Catch up on the latest Audi tech news from Audi North Atlanta
As a luxury automaker, Audi takes technology seriously. At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, Audi showcased some significant new developments coming your way in 2014 and beyond. Audi North Atlanta has the roundup of what you can expect.
The Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept made a dynamic appearance at the show, featuring an array of technologies including a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, innovative cabin layout, and laser headlights. This isn’t likely to be slated for production, but it does highlight new features which could make their way to an Audi near you. At Audi North Atlanta, we especially like the laser diode high-beams (which Audi saws throw light two times as far and three times as brightly as LEDs) and the 700-horsepower hybrid powertrain.
On the opening day of CES 2014, Audi was also one of the automakers announced in a new partnership with Google to bring the Android operating system to vehicles. The group is called the Open Auto Alliance and will work to expand the vision of what connected car technology can become. "We have been in contact with government agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)," the OAA said in a statement. "Our goal is to build an experience that helps drivers get what they're looking for without disrupting their focus on the road."
In addition, Audi demonstrated the latest generation of its Audi MMI® system. New intelligent input methods and an advanced “multi-touch” concept with tactile feedback represent an evolution in in-vehicle convenience.
Audi North Atlanta is your destination to see current Audi technology firsthand. Visit us today to learn more.
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The 2015 A3 Cabriolet is somewhat of an oxymoron: it’s bigger, yet lighter, and even the base model offers a range of top-of-the-line luxury features. For instance, though it weighs a little over 3,000 pounds, the A3 still has a spacious 10 cubic feet of trunk space with its top down. Additionally, with its head-turning exterior, not only does the A3 present an extraordinary level of craftsmanship; it also offers an array of available advanced technology features, including:
- Audi connect® service featuring 4G LTE connectivity
- 705 watt 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen® sound system
- Bluetooth® technology
- Audi pre sense basic system, replete with restraint systems in advance of a possible collision
- An updated Audi MMI interface featuring a seven-inch touchpad
The 2015 A3 Cabriolet has also been completely revamped to exceed expectations. In fact, the latest model includes a soft drop-top that can be put back up in less than 18 seconds, at speeds of up to 31 mph. Under the hood, it’s outfitted with 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, as well as a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder turbo-diesel. All engines are also mated with a 6-speed S tronic® transmission to ensure a supreme driving experience.
Though the 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet will not arrive at the our showroom until later this quarter, our new car inventory currently houses a wide array of remarkable rides for you to choose from until then. Be sure to stop by our dealership today to explore the latest luxury offerings from Audi.
We’re getting closer to unveiling our new building
During the month of December, construction continued on our new building at Audi North Atlanta. As we draw nearer to our completion date, look for information on how our new addition will mean more convenience and comfort for you.
Here’s a list of the most recent construction activities completed:
- Installing all interior walls
- Retaining wall
- Plywood started on exterior walls
- MEP installation continued
Debut could be related to forthcoming Audi Q1
The year is off to a great start at Audi North Atlanta, and soon there could be even more to celebrate. Audi has confirmed a new two-door compact sports crossover to debut at this month’s 2014 North American International Auto Show—and that’s good reason to get excited. We know that the Audi Q1 is slated for production in 2016, and this unnamed concept could be related.
Based on the automaker’s press release, the model “combines a host of visual elements from future sports car models with the Audi-typical allroad concept and independent ‘Shooting Brake’ body form.” The two-door concept is shorter than the current Q3, and is built to impress in off-road settings with allroad design features and an aluminum underbody guard protecting the front and rear.
Intriguingly, Audi has also revealed that the concept will include design elements commonly seen on its e-tron models, including a ribbed Singleframe grille and side air inlets.
Is this concept a clue as to what we can expect with the equally-mysterious Q1? The images released with the press release don’t reveal much. The good news is that we don’t have to wait long to learn more. The 2014 NAIAS starts January 13th in Detroit.
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For many drivers, the Audi S8 has become synonymous with the word 'luxury'. In production since 1994, the S8 is an established car in its class, and that means that it has developed a loyal following. Sales of the current body shape have been steady since the model was introduced in 2010, and remains largely unchanged for the 2014 production year.
With few changes, the 2014 Audi S8 continues to look awesome. The styling is aggressive and looks every inch the luxury car. There are flourishes of platinum, aluminium-alloy, and black that work together to create a contemporary, dynamic look. The 21-inch alloy wheels are available in three different styles, all of which look completely the part. LED headlights and tail lights cast a commanding beam on the road ahead and behind, attracting attention even when you are driving at night.
The Audi S8 is astonishingly fast and is unquestionably an enthusiast's car. The twin-turbo, 4.0-liter, V8 engine produces 520 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. What that means in the real world is that few cars on the road will be able to beat you at the lights, especially with its 8-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission. Handling is superb too, thanks in part to the dynamic steering and the adaptive air suspension. The combination of power and luxury may seem an unlikely one to some buyers, but in the S8 it works perfectly. The S8 is quiet, comfortable, and very, very quick.
In case the performance distracts you from the S8's luxury roots, the interior will quickly remind you. The Audi designers have spared nothing when it comes to designing an interior that is equally futuristic, sumptuous and magnificent. It should go without saying that the cabin is enormous, but the slightly lower roof creates a level of intimacy. A range of different, high-quality interior trims allow you to customize the car to personal tastes, but there's a simplicity to the styling that is also quite reassuring here. All the gadgets are here too, including a heated steering wheel, a solar sunroof, and heated rear seats. You can also upgrade the audio system to a top-end Bang & Olufsen® stereo to ensure that the sound quality matches the drive.
With a car as powerful as this, you need the reassurance of a safety specification that can cope. The S8 does not disappoint. For a start, you will find a multitude of different airbags as standard (with front passenger occupant detection). There are anti-lock brakes, brake assist, stability control, and traction control all as standard too. Optionally, you can also choose night vision and adaptive cruise control, as well as stereoscopic cameras for lane assist.
The 2014 Audi S8 starts at $112,500. It is worth bearing in mind, however, that the standard specification on the car is very comprehensive, so you are unlikely to need to invest in further options. The reality is that for a luxury sedan, this should tick every box. Driving the S8 is not a function, a task or a role. It is an experience, and it is an experience worth every single penny.
Tips for keeping your luxury car luxurious
At some point during your quest for success, you’ve learned that preparation was important. Now that you own a luxury vehicle, you want to make sure it's prepared to provide maximum comfort, performance and status. Here are a few tips to keep your luxury car in luxurious condition.
Follow a maintenance schedule. Those who built the car know how to best keep care of it. If you do not have maintenance book provided by our dealership when you purchased the vehicle, be sure contact the manufacturer and get one. Keep track of the maintenance as you would an investment.
Take care of the engine. The engine of a modern luxury car isn't something a back yard mechanic should be tinkering with. There are simple things, however, that you can do to keep the engine running as intended. Check your fluids regularly or our dealership will do it during routine maintenance visits. This includes checking the oil and coolant along with looking for wear and tear on belts, checking battery health, and keeping an ear out for unusual sounds.
Inspect the tires. It doesn't matter how good the engine's running or how full your engine coolant tank is if the tires aren't maintained. Tires that are working at maximum efficiency provide a smooth ride, probably one of the reasons you got a luxury automobile in the first place. It is important with many luxury cars that you use the tires made for that specific vehicle. If your ride seems less smooth than it should be, check for rough patches or bubbles on the tires. If you find any, get them replaced immediately.
Check the safety features. Luxury automobiles are known for their safety, so it only makes sense to make sure the safety features are at a luxury level of keeping you and your loved ones safe. Have your brakes inspected every time you bring it in for routine maintenance. A routine inspection of lights, air bags and other safety features is recommended.
Keep it clean. Of course, you'll want to show off that good looking vehicle you'll be driving around, which means you'll have to wash it regularly. Don't wait for a layer of grime to develop before you decide to get it washed. Get rid of tree sap, dead bugs, bird droppings and other common nuisances as soon as possible. And make sure you use car-washing products instead of household cleaners that can, at worst, damage your vehicle's exterior and, at best, leave it looking not as clean as it should be.
Go to the experts. Unless you're a mechanic trained in the highly technical features of a luxury automobile, we suggest you leave the difficult stuff to the highly trained experts at our dealership.
Cars are made of many systems, often with hundreds of individual components. Here are five of the most underappreciated car parts on your car:
1. Tires – Nothing is more important to your vehicle’s performance and safety than the tires you select. Beyond the usual conversation of summer/winter tires and tire wear, the brand and model of tire you select can make an enormous difference in your car’s ride and handling. Tires - the big, black, donuts on your car – may not look like much, but they actually represent a wealth of design, technology, and manufacturing development. There is an abundance of research and reviews available online, so take the time to make a well-informed decision on your tires, as specific to your driving habits, needs, budget, and climate.
2. Oil Filters – if you’re like most drivers, you’ve never seen your oil filter, and have no idea where, what kind, or what quality filter you have. More so than most other commonly replaceable components on your car, oil filter quality can vary tremendously. Oil filters protect your oil and thus also your engine. Ask your technician for advice, but we’d recommend spending a bit more for a reputable brand, and if they offer two lines, buy the better one. It’s money well spent.
3. Permanent Automatic Transmission Fluid (aka ATF) – means less maintenance and therefore expense for most drivers, but not all drivers should refrain from changing their ATF, even if the manual states that it’s not necessary. Towing, constant stop-and-go driving, hot climates, hills, and dusty conditions can strain the properties of your ATF. Ask your technician if s/he’d recommend a fluid change.
4. Shocks and Struts – Next to tires, these are the components most necessary for safe driving and decent handling. They are responsible for keeping your tires firmly in contact with the road. Shocks and struts typically wear and begin to fail slowly, so it’s easy to overlook and forget about them. Failed shocks and struts can burst, leak, crack or break, and as they fail, so does your handling and braking. Ask that they be inspected next time your car’s up on a lift.
5. Headlights – Here again, headlights tend to be overlooked and underappreciated, namely because they typically go about their business quietly and without notice, until one of them burns out and you get pulled over or notice your illumination is down by half. Headlights are easy and inexpensive (in most cases) to replace, and a little-known fact is that halogen bulbs dim slowly over time. Another factor which can affect your headlight’s output is the clouding of headlight lenses caused by sun, rain, road rash, and environmental chemicals. This can often be removed by professionally polishing the headlight, but if they’re too far gone, ask about replacing them with new units, to be assured of safer night-time driving.
Metabolism is that elusive element that can make weight loss difficult for some people. They observe their thin friends who never have to diet, and wonder why they have to exercise like crazy after eating French fries. Everyone has a different basal metabolic rate that determines how much energy their body expends when resting. What’s frustrating is that metabolism is mostly determined by genetics; however, there are ways for how to boost your metabolism in a natural way and burn unwanted calories.
Eat a healthy breakfast
If you consume most of your calories at breakfast or early in the day, doing so will boost your metabolism. A few studies revealed evidence that eating breakfast might increase metabolism rates up to 10 percent, and even more important, will lower the risk of diabetes and obesity. Breakfast should be healthy and include whole grained foods, fresh fruit, a protein-like peanut or almond butter, and fat free yogurt sprinkled with ground flax seed for crunch, fiber, and essential fatty acids.
Check your B vitamin intake
One sign that you aren’t getting enough B vitamins, especially B-12, is if your energy levels aren’t consistent during the day. If you don’t feel like you’re getting enough of these vitamins in your diet, then consider taking supplements; however, it’s always better to get your nutrients from natural food sources. Good sources of B vitamins include fortified cereals, vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus and Brussels sprouts, and a variety of fruits like watermelons, citrus, bananas and berries, lean meat, and seafood.
Pump up muscle mass
Aerobic exercise does burn calories and is an important part of any fitness program. When you add resistance training and build muscle mass, you’ll boost your metabolism rate. Unlike fat, muscles are active tissues that, when developed, work to help burn calories. If the tissue in your calves were muscle instead of fat, you would burn more energy when you walk or jog.
When your body is dehydrated from lack of water, your metabolism slows down. Your body requires water to work properly to regulate body temperature, aid digestion, and eliminate body waste and toxins. Burning calories requires energy, and your body needs water to get the job done efficiently.
Don’t starve yourself
Sometimes individuals incorrectly assume that if they eat fewer calories, less than is healthy, they will lose weight faster. What they don’t realize is that their hungry body will go into starvation mode that immediately slows down their metabolism rate. A better idea is to eat smaller meals more often to fuel your metabolism and maintain balanced blood sugar levels for consistent energy.
Slow metabolism rate can also be attributed to a hypothyroid condition. If you feel you are doing everything you can to raise your rate, yet you remain unable to achieve weight loss, make an appointment with your physician to have your thyroid level checked.
Rich and spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup makes a great starter, but it’s hearty enough to double as an entrée. Garnished with chopped avocados, melted cheese, crispy tortilla chips, and fresh lime, this authentic dish is a meal in and of itself.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Total Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients for Soup:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 10.5-ounce can condensed chicken broth
11/4 cups water
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup whole corn kernels
1 cup white hominy
1 4-ounce can chopped green chili peppers
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Crushed tortilla chips, for garnish
Sliced avocado, for garnish
Shredded Monterrey Jack cheese, for garnish
Green onions, chopped, for garnish
Lime wedges, for garnish
In a medium-sized soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook and stir until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, water, chili powder, and oregano and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Stir in the chicken, beans, corn, hominy, chiles, and cilantro. Simmer soup for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until warmed through.
Ladle soup into serving bowls and serve garnished with tortilla chips, avocado, shredded cheese, green onion, and lime.
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