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It appears that there was a pent up demand for compact, front-wheel drive German luxury sedans that no one really knew about. Not only has the Mercedes CLA-Class been a success in the US with its Hungarian factory running three shifts to keep up, but the Audi A3 Sedan is doing quite well, too, after just three full months on the market.

Audi of America recently announced that the compact sedan shifted 2,452 vehicles in June and 7,735 units of the A3 since the beginning of the year. Not only are they selling; it’s the people buying them that’s important. According to Audi USA spokesperson John Schilling speaking to Autoblog, “A little over 25 percent of A3 buyers in April were 30 years or under.” That’s compared to about 18 percent for the A4, he said. Company executives also recently told Edmunds that many of those new customers are brand conquests turning in Honda or Toyota models. We gently mocked Audi when it held A3 Sedan launch parties aimed at hipsters that served craft beer and played indie music, but the marketing worked, apparently.

That said, if you’re in the market for an A3, you might have not be able to get one immediately. According to Edmunds, some customers are on a waiting list for the compact luxury sedan. Although, Schilling said that’s because Audi is still stocking dealers. “It’s a little leaner than other models, but that’s mainly because it’s new and still ramping up,” he said.

It doesn’t seem like the strong sales are changing anytime soon. The A3 Sedan won the title of 2014 World Car of the Year, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the car its Top Safety Pick+ status, the group’s highest award. Also, there are more a lot A3 variants on the way. The S3, A3 TDI and A3 Cabriolet all hit dealers later this summer, and the Q3 compact crossover arrives this fall. Finally, according to Edmunds, the A3 E-Tron plug-in hybrid slides into US dealers in the second quarter of 2015. All those new models could mean even more young folks grabbing for the Four Rings.

Audi A3 supplies tight, model stealing Honda, Toyota sales originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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July 4th, 2014

Latest Forza Motorsport 5 car pack leaves us scratching our head (in a good way) [w/video]

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Forza Motorsport 5 Hot Wheels Car Pack

As we scrolled down the roster of the latest car pack for Forza Motorsport 5, the Hot Wheels Car Pack, our expression became bemused over the strange mix of vehicles that we now have at our disposal. This is quite unlike any of the other sets of DLC Turn 10 Studios has offered.

Sure, there are the typical headliner cars – the Lamborghini Veneno and 2015 Audi S3 – that will appeal to the mainstream racing fan or auto enthusiast. But this latest car pack is so jammed full of nuggets of automotive weirdness that it’s hard not to get excited.

The Hot Wheels pack has no shortage of racers, with a particular focus on historical offerings. A 1939 Auto Union Type D covers the pre-war era of Formula One, while a 1967 Lotus 49 and a 1952 Ferrari 375 represent post-war racing. For a modern twist, a Mazda USF2000 car slots in below the Indy Lights car from the Nürburgring booster pack.

From here, things get vintage and weird. There are a pair of delightfully offbeat coupes, in the form of a 1974 Toyota Celica GT and a 1973 Ford XB Falcon GT (here’s hoping we get a vintage Holden Monaro in the future). Those two are joined by a 1956 Ford F-100, which your author already plans on converting into a dragster with vinyl flames down the side (because that’s what all vintage pickups should be).

The new ride we’re most excited about, though, is the 1983 GMC Vandura G-1500. Yes, that’s the van from The A-Team, and we’re sure it will prove to be an excellent canvas for the artists of FM5 to cover with airbrushed, fire-breathing unicorns and mystical, gray-haired wizards (or just poorly painted letters that read “Free Candy”).

This latest car pack is the final monthly car pack for FM5, although Turn 10 is quick to point out that while the monthly updates are over, there will still be new batches of cars made available to gamers. As for the Hot Wheels pack, it’s available now on Xbox Live for $9.99.

Scroll down for the press release from Turn 10 Studios, as well as a video of the newest additions to Forza Motorsport 5‘s vehicle roster.

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July 1st, 2014

Latest Forza Motorsport 5 car pack leaves us scratching our head (in a good way) [w/video]

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Forza Motorsport 5 Hot Wheels Car Pack

As we scrolled down the roster of the latest car pack for Forza Motorsport 5, the Hot Wheels Car Pack, our expression became bemused over the strange mix of vehicles that we now have at our disposal. This is quite unlike any of the other sets of DLC Turn 10 Studios has offered.

Sure, there are the typical headliner cars – the Lamborghini Veneno and 2015 Audi S3 – that will appeal to the mainstream racing fan or auto enthusiast. But this latest car pack is so jammed full of nuggets of automotive weirdness that it’s hard not to get excited.

The Hot Wheels pack has no shortage of racers, with a particular focus on historical offerings. A 1939 Auto Union Type D covers the pre-war era of Formula One, while a 1967 Lotus 49 and a 1952 Ferrari 375 represent post-war racing. For a modern twist, a Mazda USF2000 car slots in below the Indy Lights car from the Nürburgring booster pack.

From here, things get vintage and weird. There are a pair of delightfully offbeat coupes, in the form of a 1974 Toyota Celica GT and a 1973 Ford XB Falcon GT (here’s hoping we get a vintage Holden Monaro in the future). Those two are joined by a 1956 Ford F-100, which your author already plans on converting into a dragster with vinyl flames down the side (because that’s what all vintage pickups should be).

The new ride we’re most excited about, though, is the 1983 GMC Vandura G-1500. Yes, that’s the van from The A-Team, and we’re sure it will prove to be an excellent canvas for the artists of FM5 to cover with airbrushed, fire-breathing unicorns and mystical, gray-haired wizards (or just poorly painted letters that read “Free Candy”).

This latest car pack is the final monthly car pack for FM5, although Turn 10 is quick to point out that while the monthly updates are over, there will still be new batches of cars made available to gamers. As for the Hot Wheels pack, it’s available now on Xbox Live for $9.99.

Scroll down for the press release from Turn 10 Studios, as well as a video of the newest additions to Forza Motorsport 5‘s vehicle roster.

Continue reading Latest Forza Motorsport 5 car pack leaves us scratching our head (in a good way) [w/video]

Latest Forza Motorsport 5 car pack leaves us scratching our head (in a good way) [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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July 1st, 2014

Latest Forza Motorsport 5 car pack leaves us scratching our head (in a good way) [w/video]

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Forza Motorsport 5 Hot Wheels Car Pack

As we scrolled down the roster of the latest car pack for Forza Motorsport 5, the Hot Wheels Car Pack, our expression became bemused over the strange mix of vehicles that we now have at our disposal. This is quite unlike any of the other sets of DLC Turn 10 Studios has offered.

Sure, there are the typical headliner cars – the Lamborghini Veneno and 2015 Audi S3 – that will appeal to the mainstream racing fan or auto enthusiast. But this latest car pack is so jammed full of nuggets of automotive weirdness that it’s hard not to get excited.

The Hot Wheels pack has no shortage of racers, with a particular focus on historical offerings. A 1939 Auto Union Type D covers the pre-war era of Formula One, while a 1967 Lotus 49 and a 1952 Ferrari 375 represent post-war racing. For a modern twist, a Mazda USF2000 car slots in below the Indy Lights car from the Nürburgring booster pack.

From here, things get vintage and weird. There are a pair of delightfully offbeat coupes, in the form of a 1974 Toyota Celica GT and a 1973 Ford XB Falcon GT (here’s hoping we get a vintage Holden Monaro in the future). Those two are joined by a 1956 Ford F-100, which your author already plans on converting into a dragster with vinyl flames down the side (because that’s what all vintage pickups should be).

The new ride we’re most excited about, though, is the 1983 GMC Vandura G-1500. Yes, that’s the van from The A-Team, and we’re sure it will prove to be an excellent canvas for the artists of FM5 to cover with airbrushed, fire-breathing unicorns and mystical, gray-haired wizards (or just poorly painted letters that read “Free Candy”).

This latest car pack is the final monthly car pack for FM5, although Turn 10 is quick to point out that while the monthly updates are over, there will still be new batches of cars made available to gamers. As for the Hot Wheels pack, it’s available now on Xbox Live for $9.99.

Scroll down for the press release from Turn 10 Studios, as well as a video of the newest additions to Forza Motorsport 5‘s vehicle roster.

Continue reading Latest Forza Motorsport 5 car pack leaves us scratching our head (in a good way) [w/video]

Latest Forza Motorsport 5 car pack leaves us scratching our head (in a good way) [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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July 1st, 2014

Latest Forza Motorsport 5 car pack leaves us scratching our head (in a good way) [w/video]

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Forza Motorsport 5 Hot Wheels Car Pack

As we scrolled down the roster of the latest car pack for Forza Motorsport 5, the Hot Wheels Car Pack, our expression became bemused over the strange mix of vehicles that we now have at our disposal. This is quite unlike any of the other sets of DLC Turn 10 Studios has offered.

Sure, there are the typical headliner cars – the Lamborghini Veneno and 2015 Audi S3 – that will appeal to the mainstream racing fan or auto enthusiast. But this latest car pack is so jammed full of nuggets of automotive weirdness that it’s hard not to get excited.

The Hot Wheels pack has no shortage of racers, with a particular focus on historical offerings. A 1939 Auto Union Type D covers the pre-war era of Formula One, while a 1967 Lotus 49 and a 1952 Ferrari 375 represent post-war racing. For a modern twist, a Mazda USF2000 car slots in below the Indy Lights car from the Nürburgring booster pack.

From here, things get vintage and weird. There are a pair of delightfully offbeat coupes, in the form of a 1974 Toyota Celica GT and a 1973 Ford XB Falcon GT (here’s hoping we get a vintage Holden Monaro in the future). Those two are joined by a 1956 Ford F-100, which your author already plans on converting into a dragster with vinyl flames down the side (because that’s what all vintage pickups should be).

The new ride we’re most excited about, though, is the 1983 GMC Vandura G-1500. Yes, that’s the van from The A-Team, and we’re sure it will prove to be an excellent canvas for the artists of FM5 to cover with airbrushed, fire-breathing unicorns and mystical, gray-haired wizards (or just poorly painted letters that read “Free Candy”).

This latest car pack is the final monthly car pack for FM5, although Turn 10 is quick to point out that while the monthly updates are over, there will still be new batches of cars made available to gamers. As for the Hot Wheels pack, it’s available now on Xbox Live for $9.99.

Scroll down for the press release from Turn 10 Studios, as well as a video of the newest additions to Forza Motorsport 5‘s vehicle roster.

Continue reading Latest Forza Motorsport 5 car pack leaves us scratching our head (in a good way) [w/video]

Latest Forza Motorsport 5 car pack leaves us scratching our head (in a good way) [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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July 1st, 2014

Latest Forza Motorsport 5 car pack leaves us scratching our head (in a good way) [w/video]

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Forza Motorsport 5 Hot Wheels Car Pack

As we scrolled down the roster of the latest car pack for Forza Motorsport 5, the Hot Wheels Car Pack, our expression became bemused over the strange mix of vehicles that we now have at our disposal. This is quite unlike any of the other sets of DLC Turn 10 Studios has offered.

Sure, there are the typical headliner cars – the Lamborghini Veneno and 2015 Audi S3 – that will appeal to the mainstream racing fan or auto enthusiast. But this latest car pack is so jammed full of nuggets of automotive weirdness that it’s hard not to get excited.

The Hot Wheels pack has no shortage of racers, with a particular focus on historical offerings. A 1939 Auto Union Type D covers the pre-war era of Formula One, while a 1967 Lotus 49 and a 1952 Ferrari 375 represent post-war racing. For a modern twist, a Mazda USF2000 car slots in below the Indy Lights car from the Nürburgring booster pack.

From here, things get vintage and weird. There are a pair of delightfully offbeat coupes, in the form of a 1974 Toyota Celica GT and a 1973 Ford XB Falcon GT (here’s hoping we get a vintage Holden Monaro in the future). Those two are joined by a 1956 Ford F-100, which your author already plans on converting into a dragster with vinyl flames down the side (because that’s what all vintage pickups should be).

The new ride we’re most excited about, though, is the 1983 GMC Vandura G-1500. Yes, that’s the van from The A-Team, and we’re sure it will prove to be an excellent canvas for the artists of FM5 to cover with airbrushed, fire-breathing unicorns and mystical, gray-haired wizards (or just poorly painted letters that read “Free Candy”).

This latest car pack is the final monthly car pack for FM5, although Turn 10 is quick to point out that while the monthly updates are over, there will still be new batches of cars made available to gamers. As for the Hot Wheels pack, it’s available now on Xbox Live for $9.99.

Scroll down for the press release from Turn 10 Studios, as well as a video of the newest additions to Forza Motorsport 5‘s vehicle roster.

Continue reading Latest Forza Motorsport 5 car pack leaves us scratching our head (in a good way) [w/video]

Latest Forza Motorsport 5 car pack leaves us scratching our head (in a good way) [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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