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Review: 2009 Audi Q5 3.2 Quattro is crossover magic - at a cost

Quality costs. Ask a recording engineer. For the same money you'll burn on a pile of inexpensive, non-serviceable gear whose greatest virtue is that "it works," you could alternatively purchase one channel's worth of serious equipment. The trade-off is that the real kit sounds great all the time, while the cheaper stuff never does. Boiled down to their essence, they both do the same thing, but it's the quality of the components and the careful construction that make all the difference. It's the same thing with the 2009 Audi Q5. $50,000 will put your rump in vast automotive acreage, but ... Read More

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    Spy Shots: Porsche Cajun mule spied wearing Audi Q5 skin
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    Well well well, what do we have here? Looks like an Audi Q5. But what of those black fender flare extensions? Are we looking at a Q5-S or even a Q5-RS? Considering that it was snapped entering the Porsche test facility at the Nürburgring, our sources suggest what we're actually looking at is a very early development mule for the new Porsche ...

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    Report: Next Audi Q7 to shed 650 pounds?
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    Audi is continuing to pour cash into the development of its next generation crossovers, and in addition to a range of new high-riding models, the next Q5 and Q7 are set to go on a serious diet. According to Automobile, the redesigned Q5 will drop around 220 pounds from its curb weight, while the larger Q7 will reportedly shed some 650 pounds thanks to a ...

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    Audi's Johan De Nysschen talks future product at Fourtitude
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    Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen recently went on the record about future product plans via the forums at enthusiast site Fourtitude. In addition to clarifying the big news regarding Audi's diesel initiative in the United States, de Nysschen let some other product plans slip out. First, he confirmed that the next-generation A3 will be sold as ...

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    Report: Audi would rather build its own plant in Mexico than double-up with VW
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    Just when we thought the four-year drama of a U.S. factory for Audi might be clearing up, we're back to the muddy. Not even two weeks after a Detroit outlet reported that the decision has already been made to build an Audi plant in the States, German Manager Magazin quotes Audi boss Rupert Stadler as saying he'd like a factory in Mexico for production of ...

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    Rumormill: Audi developing new Q1, Q4 crossovers
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    Known though it has been for decades by its Quattro all-wheel drive system, Audi didn't launch its first crossover until the Q7 in 2005. Ever since, the German automaker has been steadily expanding its crossover lineup. But while most vehicles seem to get bigger and bigger with every successive generation of models, Audi's high-riders keep getting ...

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    Video: Just how tight are supplies of new Audi models?
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    Audi has taken to the Web to poke fun at its own recent supply issues while sneaking in a quick jab at its competitors. The company claims that Mercedes, BMW and Lexus owners have been jumping ship to Audi in record numbers, which is why Ingolstadt can't keep its dealers stocked. The commercial may soon wind up being more accurate than it is funny, as ...

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    Spy Shots: Are you the Audi Q5 S? *UPDATE
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    Rumormill: Audi considering production Q5 Cross Cabrio
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    It was late in 2007 when Audi lifted the veil on the Cross Cabriolet concept. And it seemed absurd then. First of all, Audi only had the gigantic Q7 in its crossover range then, and Nissan had yet to offer its own CrossCabriolet. Several years on, that drop-top Murano is on the open market and Audi has expanded its line-up with the Q3 and Q5. And ...

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    Report: Audi still supply constrained on many models; making huge inroads into CA
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    When is success a bad thing? If you're Audi, it's when you can't get adequate quantities of new vehicles to U.S. dealerships. Wards Automotive talked supply and demand with Audi of America president Johan de Nysschen, and it's apparently very difficult to keep Audi dealers stocked. The Audi prez says the luxury brand is down to a 27-day supply of ...

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    Audi announces Pole2Pole expedition
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    The North Pole and the South Pole are separated by over 12,000 miles, and Swedish explorer Johan Ernst Nilson wants to traverse that distance within 12 months. To do so, he wants to go carbon-neutral, and Audi has partnered up with Nilson to help make sure he accomplishes his goal. Called the Pole2Pole Expedition, Nilson plans to go from the North Pole ...

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    Audi confirms diesel A4, A6, A8, Q5 for U.S., first e-tron vehicle expected in 2013
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    Audi's clean diesel initiative here in the United States started with the A3 TDI hatchback and Q7 TDI crossover, but in the coming years, we can expect the vast majority of the company's volume models to offer oil-burning powerplants. This isn't the first time the German automaker has spoke of expanding its diesel lineup here in the U.S., but during a ...

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    Details emerge on 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid [w/videos]
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    Audi's upcoming 2012 Q5 Hybrid was a no show at last year's LA Auto Show, leaving us short on specs for the automaker's gas-electric crossover. However, late last week, Audi poured out the details on the Q5's battery pack at a presentation at the 2011 Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) in Pasadena, CA. The Q5 Hybrid sports an air-cooled 1.3 ...

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    Audi reconsidering Q3 for U.S. sales?
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    Is Audi going to bring its Tiguan-for-the-country-club Q3 over to the United States? Originally the automaker said nein! to the idea of a subcompact crossover on American soil, but now Audi is reportedly reconsidering offering the Q3 Stateside. BMW is getting ready to launch the X1 here in the U.S., and Audi wants a cut of the North American subcompact ...

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    Report: Audi registers SQ5 and RSQ5 nameplates
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    Audi sat on the sidelines for long enough watching its rivals get the better of it in the SUV game, then it finally jumped in on the action with the Q7, followed by the Q5 and soon the Q3. But even as its crossover range broadens, there's still another mountain to conquer: that of the performance SUV. Rumors of impending S and RS versions of the Q5 have ...

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    Audi reportedly charged with developing SUVs in the Volkswagen group
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    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but Earth knows no competition greater than sibling rivalry. With nine marques under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, things can get pretty competitive between the brands, especially as platforms and technologies are integrated and subsidiaries chosen to develop them. But then Porsche entered the fray as the 10th ...

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    Rumormill: Lamborghini developing Q5-based LM00X crossover
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    Few rumors have been as pervasive over the years as the rebirth of the Lamborghini LM002. Originally designed for military applications, the Countach-powered LM002 blended Sant'Agata's background in tractors with the exotic supercars for which they're now known. Ever since, reports of a follow-up have ebbed and flowed, resurfacing once again on an ...

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    Videos: First look at Audi Q5 Hybrid ahead of LA debut *UPDATE
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    Audi has big plans for this year's LA Auto Show. The company plans to unveil an all-new hybrid version of its Q5, and a couple of videos of the machine have already made their way onto the internet. From what we can tell, power comes courtesy of a 208 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine coupled to a 44 horsepower electric ...

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    Videos: First look at Audi Q5 Hybrid ahead of LA debut
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    Audi has big plans for this year's LA Auto Show. The company plans to unveil an all-new hybrid version of its Q5, and a couple of videos of the machine have already made their way onto the internet. From what we can tell, power comes courtesy of a 208 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine coupled to a 44 horsepower electric ...

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    Audi hits one million sales in China
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    Audi has been producing vehicles in the Chinese market since 1988. Fast-forward 22 years into the future and Audi has just sold its one millionth vehicle in China. If you're curious, that one millionth vehicle is a metallic blue Audi Q5. Audi began its Chinese production with the Audi 100, which was assembled in China from imported knock-down kits. Since ...

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    Report: Audi won't churn out RS sport-utes
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    Mercedes has been doing it for years with their AMG sport-utes. BMW finally caved with the X5 M and X6 M. Even Porsche's in the game with the Cayenne Turbo and anticipated upcoming Cajun. But Audi's not about to follow suit, according to reports from across the pond. Our (unrelated) Italian counterparts claim that Audi's technical chief Stephan Reil has ...

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