2015 Audi A3: New A3 designed by Canadian
When Audi started producing cars in 1909, they were always forward thinking. They aimed to be leaders not followers. The countless design innovations, safety systems and performance driven engineering developments speak for themselves. Audi’s “ Never Follow “, “Truth in Engineering” or “Vorsprung durch Technik” are well known. When I recently had the opportunity to view the new 2015 Audi A3 sedan at Audi Canada’s preview event held in the impressive H.J. Pfaff Audi showroom in Newmarket, I thought of one word “amazing”. Yes, Audi has done it again! This newly redesigned A3 is a first for Audi stepping into the luxury compact car segment. In fact, you could say Audi has created this segment as they didn’t “test the waters”; they basically jumped right in, giving the competition something to ponder thanks to the genius of Canadian automotive designer Dany Garand. Mr. Garand a 12 year veteran in Audi design, has worked on cutting edge design projects such as the S8, A8, Q7 and the TT.
You won’t find a car in this MSRP base price of $31,100.00 with as much technology or beauty as this A3. The new A3 also marks the first time this model will offer Audi’s user friendly MMI technology, Audi active lane assist, adaptive cruise control and the Bang & Olufsen audio system which will deliver the same high-quality materials found in the brand’s flagship A8 model. The A3 will also feature standard leather seating surfaces and exceptional ergonomics. The vehicle has plenty of room, even for a tall person like myself and a surprisingly large rear seating area with plenty of trunk space.
Powertrain choice is available with a 1.8 or 2.0 liter TFSI gasoline engines with a 2.0 liter TDI clean diesel coming later in 2014. The power is sent through the 6 speed “S- tronic” gearbox which is like having a standard transmission controlled electrically through a fingertip paddle shifter right from a Le Mans racecar or you can place it in automatic mode. Audi’s legendary Quattro system is available for added performance and safety as well . Other variants of the new A3 will be a Cabriolet, an S3 version with a high output 2.0 liter TFSI engine and soon the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline electric hybrid.
This new car will be available at your Audi dealer starting April 2014 and dealers are ready to talk to you about it now as options and pricing are on hand. From what I see the competition will be jumping through rings to catch up with this one.. four of them!
Written By: Perry M.Mason