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2019 Audi A6 Reveals Fresh Face And Four-Wheel Steering In Geneva

Audi started at the top of its sedan when it began refreshing its lineup. From the ultra-luxurious A8 to the fan-favorite A7, Audi now finds itself at the A6—it's bread-and-butter executive sedan. At Geneva, Audi pulled the sheet off its new, eighth-generation 2019 A6, which it had already revealed in late February. There's been no word yet on its engine lineup for the United States, but it will get four-wheel steering that the automaker claims will tighten up its turning circle by over 3 feet.

2019 Audi A6 Will Set Sales Records Using Tech From Audi A8

Audi A6 will get all the technology of its bigger brother, the A8.

The battle for German midsize luxury sedan supremacy has traditionally resulted in the Audi A6 placing third on sales charts against the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. While the current sales order is unlikely to change, the automaker from Ingolstadt has high hopes for its next-generation sports sedan. After three years of steadily declining sales, Audi is prepared to sell more A6s than it has since 2002, even amidst ever-increasing SUV popularity.

At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Anthony Foulk, Audi of America's product manager for the A6, explained just how bullish the company is on the new sedan. “[The A6 is] clearly still very important. The market overall has been expanding for the past few years. SUVs are expanding more than sedans—yes, we know that—but the sedan is still quite big. It’s just not growing as fast as the SUV market,” Foulk said. “We still expect to sell 25,000-plus A6s next year.” Were Audi to sell above 25,000 copies of the new A6 during its first full year on sale, it would be the model's most successful year since the company sold over 30,000 units in 2002.

In 2017, Audi sold just 16,304 A6s, a number vastly overshadowed by the BMW 5 Series' 40,658 sales and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class' 51,312 notchmarks. Even the widely panned Lincoln MKZ eked out more sales than the A6, finding 27,387 driveways in 2017. Part of its sales slide, which began in 2015, can be attributed to Dieselgate, but that alone doesn't entirely explain the model's decline. “A little bit of it is cyclical—life cycle. We do expect with the new car that we’ll have a big bounce back like we did with the previous generation. We come to the market with what we believe to be the sportiest, the best looking, and the best-performing car,” exclaimed Foulk.

A brand-new MMI infotainment system is central to what Audi believes will be the A6's future success. It introduces a second screen mounted lower to be easily within the driver's reach as a replacement for the previous knob controller. “Internally, we call this the Revo Concept, a revolutionary MMI,” said Foulk. “Up until the past few years, the concept of the controller with the Quattro buttons and separate screen really worked well in the car. Now everyone knows how to use their cell phones. You have your icons. You have your home menu. You have a notification center in there. It’s the exact same philosophy. We don’t need to learn a new operating concept when it’s exactly what you’re already using all day.”

The A6 won't rely on just a new infotainment system to put customers in seats, though. “For mid-$50,000, you can get a sedan that has all the technology that’s in the A8—and it’s some of the best technology in the industry. It’s all of our technology. There’s nothing less in the A6,” Foulk said. The most notable technology in that suite is LIDAR, which will give the A6 a hand up over competitors when it comes to driver assist functionality, especially as automakers push their way closer to full autonomy. The new 2019 Audi A6 will go on sale powered by a V6 turbocharged engine and standard 48-volt mild-hybrid technology later this year.

7 Cars From Geneva 2018 We Can't Wait To See On The Road

These are our favorite production models from the show.

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show was filled with some spectacular metal, some of which will eventually reach production. The show floor had plenty of awesome concept cars, but we wanted to save those for another time. We have compiled a list of our seven favorite cars from the Geneva Show (all of which have been designated to reach production). These are the cars we can't wait to drive when they are finally available to the public.
Audi A6
The Audi A6 enters into a very competitive luxury segment. The A6's main rivals are the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class. We believe the new A6 will be a solid competitor in this segment thanks to a radically new interior featuring dual touchscreen controls. The A6 is not the most exciting car in its class, but it does many things well and is a huge improvement over the old model.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.2)
The 991.2 generation 911 GT3 RS was leaked just prior to its Geneva reveal. This didn't stop it from being our favorite sports car at the show. The 2019 911 GT3 RS is powered by a 4.0-liter flat-fix with a 9,000 rpm redline. The engine produces 520 hp: 20 more than the previous model. The GT3 RS is already a track-focused monster, but Porsche made it even more enticing by showing it off with an eye-catching green paint job.
Volvo V60
It may not be nearly as flashy as the 911, but the Volvo V60 may go down in history as the prettiest wagon ever. Volvo continues to be committed to wagons when other automakers have abandoned them in favor of crossovers. As with other Volvo models, the V60 will be available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged or twin-charged four-cylinder, which can be paired with a hybrid system. Total output ranges from 250 hp to 390 hp, which should make it a solid competitor in the small luxury segment.
Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe
On the sportier end of the spectrum, Mercedes revealed a four-door version of its AMG GT sports car. Even though the AMG GT four-door is actually based on the E63 wagon platform, it should be a worthy rival to models like the Porsche Panamera. The AMG GT four-door picks up where the old CLS63 left off in the AMG lineup. Mercedes will offer a variety of powertrains including a 3.0-liter inline-six and a 4.0-liter V8. Power will range from 429 hp to 630 hp. No matter which engine powers the AMG GT four-door, we can't wait to drive it.
Jaguar I-Pace
The Jaguar I-Pace has the potential to be the most important car we saw at Geneva. Almost every automaker wants to beat Tesla at its own game, and it appears that the I-Pace looks will be the first production EV to actually give Tesla a run for its money. Not only will the I-Pace be less expensive than a Tesla Model X, it will offer 395 hp and around 240 miles of driving range.
Lamborghini Huracan Peformante Spyder
The Lamborghini Huracan Peformante Spyder wasn't much of a surprise after we saw numerous spyshots of the car prior to Geneva. Still, the drop-top Lambo adds even more drama to an already exciting car. Like the coupe, the Peformante Spyder is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 producing 630 hp. It may be heavier and a bit slower than the coupe, but the Spyder should be more dramatic thanks to the open cabin, which will let in more of that V10 soundtrack.
Ferrari 488 Pista
The Ferrari 488 Pista is the more hardcore, track-ready version of the standard 488. Ferrari has a tradition of offering a lightweight, stripped out version of its mid-engine sports cars. The Pista weighs only 2,822 pounds and should be extremely fast courtesy of a 720 hp 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8. McLaren has been dominating the supercar segment, but Ferrari can potentially catch up with this incredible car.

All-New 2019 Audi A6 Teased Ahead Of Geneva Reveal

Guess what? Looks just like an A8.

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner and any brand with a stake in the European market is falling all over itself to hype what it will be showing—a not-so-easy task with all the world’s supercars in attendance. Compared to some of those carbon-fiber-constructed monsters, Audi’s reveal seems positively normal. An all-new fifth-generation A6 sedan is coming to town and Audi has started things with a teaser video announcing, “The countdown has begun…”

Note Audi's YouTube summary with the hashtag #AudiGIMS, clearly the automakers Twitter brand for the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show. The teaser video doesn’t show much, but it does show enough to see that it clearly follows in the footsteps of the Prologue-inspired 2019 Audi A8.

The next-generation Audi A6 is expected to get nearly all the same bells and whistles as the A7, such as Level 3 autonomous driving hardware, Virtual Cockpit, and dual console displays. Audi's usual lineup of turbocharged engines and 48-volt hybrid systems are also in the cards. The current "C7" Audi A6 debuted in 2010 for the 2011 model year. In 2015, Audi refreshed its midsize executive sedan and added new levels of tech to the car. While the model has traditionally offered a diesel variant, don't expect one in the U.S.—you know, for obvious reasons. However, we could get the RS6 Avant on U.S. shores, and that would be just fine by us.

Audi A6 And A7 Sales Suspended Because The Airbag May Not Deploy

A recall has also been issued affecting 2012-2018 models sold in the US.

Audi has suspended sales of A6 and A7 models equipped with certain seats in the US because of a defective sensor. A recall for the two luxury sedans has also been actioned affecting models built from 2012 to 2018. According to Automotive News, the sensor mat in front of the passenger seat in these models, which is designed to detect whether the passenger seat is occupied, could malfunction and prevent the airbag from deploying in a crash.

An Audi spokesman confirmed 139,249 A6s and A7s built between January 2011 and April 2018 equipped with standard or Super Sport seats are affected by the issue. Luckily, no deaths or injuries have been reported as a result of the defect, but Audi doesn’t have a fix available yet. Audi A6 and A7 models sold outside the US are not affected. If you own a 2012-2018 A6 or A7 in the US, there’s a simple way to tell if your car has been fitted with a defective sensor. If the indicator light showing that the passenger-side airbags are not armed activates when the front passenger seat is occupied, this means the sensor is faulty.

If that’s the case, Audi advises customers to stop using the seat immediately and contact their local dealership. It’s otherwise safe to drive your A6 or A7 until it can be inspected or repaired, though. This isn’t the first time the A6 has been recalled because of a potential safety hazard. Last year, around 583,000 A6 models built between 2012 and 2015 and powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine were recalled because there was a possibility the electric coolant pump could overheat and cause a fire.

Audi Is About To Get A New CEO Because Its Current One Is Still Locked Up

The fallout from Dieselgate continues.
Current and apparently soon to be outgoing Audi CEO Rupert Stadler is at this very moment sitting in jail. He was arrested last month following allegations he attempted to tamper with evidence during the Volkswagen Dieselgate investigation. It doesn’t seem like he’ll be released anytime soon and even if were, it’s not like he can go back to his job as if nothing happened.
Perhaps that’s why, according to Automotive News, the Volkswagen Group is about to appoint BMW purchasing director Markus Duesmann as Audi’s next CEO, effective January 1, 2019. It’s not particularly surprising to hear of a high-level executive being poached by a rival brand.

In fact, current Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess also worked at BMW as purchasing chief until 2015. But why won’t Duesmann start work at Audi earlier? Supposedly it’s because his current contract with BMW doesn’t expire until sometime in the fall and it includes a clause preventing him from going to work for a rival immediately. There’s a short cooling off period it seems.
Duesmann is a mechanical engineer by training and has worked at BMW since 2007. Before that, he worked at Mercedes-Benz as head of Formula 1 powertrain. As for Stadler, well… Volkswagen and Audi rightly claim he’s innocent until proven guilty but the legal process isn’t likely to end anytime soon. Will his case go to trial? Will he strike a plea bargain?

These are questions that can’t be answered and Audi needs to continue going about business as usual. Its sales chief, Bram Schot, is currently filling in as interim CEO until Duesmann is able to get started. Fortunately for Audi, sales remain stellar. Only a few weeks ago did it report that worldwide deliveries increased by 4.5 percent since the start of the year for a total of 949,300 units.

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