Waarom de Audi A8 een van de technologisch meest geavanceerde auto's is

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Cutting-edge infotainment and driver assist tech are just a few reasons

As a flagship sedan, theAudi A8has every right to be among the most technologically advanced cars you can buy today. From its trick mild hybrid powertrain that helps minimize parasitic loss to its new multimedia system, theAudiA8 is a tech enthusiast’s dream.

9) Welcome Lighting

Every time you unlock the Audi A8 at night you’re treated to a sweet light show flaunting the car’s awesome exterior illumination. So the next time you want to impress your tech-savvy friends, all you have to do is hit a button on the key fob.

8) Dual Touchscreens

Audi’s latest MMI system is a key feature that makes the A8 one of the most technologically advanced cars currently available. Featuring two massive touchscreens supported by haptic feedback buttons, the Audi A8’s cabin gives a minimalistic yet tech-forward vibe every time you get in it.

7) Virtual Cockpit

As one of the first automakers to feature a fully digital gauge cluster, Audi was at the forefront of onboard technology. The automaker’s Virtual Cockpit trades the analog gauges for a 12.3-inch reconfigurable display that shows you everything from your trip computer to your maps. You’ll find the latest iteration of Virtual Cockpit can be found in the A8 and other new generation Audi models.

6) Rear Seat Remote

A full-size luxury sedan like the Audi A8 needs to drive comfortably and isolate rear seat passengers from the outside world. It also needs to entertain them, and for that you get one of coolest rear seat remotes ever found in a car. As one of the most technologically advanced cars, the Audi A8 has a smartphone-like controller for its rear seat entertainment system, perfect for lounging around and devouring multimedia while getting chauffeured to your next destination.

5) Massaging Footrest

A technologically advanced car needs to do well in the comfort department, too, especially if it’s a full-size luxury sedan like the Audi A8. Add the Executive Rear Seat Comfort package and you’ll be treated to more than just a massage for your back and bum. Your feet will also get the first class treatment thanks to massaging footrests.

4) Heated Armrests

Heated seats are so yesterday. If you’re a full-size luxury sedan on sale today, like the Audi A8, you’ll also need heated armrests to make sure your riders are in total comfort.

3) Laser Scanner

Radar sensors and cameras work well and all, but if you want to be the most technologically advanced car in your segment, you need some freakin’ lasers. The Audi A8’s active driver assistance features kicks things up a notch by utilizing an array of gizmos, including lasers, to keep you from getting out of your lane or hitting other vehicles, pedestrians, and animals.

2) Predictive Active Suspension

Adaptive and air suspension systems are becoming more commonplace as automakers look to such setups for their ride and handling balance. The Audi A8 is one step ahead of the game with a predictive suspension that uses the navigation system to prepare for the road ahead, and even raise the car to minimize passenger injury during a side impact.

1) Four-wheel Steering

The Audi A8 takes maneuverability to the next level as one of the most technologically advanced cars available today. Its available four-wheel steering system turns the rear wheels slightly so you can easily maneuver it in tight spaces. An A8 equipped with that system has a tighter turning radius, perfect for crowded urban areas.

Among full-size luxury sedans, the Audi A8 embraces the latest technologies and gives you a driving (and riding) experience built around them. With its plethora of gadgets, cutting-edge powertrain, and slick multimedia features, the Audi A8 has enough credentials to be the most technologically advanced car in its segment. If you’ve got a need for speed, then the 563-hpAudi S8is the flagship for you, boasting all the same tech features but with more power.

9 Reasons Why the Audi A8 is One of the Most Technologically Advanced Cars

    1. Welcome Lighting
    2. Dual Touchscreens
    3. Virtual Cockpit
    4. Rear Seat Remote
    5. Massaging Footrest
    6. Heated Armrests
    7. Laser Scanner
    8. Predictive Active Suspension
    9. Four-wheel Steering

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Audi fait la promotion de son e-tron … aux stations de recharge Tesla

Audi fait la promotion de son e-tron … aux stations de recharge Tesla

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Показан способ угнать автомобиль за десять секунд

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Журналисты британского издания What Car провели эксперимент, в ходе которого за десять секунд смогли угнать спорткар Audi TT-RS и кроссовер DS 3 Crossback, оснащенные электронными ключами и функцией дистанционного запуска двигателя. Об этом сообщает «Русская служба Би-би-си».

Журналисты воспользовались популярным у британских угонщиков способом электронного взлома автомобилей. Злоумышленники обычно работают парами: один прикладывает к дверной ручке устройство, усиливающее сигнал, который замок передает на электронный ключ, а второй встает максимально близко к дому, в котором находится ключ, с устройством, передающим сигнал ключу.

Благодаря этому угонщикам удается обмануть электронный замок и вскрыть автомобиль. Таким же способом им удается запустить двигатель кнопкой. По словам полицейских, угнанные таким способом автомобили чаще всего пускают на запчасти.

Для борьбы с этим способом угона некоторые производители оснащают свои машины датчиком движения. Обмануть его журналистам не удалось.

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Издание решило провести такой эксперимент из-за того, что число угонов и страховых выплат по ним в Англии и Уэльсе в 2018 году стало самым большим за последние семь лет. В этих частях Великобритании в прошлом году было угнано 106 тысяч автомобилей.

В Британской ассоциации автостраховщиков рост числа угонов связывают с распространением систем бесключевого доступа и бесключевого запуска двигателя.

В концернахVolkswagen AG(VAG) и Peugeot Societe Anonyme (PSA), владеющих брендами Audi и DS соответственно, заявили, что тесно сотрудничают с полицией для увеличения противоугонной безопасности своих машин. Представители компании Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) отметили, что в эксперименте участвовала версия Land Rover Discovery Sport, уже снятая с производства.

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Real Madrid Versla Fenerbahce 5-3, eindig op de 3e plaats bij Audi Cup 2019

Real Madrid Versla Fenerbahce 5-3, eindig op de 3e plaats bij Audi Cup 2019

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MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 31: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates scoring a goal during the Audi cup 2019 3rd place match between Real Madrid and Fenerbahce at Allianz Arena on July 31, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Norbert Barczyk/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

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Karim Benzema liftedReal Madridto their first normal-time win of pre-season on Wednesday, scoring a hat-trick as they defeatedFenerbahce5-3 to finish third at the 2019 Audi Cup.  

Garry Rodrigues, Nabil Dirar and Ozan Tufan found goals to make things tricky for Los Blancos, but Benzema was well-placed to almost single-handedly turn the result in their favour.

He netted twice before the break and once in the second period to increase his pre-season goal tally to four.

Nacho Fernandez and substitute Mariano Diaz each scored to compound another disappointing defeat for Fenerbahce, who have now conceded 11 goals in their last two games.

Fenerbahce lost 6-1 against Bayern in their Audi Cup opener, but Real manager Zinedine Zidane was taking few chances and fielded a strong lineup missing only a handful of regular starters.

Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal started on the bench, and Real looked to be missing the latter two at the back after they conceded just six minutes in.

Alvaro Odriozola has earned some calls to become Real’s starting right-back, but he didn’t aid his case when Rodrigues got the better of him down the flank before beating Keylor Navas at his far post.

The lead lasted only six minutes, though, as Vinicius Junior showed quick feet down the left before crossing in to Benzema. He steadied the ball inside the box before poking home the equaliser for his second goal in pre-season.

It didn’t take long for the Frenchman to double his match tally, heading in from a pinpoint Toni Kroos free-kick after 27 minutes to see Real lead a game for the first time this pre-season.

The Spanish Football Podcast noted a change in the direction of the wind while highlighting this was a fixture Real should be dominating with much greater confidence:

The Spanish Football Podcast@tsf_podcast

It’s been considerably better from Real Madrid compared to yesterday, but Fenerbahce are not a good team at all.

Continuing their leaky theme in defence, Real conceded a second before the break. Having been at fault for Fener’s first, it was Odriozola’s deflection off Dirar’s shot that lifted the ball up and over Navas.

No matter the deflection, the goal represented a much welcome boost for captain Dirar, who had a nightmarish display in the recent defeat to Bayern and was booed by his own fans, via Soccer AM:

Soccer AM@SoccerAM

Fenerbahce’s Nabil Dirar threatened to walk off the pitch after being booed by his own fans 🥶 Poor guy 😩 https://t.co/kzUYvmUtSP

La Liga writer Dermot Corrigan highlighted poor defence as a running theme in the first half:

Dermot Corrigan@dermotmcorrigan

HT Madrid 2-2 Fenerbahce. Good, bad and ugly first half from Madrid – Benzema could have had hat-trick, Fenerbahce could have scored four.

Lucas Vazquez came on forEden Hazardat the break and set Benzema up to complete his hat-trick after the restart, igniting a flurry of three goals in 15 minutes.

Dirar’s defensive weakness was exploited as Lucas had space to cross in, with Benzema in plenty of room to head past Fener goalkeeper Altay Bayindir.

Ozan Tufan responded after he was also given too much time near the opposition box, hammering into the top-right corner from 35 yards out, via ITV (UK only):

ITV Football@itvfootball

Ozan Tufan scores a stunner to make it Fenerbahce 3-3 Real Madrid! Watch live on @ITV4 now – what a game! #AudiCup2019 https://t.co/4cvZpg6tdT

Zidane’s substitutes continued to take effect, and Diaz helped force Real’s fourth with one of his first touches. He saw his shot from the edge of the box saved by Bayindir, but centre-back Nacho reacted quickest and converted to push Real back in front 4-3.

Diaz looked desperate to score in his cameo and finally got his reward in the 80th minute, following up on a saved Vazquez shot to give Real their fifth and put the result beyond doubt.

Benzema’s performance will encourage his manager after enjoying a productive 2018-19 campaign, while injured Luka Jovic won’t fancy his chances of taking the striker spot with his team-mate in this form.

Real are still seeking their first clean sheet in pre-season, while Zidane will also hope major summer signing Hazard can have a greater impact in giving them a more positive end to their preparations.

What’s Next?

Real Madrid have a week off before they face Red Bull Salzburg next Wednesday in their penultimate pre-season fixture, while Fenerbahce face Cagliari Tuesday in their last friendly of the summer.

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De nieuwe Chevrolet-blazer is een bokszak geworden

De nieuwe Chevrolet-blazer is een bokszak geworden

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The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn’t your time more important?  

The new Chevrolet Blazer is under fire over where it’s built, Aston Martin’s stock is plunging, and BMW and Audi are skipping the Tokyo Motor Show. All this and more inThe Morning Shiftfor Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

1st Gear: The Chevy Blazer Is Already a Headache for GM

The Chevy Blazer, the 4×4 that everyone’s uncle drove,is back, as we know,as disappointing as it has been. Besides the fact that it’s gone from tough truck to soft crossover, there’s a lot of controversy over how it’s not made with American labor anymore.

The old one was made in Janesville, Wisconsin, but that plant has long been shuttered (Update:The plantwas demolishedlast year). The new one is made in Mexico, which has already led to some awkwardness for General Motors, after it displayed a Mexican-made Blazer at Detroit’s Comerica Park earlier this year,pissing a bunch of locals off.

It’s only a matter of time, Bloomberg says, before it becomes a bigger headache for GM.

To the union, “the Blazer is emblematic of everything that is wrong with the world,” said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labor and economics at the Center for Automotive Research.

Although the Blazer has so far escaped the wrath of President Donald Trump and his Democratic challengers for the White House, the same can’t be said of GM’s layoffs of American workers. The dismissals have become a lightening rod for criticism by politicians of all stripes.

The Detroit-based automaker’s labor relations may take center stage on Tuesday and Wednesday when the candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination face off for a debate across town from GM’s headquarters. Michigan and neighboring Wisconsin are both key swing states that traditionally vote for Democrats in presidential elections, but opted for Trump in 2016.

GM spokesman Jim Cain said the decision to build the Blazer in Mexico and the preparation work to assemble it started several years ago, when the automaker’s Lordstown, Ohio, factory was cranking out Chevy Cruze compact cars on three shifts. Sales then slumped, and the company ceased production earlier this year.

The car industrywasn’t mentioned a whole lotin last night’s debate, though we still have tonight to look forward to. And President Trump could at any moment fire off a tweet about the Blazer, of course, though the returns for him there are ever diminishing.

The more cynical part of all of this is that GM—like a lot of other automakers—is trading on nostalgia by relaunching an old model, but don’t seem capable of acknowledging that that nostalgia isn’t just about the car. It’s also about a time when more cars were made here.

2nd Gear: Aston Martin Is in Bad Shape

Brexit is not going to be kind to the British automakers, and it hasn’t even happened yet.

Aston Martin’s stock has plunged to its lowest level ever,according to Reuters. The company went public last year. The company posted a $96 million loss for the first six months of 2019 amidfalling sales across the industry.

But its shares have since fallen by around three quarters from their 19 pounds float price to below 5 pounds, hit most recently by the group’s weak performance in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where half-year demand fell by nearly a fifth.

The group posted a pretax loss of 78.8 million pounds ($96 million) in the six months through June from a 20.8 million pound profit in the first half of 2018.

Its shares were down 17% at 4.71 pounds by 0748 GMT.

“We are disappointed that our projections for wholesales have fallen short or our original targets, impacted by weakness in two of our key markets as well as continued macro-economic uncertainty,” [CEO Andy Palmer] said.

Will Aston still be around in 20 years? They’re all about branding these days, and licensing the Aston Martin name to make them money, which, not unlike companies like Harley-Davidson, is usually a sign that things are getting a bit desperate.

3rd Gear: Audi’s Former CEO Has Been Criminally Charged by German Prosecutors

Rupert Stadler led Audi duringDieselgate, which you may have heard a thing or two about. The fallout from it has been endless. Now he too faces criminal charges in Germany.

ViaReuters:

The public prosecutor’s office in Munich said Stadler and three other defendants are being charged with false certification and criminal advertising practices.

The three other defendants are accused of having developed engines used by Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche brand cars that included emissions-cheating devices, it added.

“Defendant Stadler is accused of having been aware of the manipulations since the end of September 2015, at the latest, but he did not prevent the sale of affected Audi and VW vehicles thereafter,” the prosecutor said in a statement.

I imagine in 30 years Germany will still be finding new ways to flagellate itself over this.

4th Gear: BMW and Audi Aren’t Bothering With the Tokyo Motor Show

Automakers have increasingly been opting out of car shows, in favor of doing their own events or online reveals. And so it isn’t much of a surprise that Mercedes will be the only major foreign automaker at Tokyo this year, though Renault and Alpina are also going,according to Bloomberg.

The waning interest comes in spite of imported-car sales rising in Japan. They climbed 4.3% last year and more than 30% in the past decade, according to JAMA figures. But Japan has long been losing appeal for carmakers, especially since the 2008-2009 financial crisis. U.S. car companies such as Ford Motor Co. haven’t returned since, according to JAMA.

A Volkswagen representative said the group has no new models to showcase for the Japanese market and this year’s absence doesn’t mean that it will continue to skip the event. A BMW representative said the company plans to hold its own event.

5th Gear: An Auto Theft Ring Was Busted in Canada and Dealers Have Been Put on Notice

The theft itself isn’t particularly interesting—thieves applied for financing for luxury cars using fake identities, then took the VIN numbers off those cars and gave them a new color—but the operation wasn’t small.

ViaAutomotive News:

Project Baijin — a joint effort between a trio of police departments and the Canada Border Services Agency — seized 28 high-end vehicles worth about C$2.5 million ($1.9 million USD) and destined for China and Europe.

The project began back in April.

Peel Regional Police wouldn’t discuss with Automotive News Canada what prompted the investigation, but at a news conference last week the department said it started with a phone call from a concerned citizen.

Police eventually seized six high-priced vehicles from a “chop shop” in Mississauga, Ont., on April 10. Police say they found a 2015 Jeep Wrangler, a 2016 Mercedes GLE350, a 2018 Mercedes C300, a 2018 Audi A7, a 2018 Dodge Ram and a 2019 Range Rover at the shop.

One interesting thing is that some of the cars weren’t repainted but instead wrapped in vinyl.

Police said some of the vehicles they seized were also wrapped in vinyl in what officers said was an attempt to temporarily change their colors and avoid detection.

“Our investigators have encountered this on numerous occasions,” [Peel Regional Police spokesman Const. Akhil Mooken] said. “It is a cheaper alternative and is less labor intensive than re-painting a vehicle.”

And do Canadian car dealers have access to the internet? Someone should give them access, tell them about a website called Google. Emphasis mine:

“We encourage all employees at dealerships to be vigilant and ensure they complete a thorough background check to ensure that the information provided, such as employment, banking information and addresses are correct,” Mooken said.“Investigators were able to use open source tools such as internet search engines and determine that the employment and addresses provided were false.”

Reverse: Space

On this day in 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts rode the lunar rover for the first time. It was an electric car, of course.

ViaNASA:

The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) was an electric vehicle designed to operate in the low-gravity vacuum of the Moon and to be capable of traversing the lunar surface, allowing the Apollo astronauts to extend the range of their surface extravehicular activities. Three LRVs were driven on the Moon, one on Apollo 15 by astronauts David Scott and Jim Irwin, one on Apollo 16 by John Young and Charles Duke, and one on Apollo 17 by Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt. Each rover was used on three traverses, one per day over the three day course of each mission. On Apollo 15 the LRV was driven a total of 27.8 km in 3 hours, 2 minutes of driving time. The longest single traverse was 12.5 km and the maximum range from the LM was 5.0 km. On Apollo 16 the vehicle traversed 26.7 km in 3 hours 26 minutes of driving. The longest traverse was 11.6 km and the LRV reached a distance of 4.5 km from the LM. On Apollo 17 the rover went 35.9 km in 4 hours 26 minutes total drive time. The longest traverse was 20.1 km and the greatest range from the LM was 7.6 km.

The Lunar Roving Vehicle had a mass of 210 kg and was designed to hold a payload of an additional 490 kg on the lunar surface. The frame was 3.1 meters long with a wheelbase of 2.3 meters. The maximum height was 1.14 meters. The frame was made of aluminum alloy 2219 tubing welded assemblies and consisted of a 3 part chassis which was hinged in the center so it could be folded up and hung in the Lunar Module quad 1 bay. It had two side-by-side foldable seats made of tubular aluminum with nylon webbing and aluminum floor panels. An armrest was mounted between the seats, and each seat had adjustable footrests and a velcro seatbelt. A large mesh dish antenna was mounted on a mast on the front center of the rover. The suspension consisted of a double horizontal wishbone with upper and lower torsion bars and a damper unit between the chassis and upper wishbone. Fully loaded the LRV had a ground clearance of 36 cm.

Neutral: How Much Does It Matter to You Where a Car Is Built?

Lots and lots of foreign automakers make their cars in America these days, and likewise lots of American companies make their cars abroad. The lines are very, very blurry.

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Mijn moeder heeft nog een snelle auto nodig! Wat moet ze kopen?

Mijn moeder heeft nog een snelle auto nodig! Wat moet ze kopen?

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What Car Should You BuyThe experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions.  

Spence has a very cool mom who likes some very cool cars. Unfortunately, her Audi S8 with the awesome V10 motor met the fate that most Audis do when they hit a certain age, so it’s time for a new ride. He is having trouble pointing her in the right direction and needs our help. What car should she buy?

(Welcome back toWhat Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. )

Here is the scenario:

My poor mother. Her 2008 Audi S8 5.2 (V10, fun), somehow managed to break a spark plug off in a cylinder, while running, and trash it. The repair costs are prohibitive. So she needs a new ride.

Preferably something fun, classy like the S8, and appropriate for a 70 woman. Who also carts a dog around town from time to time. I tried selling her on the same car I’m driving, the excellent Buick Regal TourX, but she doesn’t seem interested. She has a budget up to $50,000. What could I steer her towards?

Quick Facts:

Budget:up to $50,000

Daily Driver:Yes

Location:San Francisco, CA

Wants:Fast, comfortable, and classy

Doesn’t want:Another maintenance nightmare

Expert 1: Tom McParland – This Is Why They Make Fast SUVs

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First of all Spence, good for you for helping your mom out on this one. She obviously has great taste in automobiles. That’s too bad about the V10 S8. Those are fantastic cars, but they can get pricey as the miles pile up.

Considering her needs, I’m going to suggest some kind of SUV since it’s a bit easier to get in and out of compared to a sedan that sits lower to the ground. Now she obviously wants something with some speed, and few cars combine power and comfort better than a Mercedes AMG.

What she needs is an ML63 AMG as she will get all the comforts and space of a mid-size crossover, but under the hood will be a snarling twin-turbo V8 that she can unleash at her will. Finding well-sorted examples will require casting a wide net,but here is a low-mile 2015 at a Porsche dealer in Oklahoma.It’s painted in a very classy Designo White metallic and has plenty of room for the pup.

Expert 2: David Tracy – Appreciates Mechanical Simplicity

Photo: David Tracy

Photo: David Tracy

For someone based in a major city in California, who wants something that offers good performance and comfort, who has no desire to deal with maintenance bullshit like broken off spark plugs (seriously, that’s an absurd failure that simply should not happen), and who has $50 large to work with, I think the Tesla Model 3 is the play.

The simplicity of the powertrain and drivetrain alone makes it worth considering. Your mom won’t have to deal with oil changes, spark plug failures, fuel pump issues, transmission problems, or any of a number of weaknesses that ICE cars can exhibit. EVs can still break, of course, and their electronics can be quite complex, but due to their mechanical simplicity, they promise significantly lower overall maintenance and repair costs than gas cars. And that’s a major draw for folks who loath getting huge bills from mechanics every few months.

But of course, if I were just suggesting a car with a propensity to keep driving without issues, I’d recommend a Toyota Corolla. But no, in addition to promising good reliability and low maintenance, the Model 3 offers good performance. It’s thoroughly quick, and though I wouldn’t call it particularly engaging to drive—and it definitely won’t sound as good as a V10 Audi S8—the way the thing accelerates can be quite a bit of fun.

And on top of that, the Model 3 is just elegant, and it’s quiet and comfortable, and hey, since your mom lives in California, I bet she wouldn’t have too much trouble finding chargers.

Expert 3: Jason Torchinsky – She’s Your Mom, So Find Her Something Special

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These other suggestions are fine and would likely serve your mom well, but they’re just going to get lost in the crowd where you mom lives. A Tesla Model 3 in the Bay Area? Come on, your mom deserves better than to just melt into that tech-bro douchebaggery. Your have a 70 year old mom who wants a fast, fun car—that’s a special lady, and she deserves something special. Like a Mazda Eunos Cosmo.

You want fast, fun, and classy? If you’re also willing to add fascinating and unusual to that list, then a Eunos Cosmo isperfect.It still looks incredible, with great proportions and that clean-lined ‘90s-era optimism and an interior that feels like the bridge of theNext GenerationUSS Enterprise.

It’s got a butter-smoothtriple-rotorWankel engine so she doesn’t have to worry about any pesky pistons, makes a solid 300 horsepower and with almost as many pound-feet of torque, so it’s plenty quick for mom.

Comfortable, fast, classy as hell, unique, striking—what more would your mom want from a car?This red beauty is just $15,893 from our pal Gary Duncan,so if you’re worried about maintenance or repair costs, remember you’re spending nearly $35,000lessthan you’ve planned.

Oh, and if you think this is just Torch being his usual idiotic self, please let me share a quote from our rational editor-in-chieftain, Patrick George, about this very car, which he drove down at Duncan Imports:

“We drove one, it was amazing. Car’s fucking incredible.”

See?

Your mom will feel like a space-queen in this thing. Every woman deserves to feel that way at some point, right?

Expert 4: Patrick George – Good Sedan, F Yeah

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I forgot the Audi S8 used to have the V10 engine! Man, I’m having waking nightmares just thinking of the repair bills on that thing.

There are some good suggestions from my staff here (for a change) but since your mom was happy with a big sedan for so long, I have trouble recommending she join the ever-growing cult of SUV owners. Another big sedan may do the trick just fine, and since she likes power and reliability, I think I have a solid answer. How about aLexus GS F?

These things are pretty obscure and they’re definitely under the radar compared to the sea of AMGs and M-cars out there. But with a 467 horsepower naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8—that’s more power than her Audi’s V10 made, by the way—and Lexus’ reputation for quality, she’ll have all the speed she wants with far fewer headaches.

Here’s a CPO example near herfor a little under $54,000. It only has 35,000 miles on it, too. There are others out there for under 50 grand if she desires. I’d go CPO just to give her that extra peace of mind, but I’d be far less worried about long-term quality in this than any German competitor.

Your mom may be in her 70s and driving a Lexus, but that doesn’t mean she can’t show unsuspecting fools how to dance when the traffic signal turns green.

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Audi E-Tron Scooter: Für diesen E-Tretroller brauchst du nur eine Hand

Audi E-Tron Scooter: Für diesen E-Tretroller brauchst du nur eine Hand

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Audi E-Tron Scooter. (Foto: Audi)

Audihat mit dem E-Tron Scooter einen zusammenklappbaren E-Tretroller angekündigt, der sich mit nur einer Hand steuern lassen soll. Das Gefährt soll Ende 2020 auf den Markt kommen.

Seit einigen Monaten rollen erstevollelektrische E-Tron-SUVüber deutsche Straßen. Künftig will Audi die auf Elektromobilität fokussierten Käufer offenbar auchim Bereich E-Tretrollerabholen. Der deutsche Autobauer hat am Montag ein E-Scooter-Konzept vorgestellt, das Ende 2020 als E-Tron Scooter auf den Markt kommen soll. Das Gefährt soll sich zusammenklappen und im Kofferraum verstauen lassen, kann aber auch wie ein Rollkoffer hintergezogen werden. Als Mix aus E-Tretroller und Skateboard ausgerichtet, sollen Fahrer den E-Tron Scooter mit nur einer Hand steuern können.

Audi E-Tron Scooter: Carven auf dem Asphalt

Audi gibt an, dass das Handling eher an den Bewegungsablauf beim Wellenreiten erinnere als an die von herkömmlichen Tretrollern gewohnte Fahrweise. Gesteuert werde durch Gewichtsverlagerung mit den Füßen, erklärte Thorsten Schrader, Projektleiter für Mikromobilität bei Audi. Bewegliche Achsen mit vier Rädern erlauben dem Autobauer zufolge enge Kurvenradien. Dadurch sollen Fahrer sich mit einer Art Carven auf dem Asphalt fortbewegen können. Die freie Hand könne für Handzeichen verwendet werden. Beschleunigt und gebremst wird über einen Drehgriff. Zusätzlich gibt es eine hydraulische Fußbremse.

Der Audi E-Tron Scooter in Bildern

Audi E-Tron Scooter. (Foto: Audi)

Der Audi E-Tron Scooter soll eine Höchstgeschwindigkeit von 20 Kilometern pro Stunde erreichen. Die Reichweite soll dank Rekuperation über die Bremsfunktion 20 Kilometer betragen. Akku und Elektronik befinden sich in der Lenkstange. Darauf ist zudem ein Display angebracht, das unter anderem den Batteriestatus anzeigt. Über eine Bluetooth-Schnittstelle sollen Fahrer individuelle Einstellungen vornehmen können. Die gesetzlich geforderte LED-Beleuchtung (Frontscheinwerfer, Tagfahrlicht, Rücklicht und Bremslicht) ist laut Audi an Bord.

E-Scooter von Audi soll 2.000 Euro kosten

Der E-Scooter soll Ende 2020 zum Preis von rund 2.000 Euro an private Nutzer verkauft werden. Noch nicht fest steht, ob Audi das Gefährt im Rahmen einer eigenen Mietflotte auf die Straße bringen will. Ebenfalls denkbar ist es laut dem Autobauer, dass der E-Tron Scooter beim Kauf eines E-Tron als Zubehör angeboten wird. Im Kofferraum soll es jedenfalls eine Lademöglichkeit für den E-Tretroller geben.

Lies unbedingt den umfangreichen t3n-Ratgeber:Circ, Tier, Lime und viele weitere – Diese E-Scooter-Verleiher starten in Deutschland durch

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De parkeerplaats bij het Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​faalt nooit

De parkeerplaats bij het Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​faalt nooit

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Old Aston is good Aston

Old Aston is good Aston

On the rainy fourth and final day of theGoodwood Festival of SpeedI did one of my favorite things: take a gander at theparking lot. Yeah, there’s loads of cool metal running up the hill faster than Kate Bush, but there’s also a ton of good stuff parked up outside. Here’s a selection of what I found in a couple of the various spots around the festival. Oh, and one thing I can’t ID, so… commenters get your nerd knowledge ready.

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A pair ofAudi RS’. I’d take the one on the left obviously, because V8 wagon.

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I’m not sure about the sun shade (or it was really needed), but this ‘Vettewas MINT.

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The997.2 911 GT3 RS 4.0is a masterwork of engineering. Shmee150’sG-Classwas very blue.

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Props to this Morgan Plus 4 owner for bringing it out in the wet.

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A Donkervoort D8 GTO. The Netherlands’ own take on the Caterham/Lotus Seven, this time with an Audi 2.5 liter turbo five under the hood. Must have been fun in the wet.

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A knackered old Peugeot 205 on French plates. Peak French chod right there. Excellent.

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TheMcLaren MP4-12Cis aging WELL.

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Gen 1 Honda Insights are a rare spot. Cool one though. Note the exact polar opposite, an Audi RS 6, parked just ahead.

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This is the thing I can’t ID. Anyone got any ideas?

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Anyone for drifting?

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Defender—easily one of the worst cars you can drive, but also one of the best things in the world ever. A troubling dissonance.

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There was even some old American metal there. I wasn’t sure whether this Pontiac Starfire was deliberately ratlook or falling apart. Cool though.

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There’s no way this is a legit Aston Martin DBR 1, but this replica’s owner wins huge points for driving it through a downpour to get it to the show.

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Not quite in a parking lot, but hidden off to the side: A Renault Clio V6 Mk II. I mean, who doesn’t want a 3.0 liter V6 in place of their rear seats? Mega thing.

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Alfa Spider. Inject it in to my veins.

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It wouldn’t be a decent Goodwood car park without a 993 generation 911 looking all cool in a corner, would it?

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Waar ter wereld zijn alle Lexus RX300's verdwenen?

Waar ter wereld zijn alle Lexus RX300's verdwenen?

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All image credits: Lexus

All image credits: Lexus

In the year 2000, my mother traded in the family’s much-despised Audi A6 wagon (the thing was in the shop every month for some electrical gremlin or another) for a Lexus RX300. Ours was white, not champagne, and today I found myself thinking about where the hell they all went.

That RX300 was the first time I’d experienced an SUV or crossover. They weren’t hugely popular yet and I remember having misgivings about the thing’s heightened center of gravity. Wouldn’t it tip over more easily? I wondered, and was quickly reassured that it would not. It had big wing mirrors, something my mother remarked she liked.

And then, as though nearly overnight, we started seeing them everywhere. Everywhere! They were so common that my younger brother and I made a game of counting all the RX300s we saw while driving around in ours. My dad joined in on the game, too.

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If someone happened to fall asleep while riding in the Lexus, they were woken up at the destination with the news, “We saw another four while you were out.”

I get why they were popular, too. I remember ours as being very comfortable, practical and it even had a feature I’ve seen on no modern car since,a cubby between the two front seats for a purse. The RX300 also had an extra window between its C- and D-pillars, another feature that was appreciated. I was far from being able to drive when we had ours, but I imagine it made over-the-shoulder glances more fruitful.

These days, I hardly see any RX300s on the roads. I see far more 2000 model-year Honda CR-Vs and Toyota RAV4s. What happened to all of the RX300s?

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Perhaps everyone did what we eventually did to ours. We traded in the faithful 300 for the second-generation RX330. It was black and this was the car that was eventually handed down to me once I got my driver’s license. Still, I missed the purse cubby and the weird, little extra window. Was it worth the trade? I couldn’t say.

The second-gens are far more common, and because of that, I find myself yearning to see the humble first-gen. Maybe someone on a tropical island somewhere collected them all and uses them as beach cruisers. That’d be a fitting place for the cars to end up.

The second-gen. Not as great!

The second-gen. Not as great!

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