A3 and Q3 create a record month with the brand easily on track to another record year. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Dec. 1, 2015 2016 Audi e-tron Premium PHEV-16 - $37,900 + a $925 D&H charge to start. A $4,168 Federal tax credit is available as are many state/local incentives. The first Audi PHEV will be available in 3 trims, the base Premium for $37,900, Premium Plus for $42,000 and the top of the line Prestige for $46,800. The 2016 A3 Sportback e-tron features a 1.4L TFSI engine mated to a 6-speed S tronic AT. Combined with a liquid-cooled, permanent magnet-driven electric motor, the A3 e-tron produces 204 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. An 8.8 kWh Li-Ion traction battery provides electrical energy storage and is packaged beneath the rear seat, allowing full use of the hatches volume. For a more in-depth look at the upcoming 2016 Audi A3 e-tron, consider the following: Audi’s A3 e-tron PHEV-31 Audi’s e-tron Program Continues Rolling Silently Along VW and Audi near Future Sustainability Initiatives Ramping Up The 2015 Audi A3 e-tron PHEV_Pre-Sales Begin in Germany A3 e-tron Preview 2016 Audi A3 e-Tron Great looking hatch with nice handling and super efficient for short haul drivetrain. The charging connection for the A3 Sportback e-tron is located behind the four rings in the Singleframe grille. This placement in the front of the vehicle is convenient for charging from a power source on either side of the vehicle and the port is hidden when not in use. 2016 Audi A3 e-tron Charging From a Level2 240V charging station or outlet, the battery can be refilled from flat in just under 2.5 hours. It will take approximately 8 hours to charge from flat from a std. 120V outlet. The A3 e-tron app allows the driver to remotely check on the SoC of their A3 e-tron, schedule a charge time or pre-condition the interior – heating or cooling – to meet the owner’s needs. 2016 Audi A3 e-tron Drive Mode(s) The A3 Sportback e-tron can be driven in EV mode until SoC is low, Hybrid mode, Hold mode which saves the onboard charge for later use, and a Charge Battery mode where the gas engine recharges the battery at highway speeds. A lot of power for an efficient C-segment Hot Hatch. 2016 Audi A3 e-tron Chassis The A3 Sportback e-tron is sprung upfront by a MacPherson strut with A-arms and aluminum pivot bearings joined to an aluminum subframe. Out back it incorporates a four-link system with a steel cross member. The springs and shock absorbers are mounted separately. The electromechanically assisted steering system operates efficiently with reduced mechanical drag. 2016 Audi A3 e-tron Standard Features The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron comes equipped with a wide variety of standard equipment, including. Xenon plus high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights LED taillights with rear fog lights LED interior lighting package Power locking with radio-operated key fob remote control for doors, tailgate and fuel door with selective unlocking Dual-zone Auto climate Three-spoke multifunction leather-wrapped wheel Audi advanced key – keyless start, stop and entry Audi drive select Rear view camera, with front and rear parking sensors Audi pre sense basic The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron incorporates an e-tron specific Singleframe grille, S line front/rear fasciae and side sills, rear bumper with hidden exhaust outlet, available full LED headlights, available aluminum roof rails, Panoramic sunroof with retractable sunshade and pinch protection and 16’’ alloys standard with 17” and 18” wheels available. That looks like an Audi interior alright. Inside the 5-passenger Audi A3 Sportback e-tron features 13.6 cu ft. of luggage capacity, MMI wheel with optional MMI touch, Ultra-thin 7’’ MMI screen with available 7” display, XM Sat Radio, circular air vents, 3D optic inlays, e-tron specific shift knob, badging on the dash, instrument cluster and door sills. Other available features include, MMI navigation plus system with 4G LTE, MMI touch, two SD card slots for MP3 files. The MMI system has an electronically extending screen and an available touch pad incorporated into the rotary MMI control wheel. A 705 watt 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen Sound System is optional on the A3 Sportback e-tron. Audi connect, including read aloud Twitter alerts, access to more than 7,000 Internet broadcast stations, RSS news feeds and more. MMI navigation plus uses 4G LTE for Navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron offers several advanced technology features, including: Standard Audi pre sense basic system which helps detect when an emergency maneuver is being made and prepares the vehicle and its occupant restraint systems in advance of a possible collision Available Audi side assist, including lane change assistant, operating at speeds above 19mph and providing visual warnings located in exterior mirror housings Standard electronic cruise control with coast, resume and accelerate features Available Audi adaptive cruise control with stop & go Available Audi active lane assist: when the system detects that the driver is leaving the lane without signaling, the car, through gentle corrective steering efforts, will assist the driver to remain in the lane Audi pre sense front: includes brake assist or partial braking when the risk of a collision is detected With all of the above, we will try and get behind the wheel of one early next year. Audi November 2015 Sales Overview Audi reported that sold 16,700 vehicles in November, up 0.4% over the previous record November when 16,640 vehicles were sold. This was the brand’s 59th straight month of record U.S. sales. Year to date, the Brand of Four Rings has sold 181,803 vehicles, up a spectacular 11.7 percent over the 162,773 vehicles sold through the same period of 2014. Audi stated they are only 208 vehicles sales short of Audi’s record sales year across all of 2014! Mark Del Rosso, Executive VP and COO, Audi of America: Audi November 2015 Brand Sales Highlights The Audi A3 had another superlative month with 3,028 vehicles sold, up 20.6 percent over the 2,511 sold in November of 2014 when there were two more selling days. The Q5 was picked up by 4,520 new owners, up 8.0 percent over the 4,184 sold in November of 2014. Year to date, Q5 sales of 45,949 is up 21.3 percent over the 37,869 sold through the same period of 2014. Year to date sales of 32,732 is up 67.3 percent over the 19,560 sold through the same period of 2014. November 2015 Segment Sales Totals U.S. November 2015 Sales vs. November 2014 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 14 Automobile Manufacturers GM November 2015 Sales Up 1.5% with 229,296 Vehicles Sold. Toyota November 2015 Sales Up 3.4% with 189,517 Vehicles Sold. Ford November 2015 Sales Up 0.4% with 187,794 Vehicles Sold. FCA November 2015 Sales Up 3.0% with 175,974 Vehicles Sold. Honda November 2015 Sales Down 5.2% with 115,441 Vehicles Sold. Nissan November 2015 Sales Up 3.8% with 107,083 Vehicles Sold. Hyundai November 2015 Sales Up 11.8% with 60,007 Vehicles Sold. Subaru November 2015 Sales Up 1.8% with 46,070 Vehicles Sold. Kia November 2015 Sales Up 1.4% with 45,553 Vehicles Sold. BMW November 2015 Sales Up 1.2% with 36,447 Vehicles Sold. Mercedes-Benz November 2015 Sales Down 11.7% with 33,475 Vehicles Sold. VW November 2015 Sales Down 24.7% with 23,882 Vehicles Sold. Mazda November 2015 Sales Up 7.0% with 22,732 Vehicles Sold. Audi November 2015 Sales Up 0.4% % with 16,700 Vehicles Sold. Toyota moved past Ford to become the second largest volume seller in the U.S. in November. The auto industry posted strong November sales of more than 1.32 million vehicles, up 2.3 percent over November of 2014 despite just 23 selling days this November vs. 25 selling days in November of 2014. For the year, light duty sales are trending to finish off the year at approximately 17.4 million, the highest since 2000. November was the third consecutive month in a row with a SAAR above 18 million. The six-month moving average for the SAAR is quickly approaching 18.0 million. Placing this number into perspective, the industry’s best U.S. sales year ever was 2000, when 17.8 million light duty vehicles were delivered.