How The World’s Top Car Manufacturers Test Reliability in 2015

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Have you ever wondered how car manufacturers like Toyota, Volkswagen and Audi produce such reliable cars? The world’s most reliable cars vary in performance and size, but share one common feature: extensive pre-production testing.

Your car’s reliability has a serious impact on its costs. While unreliable cars might cost less to buy than their more reliable alternatives, repairs and maintenance can quickly add up to make them far a more expensive choice over the long term. Continue reading How The World’s Top Car Manufacturers Test Reliability in 2015

The Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro

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  • Expertise in fuel cell technology – A7 Sportback h-tron quattro technology demonstrator ready for real-life traffic
  • Long range – more than 500 kilometers (310.7 mi)
  • Plug-in hybrid concept can and electric quattro

It covers over 500 kilometers (310.7 mi) on one tank of fuel – and its exhaust emits nothing more than a few drops of water: The A7 Sportback h tron quattro uses a powerful, sporty electric drive with a fuel cell as its energy source, in combination with a hybrid battery and an additional electric motor in the rear. Its drive configuration makes the emission-free Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro a quattro through and through, with 170 kilowatts of power at its disposal – a new departure in fuel cell cars. There is no mechanical connection between the front and rear axles. As an e quattro, the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro features fully electronic management of torque distribution. Continue reading The Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro

The five-door Sportback concept of Audi TT in Paris

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Open-top version of all-new Audi sports car retains classic roadster format but sets new class standards for agility, efficiency and in-car technology

  • All-new TT Roadster and TTS Roadster models to make their World debut at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris (October 4 to 14)
  • TT Roadster models available to order in the UK from mid-November priced from £31,955 OTR to £37,555 OTR – first deliveries in March 2015
  • 310PS TTS Roadster available to order from early 2015 – first deliveries in second quarter
  • Sport and S line specification options – both include fully automatic fabric hood, digital Audi virtual cockpit, MMI touch, xenon or LED headlights, Audi Music Interface, Audi drive select, Alcantara/leather sports seats, keyless go
  • Engines at launch – 2.0 TFSI 230PS in conjunction with front-wheel-drive and quattro all-wheel-drive, 2.0 TDI 184PS exclusively with front-wheel-drive
  • Further improved aluminium and steel hybrid construction processes help to keep entry level 2.0 TFSI kerb weight down to 1,320kg
  • TT Roadster 2.0 TDI ultra capable of in excess of 65mpg with CO2 output of just 114g/km, 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds, top speed 147mph

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