Audi’s first A3 Sedan has ar­rived

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The first Audi A3 Sedan has ar­rived in Aus­tralia and fea­tures a po­tent com­bi­na­tion of pow­er­ful per­for­mance, lux­ury equip­ment, ef­fi­cient tech­nol­ogy and out­stand­ing qual­ity.

Audi Aus­tralia manag­ing di­rec­tor An­drew Doyle said the new A3 Sedan of­fered enor­mous growth op­por­tu­ni­ties for Audi in the com­pact pre­mium seg­ment.

‘‘The new A3 Sedan is im­pres­sive. It looks pow­er­ful on the road, yet sips fuel fru­gally. It of­fers lux­ury ap­point­ments in­side and out, yet it has the sharpest pric­ing in its seg­ment. Judg­ing by early in­ter­est in this new model, we are con­fi­dent of its suc­cess,’’ Mr Doyle said.

‘‘We are thrilled with the price po­si­tion­ing of our A3 model range in gen­eral. It’s a highly com­pet­i­tive seg­ment of the mar­ket and with a sales in­crease of 93 per cent (com­pared with 2012) the new A3 Sport­back has been well-ac­cepted since its May 2013 launch. We are now looking for­ward to even more cus­tomer in­ter­est with the ar­rival of this new body style to the range,’’ he said.

Audi brings three en­gine vari­ants to Aus­tralia ini­tially, in­clud­ing the 1.4 TFSI At­trac­tion model with ad­vanced cylin­der-on-de­mand tech­nol­ogy.

In the


model spec­i­fi­ca­tion, the 2.0 TDI will be of­fered, while the 1.8 TFSI will be of­fered both as a front-wheel drive and quat­tro model. The ef­fi­cient and sporty S tronic dual-clutch trans­mis­sion is fit­ted as stan­dard to all mod­els. While the new A3 Sedan shares the fru­gal en­gines of its Sport­back sib­ling, it has no com­mon body pan­els.

Its mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture is unique to this model, yet it main­tains the same at­ten­tion to weight re­duc­tion as the Sport­back, with a kerb weight of just 1250 kg for the 1.4 TFSI S tronic, thanks to Audi ul­tra tech­nol­ogy.

Many of the com­po­nents in the oc­cu­pant cell are made of high­end hot-formed steel and the bon­net is alu­minium. The low weight of the chas­sis and en­gines also sets new stan­dards, as does the level of safety equip­ment.

The new A3 Sedan has a five-star ANCAP rat­ing, scor­ing higher than its main com­peti­tor.

It fea­tures a host of stan­dard safety equip­ment in­clud­ing seven airbags, elec­tronic dif­fer­en­tial lock, anti-slip reg­u­la­tion, elec­tronic brake force dis­tri­bu­tion and elec­tronic sta­bil­i­sa­tion con­trol, along with new fea­tures like emer­gency city brak­ing which au­to­mat­i­cally brakes the car to a full stop (if trav­el­ling be­low 30km/h) if it de­tects an ob­sta­cle ahead, like an­other car stop­ping sud­denly.

For a full run­down on the A3 Sedan call into the Audi Cen­tre Shep­par­ton, 325 Mid­land High­way, or phone Toby on 5822 5811.

The new A3 Sedan has a five-star ANCAP rat­ing, scor­ing higher than its main com­peti­tor.

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