Audi has announced the upcoming 2015 A3 sedan, stating that the vehicle will hit showrooms in Q1 of 2014, offering entry-level luxury features with a variety of powertrain options wrapped up in a sleek-yet-reserved body style. While no pricing information has been given on this third-generation A3, we’ve got a rundown of its specs, as
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The automaker is using technology from SolarFuel to make renewable methane for natural-gas vehicles.
Audi is building a plant that will use solar and wind power to make methane from water and carbon dioxide. The plant, which will use technology developed by Stuttgart, Germany-based SolarFuel, is scheduled to start operation later this year. It will produce enough methane to power 1,500 of Audi’s new natural-gas vehicles, which also go on sale this year.
The company reveals that it is testing driverless cars on Nevada freeways, and shows a compact laser scanner intended to fit such technology into commercial vehicles.
Audi has been testing self-driving vehicles on a stretch of Interstate 15 in Nevada, and in parking garages in Las Vegas, the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show today.
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Joule Unlimited will demonstrate its novel production process within the next few weeks.
Joule Unlimited, a startup whose engineered microörganisms produce ethanol from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide, announced the commissioning of a new demonstration plant last week that will start producing ethanol within the next few weeks. Today, the company announced a partnership with Audi that will help Joule develop and test its fuels. The financial details of the partnership weren’t released, but not including the Audi partnership, Joule has raised $ 110 million.
Audi has announced that its upcoming R8 e-tron will be featuring a digital AMOLED rear-view “mirror” when it arrives later this year. This isn’t the first time Audi has implemented such a display in one of its cars, as we saw this same technology in its Audi R18 race car. This means that conventional rear-view
Audi’s R18 racing car’s been sporting this digital rear-view mirror for some time, and was most recently spotted with it at the renowned LeMans racing competition — but now the German outfit’s bringing the tech to a more consumer-friendly vehicle, the R8 e-tron. The luxurious automobile company announced that gorgeous 7.7-inch reflector is making its way from its speedy R18 to the stunning R8 e-tron, marking the first time any ride outside of the former will come loaded with such feature. In case you weren’t aware, the AMOLED rear-view mirror helps automatically reduce headlights glare “during the hours of darkness,” while also allowing drivers to dim or turn it off altogether if, you know, they’re just not feeling the vibe.
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It’s not often that we spend quality time with automobiles here at Engadget, but our motives are usually geared by electricity when we do. Take for instance, the Audi A3 e-tron concept above. This isn’t the first e-tron concept — if you’ll recall, the A1 and A2 EVs were recently cancelled — but back in November we learned that the German automaker planned to begin testing this all-electric plug-in in four regions within the US. It hopes to gain insight into how these cars will take to different climates and roadways in the country, while finding out how it will fit into drivers’ daily lives. Naturally, the goal is to have something ready for consumers, but Audi figures that it’s still about two years away from realization.
After being in the hands of folks within the company, it’s decided to let these prototypes loose in the hands of news media like ourselves (!) to show it off and see what outsiders think. As you’ve probably figured out, we definitely just took this four-door hatchback for a spin near Engadget HQ, and you’ll find out all about how it got us around the city in one piece — with us nearly draining the battery in Times Square in the process — after the break.
Gallery: Audi A3 e-tron hands-on
Gallery: Audi A3 e-tron press shots
Audi’s A2 and A1 EV concepts have been floating around for a while now, but it looks like neither will make it past the exploratory phase. According to Car Magazine, the auto maker is cancelling production of the two models due to concerns about pricing. The projected cost is apparently just south of $ 50,000. That’s not to say that Audi is giving up on developing EVs entirely, though — it’s still pushing the A3 e-tron pilot program announced earlier this year.
We’re no stranger to e-bikes here, but most of the examples we’ve seen so far have very much been meant for A-to-B rides. Audi’s aiming to fix that with its e-bike Wörthersee prototype. The carbon fiber transport not only has a strong 2.3kW motor — the most powerful ever in a bike, so says Audi — but can use that power for tricks. You can flick the Wörthersee into a wheelie mode and either shift your weight around or leave it fully automatic, depending on the fierceness of your stunt skills. Not that it’ll be a timid ride if you prefer to keep both wheels on the ground, as a motor-assisted pedaling mode will take you up to 50MPH, and you can still ride at 31MPH if you’re not keen on using your legs. That’s faster than the already speedy Grace One City we tried, folks. The vorsprung durch technik also comes through a smartphone tie-in, although in a much more stunt-savvy way than the app- and tuning-focused Ford E-Bike Concept: it tracks video and trick runs, both for its own game system and for bragging rights on Facebook.
With a very light 3.5-pound carbon fiber frame and a quick 2.5-hour charge-up time, the e-bike Wörthersee sounds like a wild ride that will charge quickly enough for a spin on your lunch break, but we wouldn’t rush to put down a deposit. Audi is calling the prototype a “show bike,” which is a sign than the design as-is won’t show up at the local sports store. We’ll let you know if the Wörthersee or a more pragmatic descendant makes the leap to a dealer.
Fast-charging an EV isn’t new in itself, but deciding on a standard for it is. Which is why we’re glad to hear that Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, GM, Porsche and Volkswagen have all agreed to a common format for their EV charging ports, the not-very-elegantly-titled DC Fast Charging with a Combined Charging System. Together, the automakers are promising a consistent way to power up a car within 15 to 20 minutes, all without breaking a current Type 1 AC charging implementation. The new format will be demoed at the Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 in Los Angeles starting May 6. Just be aware that your first-generation Focus Electric won’t be certain to use the newly universal technology: the first cars to tout the new plug won’t be at dealerships until 2013, and the European vehicle association ACEA is only guaranteeing that charging stations on the continent will be using the DC Fast Charging system by 2017. Check after the break for a further look at the port.
Gallery: Audi R81 Hybrid
This week the automotive group Audi is showing off their Visions OLED lighting concept for ultra-impressive arrays of interactive lights across both their R8 and Q7 model vehicles. The video you’re about to see might set your face on fire with how awesome it is, so Pimp My Ride lovers beware. Stephan Berlitz, head of [...]
Audi has announced that it will be launching its first pilot program in the US for its fleet of A3 e-tron all-electric battery-powered vehicles. The hatchbacks will be deployed in four major US cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and Washington DC, where Audi hopes to enlist beta testers to get real world day-to-day [...]
There’s a brand new A4 in town, and this time it’s both a wagon and is filled with technologically advanced options we’ve been dreaming about. This Audi is set to be released at the Geneva auto show this March, complete with a 4.2-liter direct-injected V-8 for a lovely 450 hp at 8250 rpm and 4.7 [...]
Audi is back at CES for the second year in a row, complete with a retina-searing, biggie-sized booth, its next-gen Audi Command interface and a prototype heads-up display that combines three displays with gesture controls.
The setup uses one HUD in front of the driver, another in front of the passenger and yet another display in the middle that’s viewable by both people in the front seats. While that’s not particularly revolutionary, the transfer of information from one display to the next is. If the passenger looks up a restaurant using their own display, she can swipe it over to the center HUD, providing the driver with navigation instructions. The display tech is still a few years away from production, but don’t expect the gesture controls to come along for the ride.
Last year Audi announced a partnership with NVIDIA to pack its next generation Audi Connect infotainment system with the chip-maker’s Tegra graphics processor. The chipset is part of Audi’s new modular multimedia system – dubbed MMX – which allows the automaker to upgrade the guts of its infotainment system as new hardware comes to market. Today, Audi showed off the fruits of their tie-up.
The new Audi Connect system is set to arrive in the 2013 A3 and Audi trotted out a mock-up of the new compact hatch’s interior to show off the next-gen system here at CES. The Touchpad (no, not that one) originally fitted to the Audi A7 and A8 has been incorporated into the MMI knob, allowing users to write individual letters to input destinations, point-of-interest and web searches in place of tedious scrolling. Audi also swapped the traditional buttons flanking the MMI knob with new toggle switches, all of which will make their way to other Audi models in the coming years.
Finally, there’s the ultra-thin seven-inch LCD powered by that Tegra chip, which renders 3D animations with ease, along with displaying Google Earth navigation and Google Street View images. Check it all out in the video after the jump.
Gallery: Audi Connect
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