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Audi A3 an AutoGuide.com COTY Finalist - Video

Dec 10, 2014 - 3:05 PM - by AutoGuide.com

The Audi A3 shares its powertrain and platform with the Volkswagen GTI and as a result you might be tempted to compare the two, but they serve wholly different purposes.

Audiís new compact sedan isnít meant to be a hard-edged vessel for driving enthusiasts. Instead it is supposed to act as an entry point to the brand for people who might like to lease something more expensive in the future. Think of its as an amuse bouche, or maybe even an hors díoeuvre. Accordingly, it can be had with two small engines that both rely on turbochargers: a 1.8 or the more potent 2.0-liter that it shares with the GTI.

The larger four pot distributes 220 hp via Audiís Quattro all-wheel drive system through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Thatís the same output as the GTI with the optional performance package and it feels plenty quick if not a little bit soft.

Currently the A3 is being sold exclusively as a sedan rather than the hatchback model you might remember. It also comes updated with the latest version of Audiís MMI infotainment system along with a large, high-resolution screen that slides in and out of the dashboard.
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Dec 10, 2014 - 11:19 AM - by AutoGuide.com

Itís been a spectacular year for everyone at AutoGuide.com and none of it would be possible were it not for you, our readers.

As a small token of our appreciation, weíre happy to say that we will be giving away three prizes on Friday, December 19 and entering the drawing couldnít be easier...
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LA Auto Show Coverage

Nov 20, 2014 - 2:00 PM - by AutoGuide.com

Quickly becoming one of the world's most important motorshows, the LA Auto Show is packing a long list of big debuts this year.

From small crossovers like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V to outrageous performance machines like the Shelby GT350 and Cadillac ATS-V Coupe there's no shortage of important products.

On the luxury end Mercedes will relaunch the Maybach brand with an ultra-luxurious version of the S-Class while Bentley aims to impress with a new Mulsanne-based convertible.

Other big debuts include the BMW X5 M and X6 M, the 2016 Acura ILX, Porsche Cayenne GTS, the new all-wheel drive Jaguar F-Type, an updated Ford Explorer, Scion's new iM hatchback concept and a show car that will preview the future of Audi.

Additionally, the Connected Car Expo is back, showcasing some interesting concepts and technologies that can change the future of the automotive industry. Check it all out right here.
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