A first-hand review of the new 2016 Audi TT

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Stylish? Check. Sporty? Check. Well designed? Check. Scuba blue? Check.

The highly anticipated, redesigned, all-new 2016 Audi TT reached the Audi Naples dealership at last… And we received, not one, but FOUR new TT’s at once!

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The biggest change for the 2016 model is clearly the exterior of the car. More aggressive lines and angles diminish the once bubbly curves, giving this TT an I-can-handle-my-own look. Dubbed the “Mini R8” in the past, the redesign of this spunky little car will rightly take it out of its big brother’s shadow (although the R8 has had quite a makeover itself). Two different wheel options are offered; a 18” 5-twin-spoke design or a 19” 5-star-spoke design; both compliment the blueprint of the car. Ibis White, Tango Red, Brilliant Black, and Scuba Blue are just four of the ten colors Audi has offered on the new TT. You can choose between the Coupe and Convertible, four seater or two seater respectively.

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The interior was certainly not neglected in the new TT’s. With the choice between Alcantara or Fine Nappa leather surfaces, you can’t go wrong. There is even a diamond stitch option, and I looove diamond stitching. The leather is accented by clean Aluminum Drift inlays, which brings together the modern luxury feel to this car. A notable difference is the addition of digital A/C controls, which are pretty sweet in themselves.

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Perhaps the most riveting aspect of the new TT is the Audi Virtual Cockpit. Say whaaat? This innovative instrument -dare I say- cluster puts literally everything you need in front of you. It’s a 12.3-inch screen that is detailed brilliantly. You can change the display of course, choosing from an array of modes: classic view mode displays circular speedometer and rev counter dials; infotainment mode displays navigation, telephone, the backup camera, Audi connect and radio, and information about the car. Now I must admit that it was a bit weird not having the centrally located screen that is in all other current Audi models, and it takes some getting used to. But it is a pretty cool feature, and probably the future of all cars.

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Last but not least: performance. This compact machine packs in a 2.0L Turbocharged TFSI Inline-4 16-valve DOHC engine. Some of you reading this probably have no idea what that sentence means (and that’s totally okay). Basically, it has a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, which gives it a whopping 220 horses under the hood… paired with a six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission sending power to all four wheels via Audi’s patented Quattro all-wheel drive system. It can hit 60mph in 5.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 130mph. Fasten your seatbelt kids, 4-wheel disc brakes are there to bring you to a safe, quick, and efficient stop. There’s even a little wing for some downforce.

IMG_5827In a nutshell, the 2016 TT is a nice refresh of an iconic model. Fun, fast, agile, and compact. Now your hardest decision is choosing between a Coupe and Convertible, and of course a color.

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Audi sets 55th straight monthly U.S. record with 20.8% gain in July 2015

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· Fourth-best sales month in Audi of America history

· Demand for Audi SUV models increased 68.4% for the month

· All-time best July sales of Audi Certified pre-owned vehicles

HERNDON, Virginia, August 3, 2015 – Audi reported that its July 2015 sales increased 20.8% to 17,654 vehicles, a total that stands as the fourth-best monthly result ever in the U.S. market.

Audi achieved its best-ever July sales in the U.S., marking the 55th consecutive monthly sales record. The previous July record was set in 2014 with 14,616 Audi vehicles sold. Through the first seven months of 2015, Audi U.S. sales rose 12.4% from last year to 111,269 vehicles.

July results were bolstered by sales of Audi luxury SUVs, with a 68.4% increase in sales encompassing the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7 models. The Q5 posted a 47.4% increase from last year, while the Q7 posted a 34.1% increase from last July.

“The showroom traffic that our dealers saw in July indicates that demand across the Audi product lineup is hotter than ever,” said Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “We are confident that the Audi momentum will continue into the autumn selling season with the release of the entire model-year 2016 portfolio and the upcoming launches of the all-new TT and the first plug-in Audi, the A3 Sportback e-tron.”

The A3 model line achieved robust sales in July with a 46.3% increase over July 2014 sales. The A6 and A7 models also performed well, with year-over-year increases of 5.9% and 15.8%, respectively.

Audi Certified pre-owned vehicle sales also set a new July record, with a 10.3% gain on 4,542 CPO vehicles sold. CPO sales year-to-date have increased 9.5%.

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

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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

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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)
naples-bike-path– Livingston road
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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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