• Jul 16, 2014
Nissan is pretty darn serious about being king of the EV industry. Just see what Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer has to say at the launch of the e-NV200: "When it comes to zero emissions, we're absolutely religious. We'll be the absolute, No. 1 leader in zero emissions. No doubt. That's our positioning." Bold words, to be sure. Toyota, on the other hand, ended its collaboration with Tesla (whom Nissan mustn't forget about in its quest to reign supreme in the EV world) to build the RAV4 EV, and will focus instead on hybrids and testing the waters with hydrogen cars. Says Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, "I would rather invest my dollars in fuel cell development than in another 2,500 EVs." Read more at Automotive News or Autoweek.

To celebrate 25 years of TDI technology, Audi is releasing the A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI Competition special edition in Europe. The Competition uses Audi's biturbocharged, 3.0-liter diesel engine boosted to 326 horsepower, giving the car a 0-62 time of 5.1 seconds. It comes with the S line sport package and is offered in four exterior colors: Daytona Gray, Misano Red, Nardo Gray and Sepang Blue. The interior is black leather, with the option of Misano Red or Agate Gray contrast stitching. The Competition edition will go on sale in August starting at €72,000 (about $97,700). Audi's first Turbocharged Direct Injection engine debuted at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show in the Audi 100 2.5 TDI. See the press release down below for more details.

There was another Tesla Model S crash recently, this one at the Tesla Store. The driver apparently crashed the freshly purchased car into the Tesla sign before even making it off the lot. According to Reddit user s1lentway, who was at the Tesla Store in Fremont, California when it happened, "We believe this is someone who just got their car. They must have been driving it for less than a minute and lost control, crashing right into the sign missing the showroom glass windows only by a few inches." Wrecked Exotics suggests the driver hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal. Probably the best comment in the Reddit post: "Edison strikes again." See the original post at Reddit for more corny jokes, speculation and similar stories from other users.

Take a lap in a Formula E racecar. The video below offers up the sights and sounds of a hot, wet lap in the open-cockpit, all-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E. This run takes place at the historic Donington Park circuit, where Formula E has its headquarters. The video gives us an earful of the spaceship-like noise of the EV racer, complete with shifting. Are you excited yet? The inaugural FIA Formula E season begins September 13 in Beijing, China, and finishes June 27, 2015 at Battersea Park in London, England.
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Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition:
25 years of Audi TDI technology


- 3.0 TDI biturbo with 240 kW (326 hp)
- From 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.1 seconds
- More power and exclusive equipment


Impressive power and sports car driving performance – Audi is celebrating the 25th anniversary of TDI technology with a dynamic special edition model. The Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition makes its potential clear – it delivers 240 kW (326 hp), combined with a powerful 650 Nm (479.4 lb-ft) of torque, and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.1 seconds. With the boost function active, it can take advantage of an additional 15 kW (20 hp), thereby briefly achieving an output of 255 kW (346 hp).

The Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition features the 3.0 TDI biturbo clean diesel with a capacity of 2,967 cc. Modifications in the charging and camshafts have boosted its power by an additional 5 kW (6 hp) compared with the standard model, to 240 kW (326 hp). When the driver accelerates in full, a boost function provides an additional 15 kW (20 hp) on top for a brief period. The maximum output when this function is active is 255 kW (346 hp). The maximum torque of 650 Nm (479.4 lb-ft) is available between 1,400 and 2,800 rpm. The emissions rating is Euro 6.

In keeping with its dynamic character, the Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition comes with the S line sport package, which also includes lowering the body by 20 millimeters (0.8 in). The wheels, with their five-spoke W design, have black painted sides. At 20 inches in diameter, they look very impressive; the tire dimension is 265/35. Red brake calipers and discs in 17-inch format on the front and rear axles underscore this special edition model's sporty character.

The S line exterior package and black gloss package lend the body a dynamic elegance; there are also V6 T emblems on the fenders, black exterior mirror housings and high-gloss black tailpipe trims. The special edition model is offered in Daytona Gray, Misano Red, Nardo Gray and Sepang Blue.

In the style of the S line sport package, the interior of the Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition is designed in black. The sport seats are upholstered in fine Valcona leather in black or lunar silver and decorated with S line embossing. As an option, Audi offers the S sport seat with contrasting stitching in Misano Red or Agate Gray; in this case, the armrests are also upholstered in leather with contrast stitching. The inlays consist of aluminum and Beaufort wood in black – an especially high-grade metal/wood combination. The door sill trims feature "quattro" logos. The shift paddles behind the multifunction sport steering wheel can be used to control the eight-speed tiptronic manually.

This special edition model comes packed with all the features that have already gone into the revised A7* model series. They include LED headlights as standard as well as turn signals with dynamic display. As an option, Audi can supply the Matrix LED headlights, the even more powerful MMI Navigation plus and further developed driver assistance systems such as night vision assist.

Customers can order the Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition starting in early August; the vehicles will begin shipping in the fall. The base price is 72,000 euros.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi A7 Sportback:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.8–4.7 (24.0–50.0 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 229–122 (368.5–196.3 g/mi)


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      Actionable Mango
      • 5 Months Ago
      This is why I won't buy an EV. They are always crashing into things.
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        Just like guns don't kill people people kill people. Cars don't crash stupid drivers crash cars
        Dave D
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        "That's the dumbest thing I heard...any fool say. Ever." Bagger Vance
          Dave D
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Dave D
          LOL OK, that makes sense. I thought you were usually a supporter for EVs so I was thinking "hmmm, I must have him confused with someone else because I thought he was usually Pro-EV???". Sorry. But the sad truth is that so many people say things just like that, and they're dead serious, every day. Just look down a few comments at everyone's favorite anal-leakage: kinasi
          Actionable Mango
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Dave D
          That's the joke. I thought it was ridiculous enough that the sarcasm would be evident. But I guess people didn't pick up on it.
      Koenigsegg
      • 5 Months Ago
      Nissan can be no king with that hideous car
      • 2 Months Ago
      This is why old people should stop driving. ... Hyundai burn faster .
      FordGo
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Chevy Volt killed the Hydrogen car. If your still attempting to PR Hydrogen, you must be on the Exxon Payroll. There is ZERO reason to switch to hydrogen. Unless you're only out for CA credits.
      JB
      • 5 Months Ago
      "That will buff out"
      jphyundai
      • 5 Months Ago
      At least the Tesla driver crashed at a low speed. Otherwise the car would have burst into flames.
        Grendal
        • 5 Months Ago
        @jphyundai
        One liner troll with no life. By the way dummy, batteries don't burst into flame like gasoline, they do a slow burn.
        bluepongo1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @jphyundai
        Where's the recall ?... Oh right here >===> http://www.autoblog.com/2014/07/14/2015-hyundai-sonata-recall-wiring-harness
      kinasi
      • 5 Months Ago
      Saving that picture for a meme when the Gigafactory idea falls flat on it's face.
        bluepongo1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @kinasi
        Oh and by the way anti-Tesla trolls: If Tesla went out of business tomorrow...... You'd still be hateful losers for the rest of your pointless lives.
        Technoir
        • 5 Months Ago
        @kinasi
        Kinasi You are a retard. Please f off.
        Koenigsegg
        • 5 Months Ago
        @kinasi
        Wait the Gigafactory is a person? You got any pics of it?
        krona2k
        • 5 Months Ago
        @kinasi
        The failure of Tesla has been predicted time and time again. I'm sure in this particular case you're right though,
        bluepongo1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @kinasi
        http://teslamondo.com/2014/05/25/seems-tesla-should-watch-out-move-over/
          Dave D
          • 5 Months Ago
          @bluepongo1
          That is an AWESOME link!!!! Thanks :)
        bluepongo1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @kinasi
        http://teslamondo.com/2014/05/25/seems-tesla-should-watch-out-move-over/
          Grendal
          • 5 Months Ago
          @bluepongo1
          That's funny. Thanks!
          bluepongo1
          • 5 Months Ago
          @bluepongo1
          An incomplete gallery of " Tesla Killers "
        JB
        • 5 Months Ago
        @kinasi
        This reminds me when http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/ had the "Tesla Death Watch" blog series. They made it past 40 editions before the series was renders "Tragically Ironic". http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/ttac-tesla-deathwatch-series-rendered-tragically-ironic/
        Grendal
        • 5 Months Ago
        @kinasi
        So you're joining the ranks of the Tesla trolls with stupid idiotic one liners.
          bluepongo1
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          That's all they have ... until they go " Full-on Dan F " :-D
          Grendal
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          Dan is still a pessimist but even he now talks about the success of Tesla. He believes the car is a great EV. It's still way too heavy for him which makes it a failure but he at least appreciates the car and company now.
      RoyEMunson
      • 5 Months Ago
      Wow... How do you mistake the brake for the gas?? Its the pedal next to the one you used to get the car moving, genius. Great to know that people with this level of driving skill are allowed to pilot such a fine machine. Be careful out there folks, these kinds of drivers are everywhere! I weep for this Tesla... after it gets repaired, it will lead a rough life.
        RoyEMunson
        • 5 Months Ago
        @RoyEMunson
        Whoops, how did I mistake the "gas" for the "accelerator". :-)
        jphyundai
        • 5 Months Ago
        @RoyEMunson
        Why repair it. This is one less fire trap on the road. Scrap it and turn the metal into an actual useful car.
          Grendal
          • 5 Months Ago
          @jphyundai
          He says in another comments section that he drives an M3. So he's probably a NADA groupie that works at a Hyundai dealership.
          bluepongo1
          • 5 Months Ago
          @jphyundai
          Are you saying recall it like a Honey die ?
      2 wheeled menace
      • 5 Months Ago
      I'm glad that every single crash that has occurred with a particular car has been covered here. It's real important to keep track of every single one and hyper-analyze every event. Way better than actual news, right guys?
        Dave D
        • 5 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Yes, ABG practices the journalistic analog to ambulance chasers.
      Ashton
      • 5 Months Ago
      lol, Get used to this picture, every time anything negative surfaces with Tesla....be it stock price/recalls/missed launch dates/bad sales numbers/ect ect..., THIS is the picture that everybody will be showing. lol
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