Mundane-looking 2015 Audi A3 first with 4G

As we swooped up a curving mountain road, shielded from the bright, spring sunshine by tall Redwoods, CNET editor Antuan Goodwin and I discussed the signature driving feel of Audi cars. Appropriately enough, we were driving the 2015 Audi A3, the new sedan replacing the older A3 small wagon. The words light and easy came to mind. Quattro-equipped Audis also inspire confidence in their handling.

This new A3 exhibited these qualities, and seemed to further refine a driving ideal to which Audi engineers are working.

As Audi's new entry level car, the A3 starts at a price just under $… Read more

The 404 1,441: Where we ride the green wave (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- An Estonian photographer discovered an abandoned movie theater in the Sinai desert.

- This photographer just made $15k in one day on Instagram.

- Audi's new tech can turn every traffic light green.

- Banter tries to reinvent the chat room.… Read more

Concept cars, Apple CarPlay, and a BMW: 12 must-see videos from the Geneva auto show

Geneva isn't just the home of expensive watches, chocolate, and international diplomacy, it also brings us one of the premier car shows on the automatize industry's calendar. And just as we've done for the last several years, CNET was there to bring you hottest rides at the show.

CNET's full coverage of the Geneva Auto Show

As you might expect, the Geneva event put a big focus on European firms, but Hyundai, Nissan, and born-in-America names like Jeep show up, as well. And when we're not looking at vehicles of all types -- from concept … Read more

History of the Audi TT: The past, the present and the future

The original Audi TT took the world by storm -- it was a small, good looking sports car that appealed to those with a taste for the aesthetic. Designed by some very talented people (who have gone on to do some stunning stuff -- Peter Schreyer, one of the team who worked on the interior made Kia's EU offerings look the way they do), the TT looked unlike anything else the company had produced.

Based on the Mk IV Golf platform, many didn't find its drive able to match its looks. That said, the 3.2-litre V-6 did … Read more

New Audi TT shows up with a techie twist

GENEVA -- The attractive and costly little Audi TT works as a weekend toy for the wealthy or a symptom of midlife crisis, a sports car usually out of reach of the average backroad flogger. That niche must work well for Audi, however, as the 2015 TT, launched at the Geneva auto show, holds the line on this formula.

Looking toward techie wealth it seems, Audi adds a substantial tech twist to the new TT in the form of its Virtual Cockpit.

Styling updates to the new TT are slight, showing in a slightly less rounded roofline and a single-frame … Read more

Supercars and stylish concepts slated for Geneva auto show

With a few years of troubles in the European automotive sector and not much preview news, I hadn't been expecting much for the 2014 Geneva auto show. But the last month proved me wrong, wrong, wrong. Almost every major automaker, and many you've probably never heard of, has something big planned for the show, from blisteringly fast supercars, to design concepts, to the kinds of new models that matter for the everyday driver.

Last December, Lamborghini released news of its Gallardo replacement, the Huracan. Not only sporting a 610-horsepower V-10 engine, the Huracan brings in high-tech features such … Read more

Audi TT design follows R8, VW Beetle

While we look forward to the high-tech compactness of the new Audi A3, it is the new TT model we really want to drive. Audi seems to know this, dribbling out information a little at a time before the car's Geneva auto show unveiling in early March. At CES, we saw the car's Virtual Cockpit, a huge step forward for Audi's cabin tech. Now, Audi slipped a few sheets from the designer's notebook to give us a vague idea of what the finished product will look like.

And, overall, it looks like a TT.

The sketches … Read more

Is the Audi RS Q3 a worthy RS?

Seeing the letters 'R' and 'S' on an Audi's arse makes me happy. It means that under the hood there's plenty of power, it'll be comfortable to ride in, and it looks a bit special. RS Audis are best suited for lazier type of driver - one who wants to go very quickly without having to worry about much else. I love them -- the RS 6 is my favourite, if I'm honest, as it'll manage nearly 200mph and has a giant boot. Excessive speed, yes, but the torque required to get it there means … Read more

A big Super Bowl question: Love the doberhuahua?

Great Aunt Grace, who normally only comes to your Super Bowl parties because the beer is cold, the food is free and the conversation salty, will be talking about this.

It might even put her off her cold beer and free food. For this is a Super Bowl ad designed to not to amaze Grace.

Audi is desperate to tell you that it loathes compromise.

So to make you salivate over its new A3 sedan and its fragrant innards, it's going to show you a dog that salivates over, well, scaring people shirtless.

"It's disturbing to look … Read more

The Audi S3 is subtle, yet devastatingly quick

I like fast cars. That's a given being a "car guy," but sometimes it needs saying. I don't mind what shape they come in -- so long as they're quick there's a chance I'll be quite enamored with them. So throwing a 300 bhp motor in to one of the best hatches out there is sure to be a recipe for smiles.

The "S" badge that adorns certain Audis is a hint that it's no slouch. It's going to go very quickly and be a bit of a giggle. … Read more

Originally posted at XCAR

By Alex Goy