Audi announces the first vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) service – the new Traffic light information system

img_9889Audi of America in conjunction with Traffic Technology Services (TTS) will be launching the first V2I technology called Traffic light information that will be arriving on select 2017 Audi Q7, A4 and A4 allroad® models this fall.

“Continuous innovation in connected car services and advanced driver assistance systems that enrich and improve the customer experience is at the core of the Audi brand and our collective future,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America.

Traffic light information, an Audi connect PRIME feature, enables the car to communicate with the infrastructure in select cities and metropolitan areas across the U.S. The car receives real-time signal information from the advanced traffic management system that monitors traffic lights. The link between vehicle and infrastructure is routed via the on-board LTE data connection and Traffic Technology Services, Inc. servers.

While waiting at a connected traffic light, the driver information system in the instrument cluster, as well as the head-up-display (if equipped), indicates the time remaining until the signal changes to green.

“This feature represents Audi’s first step in vehicle-to-infrastructure integration,” said Pom Malhotra, General Manager, Connected Vehicles. “In the future we could envision this technology integrated into vehicle navigation, start / stop functionality and can even be used to help improve traffic flow in municipalities. These improvements could lead to better overall efficiency and shorter commuting times.”

Audi of America will begin to roll out the new Traffic light information as part of its suite of Audi connect PRIME services later this fall in select smart cities and metropolitan areas across the country through 2017 and beyond. The feature is available on 2017 Audi Q7, A4 and A4 allroad® models built after JUNE 1st, 2016.

Traffic light information is the latest in a line of pioneering connected car innovations by Audi. In 2010, Audi was the first manufacturer to offer a broadband enabled vehicle. Since then, Audi connect® has continued to expanded on its industry-leading services and capabilities. In 2014, Audi was the first manufacture to offer 4G/LTE Broadband connectivity. Strategic partnerships and a proprietary scalable infotainment architecture has allowed Audi to continuously offer our customers the latest in mobile connectivity solutions.

For more information, please visit www.audiusa.com.

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Blue with Envy // Audi Exclusive TTS

img_3716We here at Audi Naples love unique cars, and it just so happens that we have access to that. Our dealership has been one to frequent the realm of bold color choices and have no plans of stopping that exploration, as seen with our latest Audi Exclusive car to hit the lot. Troy H., one of our Sales Managers’, is the man with an eye for the extraordinary behind the unique Audi’s that we receive. Whether it be a customer order or simply just to spice up our inventory, every so often an Audi Exclusive car is built and the anticipation waiting for it to arrive is almost overwhelming.

I (the writer) have known about this particular car since not long after it was ordered. As with any custom color, there is a small twinge of worry about how it will be in person, but nevertheless we all eagerly awaited its arrival. And let me say this: this is, without a doubt, my favorite Audi Exclusive car that has come through the dealership in my time here. Everything about this car screams ‘look at me!’ and I love it.

img_3706This 2017 Audi TTS is nothing short of impressive. I wrote an article awhile back on the newly designed TTS; this car is all of that and then some, and that TTS was Vegas Yellow. However, I’m a bit biased towards blues.

This car is a breath-taker. A showstopper. A gorgeous creation in the flesh.

Riviera Blue.

img_3682A bit of background information: Riviera Blue is actually an original Porsche color. You may or may not have seen it on a Porsche, particularly a GT3RS, but regardless it is a stunning color in person. That being said, we had an idea of what to expect with it sitting on a TTS, but you never really know until you see it in the flesh. As you can already tell, I, and everyone else I’ve talked to about this car, are head over heels for it. Dare I say it looks as good, if not better, than on a Porsche (shhh).

The Riviera Blue on the TTS looks like it was made for the car: it hugs the sharp angles and curves flawlessly, the paired Aluminum Optics and 20″ wheels match with the color impeccably. For someone who loves the Black Optic Package on Audis, I must admit that the aluminum most likely looks better than the black on this car. Everything about this car just works without question or a second thought.

Now, I leave you with just photos of this stunning Audi Exclusive TTS. Enjoy.

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Audi Naples 2nd Technology Event

Like the first, our second technology event was a success! img_1368Thank 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. Several of our Audi Brand Specialists showed everybody around the Q7 and Q5 models, with the help of our Audi service advisors.

img_1378img_1383We hope to have another event sometime early next year, stay tuned!

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Come to Our 2nd Technology Event!

img_0276Our 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. These casual evening workshops are the perfect way to get hands-on training on our most popular innovative features, and discover new capabilities of your vehicle.

img_9845Different stations will highlight the following topics: Radio/media, Telephone, Virtual Cockpit, Navigation, and Voice commands.

IMG_9627Your RSVP and attendance will make you eligible for a raffle of an Audi Collection computer bag with a value of $169, and a K40 radar detector valued at over $300. Other giveaways will also be available. Refreshments will be served and we’ll provide complimentary valet parking.

The next Technology Event will be held at 6:15pm on October 20th, 2016.

Please RSVP to technologist@audinaples.com to reserve your spot.

Website: http://www.audinaples.com/technologist.htm

Join our event on https://www.facebook.com/events/222724161477670/

Check out our previous Technology Event here!

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Audi Naples Receives the J.D. Power Award for Customer Satisfaction

img_0441Just a few weeks ago, Audi Naples was given the news that we would be given a prestigious award by none other than the highly respected J.D. Power & Associates.

Midday on a warm September Tuesday, the 2016 J.D. Power Award for Customer Satisfaction graced our lot per an Audi USA representative. It was presented to our Managing Partner, Brian Massoll; Fixed Operations Manger, Skip; Audi Naples General Manager, Jason; Audi Naples Service Manager, Chris; and our entire service department that includes our Parts Department, Certified Technicians, and Service Advisors.

We are honored and excited to receive the 2016 J.D. Power Award for Customer Satisfaction among Audi dealers in the Southern region of the United States!

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We’d like you to join us in extending a warm congratulations to our awesome service department and dealership for making it possible!img_0454

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Introducing the New 2017 Audi A6 Competition

img_8977As new 2017 Audi’s roll into the dealership, Audi has released a new trim level to the A6 sedan- a sportier version known as the A6 Competition. Having the distinction of being the highest level A6 trim to date, its base is the 3.0T Prestige trim with added elements. Standard features include the 3.0L supercharged engine, eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with quattro all-wheel drive, sunroof, full LED headlights, power everything, heated seats, Audi MMI with navigation, Audi Connect, Audi Side Assist, Audi Advanced Key, Bluetooth, BOSE sound system, Park Assist Plus with camera, and four-zone climate control.

img_8979For colors, the Competition comes in a Glacier White Metallic exterior over a black Valcona leather interior with contrast stitching and aluminum inlays.

So, what exactly sets the A6 Competition apart? All this:

-A few more horses under the hood at 340hp
-20″ 5-double-spoke wheels in Titanium matte
-3-spoke flat bottom multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles
-Black cloth headliner
-Brushed aluminum upper inlays
-High gloss black optic package
-Quattro with a sport rear differential and sport suspension
-Red brake calipers
-S line steering wheel emblem
-S line exterior kit (bumpers, side sills) with supercharged badges
-S sports seats
-Black Valcona leather interior with Korso Red contrast diamond stitching

img_8962The car looks pretty stunning and drives like a sporty dream. Every aspect of this car just goes together without flaw like burgers and fries or steak and potatoes.

Not many will be traveling through the lot, so if it peaks your interest, let us know!

Check out the rest of our inventory and this 2017 A6 Competition on our site here: http://www.audinaples.com/new/Audi/2017-Audi-A6-ee5894f60a0e0adf38586f43dc629ec2.htm

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Pairing Party // Gulf Coast Runners Reception at Audi Naples

img_1738Recently, Audi Naples hosted a quaint little party inside our showroom for the Gulf Coast Runners of Naples. Dubbed a “Pairing Party,” the purpose of this event was to pair teams of runners for their upcoming Gulf To Gulf 80 Mile Relay on October 22nd, 2016. The proceeds of this run go to benefit local school athletes by providing college scholarships.

The party featured our resident RS7 -that willingly posed for photos-, and guests anjoyed delightful hors d’oeuvres catered by Crave Culinary.

You can check out the photos below, and if you see someone you know, send them this article!

img_1755“Gulf Coast Runners is a 40 year old Naples based 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to promote the sport of running and support our Youth Development Fund which awards college scholarships to Collier County high school seniors who ran, volunteered and were outstanding students during their high school careers. We stage over 20 professionally timed races annually and host over 40 fun runs and social events, as well. GCR has approximately 1,200 members.” -Mitch N.

You can check out the organization and all their upcoming events on their Facebook Page, Gulf Coast Runners.

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Audi continues record U.S. sales streak for 68th consecutive month

Audi is on fire as its US sales continue to rise and break records!

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  • Second-best sales month in Audi of America history
  • Q3 sets third consecutive sales record with 88 percent increase
  • Strong demand for A4 sedan in tightening car market

Audi’s August sales increased 2.5 percent to 19,264 vehicles, the brand’s 68th straight monthly sales record in the U.S.

Audi achieved its best-ever August, as well as the second-best sales month, in the brand’s U.S. history. The previous August record was set in 2015 with sales of 18,794 vehicles. Year-to-date sales have risen 3.5 percent to 134,562 vehicles sold. August 2016 sales are second only to December 2015.

Demand for Audi SUVs bolstered August sales with a 9.1 percent increase over last August and a 20 percent increase year-to-date. The Q3 posted its third consecutive sales record with 2,238 vehicles sold for the month, an 88 percent increase over August 2015. Sales of the Q7 rose 16 percent from last August to 2,347 vehicles, with an increase of 56 percent year-to-date.

Amid lagging consumer demand for cars, the A4 sedan posted a 17 percent increase to 2,965 vehicles for the month and a 12 percent increase year-to-date. The A3 model line posted 3,032 sales for August, including 346 deliveries of the A3 Sportback e-tron. The plug-in hybrid has recorded sales of 2,637 vehicles year-to-date.

“August marks the end of a successful summer selling season with key models such as the Q3 drawing more customers to the brand,” said Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “We are certain that our momentum will result in sustained growth this year.”

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Our First 2017 R8 Delivery

IMG_8492Last week was exciting for us here at Audi Naples! We finally received our first 2017 R8 and it stole the spotlight as soon as it hit the lot. Ever since housing Audi USA’s prototype R8 for a week back in March, we had been jonzing to get our hands on another one. That day finally came. Some friends of ours on the East Coast, high-end wheel maker Vossen, ordered the growling V10 Plus beauty and had eagerly anticipated its arrival, as did we.

IMG_2390There is no bad angle on this car. Ordered in Camouflage Green Matte, this car had many different shades beauty from a grayish-blue color in the shade to a greenish-grayish-blue in the sun. 19″ 5-double-spoke forged wheels in a Titanium finish complemented the matte color nicely. A carbon fiber rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and front lip just added to its glory. Inside, a black diamond-stitched leather interior was accompanied by a diamond-stitched headliner (LOVE!) and carbon accents.

IMG_2212Just look at it… (drool).

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In anticipation of Vossen’s arrival to pickup their new machine, we brought out our employee cars equipped with Vossen wheels on an epic lineup. Vossen brought their filming gear and captured everything from our Vossen cars, to an interview with our very own Audi Brand Specialist, Marcella, about her Vossen equipped A4 “Raud1″, to the official R8 delivery.

We are excited to see the video, so be sure to watch out for it on our social media! Finally, we would like to extend a warm congratulations to new owners, Vossen, on their new supercar! We can’t wait to see what wheels they equip it with, because after all, that is their specialty.

IMG_8548We hate to see it go, but love to watch it leave. Now, we anticipate the arrival of another 2017 R8 in a few weeks!

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Audi sets 67th straight monthly U.S. sales record in July

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  • Q3 sets sales record with 56 percent increase
  • Q7 SUV sales rose 20 percent for the month, 63 percent year-to-date
  • A4 Sedan sales increased 18 percent for the month

Audi reported that its July sales increased 4 percent to 18,364 vehicles, as the Q3, Q7 and A4 led the volume gains.

Audi achieved its best July in the brand’s U.S. history. The previous July record was set in 2015 with sales of 17,654 vehicles. Year-to-date sales have risen 3.6 percent to 115,298 vehicles sold.

Sales of Audi SUV models remained strong in July, with a 15 percent increase over last July and a 22 percent increase year-to-date. The Q3 posted a sales record of 1,819 vehicles for the month, a 56 percent increase over July 2015. Sales of the Q5 rose 2.8 percent to 4,833 vehicles for the month. Q7 sales rose 20 percent from last July to 2,322 vehicles, with an increase of 63 percent year-to-date.

July results were also bolstered by solid demand for the A3 and A4 models. The A3 model line posted 3,038 sales for July, including 349 deliveries of the A3 Sportback e-tron. The e-tron has recorded sales of 2,291 vehicles year-to-date. The A4 posted sales of 2,612 vehicles, an 18 percent increase for the month and an 11 percent increase year-to-date.

“A robust dealer network has helped us successfully launch and promote several of our most important models this year and that’s strengthened our sales amid the tightening premium market,” said Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “Consumers and the marketplace have rewarded the brand with continued growth, which we do not take for granted.”

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