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AUDI AG sets new half-year record with around 869,350 deliveries

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  • Audi A3 family* and Q models as growth drivers
  • Sales chief Luca de Meo: “We will carry forward the momentum from the first half of the year into the second half”
  • U.S. launch for new A8* generation

With year-on-year sales growth of 11.4 percent, AUDI AG has achieved the best first half year in company history. The brand with the four rings handed over around 869,350 cars to customers in the first six months. In June alone, the company delivered around 155,450 cars worldwide, exceeding the figure in the same period last year by 10.8 percent. The premium brand grew particularly strongly in North America, increasing sales by 21.2 percent year-on-year.

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Audi Encounter magazine wins gold in the Best of Corporate Publishing Award

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  • First place for “Encounter – the Audi Technology Magazine” in the “B2C Automotive” section
  • Jury: “Outstanding reporting and consistent pictorial language.”
  • Audi’s Annual Report app takes first place in the category “Specials and Annuals (Digital Company Reports)”

Two gold awards and seven more nominations demonstrate the outstanding quality of Audi publications. In addition to the Encounter magazine, the app for Audi’s Annual Report also took first place amongst 700 submissions.

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A DKW becomes electric – Al Swaghammer’s particular passion

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‘I felt that I was able to bring this car back to new“, Al from Seattle says about his DKW. He modified the car to an electric vehicle.

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Audi A6: Top scores in South Korea for crash safety and pedestrian protection

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The Audi A6* received the top score of five stars in the South Korean KNCAP crash test program for its crash safety and very good pedestrian protection. This now makes the model one of the safest cars in its class in this region, too.

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Wanderer W-25 Streamliner – #bcotd x QuattroWorld.com

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My favourite topics of discussion? Auto racing and German cars, with Audi at the top. I’ve attended many endurance races, including (more than once!) the 24 Hours of Le Mans as an accredited photographer for QuattroWorld.com. So I was excited when Michael asked me to take part in #bcotd. It gave me a chance to find and research an interesting vehicle from the Audi history books.

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Road rallies push drivers and their cars to the edge of human endurance. They’re not always about high-speed runs and setting distance records, though. The more extreme competitions often take place on roads many people will never get to experience and only locals know about.

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Audi announces pricing for all-new 2015 Audi Q3 crossover

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- The agile Audi Q3 compact premium crossover combines coupe-like design with the utility of an SUV
- High level of standard equipment including heated, 12-way power front leather surface seats, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and Audi advanced key
- Audi Q3 joins the already successful Audi SUV family that includes the Audi Q5 and Q7

The Audi Q3 combines coupe-like design with the utility of an SUV, offering an excellent balance of agility and functionality. It features a standard 200 horsepower 2.0 liter TFSI® engine with a six-speed Tiptronic® transmission. The Q3 joins the highly successful Q5 and Q7 Audi SUV line-up and will go on sale this fall.

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Audi A2 – #bcotd x QuattroWorld.com

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We’ve teamed up with Michael Banovsky of Banovsky’s Car of the Day. So, for the next four Mondays we’ll feature an interesting Audi or one of the automakers combined to create Audi. Articles #2 and #4 will be written by myself and for the first we will start with Michael.

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Let’s talk about weight for a minute.

Alfa Romeo must have been pleased with themselves after shaving the 4C sports car’s weight down to 895 kg (1,973 lbs.)

That figure puts it as only 75 kg (165 lbs.) heavier than the smart fortwo. The fortwo keeps its weight low by being a city car with room enough for two adults and a stick of gum, while the 4C’s frame is made from exotic carbon fibre like you’d find in a Formula 1 car.

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Audi starts second half of DTM season with big aims

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  • Sights set on clinching first win of the season at Spielberg (Austria)
  • Audi driver Mattias Ekström in striking distance of top of the standings
  • Dieter Gass, Head of DTM: “In good position to attack”

In the DTM, Spielberg stands for thrilling races and enthusiastic fans in a beautiful setting. Next weekend (August 1 to 3) the circuit in Styria is to become the venue of the Audi squad’s first victory this season. Motorsport fans will get to watch the qualifying session on Saturday on prime time: ARD will start to broadcast live from Austria at 18.00 (CEST).

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Third Audi victory in Spa 24 Hours

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  • Belgian Audi Club Team WRT wins with Rast/Vanthoor/Winkelhock
  • Third 24-hour race success by Audi within six weeks
  • Laurens Vanthoor new leader of the Blancpain Endurance Series standings

Audi has won the world’s toughest GT3 race at Spa. In the battle of eleven marques and 60 participants, the R8 LMS ultra prevailed for the third time in four years in the classic race in the Ardennes that celebrated its 90th anniversary this year. The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT took victory in its home round with the driver trio Laurens Vanthoor/René Rast/Markus Winkelhock (B/D/D). Rast and Winkelhock had previously achieved victory with Audi at the Nürburgring together with two other team-mates.

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Paradigm Shift – Driving the Audi RS 7

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EDITOR IN CHIEF JOSH DECKER: I have had the privilege of spending the majority of my adult life surrounded by highly tuned Audis. As a result, I’ve had  a pretty good grasp on what defines “fast”. However, the 2014 RS 7 has shifted my paradigm. The tuned Audis that I have previously experienced are no longer my definition of fast. What I once thought was powerful no longer fits the definition. All thanks to one day with the amazing Audi RS 7.

In fact, I can’t get the RS 7 out of my mind. It is consuming my thoughts. I just spent a few days in Las Vegas, Nevada as a guest of Audi where they taught us everything there is to know about the RS 7 and then handed us the keys to do our own research.

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