audi e-tron will decelerate by means of the electric motors, the wheel brake or a combination of both – electrically and individually on each axle. With this system the electric SUV makes specific use of its maximum recuperation potential.
Interlinking is emphasized in the integrated Brake Control System as well, with the iBRS being supported by the efficiency assistant that is provided as standard equipment. The system recognizes the traffic environment and route using radar sensors, camera images, navigation data and car-to-x information. As soon as it would make sense for the driver to lift his foot from the right pedal, respective information will be provided in the Audi virtual cockpit. In interaction with optional adaptive cruise assist, the efficiency assistant can also predictively decelerate and accelerate the electric SUV.
Glossary
adaptive air suspension
The adaptive air suspension – an air suspension system with controlled damping – offers a wide range between smooth ride and sporty handling. Based on speed and the driver’s preferences, it individually adapts to the road conditions and adjusts the ride height on different levels depending on driving mode and speed. The air suspension also offers level control as a function of load.
Active suspension
The predictive active suspension is a fully active, electromechanically operated suspension system with one electric motor per wheel supplied by the 48-volt primary electrical system. It can increase or reduce the load on each wheel individually to adjust to the road as needed. Consequently, the system actively controls the position of the body in every driving situation. The electronic chassis platform (ECP) sends control signals to the active suspension every five milliseconds. For predictive detection of the road conditions, it is connected to the front camera of the A8. The range of ride characteristics takes on a whole new dimension thanks to the flexibility of the active suspension: pitch movements of the A8 during acceleration and braking as well as body roll during cornering or load changes are minimized, which considerably reduces the effects of the drive train on the driver and passengers. In comfort+ mode, between 80 and 130 km/h, the body is inclined toward the inside of a corner by up to three degrees and thus reduces the lateral acceleration forces acting on the driver and passenger. When the driver selects dynamic mode in the Audi drive select mode, the system considerably reduces the body roll angles.
Audi drive select
The Audi drive select dynamic handling system allows drivers to experience different setups in their Audi. Choosing one of the modes – auto, comfort, dynamic or efficiency – changes the characteristics of important drive and suspension components from a comfort bias to distinctly dynamic or particularly fuel-efficient. In individual mode, drivers can configure the setup according to their personal preferences. Q and allroad models also include allroad and offroad modes, which, in combination with the adaptive air suspension, trims the car for driving off the beaten track.
Car-to-x communication
This is the generic term for diverse communication technologies – i.e. the exchange of information and data – in the areas of automotive and traffic engineering. Car-to-x stands for “car-to-everything,” in other words the transmission of vehicle information to third parties, i.e. other cars (“car-to-car” or “C2C”) or to traffic engineering infrastructure (“car-to-infrastructure” or “C2I”). Among other things, car-to-x communication serves the purpose of using the information and data transmitted by a vehicle to alert other road users to impairments (such as icy roads, traffic jams, etc.), but may also be used to create more detailed maps.
DAS (Dynamic All-wheel Steering)
An all-wheel steering system combines a rear-axle steering system with a regular front-axle steering system. At Audi, Dynamic All-wheel Steering marks an evolution of the system. It combines speed-dependent progressive steering featuring a variable steering ratio at the front axle with a rear-wheel steering system. The Electronic Chassis Platform (ECP) coordinates the front- and rear-axle steering systems. As a result, the steering angles on the front and rear axle can be adjusted independently. The rear axle, for instance, below 60 km/h, turns in the opposite direction by up to five degrees, which considerably increases agility in cornering and enhances handling in urban traffic: the turning circle of Audi’s premium-class models is reduced by 1.0 to 1.1 meters, depending on the type of car. Above 60 km/h, the DAS steers by up to two degrees in parallel to the front axle, which enhances straight-line stability. As a result, the DAS combines direct, sporty steering response with unshakeable stability, resolving an age-old conflict of aims exhibited by cars with rear-axle steering. Dynamic all-wheel steering is integrated into the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, where its characteristics, i.e. ratios and self-aligning forces, vary according to the driving mode selected.
DRC (Dynamic Ride Control)
Sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) is a particularly dynamic damping technology for selected Audi RS models. The single-tube dampers have a variable characteristic that the driver can adjust in three stages. The diagonally opposed pairs of shock absorbers are linked by hydraulic lines and a central valve. When cornering at speed, the valves regulate the oil flow in the shock absorber of the spring-deflected front wheel at the outside of a corner. They increase the support provided and reduce pitch and roll movements. This lets the vehicle hug the road more tightly and improves handling.
Dynamic steering
Dynamic steering varies the steering ratio based on the driving speed, steering angle and selected mode in the Audi drive select handling system. The central component is superimposition gearing in the steering column, which is driven by an electric motor. Known as strain wave gearing, its construction is compact, lightweight and torsionally rigid. It is free of play, precise and exhibits low friction. The gearing can transmit tremendous torques extremely rapidly and achieves a high level of efficiency. At low driving speeds – in city traffic and in maneuvering – the dynamic steering operates very directly; all it takes is two full turns to travel from end stop to end stop. The power steering boost is high as well, making parking maneuvers very easy. On country roads, the directness of the steering response and steering power assist are reduced progressively. At fast expressway speeds, indirect gear ratios and low power assist are used to smooth out unsteady steering movements to enable straight tracking.
eAWS (electromechanical Active Roll Stabilization)
Electromechanical Active Roll Stabilization (eAWS) ensures an extensive spread between smoothness of build-up and sporty handling. On the front and rear axle, between the two halves of the stabilizers, there is a compact electric motor with a three-stage planetary gear set. When driving straight ahead, the suspension control ensures that both halves of the stabilizer act largely independently of each other. This reduces the sprung mass vibrations on uneven roads, thus increasing ride comfort. At a sporty pace, however, the focus is on optimum roll compensation. The halves of the stabilizer act as a unit and are twisted in opposite directions by the transmission of the electric motor – the roll angle is significantly reduced when cornering, and the handling of the vehicle becomes even more firm and dynamic.
ECP (Electronic Chassis Platform)
The Electronic Chassis Platform (ECP) is the central control unit for the chassis. It records the speed, the height values, the vertical, roll and pitch movements of the car, the coefficient of friction of the roadway, the current driving state – such as under or oversteer –, and the data of the suspension systems involved. From these, it quickly calculates and precisely coordinates the optimal function of these components. Thanks to the central control, the customer experiences ride characteristics more distinctly in the form of precise cornering, improved dynamics and a high level of ride comfort.
iBRS (integrated Brake Control System)
The Audi e-tron is the first electric series production model to use an electro-hydraulically integrated brake control system. The wheel brakes are actuated hydraulically, boosting is actuated electrically, and the activation is actuated electronically. The control unit detects with how much force the driver is depressing the brake pedal and, within milliseconds, calculates how much braking torque is needed. If the recuperation torque is not sufficient, hydraulic pressure for the conventional friction brake is generated in addition. A second piston produces the familiar pedal feel for the driver’s foot by means of a pressure-elastic element. Due to this brake pedal simulator, the driver is not affected by what is happening in the hydraulic system. In the case of ABS braking, pressure buildup and reduction are not noticeable in the form of parasitic hard pulsations in the pedal. The electrohydraulic brake system is activated when the driver depresses the pedal on the left so hard that the deceleration exceeds 0.3 g; otherwise, the Audi e-tron decelerates through recuperation via the two electric motors. The brake control system builds up brake pressure for the wheel brakes with great precision and roughly twice as fast as a conventional system. When automated emergency braking is performed, there are only 150 milliseconds between the initiation of the brake application and the presence of maximum brake pressure between the pads and disks.
Permanent quattro all-wheel drive
The principle of four driven wheels is one of the supporting pillars of the Audi brand – and has been for 40 years. When the Audi quattro was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1980, it presented an all-new form of transmitting power in the passenger car sector – an all-wheel drive system that was lightweight, compact, efficient and strain-free. As a result, the quattro principle was particularly suitable for sporty passenger cars and high-volume production – right from the beginning. Since the technology’s debut, Audi produced some 10.5 million cars with quattro drive by the end of 2019. Audi’s quattro technology is wide and varied, and precisely tailored to the respective vehicle concept. quattro is an icon – the term stands for driving safety and sportiness, for technological expertise and for superiority in competition, in a nutshell: for Vorsprung durch Technik.
Sport differential
The sport differential provides for better driving dynamics, traction and stability. It actively distributes drive torque between the rear wheels, adding a self-locking center differential to the permanent quattro all-wheel drive. In addition to the features of a conventional differential, the sport differential integrates an internal gear and a multi-plate clutch with electrohydraulic actuation on the left and right. Depending on the situation, they force slightly different torque levels onto the rear wheels, resulting in a shift of the propulsion torque between left and right. In many Audi models, the sport differential is centrally controlled by the Electronic Chassis Platform. The software for the sport differential constantly computes the ideal distribution of torque at the rear axle for driving dynamics.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,716 Posts
Discussion Starter #1,120
Audi Group in first half of 2020: effects of corona pandemic still very significant
1533

  • Deliveries to customers: stabilization in the markets
  • Continuing along the electrification course: Audi e-tron is world market leader for all-electric vehicles from German premium manufacturers
  • Audi Group: €20,476 million revenue, €643 million operating loss before special items, operating return on sales before special items of minus 3.1 percent
  • Net cash flow of €1,953 million mainly due to sales of equity interests, investment discipline and inventory reduction
  • CFO Arno Antlitz: “We are starting the second half of the year with robust liquidity and are consistently implementing our product roadmap”
  • Outlook: Significant recovery expected in the second half of the year, but key financials for 2020 as a whole remain adversely affected by corona
Results of the first six months: In the first half of this year, deliveries, revenue and operating profit were below the previous year’s figures. As expected, the consequences of the corona pandemic are presenting major challenges for the entire economy and for Audi as well. The second quarter in particular featured an orderly restart of production and a significant recovery in customer demand. A positive trend is evident in car deliveries: At minus 22 percent, Audi is significantly better positioned than the market as a whole with minus 28 percent. As a result, the Audi Group’s revenue in the first half of 2020 totaled €20,476 million and its operating loss before special items was €643 million.


“The effects of the corona pandemic are also reflected in our key financial figures. We responded quickly to the corona pandemic and optimized our short-term expenditure without compromising our long-term product plans. We are starting the second half of the year with robust liquidity,” says Arno Antlitz, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Finance and Legal Affairs. A worldwide decline in demand and interruptions in the supply chain led to global production suspensions and short-time working at Audi’s German plants. All Audi plants have been producing again since end-June.
In the first half of the year, the Audi Group’s revenue fell to €20,476 million as a result of lower unit sales (2019: €28,761 million). The good revenue development of the all-electric Audi e-tron had a positive effect: By the middle of the year, 16,898 Audi e-tron cars had been delivered to customers (2019: 9,444). This makes the Audi e-tron the global market leader among all-electric vehicles from German premium manufacturers. Since May 2020, the Four Rings also gradually launch the Audi e-tron Sportback.

The markets present a mixed picture: In Europe (minus 29 percent) and in the USA (minus 22 percent) the deliveries of the Audi brand were still significantly negative in June. In China, a significant recovery in demand has been apparent since March. The Four Rings achieved record figures there in May and June. Cumulative sales in our most important single market are still slightly down on the prior-year period, by 3 percent. Key growth drivers in China in the first half of the year were the new Audi A6 L, Audi Q2 L and Audi Q5 L.
In the first half of the year, the Audi Group’s revenue fell to €20,476 million as a result of lower unit sales (2019: €28,761 million). The good revenue development of the all-electric Audi e-tron had a positive effect: By the middle of the year, 16,898 Audi e-tron cars had been delivered to customers (2019: 9,444). This makes the Audi e-tron the global market leader among all-electric vehicles from German premium manufacturers. In May 2020, the Four Rings also gradually launched the Audi e-tron Sportback.
Against the backdrop of the difficult market situation caused by the pandemic, the operating loss was €750 million (2019: operating profit of €2,300 million) and the operating return on sales was minus 3.7 percent (2019: plus 8.0 percent). Extensive measures on the cost side only partially offset the declining volume. The remeasurement of hedging transactions also had a negative impact on the development of earnings. Adjusted for special items of €108 million in connection with the diesel issue, the operating loss amounted to €643 million (2019: operating profit of €2,300 million). The adjusted operating return on sales was minus 3.1 percent (2019: plus 8.0 percent). The sale of Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH within the Volkswagen Group had a positive effect on operating profit.
For the reporting period, the Audi Group’s profit before taxes amounted to €86 million (2019: €2,580 million). This includes financial income of €836 million (2019: €280 million). A major reason for the increase is the higher income from investments as a result of the intra-Group sale of Audi Electronics Venture GmbH.
Despite a difficult market environment, the Audi Group’s net cash flow and net liquidity remained strong: The net cash flow amounted to €1,953 million, especially against the background of the sales of a company (2019: €2,253 million). Net liquidity remains at the high level of €19,875 million (end of December 2019: €21,754 million). In the context of the corona pandemic, Audi has set up a liquidity task force to systematically reduce cash outflows and help to secure Audi’s long-term ability to act. All non-product-related costs and investments are systematically scrutinized. Thanks to its strengthened investment discipline, the Audi Group has achieved a ratio of capital expenditure to revenue of 2.4 percent (2019: 3.0 percent).
“Despite initial positive signals from the markets, the year 2020 remains extremely challenging. We are steering through the Corona crisis in a highly concentrated manner and with the necessary flexibility. Although we have thoroughly reviewed our short-term expenditure in recent weeks, we are keeping a close eye on our long-term projects and are implementing them consistently,” says Arno Antlitz. “Our strategic decisions define the agenda for the coming years. At the heart of this is the electrification and digitalization of our model range.” One example is Artemis. This new unit will accelerate the development of additional electric models. In addition, Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, is taking charge of software in the Volkswagen Group Board of Management as part of his responsibility for research and development, and will therefore manage the new Car.Software-Organization unit within the Volkswagen Group.
For the year 2020 as a whole, the company assumes that demand in global car markets will be significantly lower against the backdrop of the ongoing corona pandemic. The Audi Group therefore expects deliveries of the Audi brand and revenue to be significantly lower than in 2019. The result of operations is also expected to be substantially down on the previous year, but clearly positive. Net cash flow is expected to be below the prior-year level.
Download Audi’s Half Year Financial Report:
http://www.audi.com/halbjahresfinanzbericht2020
 
1101 - 1120 of 1137 Posts
Top