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    Audi A8 revealed with new semi-autonomous tech

    Over the last few months, the fourth-generation Audi A8 has been extensively teased online, but now Audi has officially unveiled the production version at Audi Summit in Barcelona. Sporting a fresh design and semi-autonomous technology, the new model will look to finally rival the benchmark Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series in terms of sales.

    The new A8 will be the first Audi to make use of the brand’s cutting-edge 10,1-inch LED touchscreen interface, which does away with the familiar MMI rotary controller. The most important inclusion on the new A8, however, is the new piloted driving system that manages the acceleration, braking and steering below 60 km/h. What’s interesting about this system, though, is that the driver will not be required to hold the steering wheel while this system is operational, like on its rivals.

    As far as dynamics are concerned, all A8 models will be equipped with Quattro all-wheel drive, as well as all-wheel steering and “AI” active suspension which is able to lower and raise each wheel individually.

    As far as power is concerned, at the entry level, the A8 and A8 L will boast the option of a 3,0 TDI or 3,0T FSI, which generate 210 kW and 250 kW respectively. For the V8 fans, there will also be a 4,0 TDI and 4,2T FSI, with 320 kW or 338 kW (they’ll be introduced later). The 6,0-litre W12 will follow soon after as a flagship model. Audi has not yet confirmed any S or RS versions.

    In addition to this, there will also be an Audi A8 L e-tron Quattro featuring the 3,0T FSI alongside a lithium-ion battery-powered electric motor to produce total outputs of 330 kW and 700 N.m of torque.

    The Audi A8 will arrive in SA in the second half of 2018. Local pricing is yet to be announced.

    http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/au...us-technology/

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    Audi reveals smart new 'self-driving' A8

    Although you might have seen much of it in teaser videos by now, this is Audi’s all-new A8 flagship sedan in the flesh and not only does it usher in a new design language for the brand, but it's also ready to embrace the driverless revolution.

    Audi claims that its new limo is the first car in the world to have been developed for “highly automated” driving, with a host of piloted driving functions set to be rolled out from 2018 onwards.

    The system includes the ‘Audi Al’ traffic jam pilot that allows drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel and focus on other activities, at speeds of up to 60km/h on freeways where a physical barrier separates the two carriageways. While the car can and will quite happily accelerate, brake and steer itself under those aforementioned conditions, allowing the driver to catch up with e-mails or watch TV, the legality of this situation is going to differ from country to country.

    The system, activated via the ‘Al’ button on the steering wheel, uses radar sensors, cameras, ultra-sonic sensors as well as a laser scanner to monitor the car’s surroundings, allowing the car’s central assistance controller to permanently compute an image of the car’s surroundings.

    But you better not fall asleep as the system will still call on you to take back control if it gets confused, or if the surrounding traffic starts exceeding 60km/h.

    The Audi Al system will also offer a smartphone-activated remote parking pilot that can autonomously steer the car into and out of parking spaces and garages without the driver needing to be in the car. But the show doesn't stop there as the new A8's LED taillight strip with OLED technology will even produce light animations for you as you leave (or approach) the car. Talking lights, flagship models also get high definition Matrix LED headlights with laser lighting.

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    But notwithstanding how impressive all of its autopilot technology is, many A8 owners are no doubt going to leave that all to Jeeves in any case.

    Fittingly then, and because both the regular and long wheelbase versions have grown in size, there’s more leg-stretching room inside for rear occupants. More so in the A8L, which gets an optional “relaxation seat” at the back behind the front passenger. Here business execs can kick off shoes and enjoy a multiple-setting heated foot massage on a flip-down footrest.

    Between the seats is a wide centre console housing a removable remote control with an OLED display (the latest in hi-res colour touchscreen tech). This control is used to adjust ambient lighting, HD Matrix reading lights, seat massage functions, individual TV screens, and to make phone calls.

    Up front the dashboard design has taken a much more minimalist approach (it’s a bit Volvo-esque in our opinion), and to do so Audi has done away with the MMI rotary control and trackpad familiar to all other models.

    The A8 gets the first touchscreen centre display ever in an Audi product - a 25.7cm unit which blends almost seamlessly into its full width, gloss black surround panel. This interface switches on upon entry, and not with the ignition switch as usual.

    Just below the main display is a second touchscreen for comfort functions such as climate control, seat adjustments and text inputs for navigation settings. Both touchscreens can be pinched and swiped like tablet devices, and feature haptic feedback clicks just like most modern smartphones. Similarly to Porsche’s new Panamera, the air vent shutters also open and close electronically.

    Audi says an array of functionality can be accessed with a new voice control system, which works with more natural speech inputs. We’ve yet to experience a voice control system in any car which understands spoken words without a glitch, but we’ll reserve judgement until we’ve tried it.

    The new A8’s navigation system has also been optimised with a “self-learning” feature based on frequently driven routes. Audi has offered very little detail on this, saying only that it provides the driver with intelligent search functions - we assume this means it can learn your favourite Chinese food joint or after work hang-out spots.

    Destination information is either stored on board or is downloaded from the cloud via LTE-speed internet connectivity. The car can also borrow data from other A8s on the road for things such as road hazards and traffic sign recognition, although we’re unsure if this feature is compatible with the South African market at this point.

    Suspension that reads the road

    Another A8 highlight is the suspension system that uses a camera to ‘read’ the road ahead and reset the suspension on each wheel individually in advance for each bump.

    The camera scans the road ahead for bumps, 18 times a second, and the electronic chassis platform processes the road surface information and precisely controls all the suspension components, transmitting just the right amount of travel to each wheel just as it reaches each bump.

    The fully active air suspension system can raise or lower each wheel separately, using electric actuators, and can even instantly raise one side of the car to better shield the occupants if a side collision is imminent.

    What’s more, the system is self-leveling, minimising rolling during cornering and pitching during acceleration and braking, so the VIP in the back can work, surf the net or simply relax undisturbed.

    Hybrid tech across the board

    The suspension system gets its energy from a 48-volt electrical system, which is standard across the range, and turns all engine derivatives into so-called ‘mild hybrids’ which enables the car to coast with the engine off and recover up to 12kW of energy.

    Internationally, the new A8 will be offered with five engines, the range initially kicking off with “extensively reengineered” six-cylinder 3.0 TFSI (250kW) and 3.0 TDI (210kW) units, followed shortly afterwards by 4.0 TFSI (338kW) and 4.0 TDI (320kW) V8s and a 6-litre W12 petrol engine for which Audi has yet to disclose any numbers.

    Also due to follow at a later stage will be an e-tron quattro with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that mates a 3-litre TFSI turbopetrol to a powerful electric motor to achieve system outputs of 330kW and 700Nm. According to Audi, this hybrid can cover up to 50km on electric power alone.

    In SA next year

    But which engines will be offered locally? Audi says the local line-up will be confirmed closer to its launch, which is scheduled for the second half of 2018.

    http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest...ng-a8-10232739

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    Front is boring, back is cool. Interior gorgeous.

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    That steering wheel.......very weird looking
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    Interior is extremely techy-looking.

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    New Audi A8 will not go electric
 | Autocar

    The new Audi A8 will not be offered with an all-electric variant, with Audi instead choosing to focus on its traditionally fuelled line-up as well as a plug-in hybrid to be introduced next year.


    Audi's large cars boss, Peter Fromm, said: "For this model, we do not plan an electric A8. But in future [A8 models], yes."

    Based on current product lifecycles, that means it’s unlikely there will be an all-electric A8 until 2024.

    However, a flagship A9 e-tron electric luxury saloon is due to be added to the line-up in that time.

    Audi’s first foray into electric vehicles will be the E-tron SUV next year, which will have a range of 310 miles. Another two electric models will be introduced in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

    Talking about the E-Tron, Audi UK boss Andrew Doyle said: “We might not have been first to market but we will have the best EV on the market. It's not going to be huge-volume from the beginning."

    He added that the Government’s plans to roll-out more public fast chargers is important for the take-up of EVs.

    Talking about the recently announced plans to make all cars electric in France by 2040, Fromm said he believed this was a reasonable timeline: "By 2040, we're going to make it [all electric]."

    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/n...ric%E2%80%A8-0

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    New Audi A8 will not go full EV

    Do not expect to see a fully EV Audi in the next few years.

    Despite the new A8 being one of Audi’s most advanced cars, head of the division Peter Fromm says that the model will feature only fossil fuel-consuming variants, Autocar reports.

    Fromm added that future A8 models would feature electric drivetrains, however given Audi’s current life-cycle schedule, this is likely to take place only after 2024. Instead, Audi will begin production of the E-Tron crossover next year followed by two other EVs in the years to follow.

    “We might not have been first to market but we will have the best EV on the market. It’s not going to be huge-volume from the beginning,” head of Audi UK, Andrew Doyle, added.

    Fromm also noted that by 2040, with reference to France’s recently proposed bill to ban all fossil fuel engines, the brand would produce only electric vehicles for that market.

    The new A8 will e available with a hybrid-electric drivetrain that makes use of Audi’s 3,0 TFSI and boasts an electric range of 50 km.

    http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/ne...ot-go-full-ev/

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    More Innovation than an S-Class? All-New Audi A8 Released

    New Audi A8 Released

    Rewind to the advent of the big, luxury saloon and copious amounts of expensive and shiny or woody materials was the order of the day. With more chrome than Brakpan and more wood than Hot House, you certainly knew who was boss, riding in the back of his supercharged Mercedes-Benz or winged Cadillac. The focus then shifted to turning the back of your mini-limo into a mirror image of your lounge, not the greatest idea in the velour-crazed 70’s where brown was considered to be chic. Sies. Say what you will, however, because despite the questionable taste and thirsty engines required to lug your lounge around, the segment continued to soldier on with executives flocking like sheep to the voluptuous comfort of their S-Classes, 7-Series’, LS’ and later on, Audi A8’s.

    The S-Class was always the king of CoriCraft in your car, with a good smattering of safety and innovation to remain current, but it would seem, in recent years, that Audi has now taken the baton from Mercedes-Benz in the innovation race, with the segment now overtaking your living room as a whole, exhibiting more technology than you will ever need in the comfort of your home.

    Take the previous generation Audi A8, for example, while it may have looked like an elongated A4, it was one of the first cars to feature a high-speed fibre-optic data network connecting multiple data processors and was also the first vehicle top feature a static adaptive front lighting system – in 2002! It also featured fingerprint recognition, snazzy pop-up B&O speakers in the dash and received adaptive cruise control in 2007. And if that wasn’t enough for you, you could even have it with a Lamborghini derived all-aluminium V10 in the form of the Audi S8.

    The current generation features noise cancelling in the cabin, which obviously wowed the world, so if that was anything to go by, the all-new Audi A8, unveiled today at the Audi Summit, will take the fight straight to its competitors with some serious tech. We actually know this, already, with Audi saying that this new (D5) generation features artificial intelligence and is the first production car in the world to have been developed for “highly automated driving.” It also has matrix reading lights. Yes, you read that correctly – you can adjust the brightness, size and position of your reading light in the rear seat!

    Another first for Audi, the new A8 features Audi AI active suspension which works in a similar way to Mercedes-Benz’s ABC (Active Body Control) making use of a forward facing camera to read the road ahead before increasing or reducing the load individually on all four of the wheels. In the event of a side impact, this system is also able to raise the body on the side of the impact by up to 80 mm within 0.5 seconds, thus exposing an even more resistant part of the body to the impact zone, clever…

    Other notable features include Audi’s 48 v electrical system across the range – making all derivatives “mild hybrids”, capable of coasting along without the use of the combustion engine for up to 40 km. – active noise cancellation, 4-wheel steering and one of the most advanced lighting systems ever seen on a motor vehicle.

    Powering the Audi A8 is a range of 6 powertrains, two 3.0-litre motors, a TDI (210 kW) and TFSI (250 kW), two 4.0-litre units, a TDI (320 kW) and TFSI (338 kW), a twin-turbocharged W12 unit in the A8 L (430 kW) and a plug-in-hybrid featuring the 3.0-litre TFSI unit and an electric motor, integrated into the gearbox with its own clutch, which produce a combined 330 kW and 700 N.m.

    Audi A8 Pricing in South Africa

    With no word yet on which derivatives we’ll be receiving, expect to see the all-new Audi A8 on South African roads within the next year or so with pricing likely to start just below R2 000 000.

    http://www.themotorist.co.za/innovat...i-a8-released/

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    Audi introduces new model naming system

    New model designations will be linked to engine output rather than capacity

    Audi is adopting a new naming structure across its range, in which model designations will be linked to power output rather than engine capacity.

    The German firm says the move will allow future models to reflect the added performance delivered by electric-powered hybrid systems and/or pure electric powertrains, such as that being developed for the company’s 2018 E-tron SUV.

    The new naming process groups together models on a scale that runs from 30 to 70, with 30 being models having a power output between 107bhp and 127bhp and 70 being reserved for models packing more than 529bhp.

    The names increase in an increment of five depending on the output of any specific model. As an example, the Q2 1.6 TDI will become the Q2 30 TDI.

    This initially creates eight new model designations:

    - 30 for models with between 81 and 96kW (107 and 127bhp)

    - 35 for models with between 110 and 120kW (145 and 159bhp)

    - 40 for models with between 125 and 150kW (165 and 198bhp)

    - 45 for models with between 169 and 185kW (223 and 244bhp)

    - 50 for models with between 210 and 230kW (278 and 304bhp)

    - 60 for models with between 320 and 340kW (423 and 449bhp)

    - 70 for models with more than 400kW (529bhp)

    The designation of each model is linked directly to the output of the driveline, irrespective of its layout. The new names will apply to all standard Audi models, meaning that petrol, diesel, natural gas, plug-in hybrid and electric powertrain models will be directly comparable.

    Dietmar Voggenreiter, Audi's head of sales and marketing, said: “As alternative drive technologies become increasingly relevant, engine displacement as a performance attribute is becoming less important to our customers. The clarity and logic of structuring the designations according to power output makes it possible to distinguish between the various performance levels.”

    The roll out of Audi’s new models is set to begin during the third quarter of 2017 with the new A8: the traditional 3.0 TDI diesel will become the 50 TDI, and the 3.0 TFSI petrol the 55 TFSI. The parameters of 55 models are yet to be confirmed.

    The new Audi names will only apply to standard models, with S and RS models and the R8 retaining their classic names "in reference to their top position in the model range”.

    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/i...-naming-system





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