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At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Audi presented the all-new 2015 S3 Cabriolet. Building on the success of the S3 Sedan, the new cabriolet version is targeted at buyers that desire the performance of a sedan with the additional freedom and fun of a soft top. Launched for sale in Europe in the summer of 2014, American dealers can expect to take delivery some time later in the year.
For the 2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet, buyers can look forward to breathtaking performance from a 2.0-liter TFSI® turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. This monstrous, direct-injected engine is designed for power and offers 300 horsepower and up to 280 pound-feet of torque. Audi engineers have looked everywhere for efficiencies and refinements to help focus on speed, without adding unnecessary weight. For example, an aluminum-silicon alloy used for the cylinder head creates extreme thermal stability and strength, while adding minimal weight. Come the vehicles official launch, it’s clear that S3 Cabriolet drivers will sit firmly in the “blink and you'll miss them” category.
The 2015 S3 Cabriolet is said to rocket from 0-62 mph in a mere 5.4 seconds. A built-in launch control function helps drivers shift off the line even more quickly. A slick, six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission manages all the power for you, and works in partnership with Audi's quattro® all-wheel-drive system to help distribute power to each wheel when needed. Despite the car's performance roots, the S3 Cabriolet isn't a complete compromise on fuel efficiency, either. The car is said to offer 33 mpg*, making it extremely powerful and efficient.
The S3 Cabriolet promises the same sleek, masculine lines that S3 sedan buyers love, but adds the sporty touch of a soft top. The two-door design probably isn't ideal for families, but it will sit very well with adults looking for a combination of style and speed. There's enough room in the back seat for two adult passengers, or maybe just for some luggage for your next weekend getaway. There are plenty of subtle touches across the exterior, from the striking Singleframe grille, to the framed air intakes and the S3 badges, front and rear. Buyers will also be able to choose from 12 different exterior colors, including Panther Black and Sepang Blue.
An efficient electro-hydraulic drive controls the soft top, and you can open or close the roof in just 18 seconds, even when the car is moving at speeds of up to 30 mph. The roof (which is available in three different colors) uses magnesium, aluminum and super-strong steel to help keep the overall weight down, but there's also a foam-insulating layer to insulate passengers from any road noise. The interior looks set to be unquestionably luxurious, with clean, elegant lines and a high-quality finish. The leather and fabric seats will feature S3 logos on the headrests, which will also match the sport leather steering wheel.
The 2015 S3 Cabriolet is an enthusiast's car with an overwhelming sense of fun. Prices and delivery dates for the North American market have yet to be formally announced; however given Audi’s penchant for power and performance, the S3 is one car you cannot afford to miss.
*EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary.
New for 2014
The Volkswagen CC receives a number of enhancements for the 2014 model year. The debuts of a new midlevel trim, the Executive, as well as new standard features have been added across all trims. For tech-conscious buyers, VW's new Car-Net™ telematics service has also been introduced.
As the 2014 Volkswagen CC shows, four-door sedans don't have to be boring. Styled like a coupe and equipped like a luxury car, the CC appears sleek and elegant from every angle, and the interior is just as tasteful. It's the perfect choice when you want a car you'll enjoy looking at as much as driving.
Viewed head-on, the CC seems wide, low, and almost sinister, thanks to a narrow chrome-edged grille and headlamps wrapping into the fenders. From the top edge of the prominent bumper a line runs back along the flanks, rising as it goes, to meet the downward swooping roofline. The trunk itself arches upwards, the lip creating a concave surface between the tail lamp clusters where light creates dramatic effects.
Riding on five-spoke, 17-inch alloys, the CC is well-equipped, even in entry-level Sport trim, with LED daytime running lights and frameless windows that lower and raise slightly as the doors are opened and closed. (This lets the glass create a good seal, keeping wind noise to a minimum.)
Power and purpose
Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard but can be upgraded to a six-speed DSG (Direkt-Schalt-Getriebe, in German,) automatic transmission. EPA-estimated gas mileage with the manual is 21 City/32 Highway, and with the DSG it's 22/31.*
Stepping inside, the cabin gives off a European vibe with a clean and unfussy layout, comfortable seats upholstered in perforated V-Tex leatherette, (black or a two-tone beige and black scheme,) and a bold silver band spanning the width of the dash, punctuated only by an analog clock. Standard equipment includes heated front seats with 12-way power adjustment, navigation, dual-zone climate control, and an eight-speaker audio system.
Moving up to the R-Line trim, the CC comes with a more sporting fascia incorporating circular foglamp mounts, plus side skirts and 18 inch alloys. Inside there's a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, with optional paddle shifters.
New for 2014 is the Executive trim. This comes with the DSG transmission and leather seating as standard, adds a brown and black two tone interior as a no-cost option, and includes a sunroof. There's also push-button start and an upgraded navigation system plus dark brushed aluminum interior trim and ebony wood interior for dash and doors.
Topping the range is the V6 Executive 4Motion®. Power, in the form of 280 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, comes from a 3.6 liter VR6 and is distributed to all four wheels through VW's 4Motion® all-wheel drive system incorporating a Haldex center differential. Inside the front seats come with active ventilation and a massage feature on the driver's side while a power rear sunshade prevents the sun from overheating the interior. In terms of technology, there's a Dynaudio® premium sound system and Park Distance Control with front and rear proximity sensors. Paddle shifters are standard of course.
Also new for 2014 is the VW Car-Net™ telematics system. This includes Family Guardian to set boundary and speed limits for younger drivers, plus accident assistance, and the ability to unlock doors from a cellphone. In addition, the system will send a monthly vehicle diagnostics email letting the owner know when maintenance is due.
In a world where many four-door sedans look alike, the Volkswagen CC is a breath of fresh air. Add in generous equipment and legendary VW build quality and this is a car that's hard to ignore.
*EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary.
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Just like your home, you can't avoid maintenance if you want to keep your car looking its best. Since you spend a lot of time in your car, it makes sense to not only wash the exterior but also keep the interior tidy. At least once a year, give your car a thorough spring cleaning.
Start with interior cleaning
Interior maintenance should include the following:
- Remove all trash. Look under the seats and other spots where you know you've been throwing "stuff."
- Vacuum. Always start at the top and work your way down because gravity pulls dirt and pollen towards the floor. You'll need hand attachments that can get into tiny spaces around the seats. Use a screwdriver or can of compressible air to dig dirt from hard to reach corners.
- Wash floor mats and carpet. Take out removable floor mats and wash them with soap, rinse and dry before replacing. If the carpeting and seats are dirty, use automotive carpet/upholstery cleaner and follow directions for application. Allergy sufferers will want to remove as much pollen as possible. Perform this task on a balmy day and keep the doors open to facilitate speedy drying.
- Clean the dashboard. Use a cleaner recommended for your car's dashboard surface. Leather, plastic or other synthetics each require the appropriate cleaning method to keep them looking their best.
Wash the exterior including the tires
Take the time to spring clean your car on the outside instead of just running it through an automatic car wash. Either pick a cloudy day or perform this job in a shady spot to avoid streaking that occurs when metal and glass are heated by the sun.
- Chassis underside and tires. Use a strong hose spray or a power wash attachment to get under your car and in the front and back of your tires to remove accumulated dirt and any lingering salt buildup after winter driving.
- Exterior bath. Wash the outside of your car using only products designed for this purpose. Hand dry using soft, preferably natural-fiber cloths that are absorbent and that won't scratch the paint. Wash and dry every nook and cranny including doorjambs and windows.
- Wash the tires. Tires also require special cleaners to protect the outer layer of rubber. This is also a good time to check the tread thickness and inflation levels on your tires.
- Wax for protection. The extra step of waxing not only gives your car a sparkling shine but also protects the finish that helps maintain resale value. Choose the type of wax that works best for you, either paste, liquid or spray. Though it's always a good idea to experiment with any new waxing product on an inconspicuous spot first.
Other spring cleaning tips
Check the level of your window wiper fluid and the wipers for damage and/or wear and tear. Do a little spring cleaning under the hood by checking the battery terminals and removing any white build-up. All you'll need is a damp cloth and toothbrush soaked in a little baking soda and water. (You should always wear eye protection when working inside the engine.)
Browse the aisle of any store that sells automotive products and you'll be surprised what's available to help you not only to maintenance your car but to also wash it from the inside out.
If you're going to spend a lot of money on a luxury car, it's important that you look after your investment. Even with a relatively moderate amount of driving, your car's exterior is going to suffer wear and tear, so you need to do whatever you can to keep it at its best for as long as possible. Keep your paint work in tip-top condition with this simple guide to protecting your car's exterior.
Buy high-quality cleaning accessories
There's no point in spending a fortune on a luxury car, and then cleaning it with cheap materials. Talk to your dealer, and invest in high quality cleaning cloths and or washing mitts, which are kind to your paint work. Choose cleaning products that have been designed especially for cars, and never use household detergents in their place. Special cleaning products have a special formula that does not strip wax. They're also safe to use on other surfaces, such as rubber, vinyl or plastic.
Invest in an auto detailing clay bar
Even with a good wash, you are likely to find deposits on your car's paint work. These can include bug residue and tree sap, and if you don't treat them carefully, you can seriously damage your paint work. An auto detailing clay bar is the perfect investment for this job. The clay rubs any contaminants off the surface of the care. You simply spray the surface, and then rub the clay bar along the paint work, where it will pick up anything that sticks out.
Wax the car's paint work
Protective wax provides a barrier between the paint work and any dirt or grime. Good wax can also help avoid paint chips from debris on the road. There are lots of different types of wax on the market, but many dealers recommend carnauba wax, which produces a deep shine. You will need to re-apply the wax every eight to twelve weeks, but the finish is truly outstanding. Other products include sealants, which offer more protection, but do not have quite such an attractive, shiny finish. Sealant lasts much longer than car wax, however, and you need only apply it once every six months.
Avoid the automatic car wash
An automatic car wash may seem quick and convenient, but it's unlikely to look after your luxury car. Some car washes may actually damage your car's paint work, and at a comparably cheap price, they cannot use products that are good for your luxury auto. Washing and detailing your car carefully by hand is always going to give you the best finish and protection. If you don't have the time (or energy) to clean and finish the car yourself, talk to our service department about a professional finishing service.
It's important to look after your luxury car, or it won't retain its luxurious looks for long. A regular, thorough cleaning and finishing routine is important, and it's worth spending extra to get the right outcome. Talk to our service department about the options available to you.
Cabin air filtration is easily the most easily forgotten auto maintenance item in passenger cars. Since their introduction in roughly the early 1990s, more and more cars are equipped with cabin air filters – from a sub-compact to a full-sized luxury car, nearly all cars available in North America now come equipped with them and thus there’s a pretty good chance your car is equipped with one, and a fair to middling chance that it needs replacement.
Cabin air filters tend to be buried deep within the dashboard of your vehicle, where the heating, air conditioning and ventilation system are located. They are usually about the size of a standard sized sheet of computer paper, and can vary in terms of material, most common being a cellulose mesh. The cabin air filter is responsible for removing particulate from the air, which can include a whole litany of things you don’t want to be breathing; diesel exhaust, rubber particles, pollen, dust and general air pollution among other things. Since the air entering the car through the heating and air conditioning system has to pass through the cabin air filter, the filter can get clogged quite quickly depending on environmental conditions, and a clogged cabin air filter drastically reduces the overall effectiveness of your HVAC system as it struggles to get air flow that a clean cabin air filter would provide.
Other excellent reasons to change your cabin air filter, besides better circulation, include fresher smelling air and fewer allergens entering the cabin. Many cabin air filters accumulate leaves and other debris that your car winds up ingesting which can lead to musty or stale odors. Ultimately, switching out your cabin air filter is a small expense that keeps you from inadvertently sneezing months later.
As your cabin air filter is “out of sight, out of mind”, it’s definitely a good idea to get in the habit of having it inspected and replaced regularly. What are the right intervals for you? Talk to our service department about where (and how much) you drive, and they’ll be able to suggest how often your cabin air filter should be replaced or inspected. It’s a small and affordable maintenance item that will ensure you have many miles of driving comfort ahead.
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Colorful bushes as borders
Every garden needs a border with bushes that add height and variety to smaller flowers and plants. Low-growing azaleas in shades of pink, red, and white blend beautifully with larger flowering bushes like purple rhododendron and sunshine yellow forsythia. When strategically placed around your garden, all of these bushes should offer a pallet of blooming colors throughout spring.
Early-blooming bulb plants
When planted according to directions in the fall, spring-blooming bulbs like the early bird crocus, rainbow-colored tulips, and radiant daffodils erupt to happily announce that winter is over. After their show is complete, they courteously pass on to make room for other spring bulb plants like dramatic daylilies that glow in shades of red, orange, and yellow, or the blue, white, and yellow iris. A smart gardening strategy is to space your plants by color, size, and blooming times to make your yard picture-perfect for the full growing season.
Perennial spring flowers
There are so many perennial springtime flowers to choose from, a visit to your local nursery can be confusing if you haven’t done your homework. Add the fragrant lavender plant along with a mixture of flowers from the amazing dahlia family. With over 30 species in a wide variety of colors and shapes, you won’t have a problem finding a few you like. You might also consider the old-fashioned, dainty, white bridal-wreath for another charming addition to your garden. Not as well-known is the lavender-colored pincushion flower with its always abundant spring blooms.
Spectacular blooming trees
Every garden needs an elegant, lofty tree that explodes with the best springtime flowers around your garden. Traditional favorites are the legendary white- or pink-flowered dogwood, the cherry blossom tree, and the amusing pussy willow. Steeped in mythology and religious practices, pussy willow branches can be cut and mixed as accents with other flowers for an oriental decorative flair.
Hardy annual flowers
The smartest choices for annual plants will be hardy enough to handle cool nights and heat-tolerant enough not to wilt during a warm spring day. Color-rich petunias fit the profile and are adaptable on the ground or in hanging baskets. Add height to your annual display with color-variant snapdragons that also come in a trailing series called “Luminaire.” This type is a distinctive choice to mix with petunias in hanging baskets. Don’t forget another early spring performer: perky pansies, always a favorite of imaginative children.
When you think about gardening, think about the colors and textures of plants that please you. The best springtime flowers for your garden will be the ones you like the most and can cut to bring inside your home.