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Official: Audi builds 3-millionth A3

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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About a month after Volkswagen celebrated building its 30-millionth example of the Golf, Audi has announced that it has produced three million versions of its small hatchback, the closely related Audi A3. Probably more surprising than the fact that the A3 has moved in such big numbers since its global debut in 1996 is the fact that it has done so with relatively little support in the US, seeing marginal sales in the States since 2005.

The three-millionth A3 was a Sportback TDI model, but the lineup has grown this year to include a new sedan and S3 model, and the hybrid A3 E-tron is on the way. With these new models – especially the sedan in the US – we expect the A3 to continue to be a popular entrant in the premium small segment. Scroll down for Audi’s official press release.

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Official: Volkswagen Golf named 2013 World Car of the Year

By Steven J. Ewing

Volkswagen Golf wins 2013 World Car of the Year

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The second day of the New York Auto Show festivities have just kicked with the annual World Car of the Year awards, and we’ve just learned that the top honors for 2013 go to the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf. The win marks the second in a row for Volkswagen, which also collected the hardware in 2012 for its Up! supermini.

The World Car awards are handed out by a panelist of 66 auto journalists from around the world, including Autoblog European Editor, Matt Davis. Runners-up for the big award included the Audi A3, Land Rover Range Rover, Mazda6, Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Peugeot 208, Porsche Boxster/Cayman, Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86 and Volvo V40.

Also announced this morning is the winner of the 2013 World Performance Car award. In this category, the Porsche Boxster and Cayman has been picked by the jury over a number of other contenders, including the Aston Martin Vanquish, Audi RS5, BMW M6, BMW M135i, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, Renault Clio Sport and the Toyobaru triplets.

Moving to more eco-friendly matters, the World Green Car award has been handed to the – surprise, surprise – Tesla Model S. The all-electric sedan topped the Renault Zoe, Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid and Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Diesel.

Lastly, the annual World Car Design laurels have been awarded to the impossibly pretty Jaguar F-Type, besting other attractive finalists including the Aston Martin Vanquish, Renault Clio, Land Rover Range Rover, Mazda6 and Volkswagen Golf.

Have a look at all the World Car winners in our galleries below.

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What Does a Car Recall in China Mean for VW?

By 24/7 Wall St.

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Volkswagen has recalled 384,181 cars in China, including Golf, Magotan, Sagitar and Audi A3 models. Bloomberg reports that the cost of this action to VW will be more than $600 million. The more important issue is whether recalls in China harm car manufacturer reputations as much as they can in more established markets like the United States. If so, VW has a problem much larger than a financial one.

Volkswagen and General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) have held on as the top car makers in China by sales. Those positions are under assault by other large multinational manufacturers, particularly Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F), Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) and Nissan. The strength and breadth of this competition may allow the newcomers to rattle VW sales, if each company can trumpet its quality compared to VW. That only works until one or more of these car companies has a product recall of its own.

The likelihood of product recalls in any market and of any model may be what helps VW in China in the long term. For now, the recall of nearly 400,000 vehicles is unmistakably a blow to the German company. But the moment GM or Toyota have recall problems, VW‘s will be pushed further back in the memories of buyers.

The slew of other large companies that sell cars in China, which has been swelled by local firms as well as those from outside the People’s Republic, will have recalls. Based on the past four decades of recalls in the United States, every manufacturer will be hit eventually. The probable quality problems with all of these means VW‘s recall will be all but forgotten fairly soon.

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2014 Audi A3 Sportback g-tron: A Naturally Gassy, “Greener” Five-Door

By Jens Meiners

Audi A3 g-tron concept

In response to ever more stringent CO2 emissions regulation, European carmakers are beginning to roll out vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). The latest and possibly most advanced of these is the Audi A3 g-tron, which sounds like it might be either a knockoff Transformer or maybe Young Jeezy’s robotic hype man. But it’s just a car. Based on the five-door A3 Sportback, it packs a 110-hp 1.4-liter TFSI engine that produces 148 lb-ft of torque and can combust both regular gasoline and CNG. The g-tron switches to gasoline operation automatically when the onboard CNG runs low, but the switch also can be triggered manually. READ MORE ››

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SEAT Leon SC: SEAT’s Sportiest Offering Debuts for Europe [2013 Geneva Auto Show]

By Jens Meiners

Seat Leon SC FR 3-door hatchback

A half year after the unveiling of the third-generation SEAT Leon, VW’s struggling Spanish affiliate launches its first-ever three-door derivative, the SEAT Leon SC. The abbreviation stands for Sports Coupé—and to prove its sporting aspirations, the Leon SC comes with a shorter wheelbase and a more attractive rear end, which slightly reminds us of the beautiful but inherently flawed Alfa Romeo Brera. And that, perhaps, is no coincidence: SEAT has been targeting Fiat’s sporty subsidiary for a few years, even though customers have failed to respond to the supposed move upmarket so far.

The Leon SC is available with four diesel engines: a 1.6 TDI with 90 or 105 horsepower, and a 2.0 TDI with 150 or 184 horsepower. It also can be had with one of five gasoline engines: a 1.2 TSI with 86 or 105 horsepower, a 1.4 TSI with 122 or 140 horsepower, and a 1.8 TSI with 180 horsepower. Manual and dual-clutch automatic gearboxes are available. And the most powerful version is yet to come: The Leon Cupra, due to be launched in late 2013, with a 2.0-liter TSI that produces around 300 horsepower, just like in the upcoming VW Golf R and Audi S3. SEAT will introduce a third body variation—a five-door station wagon, due before the end of 2013 as well.



Technological highlights include a multilink rear axle, which is standard on the top-of-the-line diesel and gasoline versions, and optional LED headlights. The Valeo-supplied units, dubbed BiLED, are a novelty in this class, and they create a specific, triangular light signature for the Leon.

SEAT has no plans to launch in the U.S., but the brand is betting big on the Chinese market. The Leon could become a real success in Europe as well because unlike its Audi A3 and VW Golf sister models, it takes a stylistic leap forward.

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Audi A3 e-tron Concept: Coming to America—Maybe [2013 Geneva Auto Show]

By Jens Meiners

Audi A3 e-tron concept

Including the indefinite hold put on the Audi R8 e-tron, the brand’s strategy on the implementation of electric vehicles may have stalled, but the German automaker is charging forward with its hybrid models. The proof will be in the pudding served at the Geneva auto show, where an almost-production-ready A3 e-tron bows. Based on the five-door A3 Sportback, the A3 e-tron concept packs a turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. READ MORE ››

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Official: 300-HP 2013 Audi S3 Sportback unwrapped

By Seyth Miersma

2013 Audi S3 Sportback - front three-quarter studio view, red

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Not content to let Volkswagen have all of the fun with its GTI and Golf R, Audi is rebooting its five-door S3 Sportback with rather monstrous power. Headed for an official unveil at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the new S3 rolls out with a 300-horsepower, 280-pound-feet of torque turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI engine under the hood. The four-cylinder powerplant is strong enough to shove the Sportback to 62 miles per hour in just 5.0 seconds when connected to the optional S-Tronic gearbox, or 5.5 seconds with the traditional manual transmission. Top speed is said to be an electronically governed 155 mph. Almost as impressive as those performance figures are the fuel economy ratings: the S- S3 is said to average 34 miles per gallon.

All S3 Sportback models offer Quattro all-wheel drive, ride on a sport-tuned suspension tuned to a lower ride height (about one inch) versus the standard Audi A3. 18-inch wheels with 225-section tires are standard equipment, and 13.39-inch front brakes should offer serious stopping ability.

Audi has done a lot of work shedding pounds from this latest MQB-architecture S3, as well. The car has a curb weight of roughly 3,186 pounds, or some 154 pounds less than the outgoing model. 11 of those pounds were cut via weight-saving measures in the 2.0-liter engine.

The last generation S3 was never shipped to the US for sale, and Audi has given us no indication thus far that this one will be. We’ll expect to pin down a firm answer to that when we see the S3 Sportback roll onto stage at in Geneva.

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Mercedes-Benz CLA-class “Soul” Super Bowl Commercial: It’s a Hell of a Spot [The Ad Section]

By Don Klein

Mercedes Benz CLA Ad

Award-winning ad man-cum-auto journalist Don Klein knows a good (or bad) car commercial when he sees one; the Ad Section is his space to tell you what he thinks of the latest spots. The ad’s rating is depicted via the shift pattern at the bottom, but everyone has an opinion when it comes to advertising, so hit Backfires below and tell us what you think, too.

About 10 years ago, Mercedes-Benz showed how not to introduce a down-market luxury car. That failed experiment was a strange little two-door called the C230 Kompressor. It featured cloth seats and a hatchback (although Mercedes never used that word in official communiqués). Depending on your point of view, it was either sporty or fugly, but it screamed cheap no matter how you looked at it, an image that didn’t sit well with traditional Mercedes owners.

A decade later, Mercedes wants to dip back into the low end of the pool, with good reason: A lot of cars sold in this country hover around the $30,000 price point (including entry-luxury models like the Acura ILX, Audi A3, and BMW 1-series). Of course, none currently wear a three-pointed star. Enter the CLA-class. Looking more or less like a CLS after a very cold shower, this compact sedan is clearly a Mercedes. You won’t be able to buy one until this fall, but when you can, the car will have the standard equipment you might expect in a Benz (seven-speed dual-clutch auto, Bluetooth connectivity, a 5.8-inch infotainment display, and the mbrace2 suite of smartphone-integrated apps and services) and options you definitely expect in a Benz. The latter include a panorama-style sunroof, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, pre-collision braking, blind-spot monitoring, infotainment system upgrades, lane-keeping assist, and a parking-assist system that even some of the pricier Mercedes models don’t yet offer. Still, the CLA has that decidedly un-Mercedes $30,825 base price—the $29,990 number cited in the commercial doesn’t include destination and delivery—so how does the company tout that without tarnishing its upscale image? You make a commercial that blows everyone’s socks off.

The premise underlying “Soul” is simple: If you want something that you can’t afford, maybe you can get it by selling your soul to Satan. But as the old saying does, the devil is in the details and it’s the ad’s extravagant execution that makes it so powerful. Anybody who has ever written commercials for a living has got to be jealous of the creative team that got to make this spot. Clearly, money was no object:

Willem Dafoe would make a great Satan, but he’d cost a fortune.”

 “No problem, hire him.”

 “But we also need a sexy model.”

“You mean like Kate Upton?”

“Yeah, she’d be perfect, but . . .”

“No problem, hire her. And hire Usher, too. And while you’re at it, make sure we keep using Jon Hamm, the guy from Mad Men, for our voiceovers.”

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Official: 2013 World Car of the Year finalists announced

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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With the Chicago and Geneva auto shows not even out of the way yet, the automotive world’s sights are set on the New York Auto Show for the naming of the 2013 World Car Awards, and the top 10 finalists for World Car of the Year and World Performance Car were recently announced and will be voted on by 66 journalists from around the world (including our own European Editor, Matt Davis).

Vying for the top award are the Audi A3, 2013 Range Rover, 2014 Mazda6, Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Peugeot 208, Porsche Boxster/Cayman, the trio of Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86, Volkswagen Golf and the Volvo V40. Since its inception, past winners of this award include Volkswagen Up! (2012), Nissan LEAF (2011), Volkswagen Polo (2010), Volkswagen Golf (2009), Mazda2/Mazda Demio (2008), Lexus LS 460 (2007), BMW 3 Series (2006) and the Audi A6 in the award’s inaugural year.

The competition is no less fierce for the performance car of the year with the Aston Martin Vanquish, Audi RS5, BMW M6, BMW M 135i, Ferrari F12Berlinetta, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG and SLS AMG, Porsche Boxster/Cayman, Renault Clio Sport and the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86. This award was first handed out in 2006 with previous recipients including Porsche 911 (2012), Ferrari 458 Italia (2011), Audi R8 V10 (2010), Nissan GT-R (2009), Audi R8 (2008), Audi RS4 (2007) and the Porsche Cayman S (2006).

The top three finalists for each award will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5, and the winners will be revealed on March 28.

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2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet Spied: A Softtop and 300 Horses In a Shape Americans Desire

By Jens Meiners

2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet (spy photo)

What It Is: The next-generation Audi S3 cabriolet, caught by our spy photographers in light disguise. Based on the third generation of the Audi A3, the next A3 convertible will be aimed squarely at the U.S. market for the first time. Audi’s American dream is why the new ragtop will be based on the upcoming A3 sedan, with its longer wheelbase and classic proportions, rather than on the A3 hatchback, as is the current A3 cabriolet.  READ MORE ››

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