Unfair Advantage Podcast: We Have A Podcast! Episodes 4-6

words: Bill   It's been awhile since I've posted that yes...we actually have a podcast. The following episodes are pretty darn good if I say so myself. George and I went to the New York International Auto Show back in April to interview Matthew Mostafaei and Anthony Garbis, both Audi of America. A couple of weekends ago, we traveled to the Great White North for Eurokracy and interviewed Audi Club National board member and Canadian Tasmanian Devil, Gordon Varney. These are their stories (dun du...

Audi Receives Most “Good” IIHS Ratings of Any Manufacturer for Ease of Using LATCH Hardware on Child Restraint Systems

source: Audi of America Ten 2019 Audi models received “Good+” to “Acceptable” ratings across model line up 2019 Audi Q7 received highest “Good+” rating Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) measures ease of use of lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH) hardware on child restraint systems HERNDON – Ten 2019 Audi models have been positively rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for their ease of using lower anchors and tethers fo...

Electrify America, Walmart Open 120 Charging Stations at Walmart Stores With Plans For Further Expansion

source: Electrify America The companies have opened, on average, one new EV charging station every three days over the last 11 months Reston, VA and Bentonville, AR – Electrify America and Walmart announced today that more than 120 plus ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now operational and open to the public at Walmart stores across the U.S. Building upon the original commitment set forth in April 2018, the companies are planning to expand the relationship in t...

Motor1.com: Audi e-tron vs Mercedes-Benz EQC

source: Motor1.com Germany puts up two fists to fend off the Tesla Model X. The Tesla Model S took the electric car from quaint curiosity for the eco-conscious driver to legitimate contender for the hard-earned dollars of luxury shoppers. When the Model X SUV debuted later, it made the same argument while adding an extra row of seats and a lot more usability. And with the Model 3, Tesla is finally executing its vision of electrification for the masses. While Tesla surges ahead with borderline-...

Sporty and Efficient with Plug-In Hybrid Drive: The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro

source: Audi AG Successful SUV now with TFSI engine and powerful electric motor Electric range of over 40 kilometers (24.9 mi), electric driving at up to 135 km/h (83.9 mph) Convenient charging: the Audi e-tron Charging Service and the myAudi app With an E license plate, ideal for commuters, fleet operators and as a company car The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro with 270 kW (367 hp) system output (combined fuel consumption: 2.4 – 2.1 l/100 km*; combined CO2 emiss...

Benchmark for Long-Distance Journeys: the Charging Power of the Audi e-tron

source: Audi AG 150 kW fast charging over a large portion of the charging procedure 80 percent in 30 minutes, full charging to 100 percent in less than 50 minutes Thermal management facilitates a high performance and longevity With the e-tron, Audi is making electric mobility a reality for long-distance driving – thanks in part to charging power that is unique among the competition. The e-tron is not only the first mass-produced car that can be charged with up to 150 kW of e...

e-tron connect: Rumor: Audi Plans R8 Replacement Dubbed e-tron GTR

source: e-tron connect In case you are unaware, we have a sister site devoted to Audi e-tron vehicles and news: e-tron connect. Today, we posted about a R8 replacement dubbed the e-tron GTR. Here's an excerpt: Audi didn’t exactly make a secret of its considerations to replace its livable supercar R8 offering with something electric over the past year or so, but new rumors suggest a final decision may have been made. CAR Magazine’s Georg Kacher laid out what intel he’s heard in or...

Road/Show by CNET Catches up with Avengers: Endgame’s Brie Larson and I Get A Crash Course In All That Is Marvel

words: Bill, photos: Audi of America, Paramount Pictures, Marvel In what has to be the most anticipated movie in years, Avengers: Endgame is finally here. I have an unpopular confession to make: I am not a superhero fan...at all. I get the Marvel & DC Comics universes mixed up all the time much to the dismay of my teen sons. I am, however, a big Audi fan. The only reason I watched Iron Man was to see the R8 (which was new at the time). And then I saw Iron Man 2... And then I sa...

Readers’ Choice “All-Wheel-Drive Car of the Year 2019”: Audi Wins in Four out of Ten Categories

source: Audi AG Best in class: Audi Q2, Audi Q5, Audi A6 allroad and Audi e-tron Most successful brand: Audi tops this year’s readers’ choice awards New quattro generation: the electric all-wheel drive in the full-size SUV Audi celebrated a resounding success as part of the readers’ choice “All-wheel-drive car of the year 2019” awards: The Q2, Q5, A6 allroad quattro* and the all-electric powered Audi e-tron* models won in their respective class, making Audi ...

WIRED: Audi’s New Electric-Car Factory Goes Green

source: WIRED Magazine You’ve heard the story: Exchange your old fashioned internal combustion engine for an electric one, and change the world. Turns out it’s more complicated than that. While driving an electric car generally saves on emissions, building one is way more energy-intensive than building a regular gasoline-based vehicle. It’s costly, energy-wise, to procure and process lithium for batteries, and to create complex lightweight materials, like carbon fiber, that help EVs...

2019 Audi e-tron arrives next month: Fully electric SUV built for everyday use is designed for customers to go electric today

source: Audi of America e-tron deliveries to begin in May to reservation holders, in line with demonstration vehicles arriving at dealerships   Fully electric e-tron is the right size, in the right segment, with the right tech and right ecosystem to go electric today Audi e-tron battery engineered for repeatable performance, longevity and peak charging power – to deliver EPA-estimated 204 mile range – supported by fastest charging in its class HERNDON – The 2019 Audi e-tron – ...

Bram Schot Speech At Geneva International Motor Show 2019

source: Audi AG Bram Schot Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to another historic moment for Audi. Just a few months ago, we made history with this car next to me. The Audi e-tron*, our first all-electric series model. At its world premiere, we sat down, shared some thoughts and introduced this great new member of the Audi family. Today, I will do just that. At this special event in San Francisco, I referred to a saying that dates back t...

Advance Look at the Series: The Audi Q4 e-tron concept

source: Audi AG Compact electric SUV with all-wheel drive presented at Geneva Motor Show Range of more than 450 kilometers thanks to versatile efficiency technologies Production version to be launched at the end of 2020 as the Audi brand’s fifth electric model It has been roughly a year since the first series production Audi with electric drive made its debut at the same location: The Audi e-tron* was still covered in camouflage wrapping foil at that point. The bran...

Hat-Trick for Audi: Lucas di Grassi Wins in Mexico

Third straight win for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team in Mexico City Audi e-tron FE05 is the most efficient car Strong race for Abt, Bird and Frijns after problems in qualifying Hat-trick for Audi: For the third time in a row, the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team has won the E-Prix in Mexico City. In front of packed grandstands at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit, Audi driver Lucas di Grassi notched up his ninth Formula E victory with a spectacular photo finish after a breath...

Audi Q4 e-tron Concept Drawings Drop Before The 2019 Geneva Motor Show

source: Audi AG The onslaught continues from Audi. Today, Audi AG dropped three drawing of the Q4 e-tron concept. It'll be showcased at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show from March 7 through March 17. The grille is the familiar shape of the Audi e-tron SUV but those hips...definitely more rounded. Me gusta! Audi is planning on a production model in late 2020 or early 2021. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="22752,22751,22750"]  

Photo Gallery + Video: Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo

words: Bill, photos: Audi Sport With the arrival of the e-tron SUV and the showing of the e-tron GT Concept, Audi is rapidly moving towards an electric future. It's already racing (& winning) in Formula E with the Audi FE05. What started out as a virtual reality car for PlayStation 4's Gran Turismo turned into actual reality when Audi produced this one-of-a-kind race car in just 11 months. The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is the only concept car that was built and is fully functi...

MotorTrend: Audi e-tron GT Concept First Drive: Look Out, Tesla

source: MotorTrend I ease the muscular, low-slung four-door onto the street and into the Friday morning traffic. The acceleration is swift and mostly silent. A distant high-pitched whine increases in pitch as speed rises, accompanied by the percussive patter-crash of low-profile 22-inch tires at war with a stiffly sprung, hastily calibrated suspension. Most concept car drives take place in the smooth safety of a secluded proving ground or a closed racetrack. But I'm driving the hand-finis...

FC Bayern Meets Audi e-tron

source: Audi AG Record-holding football champion experiences first purely electric Audi SUV Interactive event held for players and coaches at Munich Airport Team bus replaced by electric car: FC Bayern was one of the first Audi partners to test drive the new Audi e-tron on Thursday. At Munich Airport, board members, coaches and players from the German record-holding football champion got the chance to experience the versatile electric SUV for themselves. Audi organised a se...

Audi e-tron Fleet Shuttle Service Hahnenkamm Race and FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019

Audi celebrates its 17th year as general sponsor of the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World CupFirst time for Audi e-tron shuttle fleet at Ski World Championships and the legendary Streif slopesSki World Championships motto: ‘inspire the world of ski’ As part of its long-standing partnership with FIS, Audi is sponsoring the 45th Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre, Sweden and the legendary Hahnenkamm Race in Kitzbühel, Austria. The Audi e-tron will be present at al...