- Audi of America to show at SEMA for first time
- Audi, Rentech Tout Advanced Clean Diesel’s Role in Protecting the Environment
- Porsche 911 GT2 RS Sold Out after Only a Few Months
- IRC: Skoda Motorsport’s Juho Hanninen dominates Scottish Rally
Posted: 20 Oct 2010 12:06 PM PDT
Audi of America today announced that it will exhibit — for the first time ever — at the SEMA Show, the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, Nov. 2-5, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of the SEMA experience, and look forward to turning heads with our vehicles, demonstrations, and a sophisticated lineup of After Sales and electronics products that enhance connectivity and entertainment,” said David Tait, Audi’s lead After Sales executive and spokesman on the SEMA project.
“We think Audi owners will be delighted to learn about our new technologies that will enable them, in cooperation with Audi dealers, to personalize their Audi vehicles in exciting and interesting new ways. Our show cars will represent the pinnacle of what owners can do with an Audi, and unleash a variety of opportunities for our vendors, as well.”
In addition to After Sales products, the six-vehicle display will feature the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak, and the Audi R8 Custom Spyder by STaSIS Engineering equipped with a supercharged engine (5.2 FSIV10 – 710 HP).
A demonstration of the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak is planned for Tues., Nov. 2, at 3:40 pm, just outside the North Hall. (More details to follow.)
The exhibit will also be equipped with special, extreme sports Audi gear.
“Let’s just say we’ll have a few distinctive, concept items on the stand that definitely won’t disappoint the unique SEMA audience,” he added.
In addition to a record vehicles sales year, Audi After Sales has expanded its portfolio of Genuine Audi Accessories offerings leading to an all-time record sales year in both its parts and accessory business within the U.S.
September 2010 sales of Audi cars and SUVs marked the sixth record month of 2010, and also represented the best third quarter ever in Audi U.S. sales history. The September results keep the German luxury automaker on track to set a vehicle sales record in the U.S. by year end. The existing annual sales record for Audi in the U.S. is 93,506 vehicles sold in 2007.
The Audi of America SEMA exhibit will be located in the Mobile Electronics Area of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall, Booth 11245.
Posted: 20 Oct 2010 07:00 AM PDT
Today, Governor Schwarzenegger welcomed the “Eureka! Diesel Driving the Future” journey to Sacramento in a celebration at the Capitol steps. Audi, Rentech, Inc., and the Green Car Journal are partnering to drive two Audi A3 TDIs the length of California, powered exclusively by low-carbon, synthetic RenDiesel® fuel produced by Rentech, Inc. (NYSE AMEX: RTK). The tour promotes advanced clean diesel and demonstrates the ability of the Audi A3 TDI to run on synthetic clean diesel for greater efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The Audi A3 TDI® is Green Car Journal’s 2010 Green Car of the Year®.
The clean diesel journey, conducted by Green Car Journal, is part of the magazine’s Green Car of the Year Tour™ that focuses on the efficiency and reduced carbon dioxide emissions of advanced clean diesel vehicles as well as the importance of low-carbon, sustainable, non-petroleum fuels in California’s future.
“California was the first state to implement a low carbon fuel standard, and we continue to see innovation, investment and job creation in our state because of this commitment,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger “The Audi A3 TDI and RenDiesel are proof of this investment and are further evidence that reliable, clean fuel alternatives are the future. I applaud Audi, Rentech and the Green Car Journal for helping to keep California on the leading edge of this booming industry and for their great work to advance efficient, low-carbon fuels that will reduce our dependency on oil.”
The four-day journey kicked off on Monday in Eureka. Today’s event in Sacramento included a tour of the Audi A3 TDIs; a display of RenDiesel® exhibiting the ultra-clean nature of the synthetic fuel; and remarks by the Governor and executives from Rentech, Audi and the Green Car Journal.
The next stop on the clean diesel journey will be in Rialto, home to Rentech’s proposed Rialto Renewable Energy Center (Rialto Project). The City will be commemorated as “The Chosen City for America’s New Fuels.” The Rialto Project, which is anticipated to create over 1,000 direct and indirect jobs during the construction and operations phases, is designed to produce approximately 640 barrels per day of renewable synthetic fuels, primarily RenDiesel®, and approximately 35 MW of renewable electric power (RenPowerTM), from urban green waste diverted from landfills. Both of these products will have low-carbon footprints and help California reduce greenhouse gas emissions, consistent with the State’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Renewable Portfolio Standard. The project is a candidate for a U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee.
The renewable RenDiesel® to be produced at the Rialto Project promises to reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 97% when compared to conventional clean diesel fuel and by a comparable amount over electric vehicles. The emissions produced by combustion of RenDiesel® are lower in particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx) and carbon dioxide (CO²), compared to petroleum-based fuels. In addition, RenDiesel® produces fewer emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) than ethanol or traditional clean diesel and has the potential to be twice as fuel-efficient as a car running on ethanol.
Audi has long embraced environmental stewardship, most recently with this clean diesel journey to demonstrate that RenDiesel® works with existing diesel engines and that today’s Audi TDI technology can achieve its customary performance using a synthetic fuel.
The “Eureka! Diesel Driving the Future” will celebrate the 1,000-mile journey’s conclusion with a clean diesel panel discussion at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on October 21st. The panel will be moderated by Green Car Journal’s Ron Cogan, and Matt Petersen, President of Global Green USA. Executives from Rentech, Audi, Bosch and Argonne National Laboratory will discuss the latest advances that have made clean diesel vehicles feasible options for today’s market, and the role synthetic and bio-based diesel fuels will play in the future.
- Audi of America
Posted: 20 Oct 2010 06:30 AM PDT
The most powerful and high-performance road-going sports car in the history of the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is not only fast on the road: all 500 units of the limited edition 911 GT2 RS were sold to customers within an extremely short amount of time. Presented at the Moscow Auto Salon on August 25th, this top model emphasizes the success story of the 911.
The Porsche 911 GT2 RS embodies what Porsche Intelligent Performance stands for. Despite the fact that its power has been enhanced by 90 HP, its fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have actually been reduced by about 5 percent compared to the 911 GT2, bringing them down to 11.9 l/100 km (NEDC) and 284 g/km, respectively. The highly-efficient, 3.6 liter six-cylinder boxer engine boosted by two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry (VTG), offers 620 HP and accelerates the high-performance sports car from zero to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.
Posted: 20 Oct 2010 06:00 AM PDT
Juho Hanninen & Mikko Markkula of Skoda Motorsport (factory team) won the last-but-one race of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) to decorate the victory in this year’s Drivers Competition that they had secured at the previous event.
Skoda Motorsport appeared in Scotland thanks to close cooperation with the UK importer of Skoda, and although it was their first-ever appearance at this particular event, the team confirmed their dominance in this year’s IRC (Skoda Motorsport has won both the Drivers and the Manufacturers competitions). The race took place in the surroundings of the Scottish towns of Perth and Stirling, on a typical gravel track with many fast and narrow stretches. That, apparently, was exactly what Hanninen & Markkula needed for winning their third IRC event this year. After making a small mistake in the first special stage, the factory team crew worked their way up to the lead and then cruised to comfortable victory. Norway’s Andreas Mikkelsen (Ford) came second, Scotland’s Kriss Meeke (Peugeot), defending his win of last year, finished third.
Juho Hanninen: “A fantastic end of a fantastic season! The race was not easy, as the track included both dry and very slippery parts, but that was actually what made the whole thing exciting. I am very pleased that we have won here, the car went perfectly again, just like all over this season – we had no technical problem at any of the events, which is incredible! I wish to thank the whole team for perfect support and their hundred-percent commitment, I am very proud of winning the title and having a chance to be part of this team all over this season, and I am saying this on behalf of the whole crew.“
Michal Hrabanek: “First of all, I am pleased that we have represented our brand so well in this important market and met the expectations of our importer (UK). This result is another of many great achievements we have made with the Skoda Fabia Super 2000 this season. Juho Hanninen and Mikko Markkula certainly deserved to win here, and their victory was the best possible way of thanking the whole team for hard work throughout this year.
- Skoda Motorsport
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