Audi A3
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Make: Audi
Model: A3
Audi A3

If you are looking for a nice small family entry-level luxury car then the Audi A3 may be for you. This car, produced by the German automaker Audi since 1996 has experienced a successful run in the marketplace. It is built on a Volkswagen A platform that is also found on the Volkswagen Golf, koda Octavia and SEAT Leaf<sup>3</sup>n. The original A3 made its first appearance in the European market in 1996, marking Audi's thankful return to the lower market segments since the demise of the Audi 50. Initially, the car was only available with a three-door hatchback body, in an attempt to present a sportier image than the Golf, in both the front- and four-wheel drive versions. Regardless, all engines had a four-cylinder configuration and were transversally mounted. The second generation of the Audi A3 was released at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show. This version was a Type 8P and was designed by Walter de'Silva. Its original launch was as a three-door hatchback with only a four-cylinder engine, featuring a new mechanical platform (the PQ35 platform), a redesigned and roomier interior, new petrol engines with Fuel Stratified Injection and standard six-speed gearboxes. Thankfully, the line was expanded in April 2006 with the introduction of a more powerful 2.0 TDI with 170 PS (125 kW). Shortly thereafter, in August 2006, Audi announced the arrival of the S3 version, which quickly took to the top of the line and became the new range topper. The 2.0 TFSI engine was upgraded to 265 PS (195 kW), thanks to a higher turbo pressure of 1.2 bars, and is available with a standard 6-speed manual and Quattro. The second generation S3 impressible accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds. Audi has continued to update the line with a new addition in January 2007, at which time the normally aspirated 2.0 FSI was replaced by a new turbocharged 1.8 TFSI engine, with 160 PS (118 kW). It is available in front-wheel drive only.

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