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    • By William Maley
      Audi of America sets new March record as SUVs and sedans drive consumer demand
      Sales of Q5 rose 18 percent; Q3 sales up 21 percent A4 sedan increased 20 percent; A6 sales up 8 percent First-quarter sales up 9 percent over last year HERNDON, Virginia, April 3, 2017 – Audi of America reported a March sales increase of 2 percent to 18,705 vehicles, as the Q5, Q3 and A4 led the volume gains.
      March 2017 marked the 75th consecutive month of record sales for Audi of America. The previous March record was set last year with 18,392 vehicles sold. Through the first quarter of 2017, Audi sales have risen 9 percent to 45,647 vehicles.
      SUV sales remained strong with the volume-leading Q5 posting sales of 4,382 vehicles, an increase of 18 percent for the month. Sales of the Q3 rose 21 percent over last year to 1,818 vehicles. The Q7 posted 2,660 sales for the month.
      Consumer demand for Audi sedans bolstered March results. The A4 posted sales of 3,876 vehicles, a 20 percent increase for the month and a 25 percent increase year-to-date. A6 sales rose to 1,576 vehicles, an increase of 8 percent for the month and 10 percent year-to-date.
      The A3 Sportback e-tron had its second-best sales month ever with 414 vehicles, an increase of 25 percent for the month and 32 percent year-to-date.
      “We just kicked off our most significant product launch cadence in Audi of America history with the all-new A5 and Q5 models,” said Mark Del Rosso, chief operating officer, Audi of America. “The consumer interest and excitement that are building around these models indicate that our sales momentum will continue into the spring selling season.”
      AUDI US SNAPSHOT
      --MTD--
      --YTD--
      Model Line
      Mar '17 
      Actual
      Mar '16 
      Actual
      Yr/Yr % 
      change
      Mar '17 YTD  Actual
      Mar '16 YTD 
      Actual
      Yr/Yr % 
      change
      A3
      1,954
      2,841
      -31.2%
      4,888
      6,597
      -25.9%
      A3 e-tron
      414
      332
      24.7%
      1,201
      907
      32.4%
      A4
      3,876
      3,226
      20.1%
      7,990
      6,378
      25.3%
      A5
      674
      784
      -14.0%
      1,311
      1,901
      -31.0%
      A6
      1,576
      1,453
      8.5%
      3,678
      3,358
      9.5%
      A7
      541
      605
      -10.6%
      1,426
      1,466
      -2.7%
      A8
      288
      422
      -31.8%
      793
      985
      -19.5%
      allroad
      186
      177
      5.1%
      578
      450
      28.4%
      Q5
      4,382
      3,728
      17.5%
      11,312
      8,840
      28.0%
      Q7
      2,660
      3,004
      -11.5%
      7,548
      6,993
      7.9%
      Q3
      1,818
      1,505
      20.8%
      4,102
      3,395
      20.8%
      R8
      69
      7
      885.7%
      199
      27
      637.0%
      TT
      267
      308
      -13.3%
      621
      663
      -6.3%
      Total Audi Sales
      18,705
      18,392
      1.7%
      45,647
      41,960
      8.8%
      Total CPO Sales
      4,081
      4,251
      -4.0%
      10,964
      11,331
      -3.2%
       
      NOTES:
      - A3 includes A3 Sedan, S3 Sedan and A3 Cabriolet, but does not include A3 Sportback e-tron.
      - A4 includes A4 Sedan and S4 Sedan, but does not include A4 allroad.
      - A5 includes A5 Coupe, S5 Coupe, RS 5 Coupe, A5 Cabriolet, S5 Cabriolet and RS 5 Cabriolet.
      - A6 includes A6 Sedan and S6 Sedan.
      - A7 includes A7 Sedan, S7 Sedan and RS 7 Sedan.
      - A8 includes A8 Sedan, A8 L Sedan and S8 Sedan.
      - Q5 includes Q5 and SQ5.
      - R8 includes R8 Coupe and R8 Spyder.
      - TT includes TT Coupe, TTS Coupe and TT Roadster.
    • By William Maley
      We know Cadillac is planning a major product offensive beginning with the XT3 crossover next year, along with a few other products such as a seven-seat crossover and a competitor to the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA. Automobile Magazine reports that Cadillac is planning eight all-new or redesigned models by 2022. They include,
      XT3: (Compact crossover) in 2018 CT3: (ATS Replacement) in 2018 XT7: (Seven-seat crossover that is reported to be on Omega. Other reports put say it will use the platform underpinning the redesign Buick Enclave/Chevrolet Traverse) in 2019 CT5: (Replacement for the CTS) in 2019 XT1 or XT2 (Subcompact crossover) in 2020 XT5 Redesign (Possibly going on Omega) in 2021 CT1 or CT2 (A3 and CLA fighter) in 2021 CT8: (Flagship using Omega) in 2021 All of these models are expected to use an evolutionary design theme from the Escala concept. It is still unknown whether or not the CT1/CT2 will use the Delta front-wheel drive platform or use Alpha.
      The brand is also planning investments totaling $800 million into their retail operations in the U.S.
      Source: Automobile
      Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers and Gears

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    • By William Maley
      We know Cadillac is planning a major product offensive beginning with the XT3 crossover next year, along with a few other products such as a seven-seat crossover and a competitor to the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA. Automobile Magazine reports that Cadillac is planning eight all-new or redesigned models by 2022. They include,
      XT3: (Compact crossover) in 2018 CT3: (ATS Replacement) in 2018 XT7: (Seven-seat crossover that is reported to be on Omega. Other reports put say it will use the platform underpinning the redesign Buick Enclave/Chevrolet Traverse) in 2019 CT5: (Replacement for the CTS) in 2019 XT1 or XT2 (Subcompact crossover) in 2020 XT5 Redesign (Possibly going on Omega) in 2021 CT1 or CT2 (A3 and CLA fighter) in 2021 CT8: (Flagship using Omega) in 2021 All of these models are expected to use an evolutionary design theme from the Escala concept. It is still unknown whether or not the CT1/CT2 will use the Delta front-wheel drive platform or use Alpha.
      The brand is also planning investments totaling $800 million into their retail operations in the U.S.
      Source: Automobile
      Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers and Gears
    • By William Maley
      The only Audi crossover that has the vaunted RS badge is the Q3, but that is going changing in the near future.
      Speaking with Car and Driver, Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann said there would be more RS-badged crossovers in the near future.
      “We don’t have a big lineup. The right cars means having them in segments that are growing, and also segments that are equally distributed in the regions of the world. Therefore a CUV shift is due; we are working on it, and you will see it coming.”
      Sources have previously said that the Q7 and upcoming Q8 will get the RS treatment. There is also the possibility of an RS Q5. One item you will not see under the hood of any RS crossover is a diesel engine.
      "If I have to put money down for an investment which has to make a return worldwide, then diesel will never be the priority,” said Winkelmann.
      Source: Car and Driver

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