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    2015 Audi A3 Starts At $30,795*

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    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    October 25, 2013

    It appears we have the start of entry-level luxury car wars as Audi has announced pricing for the upcoming 2015 A3 sedan. The compact sedan will cost $30,875* (includes a $895 destination charge) when it arrives at dealers next spring.

    The A3 sedan will come a 1.8L TFSI four-cylinder with 170 horsepower and a six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. Front-wheel drive will be standard, while quattro all-wheel drive is an option.

    Standard equipment for the A3 sedan includes panoramic glass sunroof, leather seating surfaces, Bluetooth, and bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. The option list includes such items as Audi drive select, LED daytime running lights and taillights, MMI multimedia system, 4G LTE connectivity, and Bang & Olufsen sound system.

    Coming down the road for the A3 later this year is a diesel engine and cabriolet. In 2015, the hotted up S3 sedan with a 2.0L TFSI engine will arrive.

    Source: Audi

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    AUDI ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR ITS ALL-NEW 2015 A3 SEDAN

    - The A3 sedan brings a new level of standard features, craftsmanship and attention to detail to the fast growing entry premium market

    - An all-new A3 family from Audi will be rolled out over the next 18 months

    Audi today announced base pricing for its all-new 2015 A3 sedan. This compact powerhouse represents the entry level to the Audi brand of luxury vehicles with no compromises – it will offer a combination of standard features including a panoramic glass sunroof, leather seating surfaces, and bi-xenon headlights, all at a base MSRP starting at $29,900 .

    "The Audi A3 sedan raises the bar in this premium compact segment" said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. "It will add to our momentum in the U.S. marketplace by bringing a new level of technology, craftsmanship and performance to the market."

    The A3 sedan plays a pivotal role in the soon to be expanding Audi A3 family. It will be joined later in 2014 by the recently announced Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel, the high-performance S3 sedan and in early 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron® gasoline electric hybrid (PHEV). Even the base model of the all-new premium Audi A3 comes equipped with standard features that include Audi signature LED DRLs and taillights, Bluetooth® technology, Audi pre sense® basic and a panoramic glass sunroof.

    The A3 also marks the first time that a vehicle in this segment will offer MMI® technology, Audi drive select, 4G LTE connectivity and Bang & Olufsen® audio. Delivering the same prestige and high-quality materials found in the brand's flagship A8 model. The A3 will also feature standard leather seating surfaces and exceptional ergonomics.

    The A3 sedan will offer versatile powertrains for a wide variety of entry-luxury customer tastes, including a 1.8 TFSI®, 2.0 TFSI®, 2.0 TDI® clean diesel, and a high-output 2.0 TFSI® offered in the S3. For superior traction and handling the A3 will also offer the legendary Audi quattro® all-wheel drive which distributes power to the wheels that need it most.

    All engines are mated to the standard 6-speed S tronic® transmission, which provides the driver immense shifting flexibility and driving pleasure with smooth, dynamic acceleration and virtually no interruption to the power flow.

    The A3 will feature an all-new design and has been specifically tailored to meet the sedan preferences of the American market. The signature Singleframe® grille and available full-LED headlights, another first for the A-segment, are some of the notable design changes included in the all-new Audi A3 sedan.

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    Interesting, guess they feel they can compete with the ATS and BMW 3 series and MB C series. gonna be interesting. all sarcasm aside. :)

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    Interesting, guess they feel they can compete with the ATS and BMW 3 series and MB C series. gonna be interesting. all sarcasm aside. :)

    Umm, A3 will competing with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA and BMW 2-Series.

    Also, the A3 just undercuts the base CLA250 when you factor in the destination charge - $30,875 for the A3 vs. $30,825 for the CLA250.

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    these low end german rigs are so obviously geared to status seekers.

    how cheap can i get the status.

    i get the part about some want nice compacts. But really, this is the equivalent to hollister and abercrombie is to clothes as to cars.

    pretty expensive verano if you ask me.

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    Interesting, guess they feel they can compete with the ATS and BMW 3 series and MB C series. gonna be interesting. all sarcasm aside. :)

    Invalid. The A4 competes w/ the ATS, 3 series and C-class. This is below that level...though in size and price it's probably comparable to the late '90s A4.

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