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2017 Audi A3 pricing and specs

There’s a lot riding on the 2017 Audi A3. The small hatch and sedan range is Audi’s best-selling car in Australia, accounting for 25 per cent of the German brand’s total sales. The A3 is also a market leader, holding the top spot among small cars priced beyond $40,000...

2017 Audi S3 pricing and specs: More power and tech for new hot models

Local pricing and specifications for the updated 2017 Audi S3 range have been revealed, alongside the regular A3 range. Starting at $62,900 plus on-road costs for the S3 Sportback and topping out at $72,000 for the S3 cabriolet, the facelifted hot hatch, sedan and drop-top all see the addition of new equipment, technology, and a slight power bump over the outgoing model...

Audi, Volkswagen recall 280,000 vehicles in US for fuel leaks: Australian impact unclear

Three Volkswagen Group notices in the US have seen more than 280,000 vehicles recalled for fuel leaks. Models affected include the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3, A6, A7, Q5 and Q7. Largest of the three notices is one concerning 143,214 examples of the Audi Q5 and Q7 SUVs, produced from 2009 to 2012 and 2007 to 20012 respectively...

2017 Audi A3: Australian line-up detailed

It seems a done deal that the 2017 Audi A3 range will bring with it a three-cylinder option as a price leader when it launches here later this year. The current Audi A3 range is headlined by the 1.4 TFSI model, which will be dropped as part of the updated range. That leaves a gap for a new model to fill the role of the most affordable A3… enter the new 1...

2017 Audi A3 revealed ahead of Australian launch: New engines, upgraded tech on-board

The refreshed 2017 Audi A3 has been revealed today ahead of an Australian launch confirmed for later this year. First launched in 2012, the third-generation Audi A3 has been given a midlife makeover, with refreshed looks at both ends, upgraded technology in the cabin and new engines under the bonnet...

Audi A3 outselling Ford Focus in 2016, as luxury models surge

Sometimes certain sales figures contextualise general car industry trends rather neatly. The fact the Audi A3 hatch and sedan range is outselling the Ford Focus hatch and sedan in Australia this year is one such instance. According the VFACTS industry figures, the little German hatch and sedan line-up has managed 1033 sales in 2016, up 5.7 per cent...

Weekend deals on wheels: February 27

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which looks at six factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels. Holden Astra VXR As you can read in our comparison review with the Ford Focus ST, we really rate the Astra VXR...

2016 Audi A3 hatchback facelift spy photos

Our spy photographers have spotted the facelifted Audi A3 hatchback undergoing cold weather testing in the north of Europe. The updated A3 three-door hatch's sports a similar level of disguise to the A3 sedan that was also spotted in chilly European climes at the end of last year...

2016 Audi A3 sedan facelift spied testing

A newly refreshed 2016 Audi A3 sedan has been caught out-and-about this week, undergoing cold-weather testing in Europe. The first of its name, Audi’s A3 sedan debuted at the 2013 New York auto show, after first appearing as a concept way back in 2011. With styling themes borrowed both from its hatch sibling and the larger A4, the A3 sedan was developed as a new lifestyle-focused option in the premium small-car segment...

Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 recalled for petrol fuel pump fix

A number of Petrol-powered vehicles in the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 ranges have been recalled this week, over concerns for a potential fuel pump failure. Announced separately by the local Volkswagen Group Australia and Audi Australia companies, this new recall is focused on concerns that the petrol fuel pump in “certain vehicles” across the petrol Golf and A3 lines could fail...

Passenger car buyers have expensive taste, figures suggest

It’s no secret that sales of passenger cars — that is to say, vehicles that are neither SUVs, utes or vans — are contracting in market share. But this is not unanimously the case. People are still buying a lot of hatchbacks, sedans, wagons, coupes and convertibles — only an increasing ratio have premium (mostly German) badges affixed to the nose...