The Detroit Auto Show (DAS) kicks off in the middle of January. It is a platform for manufacturers to show their latest models and newest technology. Audi is no stranger to DAS, with their press conference starting early Monday morning on the first day of the show. It was a triumphant start with the announcement of a new overall sales record of 1.8 million vehicles sold worldwide in 2015 – crushing their original goal by more than 300,000 units! In 2016, Audi will release 20 models to the world market, such as the new Q7 and A4 to the U.S. market. All of these new and redesigned models certainly can’t hurt!
The first model to drive across Audi’s stage was the all-new Audi A4 allroad quattro. It has 1.4″ more ground clearance than the A4 Avant version (not available in the US) and delivers 253HP. It shares the new, sharper styling cues of the upcoming 2017 A4 model which are reminiscent of the newly released 2017 Q7, though the allroad still stays true to its form.
The second and final model to hit the stage was the Audi h-tron quattro concept. Falling in line with the new e-trons and Audi’s sustainability vision, this 4-passenger vehicle features two electric motors. One motor powers the front wheels and another sits at the rear axle, both paired with a hydrogen fuel cell. There is also a supplemental lithium-ion battery pack, and combined, the torque output is an impressive 406 lb-ft. This model eliminates the recharging time and shorter range of electric vehicles, taking only 4 minutes to refill the tanks which provide a range of up to 372.8 miles. It features a spacious interior and all of the latest technology such as the Audi virtual cockpit, so you don’t have to go without when reducing your carbon footprint.