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The Audi A3 makes a new entrance
The trendsetter forges ahead

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    Ingolstadt, Germany (ots) - It made its debut in the compact class
in 1996 and set standards in its market segment like no other
vehicle. The secret of its success: with already proverbial premium
quality, its elegant body and well-defined dynamism, the Audi A3
determined the new trend of the day.  
    This is a lead that Audi wishes not only to maintain, but also to
extend further. Audi's development engineers have fundamentally
redesigned key areas of the A3, smoothly combining its still
captivating concept with new elements.
    The trendsetter is now forging ahead again, raising the standard
in its class once more. The Audi A3's new lead is based on three
pillars: modern technology, top quality and forward-looking design.
    - An exemplary range of engines with two new high-tech versions: a
high-torque TDI with pump-injector injection technology and 96 kW
(130 bhp), and a particularly economical and low-emission 1.6 litre
petrol engine with low-friction valve control by roller cam
followers. Power output: 75 kW (102 bhp).
    - Optimised material quality with maximum durability in all areas:
materials conveying a feeling of luxury in the restyled interior;
many details with improved functionality; redesigned controls and new
steering wheels; navigation system Plus with colour monitor in the
centre console (option); new tailgate with Soft Touch opening.
    - The advanced look of exterior and interior brings the A3 into
line with modern Audi design philosophy: modified front-end design
with a new radiator grille and spoiler; one-piece
ellipsoidal-principle headlights with clear glass; xenon headlights
(option); tail lights with new internal geometry; new range of
    The exemplary safety package offered in A3 models will continue to
set the class standard in future. The Electronic Stability Program
ESP is part of the standard specification of all versions available
on the German market. The side head airbag system SIDEGUARD, which
protects the head and neck areas of all outboard passengers in a side
impact, is also available for all A3 models.
    And, of course, every A3 will also have a fully galvanised body in
future, the corrosion resistance of which Audi guarantees with its
12-year rust penetration warranty.
    Since the market launch of the Audi A3, around 500,000 customers
all over the world, specialist journalists and automotive experts
have confirmed the unbeatable consistency of this concept. National
and international awards such as the "Golden Steering Wheel" and
"Europe's Best Car", the "Federal Award for Product Design" and
countless victories in comparison tests performed by the automotive
press underline this. The persuasive power of the A3 is undiminished.
ots Originaltext: AUDI AG

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