Audi A7 Sportback at dealerships across Europe

In January 2008, the concept car for the Audi A7 Sportback was the star of the Detroit Auto Show. Starting tomorrow, the series production model will be available at European dealerships. It is intended as a particularly aesthetic alternative to a classic sedan for customers with an affinity for design. With a base price in Germany starting at €51,650, the A7 is affordably priced for customers who currently drive a model in the range of an A6. The A7 Sportback is initially available with a choice of three engines.

Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing, AUDI AG: “With the A7, we are delivering a real beauty and an entirely new concept that we feel the market has been waiting for. We expect roughly two-thirds of all buyers worldwide to be new customers, finding their way to Audi via the A7.” The A7 expands the Ingolstadt car makers’ range in the executive class. “It is the step-up model for the segment that includes the Audi A6, with which we are enjoying strong growth rates the world over.” The company expects to sell roughly 200,000 units of the first-generation A7 Sportback.
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Baby Land Rover to Be Unwrapped in Paris

The LRX concept car, unveiled by Land Rover at the 2008 Detroit auto show, is coming to production in 2011 as the Evoque, which will break cover Sept. 30 at the Paris motor show.

The Evoque would be the smallest Land Rover in the lineup: several inches shorter than the LR2 (nee Freelander) and about a half an inch narrower. The wheelbase is exactly the same, which broadly hints that the Evoque will ride on a chassis similar to that of the LR2. Where Evoque would be much different is in its height, which at a “mere” 60.4 inches is at least eight inches lower than the LR2.
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New 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Breaks Cover

Mercedes-Benz provided an advance look at the new CLS in January at the Detroit auto show, where Gorden Wagener, head of design for Mercedes, unveiled a raw metal model of the car, polished and gleaming like a prop from a “Terminator” film.

Now the company has released photos of the production version of the car, which it will reveal at the Paris auto show in late September.
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Daimler and BYD Move Forward With Electric Car Partnership

Daimler AG announced on Thursday a joint venture with BYD, the Chinese automobile and battery manufacturer, to build a research and technology center to develop electric cars in BYD’s home city of Shenzhen. The Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Company, as the company will be called, will seek to strengthen each brand’s position in China’s electric-vehicle market.

In March, the two automakers signed a memorandum of understanding to build electric cars in China. At the time, Henry Li, BYD’s international sales manager, said a proposed jointly developed electric car would be positioned above the e6, the four-door E.V. that BYD displayed at the Detroit auto show in January.
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