Last-Minute Summer Travel Tips

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Summer may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in at least one more trip before it’s over. Last minute booking doesn’t always mean you will pay the most, in fact sometimes it’s the best time to book! But there are a few tips and tricks that you will need in order to find the perfect trip. How can you find the best option for you?

1.) Check Club memberships, credit cards or debit card rewards. You might be surprised by what you find. Once I didn’t realize how many reward points I earned, it was enough for a free flight across the country.

2.) Bundle it (flight, hotel, meals and or car services). Maybe you wanted to pick a different hotel, but if you bundle it with your flight you can get better deals than choosing to do it separately (e.g., Expedia).

3.) Travel somewhere nearby. Check to see if any local or nearby destination spots are offering discounts or deals. Hotels offer bundle deals with spa days, pampering, complimentary services and more. (Maybe travel a town over or have a staycation).

4.) Stay Flexible. Remember, if you are booking last-minute you won’t have the pick of the litter.

5.) Use Travel Apps. There are tons of travel apps that alert you when new deals are posted. Find your favorites, download them and see if they have anything that interests you.

Have any comments, questions or concerns? Feel free to leave any comments below!

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Coming to America: Wagons

vintage_chevrolet_woody_station_wagon_ad_poster-rd43d8144c34a4f3e948daf8ea65e26ee_zbtjs_8byvr_1024We love them, we hate them, we just can’t make up our minds about them. Wagons have come a long way from the “woodie” station wagons they once were. They were weird, lengthy, styled almost like a hearse and dated. Yet for as many people who disliked them, there were just as many who loved them.

Slowly, it seems, sleek-looking luxury wagons have been making their way into the American market and finding a fan-base. The U.S wagon enthusiasts want more and those on the fence aren’t sure what to expect. With far more popularity in Europe it’s sometimes difficult to know how the American market will respond.

There have been rumors, hopes, and talks of the next-generation Audi RS4 coming to the U.S as an Avant or RS5 Sportback. Nothing is confirmed yet, but is this something you would like to see zipping around on U.S roads?

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“According to the executive, expanding sales in the United States is vital for Audi’s performance division. “Europe is becoming a less important market, the U.S.A. and China are where we see growth happening,” Hollerweger told Car&Driver.”

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Audi sets 54th consecutive monthly U.S. sales record in June 2015

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Audi is on a roll and it doesn’t look like it’s stopping anytime soon! What exactly do I mean? Check it out for yourself via Audi’s official press release:

“- Sales for the month rose 8.3% to 18,262 vehicles

– Third-best sales month in Audi of America history

– Demand for Audi SUV models increased 24.1% for the month

 
HERNDON, Virginia, July 1, 2015 – Audi reported that its June 2015 sales increased 8.3% to 18,262 vehicles, a total that stands as the third-best monthly result ever in the U.S. market.
 
Audi also achieved its best-ever June sales in the U.S., marking the 54th consecutive month-over-month sales record. The previous June record was set in 2014 with 16,867 Audi vehicles sold. Through the first half of 2015, Audi U.S. sales rose 11.0% to 93,615 vehicles from the year-earlier period.
 
“Audi is seeing stronger demand than ever before,” said Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “This is the result of the best lineup we’ve ever enjoyed across the board. And with the launch of the Summer of Audi Sales Event attracting even more premium car buyers to our showrooms, we expect to continue building greater momentum in the months ahead.”
 
The A3 model line achieved record sales in June with a 42.0% increase over June 2014 sales. The A6 and A8 models also performed well, with year-over-year increases of 11.0% and 10.6%, respectively.
 
June represented strong demand for Audi luxury SUVs, with a 24.1% increase in sales encompassing the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7 models. The Q5 posted a 6.1% increase from last year, while the Q7 posted a 14.1% increase from last June.
 
Audi Certified pre-owned vehicle sales also set a new June record, with a 14.4% gain on 4,176 CPO vehicles sold. CPO sales year-to-date have increased 9.3%.
 
Audi holds the longest running monthly record sales streak in the premium car market according to a competitive sales report from MotorIntelligence.com.”

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Summer of Audi Sales Event

cover blogIf you are in the market for an Audi there is no better time than this summer to look into owning one. By purchasing or leasing an Audi you could not only bring happiness to yourself, but to a child in need. How, you may ask?

In recognition of our collaboration with TOMS® and to show our appreciation to you, we are offering shoes specifically designed for Audi to customers who purchase or lease a new or Certified pre-owned Audi vehicle during the Summer of Audi Sales event.1 But that’s only the beginning. Through their innovation giving program, TOMS® will also give 55,000 pairs of shoes to children in need in the United States. One for One®. Giving both you and 55,000 children a reason to smile.

TOMS & Audi Partnership Asset for sharing on social channelTo receive a pair of specially designed TOMS® shoes, take advantage of an exceptional offer on a new or Certified pre-owned Audi vehicle during the limited-time Summer of Audi Sales Event.

Your shoes will be sent directly to you, while through their innovative giving program, TOMS® will also give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One®.

So what are you waiting for? By giving yourself the car you’ve always wanted you are also helping children in need.

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Audi Achieves Second-Best Month for U.S. sales with 11% Gain in May 2015

Audi A3Progress and innovation is what leads us to success! We get these updates which reflect our sales for the month. Check out our official press release from Audi of America here:

Audi reported that its May 2015 sales increased 11.0% to 18,428 vehicles, a total that stands as the second-best month since the brand entered the U.S. market in 1970. May was also the 53rd consecutive month of record U.S. Audi sales.

The previous May record was set in 2014 with sales of 16,601 vehicles. The best month Audi has seen in the U.S. market came in December 2014 with sales of 19,238 cars and SUVs. Through the first five months of 2015, Audi U.S. sales rose 11.7% from last year to 75,353 vehicles.

A key driver of Audi sales gains for the month was the significant increase in demand for the A3 and S3 models that form the base of the Audi product lineup. May 2015 was best month on record for the A3 and S3 sedan models with 3,035 cars sold, as well as for the A3 Cabriolet with 458 cars sold. Combined, the 3,493 A3 and S3 sales trailed only the 4,280 sales of the popular Audi Q5 and SQ5 crossovers in the Audi results.

“A year after launching the new A3 models, we are seeing payoff from our bold decision to reimagine a key component of the Audi lineup and take advantage of a luxury car segment poised to take off,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “The record sales for the A3 and S3 sedans, along with the A3 Cabriolet, show this was a risk well worth taking. And we aren’t done yet with the all-new A3 Sportback e-tron coming this fall as the first plug-in Audi.”

May represented strong demand for Audi luxury SUVs with a 36.7% increase in May sales encompassing the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7 models. The Q5 posted an 11.6% increase from a year earlier, and the Q7 posted a 25.3% increase from last May. The Audi Q3 wasn’t available in May 2014.

Audi Certified pre-owned vehicle sales also achieved their second-highest total for any month and the best May ever with a 5.8% gain on 4,405 CPO vehicles sold. Audi CPO sales year-to-date increased 8.3%

· Audi sales YTD through May up 11.7% to 75, 353 vehicles

· Best month ever for Audi A3 sedan, A3 Cabriolet

· Demand for Audi SUV models increased 36.7% for the month

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Best Places to Bike Ride in Naples

audi-sport-bike-2-1200x600“Audi doesn’t just make cars — it also toys around with experimental bicycles as well. Per The Wall Street Journal, Audi has unveiled a new bicycle called the Audi Sport Racing Bike that is incredibly light and weighs only 5.8 kilograms, or around 12.75 pounds.” Click here to read more about it

In honor of the newest addition to the Audi Accessories family (the Audi Sport Racing Bike) we are asking some of our local cyclists where the best spots are to bike ride! Whether for sport or fun, Naples is a beautiful place to explore. There is a huge community of cyclists in Naples and they are finding ways everyday to make cycling safer on the roads.

Here are some of the suggested spots from our very own staff:

– Gulf Shore Blv. (near the coastline)
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IMG_1004_edited-1– Vanderbilt Beach Road
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– Pelican Bay (North Naples)
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If you are interested in being apart of a local group who often does group rides and more then click here

If you are interested in finding out what new strides have been taken for the safety of cyclists, walkers and runners of Collier County then click here

 

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Important Notice: Audi is NOT Apart of Takata Airbag Recall

2As you may have already seen in the media and on the NHTSA website, air bag manufacturer Takata has expanded their recall of certain types of frontal driver and passenger side airbag inflators. While this recall includes a number of auto manufacturers, Audi vehicles are not included.

Customers may contact us in response to the media attention given to this recall. While Audi is not affected, we will be happy to check your VIN to see if any recalls/campaigns are open, and schedule those repairs if needed.

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Graduations, New Chapters and New Cars

q3After all the tests, homework and years of school work, the time to wrap up the end of a chapter quickly approaches. The orders for caps and gowns have been placed, applications sent out and final grades submitted. High school and College seniors get ready to walk across the stage to receive the piece of paper they have worked so long for. Graduation season is upon us and hopeful new grads begin writing the next chapter of their life.

Transition isn’t always easy but there are a few factors that can make the growing pains smoother. When the future isn’t always so predictable, having a reliable source of transportation is a handy and useful tool. Every graduation is a success and should be celebrated. We are so lucky to have customers who value such things and love hearing about their stories! One of our customers, Jessica, received a special high school graduation gift from her parents and couldn’t be more thrilled! Jessica tells us why she loves her vehicle and how it will help her navigate her future. Find out all about it in her interview here:

We know her 2015 Audi Q3 will take care of her when she attends the American University in Washington DC. Audi Naples wishes her a bright future and the best of luck with everything!

All of us from Audi Naples congratulate every recent graduate, or soon-to-be graduate, and wish you the best with your endeavors. If you know someone or you yourself have a story like Jessica’s, please feel free to share them with us! We love hearing all about it! Leave a comment below, leave a comment for us on facebook or send us an email at info@audinaples.com.

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Audi Prices the 2016 Audi TT Coupe

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If you have been highly anticipating details about the 2016 Audi TT Coupe then wait no more! New details have been released after months of teases and hints. Audi has not only released prices but has also released information regarding standard features, options,  packages, and more.

What’s changed: The newest piece of tech to be introduced to the TT is the MMI Touch infotainment controller (which comes equipped with a touch-sensitive pad) and LED lights. With sleek lines, an aggressive look, style and convenient tech, a vehicle like this will be sure to impress.

“Carryover features include Quattro all-wheel drive, a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, a Homelink garage-door opener, heated 12-way power front seats, a leather and faux-suede-trimmed interior, a flat-bottom steering wheel with shift paddles, 18-inch wheels, and LED taillights. The TTS model adds sports seats with adjustable bolsters; 19-inch wheels; and special engine, exhaust, and suspension tuning.”

“Regardless of which flavor of TT you choose, each gets a generous list of standard features, including a full-LED instrument gauge, automatic climate control (which shows temperature readouts on the actual vents), Audi’s MMI touch infotainment system with Bluetooth music and calling, heated, 12-way power adjustable sport seats (which are more tightly bolstered in the TT S), leather interior, LED interior lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels on the TT and Roadster/19-inch wheels on the TT S, parking sensors, and LED headlights and taillights.”

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Naples Mother’s Day Deals

the-best-mom-1024x957Family should always be appreciated 365 days a year, no matter how much they drive you crazy! But on May 10th, Mother’s Day, show your mom how much she means to you by taking her out or spending some quality time with her. There are a lot of businesses in Naples offering free entries, discounted prices and great deals for mothers or grandmothers. Check some of the events going on here:

Events:

Botanical Gardens – “Treat Mom or Grandma to a stroll through the tropical landscapes of the Garden this Mother’s Day. FREE admission for mothers and grandmothers, regular admission for guests. The first 100 mothers or grandmothers to check in at the Visitor Center will receive a special gift! Cappelli’s will be serving complimentary light refreshments from 11:30am to 1:30pm.”

Naples Princess Cruise: “Treat your mom this Mother’s Day to a relaxing cruise and delicious dinner aboard the Naples Princess! Enjoy a double entree dinner on the water featuring carved beef tenderloin served with a bearnaise sauce, pecan encrusted tilapia, Caesar salad, fresh baked rolls vegetable medley, roasted rosemary baby reds and to top it off a mouth watering tuxedo bombe for dessert! Every mother will receive a complimentary rose!”

Special Cruise Events: “Pure Florida, Southwest Florida’s premier water attraction for family fun and thrills, is excited to announce new cruises and special offers coming in May. Each of the following events and specials are offered at the Pure Naples and Pure Fort Myers locations.”

Naples Zoo: “One free mom ticket with the purchase of a regular paid child or adult.” Valid through May 8th – May 10th.

Dining:

There are a lot of restaurants and businesses that have great deals going on for mothers on Mother’s Day. Check out some of them here!

  • Ristorante Ciao, 835 Fourth Ave. S., Naples, will open at 4:30 p.m., and everyone 21 and over will receive a free glass of Prosecco to toast moms. Reservations: 239-263-3889
  • Stonewood Grill & Tavern, 7935 Airport-Pulling Road, North Naples, will open at 11 a.m. and will have happy hour specials all day. Reservations: 239-593-0001
  • The Capital Grille, Mercato, 9005 Mercato Drive, North Naples, will have a special three-course brunch menu starting at 10 a.m. for $49 for adults and $15 for children. The restaurant’s dinner menu also will be available. Reservations: 239-254-0640
  • The Wharf Tavern Restaurant & Lobster House, 909 10th St. S., Naples, will give mothers who dine at the restaurant on Mother’s Day a voucher for a free 1- to 1¼-pound steamed Maine lobster with fries and coleslaw to be redeemed during July or August. The restaurant will serve its dinner menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations: 239-331-4053

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