2012 Audi A3

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2012 Audi A3
2012 Audi A3
The idea of a premium entry in the small-wagon category seemed strange back in 2006, but the A3 makes sense to enough buyers to have stuck around all these years. The A3's continued existence is certain proof that there are enough places in the United States -- in large cities, for instance -- where space is at a premium and small but versatile cars make sense. Often, those urban buyers are wealthy enough to afford a vehicle like an Audi A3. Even now, when carmakers are adding more and more luxury features to their small cars, this upscale compact hatchback remains the only vehicle of its type. The A3 is based on the last-generation Volkswagen Golf, which used to be its only competitor. Now, however, the Lexus CT200h has entered the ring, and its hybrid powertrain produces huge fuel economy numbers. The A3 is far quicker than the CT200h, though, whether equipped with the turbocharged gasoline engine or the turbo-diesel. Both engines are available with the VW Group's benchmark dual-clutch automatic transmission, and the turbo is also available with a six-speed manual. The ace in the A3's pocket is its available all-wheel-drive system, a feature no other car in this segment offers. And as nice as the Lexus is, we think the diesel-powered A3 is a more engaging, more luxurious way to break into the 40-mpg club.
2013 Audi A3 Sportback Front Three Quarter
Whether you gauge it as the Audi A3 sedan gaining a hatch or the A3 three-door hatchback gaining two more doors, Audi previewed the A3 five-door hatchback (dubbed the Sportback) a week before the car's Paris Motor Show debut.
2012 BMW M6 Convertible Front End 2
This week's Wide Open Throttle takes a look at two entirely different cars. Host Jessi Lang shows off the new 2012 BMW M6 convertible from California, while European editor Paul Horrell goes to Spain to check out the all-new Audi A3.
2013 Audi A3 Front Three Quarters View 2
Audi is betting big on the 2014 A3 in the U.S. market, counting on the new sedan model to boost popularity, but also aiming to bolster sales with a convertible and S3 and RS3 performance models.  “I would certainly like to see a comprehensive lineup for the A3 sedan that would include those halo models as well,” Audi of America president Johan de Nysschen said at the 2012 Geneva auto show. If that’s not convincing enough for you, take a look at how de Nysschen’s boss addressed the same topic.
Audi A3 E Tron Front Three Quarter
Audi is launching its first electric car, the A3 e-tron, on a trial basis in four markets across the country. The Audi A3 A3 e-tron pilot program will be open to drivers in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California; Washington, D.C.; and Denver, Colorado.
2013 Audi A3 Front Three Quarter
Audi fans can be an insatiable bunch. For those who have been excitedly awaiting the debut of the next-generation A3, the wait may be over: details and images of the all-new 2013 Audi A3 have hit the web. We already knew that the A3 was slated to make its official debut at the Geneva show and had gotten a glimpse at the car's interior, but now we have the full monty. Thanks to Russian news site ZR.RU, images and details of Audi's new compact hatch have leaked online. Previewed by the A3 Concept at last year's Geneva show, the all-new A3 maintains the Four Rings' corporate six-sided grille and front and rear LED running lights. The interior is decked out in black leather with contrasting bright orange stitching and bolsters. Dressing up the A3's design are wheels that mimic the five-spoke grey alloy wheels, which are also found across Audi's RS lineup. Unlike the concept, the leaked pictures show the three-door hatchback; a five-door hatch and a new four-door sedan are also in the works. Expect the sedan to be the first A3 that we see in the U.S., as it has been supposedly designed specifically for the American and Chinese markets. What’s beneath the skin? European-spec A3s are expected to launch with two forms of the ubiquitous turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4, although a turbo-diesel 1.6-liter TDI I-4 is also supposedly in the cards. At launch, all A3s will be front-wheel-drive, and sport either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Down the road, Quattro all-wheel drive, a hybrid driveline, and hotter S3 and RS3 models are expected to join the lineup. The new A3 is also the first car to ride on Volkswagen Group's new modular MQB platform that will underpin the majority of future VW models, ranging from the subcompact Polo up to the midsize Passat. Audi already previewed the 2013 A3's cabin at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The styling buck showed off the car's dashboard and front seats to highlight the brand's latest MMI infotainment system, which debuts in the A3. The new system includes an upgraded processor and user interface, revised graphics, and a larger console-mounted dial with an integrated touchpad. Make sure to stick with Automobile Magazine for all the information on the new 2013 Audi A3 after its official debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show, and for all the news from the show floor. Source: ZR.RU

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2012 Audi A3 Specifications

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Engine
2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
Horsepower:
200 hp @ 5100rpm
Torque:
207 ft lb of torque @ 1800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:11
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL
Summary
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL 2009-2012 JETTA AND JETTA SPORTWAGEN VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 2008 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, MODEL YEAR 2010-2012 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 2009 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, AND MODEL YEAR 2010-2012 AUDI A3 VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 2009 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, THAT ARE EQUIPPED WITH A 2.0L TDI COMMON RAIL DIESEL ENGINE/CLEAN DIESEL ENGINE. THE FUEL INJECTION PULSES COULD COINCIDE WITH THE NATURAL FREQUENCY OF THE INJECTOR LINE #2, IN SPECIFIC LOAD AND RPM CONDITIONS. THIS RESONANCE CREATES ADDITIONAL STRESS IN THE FUEL LINE.
Consequences
DUE TO THE RESONANCE CONDITION, INJECTOR LINE NUMBER 2 COULD DEVELOP SMALL CRACKS WHICH COULD LEAD TO FUEL LEAKAGE. LEAKING FUEL IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, MAY LEAD TO A FIRE.
Remedy
VOLKSWAGEN WILL INSTALL AN IMPROVED FUEL INJECTOR LINE FOR THE NUMBER 2 CYLINDER ON CERTAIN VEHICLES AND WILL INSTALL VIBRATION DAMPERS ON ALL OF THE INJECTOR LINES. VOLKSWAGEN AND AUDI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS TO HAVE THE VEHICLES REPAIRED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.
Potential Units Affected
168,275
Notes
VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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