I’ve been a subscriber to the Miramar Volkswagen/Audi newsletter for the past year, so I keep up with the latest happenings over at this dealership here in San Diego. I do have to commend them for the service that they’ve given me so far. Here are a couple examples:
- I requested a brochure for the Audi A8 and a few days later I got a follow-up email and phone call to make sure I received the brochure ok and if I had any questions. It’s a small gesture, but I always preach over at my customer service blog that follow-up is a key element in the customer experience.
- They’ve just started offering Wi-Fi inside the dealership, so while you’re waiting for your car to be serviced, you can still do work or just kill time…
So far, Miramar Audi is on my good side! If you’re a customer and have had some experience with this dealership, leave a comment!
Itâ€™s been a day of YouTube for me and of course, I had to check out any new Audi videos that have been uploaded. I came across this Audi car compilation that has pictures of pretty much all of the Audi modelsâ€¦
I know itâ€™s been awhile since Iâ€™ve posted and they say if you really want something, you need to think about it everyday. With that said, I have the intention of posting here everyday and visualizing that A8 in my driveway!
â€œSexy!â€ is all that comes to mind when I took a look at the Audi A5 and Steve Siler over at CarAndDriver.com wonders â€œwhether Audiâ€™s slinky sexpots are the kind of girls you want to have kids with, or the type that youâ€™re better off just, um, you know.â€
I have to say, the A5 did make me think twice about cheatinâ€™ on my A8. The A5 looks more fun, but yet the A8 is soooo distinguished and grounded.
Hmmm, well I could get both, couldnâ€™t I?
Here are some of the A5’s features:
|| 3.2L displacement
double overhead cam (DOHC)
V6 cylinder configuration
variable valve timing
243 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm
|| 6-speed manual transmission
all wheel drive
|| four-wheel independent suspension
front and rear stabilizer bar
multi-link front suspension
multi-link rear suspension
low fuel level warning
Thereâ€™s much talk in the blogosphere about Audiâ€™s Cross Coup Concept which was unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show todayâ€¦.
Kicking Tires has some great photos of the car from different angles.
The Autoblog says: â€œâ€¦Audi appears to give up some utility by going for style, as its cargo area is obviously going to be compromised by the sloping rooflineâ€¦â€
The German Car Blog says: â€œâ€¦And don’t believe in some other websites telling you that this is the new Audi Q5. We don’t think so!â€
It seems that Audi is full of energy these days and well, with a goal of being No.1 by 2015, the company has to stay busy! One of the newest additions is the Audi A5 sport coupe which looks like a pretty nice-lookinâ€™ car, I must say. Although, for some reason it kinda reminds me of the Toyota Solara. Maybe it’s because Lexus designed the back?
Drivetrain includes: 265-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 (A5) or 354-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 (S5) with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission (both cars); all-wheel drive
Read more details and check out a photo gallery over at Cars.com
A business owner told me that oftentimes itâ€™s better not to grow too fast. This is the feeling that I get regarding Audi right now. The company has been very aggressive in getting out their new models and making it known that theyâ€™re aiming for #1, but I wonder if they could be growing too fast. Just in the past month Iâ€™ve learned about 3-4 new models which makes it a bit tough to choose! Well, you know my choice, but for someone who isnâ€™t familiar with the Audi brand, it can be overwhelming!
But thatâ€™s just my opinion… What are your thoughts on Audiâ€™s growth?
For all you high-rollers out there, Audi has partnered up with Hotel Bel-Air to offer special packages if you come visit Los Angeles. This is the package I would like:
Audi Presidential Package:
â€¢ Three nights in the Presidential Suite
â€¢ The use of an Audi A8L
â€¢ Cristal Champagne upon arrival
â€¢ Round-trip limousine airport transfers
â€¢ Two Monogrammed Hotel Bel-Air bathrobes
â€¢ Daily full American Breakfast for two
â€¢ Dinner for four in The Restaurant on two nights
â€¢ Dinner for eight at Table One – includes Chef’s Menu and Vintage Wines
â€¢ Four in-room spa treatments to include two massages and two facials
Now that’s what I call living The Good Life! For more information on the packages, visit the Audi website.
I realize now that maybe I should have called this the “Audi A8 Blog” instead of “The Unofficial Audi Blog” because all I talk about is the A8! So, to break up the monotony a little, here’s a little link to a showcase of the new Audi models:
- Mid-mounted engine concept with open engine compartment
- 4.2 liter FSI direct injection engine with 420 horsepower
- Retractable rear spoiler
- Black interior enhanced leather package (Nappa leather seating and dashboard)
- Bang & Olufsen sound system
- Audi Navigation Plus with MMI logicBi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED rear lights
- Convenience Package (Audi parking system with rearview camera, six-disc CD changer, HomeLink, Bluetooth phone preparation)
I came upon this Audi A8 review over at Business Week (via AutoSpies):
â€œ…All in all, it’s not the money look of Mercedes or BMW’s fancywork. Instead, Audi is carving out a niche that exudes elegance, of the slightly understated, less self-conscious sort. In the flesh, it really is a remarkable looking car and affirms the brand’s general design direction, a turn away from the dowdy roundness reminiscent of Volkswagen.â€
As everyone turns to the BMW or Mercedes for the ego boost, there are those of us who donâ€™t need the â€œstatusâ€ cars. However, I do see the Audi A8 making itâ€™s way up there! Itâ€™s a status car without the status hype. I’ve never been one to be much of a show-off anyways.
I just came across some â€œspy shotsâ€ of the next generation of Audi A8â€™s over at Audi World (via Autoblog). Looking at the pictures, it seems that this new version of the A8 looks a bit sportier. I do like the side view, but I donâ€™t know if I care too much for the wider fenders.
Anyhow, to update you on my journey to buying my own Audi A8, I did receive a booklet from Miramar Audi (thanks, guys!) and just need to set up an appointment to test drive one! However, Iâ€™ve had doubts about purchasing a brand new one because someone told me that the A8 depreciates very quickly. Then I think, well, what car doesnâ€™t depreciate? Itâ€™s not like I will be selling it any time soon anyways. If anything, I plan on keeping it five years or more….
From the website…
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. â€“ AutoWeek
magazine just released the results of their 16th annual â€œReaders Choice Awardsâ€. The Audi A3 and A8 L were chosen by the participants as the top choice in their respective categories.
The A3 took top honors in the â€œBest Economy Carâ€ category, while the A8 L won the â€œBest Luxury Carâ€ category. The award winners were named after a six-week online poll conducted by AutoWeek magazine.
The A3 is Audiâ€™s entrant in the premium compact class, starting at $25,340. It is available with a 200 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection, or a 250 hp 3.2-liter narrow-angle V6 with Audiâ€™s revolutionary S tronic transmission and quattroÂ® all-wheel drive.
The A8 model line received new powertrains for the 2007 line-up. The 2007 S8 features a direct gasoline injected V10 FSI engine producing 450 hp, and can sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds. A8 and A8 L models also get direct injection for their 4.2-liter V8 engines which now produce 350 hp. The A8 L W12 has a 450 hp 6.0-liter W12 engine. All A8/S8 models come standard with quattroÂ® all-wheel drive.
Audiâ€™s history in America dates to 1969, when the brand was first introduced to the U.S. market. Today, a network of over 260 Audi dealers currently offers a line of premium vehicles that include the Audi A3 compact; the sporty A4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high performance S4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high-revving RS 4 sports sedan; the design-leading A6 sedan and Avant; the all-new Audi Q7 performance SUV; and the all-aluminum Audi A8; and the new V10-powered S6 and S8 performance sedans.
AutoWeek is the only weekly auto enthusiast magazine in North America. It provides passionate auto enthusiasts with the latest on vehicle reviews, trends, new products, racing, personalities, auto show coverage and more. AutoWeek‘s frequency provides readers with up-to-date news and stories like no other automotive magazine.