The Truth About Cars » Quattro http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:17:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 TTAC News Round-up: Clock Ticks at Volkswagen, CEO Switch and Volvo Sees a Chance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ttac-news-round-up-clock-ticks-at-volkswagen-ceo-switch-and-volvo-sees-a-chance/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ttac-news-round-up-clock-ticks-at-volkswagen-ceo-switch-and-volvo-sees-a-chance/#comments Sun, 28 Feb 2016 15:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1291449 The Environmental Protection Agency is pointing at its watch and glaring at Volkswagen. That, an opening for the Swedes, an electric propulsion prediction, a high-end guy gets a new job, and Tesla gets targeted in Hoosierville … after the break! Beware the (end) of March According to Automotive News, the United States is getting impatient for Volkswagen […]

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The Environmental Protection Agency is pointing at its watch and glaring at Volkswagen. That, an opening for the Swedes, an electric propulsion prediction, a high-end guy gets a new job, and Tesla gets targeted in Hoosierville … after the break! Beware the (end) of March According to Automotive News, the United States is getting impatient for Volkswagen […]

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2017 Audi Q7 Review – The Three-Row Flagship http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2017-audi-q7-review-three-row-flagship/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2017-audi-q7-review-three-row-flagship/#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:15:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1286202 We recently reviewed the 2016 Volvo XC90, the long overdue redesign of Volvo’s family hauler. First introduced as a 2002 model, the XC90 was a teenager by the time it was finally replaced. Oddly enough, it’s a similar story with the Audi Q7. In response to Volvo’s then-new XC90, Audi began development of the seven-seater Q7 in 2002, which later hit […]

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We recently reviewed the 2016 Volvo XC90, the long overdue redesign of Volvo’s family hauler. First introduced as a 2002 model, the XC90 was a teenager by the time it was finally replaced. Oddly enough, it’s a similar story with the Audi Q7. In response to Volvo’s then-new XC90, Audi began development of the seven-seater Q7 in 2002, which later hit […]

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Junkyard Find: 1990 Audi 100 Quattro Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/junkyard-find-1990-audi-100-quattro-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/junkyard-find-1990-audi-100-quattro-sedan/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1256105 The C3 Audi 100 was sold in the United States badged as an Audi 5000 … until the “unintended acceleration” nightmare nearly killed Audi in North America and the company decided, after a few years of abysmal sales numbers, to go ahead and call this car the 100 over here. Because so few were sold, […]

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The C3 Audi 100 was sold in the United States badged as an Audi 5000 … until the “unintended acceleration” nightmare nearly killed Audi in North America and the company decided, after a few years of abysmal sales numbers, to go ahead and call this car the 100 over here. Because so few were sold, […]

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2016 Audi A6 3.0T Review (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/2016-audi-a6-3-0t-review-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/2016-audi-a6-3-0t-review-video/#comments Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1189130 Audi is a brand associated with all-wheel drive, well-fitted interiors and design evolution that requires you to park a new model next to an old one to tell what has been changed. The 2016 A6 doesn’t diverge much from this formula despite being a thorough refresh of the outgoing A6. This Audi plays in the crowded midsize luxury pool with […]

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Audi is a brand associated with all-wheel drive, well-fitted interiors and design evolution that requires you to park a new model next to an old one to tell what has been changed. The 2016 A6 doesn’t diverge much from this formula despite being a thorough refresh of the outgoing A6. This Audi plays in the crowded midsize luxury pool with […]

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Digestible Collectible: 2004 Audi S4 Avant http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/digestible-collectible-2004-audi-s4-avant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/digestible-collectible-2004-audi-s4-avant/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1160250 B&B, I’m listening. I’m still relatively new to this place, and I am trying to pay attention to your comments. Several folks last week were bothered by my rather cavalier use of the term “Crapwagon” for decidedly non-crappy cars. So, we have a new title for those better cars I find while I’m supposed to […]

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B&B, I’m listening. I’m still relatively new to this place, and I am trying to pay attention to your comments. Several folks last week were bothered by my rather cavalier use of the term “Crapwagon” for decidedly non-crappy cars. So, we have a new title for those better cars I find while I’m supposed to […]

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Audi’s First All-electric Car Will Be a Model X Fighter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/audis-first-electric-car-will-model-x-fighter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/audis-first-electric-car-will-model-x-fighter/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1145761 Audi’s first production electric car will be a crossover to fight the Tesla Model X, the German luxury carmaker said Wednesday. Concept drawings and initial specifications released by Audi detailed their crossover that is powered by three electric motors — borrowed from its R8 e-tron concept car — with a proposed range of over 300 miles. […]

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Audi’s first production electric car will be a crossover to fight the Tesla Model X, the German luxury carmaker said Wednesday. Concept drawings and initial specifications released by Audi detailed their crossover that is powered by three electric motors — borrowed from its R8 e-tron concept car — with a proposed range of over 300 miles. […]

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Quattro Receives Re-brand in Australia, Now Called Audi Sport http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/quattro-receives-re-brand-in-australia-now-called-audi-sport/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/quattro-receives-re-brand-in-australia-now-called-audi-sport/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 18:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1143417 You’d be forgiven if you thought Audi’s performance division was called “RS”. After all, the Germans have a history of using letters to describe their more powerful offerings, such as BMW M and Mercedes-AMG. In Audi’s case, it’s a bit more complex. While the cars themselves wear S and RS badging, the performance division is actually called […]

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You’d be forgiven if you thought Audi’s performance division was called “RS”. After all, the Germans have a history of using letters to describe their more powerful offerings, such as BMW M and Mercedes-AMG. In Audi’s case, it’s a bit more complex. While the cars themselves wear S and RS badging, the performance division is actually called […]

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Audi’s New 605-hp S8 is Mostly Aluminum, All Awesome http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/audis-new-605-hp-s8-mostly-aluminum-awesome/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/audis-new-605-hp-s8-mostly-aluminum-awesome/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 22:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1134641 Audi just unveiled its newest super sedan, the S8, and said that the new all-aluminum car would get an 85 horsepower bump and would sprint from 0-60 in under four seconds. The turbocharged 4-liter V-8, which can make 553 pound-feet of twist and is only about as deep as a case of beer, just became […]

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Audi just unveiled its newest super sedan, the S8, and said that the new all-aluminum car would get an 85 horsepower bump and would sprint from 0-60 in under four seconds. The turbocharged 4-liter V-8, which can make 553 pound-feet of twist and is only about as deep as a case of beer, just became […]

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Review: 2013 Audi S6 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/review-2013-audi-s6/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/review-2013-audi-s6/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492579 Audi first tossed us the keys to its S6 with the SuperBowl mega-ad “Prom”. Premise: dateless kid gets handed Dad’s super-sedan for the evening, kisses the prom queen, gets punched by the prom king, snorts around town with a big grin on his face. The message was clear: buy this car, put a little excitement […]

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Audi first tossed us the keys to its S6 with the SuperBowl mega-ad “Prom”. Premise: dateless kid gets handed Dad’s super-sedan for the evening, kisses the prom queen, gets punched by the prom king, snorts around town with a big grin on his face. The message was clear: buy this car, put a little excitement […]

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Vellum Venom: 1986 Audi 4000 CS Quattro http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/vellum-venom-1986-audi-4000-cs-quattro/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/vellum-venom-1986-audi-4000-cs-quattro/#comments Thu, 22 Nov 2012 05:05:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467568 Some designs are perfect in their initial run, others need a mid-cycle rethink to make ’em sing. The 4000 is the latter: cost effectively ushering a new era of modern and luxurious Industrial Design for Audi.  I loved the styling, but a classmate at CCS showed me the light: he was an SCCA racer with […]

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Some designs are perfect in their initial run, others need a mid-cycle rethink to make ’em sing. The 4000 is the latter: cost effectively ushering a new era of modern and luxurious Industrial Design for Audi.  I loved the styling, but a classmate at CCS showed me the light: he was an SCCA racer with […]

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Vellum Venom: 1984 Audi 4000 LE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/vellum-venom-1984-audi-4000-le/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/vellum-venom-1984-audi-4000-le/#comments Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:07:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=466519   One of my Automotive Design teachers at CCS made us take a personality test to determine our strengths(?) as a designer.  It was beyond stupid, or so I thought. To wit, a (paraphrased) question: do you collect old things?  The answer was supposedly neutral: no matter what you answered on this query, your overall […]

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  One of my Automotive Design teachers at CCS made us take a personality test to determine our strengths(?) as a designer.  It was beyond stupid, or so I thought. To wit, a (paraphrased) question: do you collect old things?  The answer was supposedly neutral: no matter what you answered on this query, your overall […]

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Junkyard Find: 1989 Audi 200 Quattro Turbo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1989-audi-200-quattro-turbo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1989-audi-200-quattro-turbo/#comments Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462648 The 1984 Audi 5000 Junkyard Find reminded us about the nightmare faced by Audi after 60 Minutes framed the 5000 as a an unintended accelerator in 1986. Audi sales took a real beating in the late 1980s, but some 5000s (renamed the 200 in an attempt to banish the stigma of a car whose greatest […]

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The 1984 Audi 5000 Junkyard Find reminded us about the nightmare faced by Audi after 60 Minutes framed the 5000 as a an unintended accelerator in 1986. Audi sales took a real beating in the late 1980s, but some 5000s (renamed the 200 in an attempt to banish the stigma of a car whose greatest […]

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Junkyard Find: 1988 Volkswagen Quantum Syncro Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1988-volkswagen-quantum-syncro-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1988-volkswagen-quantum-syncro-wagon/#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460100 Because I have some friends who race a Quantum Syncro, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for junkyard parts sources. After several years (including two of them in a state that has more weird four-wheel-drive vehicles than any other), I’ve finally found one! Most Volkswagens, Audis, and Volkswagen-Audi mashups that you see in the junkyard […]

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Because I have some friends who race a Quantum Syncro, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for junkyard parts sources. After several years (including two of them in a state that has more weird four-wheel-drive vehicles than any other), I’ve finally found one! Most Volkswagens, Audis, and Volkswagen-Audi mashups that you see in the junkyard […]

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New or Used: Audi Syndrome? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/new-or-used-audi-syndrome-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/new-or-used-audi-syndrome-2/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2011 20:34:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=421790   Kevin writes: Sajeev and Steve: I am currently cruising through all four Canadian seasons in my 2008 6MT Audi S5.  Could be worse, I know.  The car is owned by Audi Finance, and apparently they want it back at the end of November – something about the lease term coming to an end.  As of late, […]

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  Kevin writes: Sajeev and Steve: I am currently cruising through all four Canadian seasons in my 2008 6MT Audi S5.  Could be worse, I know.  The car is owned by Audi Finance, and apparently they want it back at the end of November – something about the lease term coming to an end.  As of late, […]

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TTAC Project Car: My Substitute for Love http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/ttac-project-car-my-substitute-for-love/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/ttac-project-car-my-substitute-for-love/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2011 19:43:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414960   It’s been a while since you’ve heard about our project car’s voyage, unfortunately not much has happened.  Our man in Germany, USAF Captain Mike Solowiow, is busy saving the world…meaning our Sierra sits and waits for a shipping container to finish the journey to America. Too bad the Sierra is no longer mobile.  Because […]

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  It’s been a while since you’ve heard about our project car’s voyage, unfortunately not much has happened.  Our man in Germany, USAF Captain Mike Solowiow, is busy saving the world…meaning our Sierra sits and waits for a shipping container to finish the journey to America. Too bad the Sierra is no longer mobile.  Because […]

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Quote Of The Day: Ugly Is As Ugly Does Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/quote-of-the-day-ugly-is-as-ugly-does-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/quote-of-the-day-ugly-is-as-ugly-does-edition/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 16:43:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=374227 Although it did what it needed to do, it looks awful Peter Birtwhistle, designer of the legendary short-wheelbase Audi Sport Quattro (above), tells Autocar what he really thinks about its design… and just in time for Audi to announce that its Ur Quattro-inspired Quattro Concept will be built in limited numbers. Birtwhistle explains that the […]

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Although it did what it needed to do, it looks awful Peter Birtwhistle, designer of the legendary short-wheelbase Audi Sport Quattro (above), tells Autocar what he really thinks about its design… and just in time for Audi to announce that its Ur Quattro-inspired Quattro Concept will be built in limited numbers. Birtwhistle explains that the […]

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Review: 2010 Audi Q7 TDI http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/review-2010-audi-q7-tdi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/review-2010-audi-q7-tdi/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2009 14:15:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=323926

One of the enduring lessons of the car game is that good vehicles don't always sell well. As a car writer who took on news analysis before ever getting manufacturer-sponsored time behind the wheel, this lesson can't help but tinge my impressions of a road test. So when my first weeklong tester arrived in the form of a Q7 TDI, I felt no desire to justify Audi's decision to bring the thing to market. After all, by any reasonable analysis, the brand built by Quattro wagons should have been the primary beneficiary of America's SUV craze. Or, at least its worst enemy. Instead the Q7 showed up for the party fashionably dressed but fashionably late. And very few wanted to buy it. With the high price of luxo ute party fuel already killing the festive vibes, is switching to a new drink enough to make Audi's SUV sales party like its 1999?

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One of the enduring lessons of the car game is that good vehicles don't always sell well. As a car writer who took on news analysis before ever getting manufacturer-sponsored time behind the wheel, this lesson can't help but tinge my impressions of a road test. So when my first weeklong tester arrived in the form of a Q7 TDI, I felt no desire to justify Audi's decision to bring the thing to market. After all, by any reasonable analysis, the brand built by Quattro wagons should have been the primary beneficiary of America's SUV craze. Or, at least its worst enemy. Instead the Q7 showed up for the party fashionably dressed but fashionably late. And very few wanted to buy it. With the high price of luxo ute party fuel already killing the festive vibes, is switching to a new drink enough to make Audi's SUV sales party like its 1999?

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Capsule Review: 1984 Audi 4000 S quattro http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/02/capsule-review-1984-audi-4000-s-quattro/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/02/capsule-review-1984-audi-4000-s-quattro/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2009 15:17:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=241682 Living in Breckenridge, Colorado, you need some sort of All-Wheel Drive setup. Snow remains the small town’s primary reason to exist. This explains the multitudes of Subarus, Audis, Volvos, and SUVs all equipped with four wheel motivation. Most drive away blissfully unaware of how recent this feature came to market (as little as 27 years […]

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Living in Breckenridge, Colorado, you need some sort of All-Wheel Drive setup. Snow remains the small town’s primary reason to exist. This explains the multitudes of Subarus, Audis, Volvos, and SUVs all equipped with four wheel motivation. Most drive away blissfully unaware of how recent this feature came to market (as little as 27 years […]

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