The Audi A3 Sedan is ready for launch

Audi A3 Sedan

A new chapter in the A3 success story: In these days, the Audi A3 Sedan reaches the dealers in the European markets. The first Audi notchback model in the premium compact class complements the A3 family in what is globally one of the fastest growing segments. In spring 2014, the A3 Sedan will also be launched in the USA and China. The A3 Sedan is manufactured at the Hungarian plant in Győr and, from the end of the year, will also come off the production line at the new Chinese factory in Foshan. The new model in the A3 series stands out thanks to its lightweight construction, powerful and highly efficient engines and a number of high-end solutions in the areas of infotainment and driver assistance systems. Audi is launching the A3 Sedan with three engine versions, two TFSI and one TDI. They have a capacity of 1.4, 1.8 or 2.0 liters and deliver between 103 kW (140 hp) and 132 kW (180 hp).

2013 Mazda Atenza

Nearly a year after Mazda announced its i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology, the company has finally launched a car that implements it: the 2013 Mazda Atenza. Known as the 2014 Mazda 6 in the US, both sedan and wagon models are on sale today throughout Japan. The aforementioned i-ELOOP technology uses capacitors instead of batteries to power the car’s electronic components, and will supposedly increase fuel efficiency by up to ten percent. Other technologies incorporated in the vehicle include i-stop, Mazda’s idling stop system and i-ActiveSense, a collection of safety technologies utilizing cameras and millimeter-wave radars. Customers can opt for either diesel or gasoline SkyActiv engines in either manual or automatic transmission. Suggested retail price ranges from 2,500,000 yen ($30,797) to 3,400,000 ($41,884) including tax. US customers won’t be able take a test drive until the sedan model shows up in US dealerships next year, though it’s unclear if either diesel or wagon options will make it stateside.

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2013 Maserati Quattroporte for your eyes only

The redesigned Maserati Quattroporte sedan will debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. It will go on sale next spring.

The Italian automaker sent out some pictures of the new car on Tuesday but released few details.

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The Undercut Edition

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• The Buick Verano Turbo sedan will be priced from $29,990, General Motors announced on Wednesday. With 250 horsepower and a manufacturer’s estimated zero-to-60 m.p.h. time of 6.2 seconds when equipped with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, the Verano Turbo would offer performance on a par with its larger sibling, the Regal GS sedan, for roughly $6,000 less. (General Motors)

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