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Audi to invest 14 billion euros in e-mobility, self-driving cars

FRANKFURT: Volkswagen’s premium auto brand Audi said on Tuesday it would invest 14 billion euros ($15.9 billion) through 2023 in electric mobility, digitalization and autonomous driving. Overall, the company’s total projected expenditure for the next five years amounts to 40 billion euros, the company said in a statement. It also plans restructuring measures that will generate 1 billion in earnings uplift already in 2018. “This planning round bears a clear signature: We are taking a very systematic approach to electric…

Audi’s electric SUV faces four-week delay because of software bug

FRANKFURT/SEOUL: Audi’s first electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) will hit showrooms four weeks later than planned because of a software development issue, a spokesman for the German luxury car brand said on Sunday. The spokesman said Audi’s e-tron midsize SUV faced delay because the carmaker needs new regulatory clearance for a piece of software that was modified during the development process. Audi staged a global launch of the e-tron in San Francisco last month as part of its effort to expand the market for premium…

Audi launches its first e-tron ‘electric’ SUV

SAN FRANCISCO: After years of introducing the concept, Audi has finally launched the fully electric SUV in US.  Audi's new addition ‘Edition One’  is set to hit  the consumer market by 2019, with a starting price of $74,800 going to $86,700. Audi becomes the first to take advantage of those new stations with a production passenger vehicle. The German automaker says that the e-tron can charge at 150 kW – or from 0 to 80% in about 30 minutes. But like any other electric vehicle, most of the charging will be…

Rising crime pushes bulletproof car production to record

MEXICO CITY: Historic levels of violent crime in Mexico have sparked a record increase in the country’s car-armoring business, with an industry group predicting a double-digit jump in the number of vehicles bulletproofed this year. There were more than 25,000 murders across Mexico last year, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data show, with 2018 on track to be even worse. That insecurity will help drive a 10 percent rise in car-armoring services this year to 3,284 cars, above the previous…

Head of Audi arrested in Germany over diesel scandal

FRANKFURT: Volkswagen’s supervisory boards suspended crisis talks to find a stand-in boss for its Audi brand which was convened after German authorities arrested current Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler as part of a probe into emissions test cheating. Stadler’s arrest on Monday threw Volkswagen into turmoil as it struggles to recover from cheating revelations, which emerged after regulators blew the whistle in September 2015 on the carmaker’s use of illegal software. The directors of Audi and Volkswagen discussed…

Renault unveils futuristic self-driving car at Geneva Motor Show

GENEVA: French car maker Renault an electric and autonomous concept vehicle at Geneva Motor Show and the concept has been earning praises from industry insiders all over the world.  Why? It's cocoon-like styling maximizes the field of vision of the autonomous system's sensors, and allow natural light through the panoramic glass roof. The robo-vehicle’s height does not interfere with pedestrians' view of the city  A first of its kind, Renault EZ-GO is both a vehicle and a service that allows people to…

Audi launches A4 Saloon in Pakistan

Audi AG has launched the exclusive and even more powerful, efficient and intelligent Audi A4 Saloon in Pakistan. The Audi A4 is  available in black and quantum grey colours. The vehicle impresses with a path-breaking synthesis of technology and aesthetics. There are seven engines which are underline by just one principle of less fuel consumption and more power. Audi A4 S has fuel consumption reduced by up to 21 percent while power was increased by up to 25 percent as compared to the predecessor model. For…

Pollution from tampered, German-sold Volkswagens to kill 1,200: study

BOSTON: Pollution from 2.6 million Volkswagen cars sold in Germany between 2008 and 2015, manipulated to seem less polluting than they were, will cause 1,200 premature deaths in Europe, a study into the health impacts of the fraud said on Friday. "The researchers estimate that 1,200 people in Europe will die early, each losing as much as a decade of their life, as a result of excess emissions generated," said the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which took part in the study. Of these, an estimated 500 deaths will…

Audi launches A6 Business Edition in Pakistan

Audi AG Pakistan has introduced the all-new Audi A6 Business Class Edition which has the improved features along with the luxury items included in the standard vehicle.  This edition improves the Audi A6 saloon with more power (190bhp), better performance (390Nm torque) and an intelligent pair of headlamps called full-LED. The LED headlights are available on request and turn night into day. The Business Class edition derives its name due to the Audi-designed specifications for owners who will largely occupy the rear…

Audi to expand electric car range in China with FAW

Audi will sell more electric car models in China and develop automated driving there, it said on Tuesday, deepening ties with local partner FAW Group Corp to counter challengers Mercedes-Benz and BMW in its top market. Volkswagen's luxury division and other carmakers are under pressure to sell greener cars in China as the world's biggest auto market tightens emissions rules and discourages the use of fossil-fueled cars in major cities to fight pollution. Audi and FAW have agreed to produce five more electric cars in…