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    Rumors Audi product, spied test mules, and prototypes.

    1. Audi Design Boss Stefan Sielaff Outlines New Direction for Brand Design, Reveals "AQR" Design Strategy



      Audi brand design chief Stefan Sielaff outlined future plans for Audi's design language recently at an evening event held at a London Audi dealership. The push for a change is more than just the natural evolution that occurs over time. The brand is pushing a massive growth strategy that will result in a significant proliferation of models. The move will further differentiate ...
    2. Audi Q6 Still on Track Says Walter de'Silva, Head of Design for Volkswagen Group



      It's not like we were questioning whether the upcoming Audi Q6 had been dropped from Audi's development plans, but confirmation of the car by the Volkswagen Group's design boss are worth a mention and they come from Automotive News Europe via Autoblog.

      If you've been keeping track, Audi will now be in charge of initial development of large (longitudinal engine fitment) ...
    3. Spied: Audi A3 3-Door Cold-Weather Testing



      As winter sets in to the northern hemisphere, Audi's team of engineers and fleet of future product mules have headed north to the barren areas of remote Sweden. So too have spy photographers and the latest set of shots to come in from our spy photog sources show that the 3-door Audi A3 is still very much in the cycle of cold weather testing.

      Company sources ...
    4. Now ETKA Proof of Q3 2.5 TFSI

    5. ETKA Reveals Powertrain Details for Upcoming Audi S1 or RS 1, At Least 250 hp



      It seems digging deep within the ETKA parts program has paid off in a number of stories for Spanish language car blog ParaisoMotor this morning. In addition to details about the RS 3 plus and A1 Sportback , they've also stumbled across drivetrain details for the hottest A1 variant we've seen yet.


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    6. Audi A1 Sportback Details Including Picture Detailed in ETKA + Other New Intel



      We're following a few stories from Spanish language automotive blog Paraisomotor.com this morning, all of which stem from intel they've dug up from the Volkswagen Group's parts database known as ETKA. This time around the intel is backed with a diagram that clearly depicts the subject... the Audi A1 Sportback.

      Looking at the image, it's obvious Audi won't be taking any stylistic departures from the current ...
    7. Audi RS 3 Plus Confirmed by ETKA, Volkswagen Group's Parts Database System



      One thing we know for sure from our visits last month to the Audi Forum Ingolstadt , the RS 3 seems a favorite car within the pool of vehicles maintained by Audi AG's board members. Love for Audi's bonkers little 5-door doesn't just end there, having been sold out well ahead of production for every market where it's sold. Given the love for the RS 3 (and also ...
    8. Breaking: Audi AG Drops Manual Transmission 6-Speed for EU Market Facelifted S4 and S5 Range. US Retains Them!



      In a move you don't always see from Audi, we've stumbled across an interesting turn of events surrounding manual transmissions in next year's facelifted S4 and S5. When a friend from Audi AG pointed out to us that he couldn't get a manual transmission in a 3.0 TDI A5 Sportback and then another our friend Mike ...
    9. Intel: Audi To Build Production Version of Urban Concept



      Performance nutters may grouse but car manufacturers can't really deny the high-efficiency end of the automotive market. For September's Frankfurt Motor Show, each of the German heavy hitters pulled out a lightweight and super efficient concept and in Audi's case it was both coupe and spyder version of the Audi Urban Concept. That Audi wasn't the only Volkswagen ...
    10. On Location: 4 Days at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt (Part 4), Including the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet!



      Thus far this week, we've posted galleries from three recent visits to the Audi Forum Ingolstadt on October 18 , October 20 and October 21 . Hitting the same place in just such a short amount of time, we'd expected to begin to see the same old same old... and were quite surprised when we were wrong. Our fourth and final visit (for now), came about a week later ...
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