Audi pushed hard for market credibility against Mercedes and BMW during the 1990s. The aluminum-framed A8 was a major step forward in that effort. Product planners in Ingolstadt wanted to find a way to build on their success.
As the world gears up to gape at the wedding of one Kate Middleton into the barrel of jug-eared inbreds known as the British royal family, Audi has figured out a way to turn the royals into silent spokesmodels.
While the debate boils in the United States about how many gadgets we should have in our dashboards, European makes are streaming ahead with broadband-quality wireless connections built-in. Will America lose an auto broadband race too?
According to Germany's Der Spiegel, Bugatti is working on a new sedan (Galibier?) based on the Audi A8. Also, Volkswagen's board has decided Bugatti will stop building sportscars in 2014. Just what VW needed — another uber-luxury sedan brand. [DerSpiegel]
According to InsideLine, Audi's looking to put the 2011 A8's new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission into the rest of its lineup. That may include the entry-level A3 model — even when it's equipped with the 2.0T four-banger. Simplicity, FTL! [InsideLine]