Audi Naples Technology Event

IMG_9602Our first ever Audi Technology event, on April 7th, was a huge success. Thank you to all of our loyal customers for turning out and enjoying a wonderful evening. Our Audi Technologist, Alex Morales, gave several informative presentations, and took lots of great questions. Audi Brand Specialists Jason Giardina and Marcella Schmidt showed everybody around the Q7 and A8 models, with the help of service advisors Joey Hanitz and Jordan Hutchinson.

If you weren’t able to make this one, no worries. We’ll be throwing another Technology Night at some point this July.

 

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Audi at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show: Introducing the all-new Q2

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Audi strengthens its presence in the booming SUV segment. At the Geneva Motor Show, the brand is unveiling the compact Audi Q2 – an urban car for everyday driving and leisure with a progressive design and youthful charm. It is flanked by two new top models at its world debut – the Audi S4 Avant and the Audi RS Q3 performance.

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Audi Naples Recognized as a Magna Society Award Winner for 2015

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Audi awards top-performing dealerships in the U.S. for 2015

  • Annual Magna Society Award given to 93 dealerships nationwide
  • Each winning dealer ranks among the most outstanding Audi retailers in the U.S.
  • Magna Society dealers demonstrate superior customer service and business achievements

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Audi honored 93 top-performing dealerships in the U.S. with the Magna Society Awards, a distinction for dealers who achieved excellent performance in 2015.

To earn Magna Society recognition, dealers must demonstrate an exceptional level of customer service as well as strong business performance.  Among the recipients, 12 dealerships were distinguished as 2015 Audi Magna Society Elite, a special honor for superior achievements.

The Magna Society was created by Audi to identify and recognize dealerships that go above and beyond business objectives and sales targets, and cultivate staff that properly represents the Audi brand and culture.

“Each year the number of Magna Society Award recipients increases, a testament to the elite caliber of the Audi dealer network in the United States” said Mark Del Rosso, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “As Audi continues its rise as one of the top luxury brands in the country, the commitment of our dealer partners is one of the key drivers of this success.”

In 2014 Audi honored 91 dealers with Magna Society Awards, a jump from the 61 dealers that were honored in 2013. Additionally, Audi of America recently placed first among all other automotive brands in the 2016 J.D. Power Customer Service Index, further proof of the consistent and considerable improvements made across the dealer network.

The Magna Society awards fit with long-range plans established by Audi and its franchise partners to make Audi facilities more exclusive. In 2015, the number of dealership locations exclusively selling Audi models increased by the end of the year to 187 in the U.S. from 15 dealerships operating in 1999. Audi also increased its share of the U.S. imported luxury car segment to 11.2% based on record annual U.S. sales of 202,202 units in 2015.

The 12 2015 Audi Magna Society Elite dealers are:

  • Audi Concord, California
  • Audi Valencia, California
  • Audi North Orlando, Florida
  • Audi Atlanta, Georgia
  • Audi Des Moines, Iowa
  • The Audi Exchange, Highland Park, Illinois
  • Audi Burlington, Massachusetts
  • Audi Freehold, New Jersey
  • Audi Reno Tahoe, Reno, Nevada
  • Audi Devon, Pennsylvania
  • Audi Tysons Corner, Vienna, Virginia
  • Audi North Shore, Brown Deer, Wisconsin

The 2015 Magna Society award winners are as follows:

Alabama Massachusetts
Audi Huntsville Audi Brookline
Arizona Audi Burlington*
Audi North Scottsdale Audi Natick
Audi Peoria Audi Norwell
California Audi Shrewsbury
Audi Beverly Hills Audi Westwood
Audi Carlsbad Ira Audi
Audi Concord * Minnesota
Audi Marin Audi St. Paul
Audi Oakland Nevada
Audi of Downtown L.A. Audi Henderson
Audi Palo Alto Audi Reno Tahoe*
Audi Rancho Mirage New Hampshire
Audi San Francisco Audi of Nashua
Audi Valencia* New Jersey
Audi West Covina Audi Freehold*
Bakersfield Audi Audi Meadowlands
Circle Audi Bell Audi
Elk Grove Audi Flemington Audi
Keyes Audi Town Audi
Niello Audi New York
Stevens Creek Audi Audi Brooklyn
Walter’s Audi Biener Audi
Colorado Palisades Audi
Audi Boulder North Carolina
Audi Denver Audi Northlake
Audi Glenwood Springs Ohio
Connecticut Audi Mentor
Audi of Fairfield The Audi Connection
Hoffman Audi of New London Oregon
Florida Audi Beaverton
Audi Fort Lauderdale Audi Wilsonville
Audi Fort Myers Pennsylvania
Audi Naples Audi Devon*
Audi North Orlando* Audi Mechanicsburg
Audi Pembroke Pines Audi Reading
Audi South Orlando Audi State College
Audi Stuart Audi Wynnewood
Audi West Palm Beach Rhode Island
The Collection Audi  Audi Warwick
Georgia South Carolina
Audi Atlanta * Audi Greenville
Idaho Audi Hilton Head
Audi Boise Tennessee
Illinois Audi Nashville
Audi Morton Grove Texas
Continental Audi of Naperville Audi Central Houston
Fletcher Jones Audi Audi North Houston
The Audi Exchange * Audi San Juan
Iowa Utah
Audi Des Moines * Audi Lehi
Kansas Audi Salt Lake City
Audi Wichita Virginia
Kentucky Audi Chantilly
Audi of Lexington Audi Tysons Corner *
Louisiana Vermont
Audi New Orleans Audi South Burlington
Maryland Washington
Audi Frederick Audi Seattle
Rockville Audi Audi Spokane
Wisconsin
Audi Appleton
Audi Milwaukee
Audi North Shore *
* Audi Magna Society Elite
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Come to our Audi Technology Event!

Our Audi Technology Events are the perfect way to get hands on training of our more advanced systems. Our Technologist, Sales and Service staff will be available to answer any questions you may have. We will have presentations, demonstrations, and we will even take you on a test drive to simulate how our technologies work in real life situations. 

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Workshops will include lessons on:

1)Virtual Cockpit

2)Driver assistance

3)Navigation & Telephone/Voice commands

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These events will have a casual atmosphere, and refreshments will be served. The next Technology Event will be held at 6:15 on April 7th, 2016. Please RSVP to technologist@audinaples.com to Reserve Your Spot.

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First Look: 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus

Audi’s highly anticipated new 2017 R8 is so close we can almost touch it… but wait. We did. For a very exciting week, Audi USA granted us access to their demo 2017 R8 V10 Plus. This glorious machine is only one of two currently on US soil. The car has been showcased around the country and shows and motorsport events, but we were lucky enough to be one of the few, possibly even the first, Audi Dealer to showcase it.

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The growl of the V10 was as beautiful as ever while it stunned everyone in a Dynamite Red color. Dynamite indeed. Plainly put, this car was hot. The new styling is sharp and aggressive, but still allows you to tell that it is an R8. Carbon Fiber is everywhere inside and out and that makes many of us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

When it first arrived on the lot, camera phones were out everywhere. Later in the day, it was all shined up and placed into our showroom, cleverly placed next to a first generation R8. The differences between the two were pretty distinct.

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We held an exclusive preview event for the week, allowing clients and customers to come in and view the R8 in all its glory. No touching though! The supercar received countless compliments and longing stares from viewers and employees alike. Needless to say, the car is sure to be a hit when it the hits the ground for sales.

V10 or V10? Audi rid the 2017 model of the V8, narrowing down the choice to a 540 horsepower V10 or 610 horsepower V10 Plus. Much power. However, there are hints of a V6 twin-turbo model in the future.

For now, Audi’s exotic is only offered in a coupe, but a Spyder model has been spotted overseas and will almost certainly be put into production.

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Like the new TT, A4, and Q7, the R8 is equipped with Audi’s innovative Virtual Cockpit, but also comes with the standard center screen for optimal use. The main difference is placement of the dynamic controls as most of them now sit on the R8 steering wheel. Drive Select is ever present, but a new Performance Mode unlocks three extra drive settings for the ultimate ride.

There is no denying that the new R8 is a beauty and its official arrival is even more anticipated around the dealership. WE. CAN’T. WAIT.

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Audi Launches the Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro, Full Specs and Pricing

This is exciting news for SUV lovers!

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We’ve known about the e-tron quattro version of the Q7 for almost two years and have even seen it before. However, Audi announced today full pricing and technical details ahead of the model’s launch at the beginning of March. The not-for-America PHEV model will be available from €80,500 in Germany, which is a considerable markup over the regular TDI.

Being just €2,400 less expensive than the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, this Audi is out of the reach of most regular family car buyers. It’s not the kind of car that you can justify buying because of the lower fuel consumption, is it?

However, we can’t deny the fact that Audi stuffed a lot of technology into the world’s first V6 diesel plug-in hybrid with permanent all-wheel-drive. At the heart of the project is the same 3.0 TDI engine you get on the regular Q7. However, the output has gone down from 272 to 258 PS. Between it and the 8-speed automatic gearbox, Audi installed a 94 kW electric motor. It can power the SUV by itself or work together with the V6 to deliver 373 PS and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) being sent to all four wheels for a 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time of 6 seconds.

That’s right, this hybrid vehicle weighing over 2 tons is as fast as a Golf GTI. In theory, the Q7 e-tron can use its 17.3 kWh battery to drive without using diesel fuel for up to 56 kilometers (34.8 mi). However, we find those numbers and the 1.8 l/100km (130 mpg) fuel consumption to be too optimistic.

To make the high price of the SUV a little easier to swallow, all Q7 e-tron TDI models come with standard LED headlights and the Virtual Cockpit system. However, we know for a fact that you can’t get the 7-seat option because the trunk floor is packed with battery cells. Audi has also developed a service and app that allow you to start the car remotely, play with the climate control and access data about your journeys.

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2017 Audi Q7 earns a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ Rating from IIHS

Fresh from the Audi USA Press Release room! This is what we like to see!

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The all-new 2017 Audi Q7 has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2016 Top Safety Pick+, earning “good” ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations and a “superior” rating for front crash prevention. Top Safety Pick+ is the highest 2016 rating available from IIHS.

“This year’s Top Safety Pick+ award for the 2017 Q7 represents our brand’s longstanding commitment to bringing innovative technologies to the market,” said Scott Keogh, President Audi of America. “The Q7 demonstrates our leadership in many of the advanced driver assistance systems today that will form the future of piloted driving tomorrow.”

The Audi brand’s focus on elevating standards for automotive engineering addresses evolving criteria for consumer crash tests as designated by the IIHS. The 2017 Q7, with a fully reinforced structure, builds on the model’s good ratings in the Institute’s other crashworthiness tests.

The standard Audi pre sense city with automatic emergency braking earned the 2017 Q7 a “superior” rating for front crash prevention. The system can detect moving and stationary vehicles as well as pedestrians, at speeds of up to 52 mph and initiates braking when a potential collision is detected.

The 2017 Q7 3.0L TFSI engine generates 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. While the exterior dimensions have remained similar to the outgoing model, the all-new Q7 offers substantially more interior room for passengers with seating for up to seven standard. With exceptionally competent dynamics, driver assistance systems and connectivity, the all-new Q7 sets a new benchmark for the luxury SUV segment.

IIHS Top Safety Pick Ratings
IIHS tests evaluate two aspects of safety: crashworthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash — and crash avoidance and mitigation — technology that can prevent a crash or lessen its severity.

To determine crashworthiness, IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor, based on performance in five tests: moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. In the area of crash avoidance and mitigation, IIHS assigns vehicles with available front crash prevention systems ratings of basic, advanced or superior, based on the type of system and performance in track tests.

For more information about the 2017 Audi Q7, please visit http://www.audiusa.com

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Audi sets 62nd consecutive monthly U.S. sales record in February

February was certainly a good month for us!

  • Sales for the month rose 2.3% to 11,718 vehicles
  • Audi A7 and Q7 models drove strong sales for the month
  • All-time best February sales of Audi Certified pre-owned vehicles

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Audi reported that its February 2016 sales increased 2.3% to 11,718 vehicles, a total that stands as the brand’s 62nd straight month of record U.S. sales.

Audi achieved its best-ever February sales in the brand’s U.S. history. The previous February record was set in 2015 with sales of 11,455 vehicles. Through the first two months of 2016, Audi U.S. sales rose 2.5% from last year to 23,568 vehicles.

February results were bolstered by sales of the A7 and Q7 models. The A7 posted an 87% increase from last February. Consumer demand for the all-new Audi Q7 remained high, resulting in a 63% increase over last February. Year-to-date sales of this luxury SUV model rose 111% over the same time period in 2015.

“There is robust demand for models at the top end of our lineup, such as the A7 and Q7,” said Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “This gives us confidence that our sales momentum will continue with the upcoming launches of the all-new A4 and R8 this spring.”

Audi Certified pre-owned vehicle sales set a new February record, with a 0.4% gain on 3,713 CPO vehicles sold.

Audi holds the longest running monthly record sales streak in the premium car market according to a competitive sales report from MotorIntelligence.com.

AUDI US SNAPSHOT –MTD– –YTD–
Model Line Feb ’16 Actual Feb ’15 Actual Yr/Yr % change Feb ’16 YTD  Actual Feb ’15 YTD Actual Yr/Yr % change
A3 2,183 2,279 -4.2% 4,331 4,662 -7.1%
A4 1,827 1,743 4.8% 3,152 3,306 -4.7%
A5 602 831 -27.6% 1,117 1,674 -33.3%
A6 1,064 1,282 -17.0% 1,905 2,484 -23.3%
A7 429 229 87.3% 861 514 67.5%
A8 218 300 -27.3% 563 606 -7.1%
allroad 124 181 -31.5% 273 408 -33.1%
Q5 2,421 2,493 -2.9% 5,112 5,420 -5.7%
Q7 1,653 1,012 63.3% 3,989 1,892 110.8%
Q3 988 1,046 -5.5% 1,890 1,919 -1.5%
R8 9 52 -82.7% 20 101 -80.2%
TT 200 7 2757.1% 355 10 3450.0%
Total Audi Sales 11,718 11,455 2.3% 23,568 22,996 2.5%
Total CPO Sales 3,713 3,698 0.4% 7,080 7,428 -4.7%

NOTES:
– A3 includes A3 Sedan, S3 Sedan, A3 Cabriolet and A3 Sportback.
– A4 includes A4 Sedan and S4 Sedan, but does not include Audi allroad.
– A5 includes A5 Coupe, S5 Coupe, RS 5 Coupe, A5 Cabriolet, S5 Cabriolet and RS 5 Cabriolet.
– A6 includes A6 Sedan and S6 Sedan.
– A7 includes A7 Sedan, S7 Sedan and RS 7 Sedan.
– A8 includes A8 Sedan, A8 L Sedan and S8 Sedan.
– Q5 includes Q5 and SQ5.
– R8 includes R8 Coupe and R8 Spyder.
– TT includes TT Coupe, TTS Coupe and TT Roadster.

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First Look: 2017 Audi A4

It’s finally here.

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…Well, almost. The launch of the fully redesigned Audi A4 is just around the corner, and Audi Naples was able to take one for a spin a little bit early.

Sharp, clean lines and an aggressive front end give this car a new attitude, but as we’ve all been told since grade school, “it’s what’s on the inside that really counts.” And Audi has packed a lot into this polished, professional interior.

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The first thing you’ll notice when you get into the driver’s seat (if you can stop staring), is the virtual cockpit. Yes, finally! The virtual cockpit has made its way from the TT, to the Q7, and now to the A4. However, keep in mind that it is not standard – it is only available on vehicles equipped with the navigation system.

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If you took the inside of a 2017 Q7, shrank it down, and added a touch of sport, you’d have a 2017 Audi A4. Apple CarPlay, loads of safety features, and even the air vents along the dashboard have transitioned themselves elegantly into the A4 making it a perfect fit for professionals and families alike.

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If you have any questions about the new A4, or if you would like to place an order or schedule a test drive, please contact our internet department at (888) 729-5704.

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12th Annual Cars On 5th Show

Where do you go to see the biggest horse gathering in town? Why, the 12th Annual Cars On 5th presented by the Naples Chapter of the Ferrari Club of America, of course.

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By 8am Saturday morning, 5th Avenue South was lined with more horsepower than you’ve ever seen in one block.

The annual show is the biggest Naples has to offer where you can go to see some of the rarest cars and biggest gatherings of one car brand. Supercars dominate the show with classics, imports, domestics, and the occasional bike sprinkled in. And puppies. Puppies everywhere.

We were setup with our partners VW of Naples showing off the new 2017 Q7, a new 2016 TT roadster, and our beloved Sepang Blue 2016 S7- which you can some see in our showroom!

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There were too many Ferraris, Porsche’s, and Corvettes to count, but several stood out; like this Slant Nose Porsche below, a Porsche 918 Spyder, a green Ferrari 458, a gorgeous white Ferrari Testarossa, a new Ferrari 488, 2 Porsche GT3’s and a GT3RS, several model year C1 Corvettes, and a rare Ferrari 512i BB. While these three brands dominated, Lamborghini was represented well with the showing of a rare 1967 350GT, a new Aventador Super Veloce, a Diablo, a Murcielago, a 50th Anniversario Aventador, and a few others. It’s impossible to point out every sweet car there, but a Koenigsegg CCX, Alfa Romeo 4C & 8C, several Ford GT’s, a 1974 BMW 2002 Factory Turbo, a Mercedes Benz 300SLR, a Noble M400 race car, and a Porsche Carrera GT are some worth mentioning. And we can’t forget the familiar faces of a widebody bagged Challenger and a 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth Edition.

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Vendors from around town and even farther out were set-up showcasing cars including Naples Motorsports, NUR Performance, Lamborghini Sarasota, Naples Luxury Imports, and Black Horse Motors.

As always the show was a hit, drawing in thousands of people, and dare I say, even more were in attendance this year than last! Needless to say, we are already looking forward to next year!

 

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