Audi sets 65th consecutive monthly U.S. sales record in May as SUV’s drive demand

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  • Fourth-best sales month in Audi of America history
  • Demand for Audi SUVs increased 26 percent in May
  • Best sales month for Audi Q3, Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi reported that its May 2016 sales increased 1.6 percent to 18,728 vehicles, a total that stands as the brand’s fourth-best monthly result in the U.S.

Audi achieved its best May sales in the U.S., marking the 65th straight monthly record. The previous May record was set in 2015 with 18,428 Audi vehicles sold. Through the first five months of 2016, Audi U.S. sales have risen 4.2 percent from last year to 78,489 vehicles.

May results were bolstered by Audi SUV sales, which rose 26 percent. The Audi Q3 posted a record high of 1,719 vehicles sold for the month, a 52 percent increase over last May. Sales of the Audi Q7 rose 46 percent over last May, to 2,663 vehicles, the second-highest sales month on record for this model, second only to March 2016 sales of 3,004 vehicles.

“With the all-new Audi Q7 and Audi Q3 setting records for the month, sales of Audi luxury SUVs show no sign of slowing down,” said Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “From SUVs to the R8, consumer interest across the Audi lineup indicates that we can expect to continue building momentum in the months ahead.”

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The all-new Audi A4 Sedan posted sales of 2,756 vehicles in May. Year-to-date sales have increased 13 percent over 2015.

The new A3 Sportback e-tron set a monthly sales record with 361 deliveries in May and 1,589 vehicles sold year-to-date.

Via AudiUSA.com

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Skittles! Featured on Fourtitude

IMG_1739Recently here at Audi Naples, we were graced by the presence of two Audi Exclusive colored vehicle: a 2016 Nogaro Blue RS7 Performance and a 2016 Viper Green Q5. Naturally, some photos were taken of each separately. Then we got them together. And a Skittles themed photoshoot ensued.

As a result of our two unique spectacles, Audi enthusiast website Fourtitude featured our two Skittles in an article.

Pretty sweet stuff!

http://fourtitude.com/news/Audi_News_1/audi-naples-digs-into-audi-exclusive-palette-with-nogaro-blue-audi-rs-7-performance-and-viper-green-q5/

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Audi’s Biggest Fan is Part of Our Very Own

IMG_0016We love feel good stories, especially when they involve cars! This particular story hits very close to home, featuring one of our Audi Certified Technicians, Garrett, and his brother. Garrett’s brother Jeremy was diagnosed with Down Syndrome; but that doesn’t stop him from being the biggest Audi fan!

We were able to get Jeremy a custom Audi Naples shirt with his name embossed and a new Audi rings hat to show off his Audi pride. When he visits the dealership, he loves to go check out all our cars and pick his favorite.

On his last visit, he picked out an A3 Cabriolet. Today, we’re pretty sure his favorite was our 2012 R8 Spyder in the showroom (:

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IMG_0012Thanks for coming to visit and being our biggest fan Jeremy!

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Audi at the New York International Auto Show: debut of the new 2017 R8 Spyder

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The Geneva Auto Show is hard to top. But Audi had people enticed with rumors of a new 2017 R8 Spyder, of which they debuted at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). The new convertible was widely well received and Audi no doubt received calls about potential purchases after the unveiling.

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Photo Credit: Audi USA

The Spyder was joined by two other notable features: the only Goodwood Green 2017 R8 in the world and the Daytona-winning R8 LMS racecar. Audi has a pretty breathtaking display. The best part? The 2017 R8 was crowned the ‘2016 World Performance Car’, marking Audi’s eighth win in the World Car Awards and making the Audi R8 the most successful car model in the history of the World Car Awards.

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Photo Credit: Audi USA

 

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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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