Audi A3 - 2.0T – a lot of car and loads of fun at the right price

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Audi’s timing is perfect. That’s because California gas prices are in the $2.50-a-gallon range, and on the East Coast prices are over $2.00 for unleaded regular.

As fuel prices escalate, fluctuate and manipulate, it seems that many vehicles are getting bigger which in itself makes the problem even larger. Look around, the trend has been to make an all-new model larger — and in many cases heavier — than the previous one.

Audi Q7 – a running back in disguise

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Audi left Jaguar the only luxury nameplate without a sport utility vehicle in its lineup when it introduced the Q7 early in 2006. Of course Jaguar has Land Rover as a sibling.

The German automaker had inexplicably been left standing on the platform after the sport utility train had departed the station. The all played catch-up and Audi has finally climbed on board entering the luxury segment with a large stylish wagon-like vehicle that adequately fills the niche for people with a lot of disposable income who love Audi and want something bold and a little different.

Audi gets the TT right – goes good and looks great

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We enjoy driving vehicles that force people to take a second look. It’s good for our ego. “Gee, maybe they’re looking at me?” Nah!

Audi A6 Avant – a stylish alternative to a sport utility

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

There are some tasty politically correct choices in family transportation in 2008 for those households who can afford to plunk down 50 grand or more.

We’re not talking about the myriad of premium sport utilities. There is, indeed, a vast assortment of mouth-watering hardware in the luxury SUV segment, but high-riding heavyweights are not as enthusiastically embraced as they once were.

Audi A4 — Some cars simply feel good; almost indescribably good

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

You can’t wait to get behind the wheel. Detours become more the rule than the exception. Every extra mile in the driver’s seat is like slowly and deliciously consuming a bar of rich chocolate after being on a six-month no-sweets diet.

That’s the way it is with the all-new-for-2009 Audi A4.

We drove the 3.2 Quattro loaded with 265 horsepower and the optional Audi Drive Select package, which with the touch of a button can change the entire driving experience.

Audi A3 – A wagon no-one is afraid to call a wagon

By Al Vinikour

Like many of you this writer is a big guy with big expectations. Thus, when Audi delivered its new A3 2.0T S-tronic Quattro to our house we looked at it and jokingly (?) asked where its mother was? It looked kind of small for our tastes. However, we signed the waiver, took the keys and went back in the house. We were in no hurry to compress ourselves, squeeze inside and go for a spin. Turns out the joke was on us and we ended up wasting a block of time not driving a vehicle that has suddenly become one of our new best friends.

Audi S5 — Oktoberfest on four wheels

By Al Vinikour 

Germany has given the world a number of great innovations, from Gutenberg’s Printing Press to Lederhosen. Among our personal favorites are sausages and spätzles. All of these “gifts” are great but the country has given us something that has such magic powers it can remove 40 years from your age – proof that Ponce de Leon looked in the wrong place. We’re of course referring to the Audi S5.

Audi A5 Convertible — An award winning wind-in-the-hair ride

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We predict that soon you will see more and more manufacturers downsizing engines — including the makers of luxury vehicles — to help meet the upcoming fuel economy requirements. For instance, Mercedes has announced that the C-Class will again get a 4-cylinder engine.