Audi A3

Audi A3

  The Audi A3 is a premium compact hatchback from the German automaker and, when it went into production in 1996, featured the same styling as the A4 had at the time. The A3 was powered by a variety of four cylinder power plants with the Euro only 225 HP 1.8T equipped S3 with Quattro all wheel drive as the premier model. This version accelerated from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.6 seconds and reached a top speed of 151 MPH. In 2003, Audi released the second generation A3 for the global market. This four ring hatch is powered by everything from a 1.4 Liter TFSI motor to a 3.2 Liter FSI power plant making 247 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque with the TDI model winning a host of COTY awards. As of 2010, the pricey V6 engine has been dropped and a 2.0L turbo engine producing 200hp has been added. These engine options are mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

Auto Motor Und Sport voted four Audi models as best in their class. The Audi R8 won the title of thw best sports car, the A4 was voted best in the sedan class, the A3 compact model came top of its class for the fourth time and Audi A6 was the winner once again among midsize luxury cars.

"The reader poll is an important indicator for us. And Audi’s success with ams readers shows us that we’ve got the right products,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, upon being presented with the commendation. “At the same time, the great results are an incentive for the entire team."

Press release after the jump.

Audi Hungaria continues its success story with the Audi A3 Cabriolet: production of the new model was officially started today by the Hungarian Prime Mini Mini ster, Ferenc Gyurcsány, and Audi’s Chairman of the Board of Management, Rupert Stadler, at AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. in Győr. The production launch was also the world premiere for the new Audi A3 Cabriolet and was attended by a host of international guests.

The well-known Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the USA has now also awarded the sporty, compact Audi A3 Audi A3 its highest rating of “Top Safety Pick”. This makes Audi the only German manufacturer to have three award-winning models in its ranks: the Audi A4 and A6 have already been honored with this top safety rating in the past.

Audi will unveil a new engine for the Audi A3 and A3 Sportback: a new ultra-modern four-cylinder TFSI engine with a displacement of 1.4 litres and turbocharger. The new engine will deliver 125 hp at 5000 rpm and a peak torque of 200 NM at 1,500 to 4,000 rpm.

A brand new generation of Audi’s premium compact, the A3 will be offered at the end of 2010. This car is intended to become the most attractive vehicle in the segment and will be offered in at least three different body types.

Audi has announced that the 2008 A3 Convertible will be produces in HUngary: "The Gyor site has excelled in the production of premium vehicles during recent years ... therefore it is optimally suited for the assembly of a new model alongside the Audi TT Audi TT Coupe and the TT Roadster," Audi said in a statement. "The market launch of the A3 Cabriolet is scheduled for next year, just in time for the start of the convertible season," Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told a news conference jointly held with (...)
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Audi will be building convertible versions of the A3, A5, and even the R8. A report published in the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport predicts the A3 cabrio will be introduced as soon as spring of next year. According to the magazine, the A5 cabrio and the new R8 Targa will be in introduced the following year, in the spring of 2009. Audi anticipates annual A3 cabrio production of 23,000 vehicles. The production target for the A5 cabrio is 28,000. The A3 convertible will be (...)

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