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04-28-2008, 01:08 PM
The New Generation Audi A3 (http://www.audizine.com/news/news.php?nid=57&npid=66)
April 28, 2008 - Audi AG, Ingolstadt


New range brings fresh technology and increased driving pleasure.

Innovative high-tech advances
Updated exterior design
S tronic transmission, Audi magnetic ride and efficient engines
S3 now also available as a Sportback

The Audi A3 and A3 Sportback, the premium compact models from Audi, are raising their profile this summer with a raft of technical and visual improvements. Innovative technologies in such options as the unique S tronic dual-clutch transmission with seven speeds as well as the Audi magnetic ride suspension control system create a mature handling and ride. Its sharper, more striking exterior design lends even greater expression to the A3 family. Additional equipment such as the advanced Audi parking systems also add to the appeal of the latest models. The Audi S3 developing 195 kW (265 hp) now also becomes available as a 5 door Sportback version, a new top model that completes the comprehensive range. The first examples will arrive in Europe this summer.

The Audi A3 created the entirely new market segment of the premium compact car when the first-generation model made its debut in 1996. The ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ brand has been notably successful in that market segment and has since built 1.9 million units of the Audi A3. After four successive record-breaking years, the one millionth example of the second-generation A3 – which went into production in 2003 – left the assembly line just a few days ago. Audi is now solidifying its lead. More (http://www.audizine.com/news/news.php?nid=57&npid=66)

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