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Posted by audioc on Sunday, September 16, 2012 @ 07:18:43 BST (9594 reads)

A3 Test DriveSome of you will have read our test drive of the new A3 we were fortunate to drive at the end of July in Denmark & Sweden; today is the day that customers in the UK finally get to see the car "up close and personal", as the today is the day the car is launched to the UK public (Some actually received theirs this weekend!).

Since we wrote the article, the A3 has managed to achieve  the maximum five-star rating for passive crash safety from the Euro NCAP consortium. The results for adult occupant protection in a frontal, rear, and side impact as well as child safety and pedestrian protection make the new Audi A3 one of the safest cars in its class.

The test engineers awarded the A3 the best rating for driver and passenger in the frontal and side impact collisions. Children are also afforded very good protection in the new Audi A3. Euro NCAP also singled out the seat belt reminder for the front and, in particular, the rear seats. The Audi A3 comes as standard with both systems.

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Posted by audioc on Sunday, August 12, 2012 @ 17:44:17 BST (11772 reads)

2012 A3 3 door saloon Tfsi rear viewAt the end of July, we were fortunate to be invited to an Audi dealer event in Copenhagen & Sweden that was opened up to invited guests (http://www.audifans.net/article708.html ). The main purpose of the event was to “get to grips” with the new A3.

 

We were fortunate to spend some time with the car- not on a "press launch" route, but through Copenhagen, covering city, urban, rural & motorway, driving to just south of Malmo in Sweden and back.

Our verdict? Read on....

 

(please note~: picture intensive if on a mobile device; click the images for bigger versions)

 

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Posted by audioc on Saturday, May 17, 2008 @ 21:20:10 BST (5533 reads)

Audi, the inventor of TDI, blazes a trail in the field of engine manufacture. At the 27th annual Lake Wörther Tour being held at the end of May in the Austrian province of Carinthia, the brand behind the four rings is showcasing this technology\'s potential with a sensational study. The two-liter TDI unit under the bonnet of the Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro delivers 165 kW (224 hp) and musters up 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft) of torque – the sort of pulling power normally associated with a sports car. The show car races from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 6.6 seconds and attains a top speed of 240 km/h (149.13 mph).
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Posted by audioc on Saturday, May 17, 2008 @ 20:55:15 BST (4481 reads)

The Audi A3 moves with the times this week as a new generation of the market leading premium hatchback range focusing even more acutely on economy and emissions control opens for UK order priced from £14,995 OTR.

Set to reach its first customers in July, the latest line-up is equipped with wholly new or revised engines delivering reductions in CO2 emissions of up to 15 per cent, paring back the output of the 1.8 TFSI S tronic model, for example, from 179g/km to 153g/km. More immediately apparent benefits for three-door and five-door Sportback models also include subtle, A3 Cabriolet-inspired styling revisions inside and out and a clearer equipment structure with sophisticated new options including Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping.

The styling enhancements extend to the potent 265PS S3 quattro, which also becomes available for the first time in five-door Sportback form.
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Posted by audioc on Sunday, December 02, 2007 @ 15:39:13 GMT (3786 reads)

The new Audi A3 Cabriolet makes its World debut on Friday (30 Nov), the first ever premium compact class \"open top\" from Audi which will offer four engine options when it arrives on British roads next Spring.

Audi\'s latest convertible lines up alongside established soft tops in the A4 and TT ranges. The exciting addition to the much in demand A3 range will be available with either a semi or fully automatic hood specification while crucially for an open car, its advanced body structure features a high proportion of high-strength steel reinforcing measures that provide maximum rigidity and optimum crash safety.
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Posted by audioc on Monday, August 27, 2007 @ 20:24:00 BST (3301 reads)

Londoners may breathe slightly easier in the knowledge that a specially developed A3 1.9 TDI joins the Audi range this month with extensive revisions that ensure it will fall under the proposed 120g/km CO2 limit permitting exemption from the congestion charge. Available in three-door and five-door Sportback body styles, the new A3 1.9 TDI is priced from £16,660 OTR.
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