Audi considering Q5 crossover/cabriolet – seriously

May 11th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Is there really a market for crossover-cabriolet vehicles or is it just one niche too far? Nissan were the first to try and find out the answer with its Murano CrossCabriolet revealed late last year and now it would seem Audi wants a slice of that action as well.

Reports coming out of Europe are claiming that Audi is already at work on a cabriolet version of the Q5. While details remain scarce the new model will likely be based on the Audi Cross Cabriolet Quattro concept (pictured) which first premiered at the Frankfurt Auto Show back in 2007. The Audi Q5 cabriolet is expected to retain the two-door configuration of the concept, and should feature a soft-top roof. An electric motor will handle opening and closing the roof.

The Audi Q5 cabrio will not be an uncompromising driver’s car by any means, but more a highly styled cruiser with high quality materials and unique styling. Expect it to be priced accordingly. Continue reading “Audi considering Q5 crossover/cabriolet – seriously” »

Porsche confirms smaller ‘Cajun’ SUV for production

December 1st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Rumours of a smaller Porsche SUV have been circulating the web for years now but Porsche has finally ended speculation and officially green-lighted its entry-level Cajun crossover.

Designed to increase sales volumes and attract new, younger customers, the Cajun will be an “efficient and sporty model” with design goals of “typical Porsche features such as light weight, ease of handling and agility.” The new crossover will share a platform with the Audi Q5 and feature styling influenced by VW design boss Walter de’ Silva. It will be given sportier themes and priced around five to ten percent higher than the Audi.

The Cajun is expected to be launched in 2014 and will be a direct and fierce competitor for the Mercedes GLK, BMW X3, and Land Rover Evoque.

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne

BMW X1 becomes Europe’s top-selling premium SUV

August 17th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

In a reversal of form and by a margin of just 407 vehicles, the BMW X1 has fended off the Audi Q5 to be Europe’s highest-selling premium SUV for the first six months of 2010. BMW gladly sold 44,067 units of the X1 from January to June, compared to 43,660 units of the Q5.

The Volvo XC60 (29,616 units), Land Rover Freelander (20,138 units) and the BMW X5 (16,565) were the others in the five top selling SUVs in Europe for that time period.

Sales of the X1 have certainly not slowed down and the X1 is the cheapest vehicle in the top five premium SUVs which has clearly helped.

However, the list could get quickly rewritten once 2011 model year vehicles go on sale.  This new breed could include X1 competitors from Mercedes-Benz, along with the Audi Q3 and Saab 9-4X.  The MINI Countryman may also steal some customers away from the X1, even though it may not be labelled a premium SUV.

To read a Car and SUV review of the new BMW X1, click here. Continue reading “BMW X1 becomes Europe’s top-selling premium SUV” »

Friendly Competition – Audi

April 9th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Even in the friendliest competitions there is a winner and a loser. One of Audi’s biggest competitors is forced to face this truth, following the results of three straight Car and Driver comparison tests.

Audi Q5 – “Identity Theft Nightmare”

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Identity theft can happen to anyone, be different, be Audi Q5


Audi Q5 – “Identity Theft at School”

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Identity theft affects everyone, be different, be Audi Q5


Audi Q5

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Exterior and interior beauty shots of the Audi Q5

Audi to unleash Q5 custom concept at GTI Meet

May 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Audi Q5 concept fq

Every year, Europe’s Volkswagen and Audi hardcore fans head to Wörthersee, Austria for the annual GTI Meet, a huge annual gathering of the brands’ faithful. Over the past few years, the Wörthersee Tour has been home to the unveilings of several concept cars, like the ridiculous 650-horsepower VW Golf GTI W12. For this year’s meeting, Audi has unveiled the Q5 Custom Concept — a dressed up version of the new compact CUV.

In addition to the obvious cosmetic changes designed to display Audi’s range of factory accessories, the crossover packs a serious whack under it’s bonnet, where a 408-horsepower version of the new, supercharged 3.0 TFSI six-cylinder resides. The Q5 concept is apparently good for a zero-to-100 sprint of just 4.4 seconds, and won’t stop till a governed top-speed of 250 kph. Other mods to the show car include Spendy ceramic brakes, active sound exhaust system, a modified air intake, cooling water strut brace in engine compartment and 21-inch rims.

At the show the Audi stand will also be home to many other Audis from throughout the marque’s history, including examples as varied as the legendary Ur-Quattro and the much more recent A1 Sportback concept.

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