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10,000 miles per annum, 3-year contract hire, example:

35 monthly rentals of £349.00 (plus VAT)
Initial deposit £2,094.00 (plus VAT)
Excess mileage 6p per mile (plus VAT)


Business users only: Further charges may be payable when vehicle is returned. Indemnities may be required. Subject to status. Available to over 18s from participating Centres only for vehicles ordered before 30th September 2013 and delivered by 31st December 2013 (subject to availability). Offer may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Specification correct at time of publication. Prices quoted and examples shown are correct at time of publication (April 2013) and do not take into account any variation to government taxes or charges arising after the date of publication. Terms and conditions apply. Audi Finance, Freepost Audi Finance.

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The new Audi A6 is up to 80 kilograms lighter than the predecessor model. Audi has thus broken the unwritten law that says that cars become heavier with each new model line.

It appeared to be a basic principle in the automotive industry: every new model was heavier than its predecessor. This was because each additional comfort or safety improvement resulted in an increase in vehicle weight. More weight makes it necessary to increase engine output in order to ensure the same driving characteristics. This in turn creates the need for a stronger gearbox and brakes as well as a larger fuel tank – thus increasing the car’s weight even more.

Audi’s response to this development was to take the first radical step in the other direction. Thanks to an Audi ultra-lightweight body that is significantly lighter in weight than the conventional structure, it was possible to completely reverse the weight gain. Just as each additional gram of weight is multiplied due to the measures that then have to be taken, each gram less has the opposite effect: smaller engines and tanks, brakes and gearboxes.

The result is lighter vehicles with the identical driving characteristics and a crucial advantage – lower fuel consumption.

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Premium compact hatchback wins Best Lower Medium Car in the fleet magazine’s annual awards

  • Audi A3 commended for its ‘sheer quality’ and luxury feel
  • Engines range from ultra-efficient 1.2 TFSI to 1.8 TFSI with 180 PS and 7-speed S tronic transmission
  • New A3 available to order now in SE, Sport or S line specification, priced from £17,905 OTR to £28,165 OTR
  • A3 Sportback priced from £18,525 OTR to £28,785 OTR

Executive level quality and technology and compact class financial viability combine to award-winning effect in the new Audi A3, which has just been voted Best Lower Medium Car in the 2013 Fleet World Honours.

The team behind the renowned industry magazine and its website staged its annual awards in London’s Pall Mall yesterday. The highly experienced editorial staff presided over the judging, factoring into the process residual value, maintenance and reliability data from respected providers including ALD Automotive, Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, Lex Autolease, LeasePlan, EurotaxGlass, VIPDATA and Arval.

Steve Moody, Editor of Fleet World, said: “With the A3, Audi has taken an already-winning formula and refined it still further. It has low emission engines, as you would expect, and highly competitive running costs, but it is the sheer quality that impresses most. It might be a hatchback, but it feels like a luxury car.“

James Douglas, Head of Fleet Sales at Audi UK, commented: “In terms of showroom appeal the new A3 makes a very strong case for itself with its acute focus on quality, technology and efficiency – this award recognises these attributes but also emphasises that the A3 stacks up financially as a highly cost effective tool for business users. We’re honoured and greatly encouraged to have received it.“

New engines and technology
With its strong residual values and low running costs the A3 makes perfect sense as a company car, particularly in recently launched 1.2 TFSI petrol and famously frugal 1.6 TDI forms. What the 1.2 TFSI lacks in capacity it more than compensates for with enthusiasm and efficiency, combining surprisingly peppy performance from a 105PS output with 57.6mpg fuel economy potential and a CO2 output of just 114g/km. With an identical power output to the 1.2 TFSI, the 1.6 TDI maximises miles-per-gallon with a combined figure of 74.3mpg, while CO2 output drops to 99g/km in the six-speed manual version. The perennially popular 2.0 TDI model and the forthcoming 1.4 TFSI with fuel-sparing Cylinder-on-Demand technology (CoD) are also among the highlights with particular significance for business drivers.

The A3 is also a highly effective business tool in terms of its in-car technology, a fact which is emphasised by equipment options such as the enhanced ‘Technology package with Mobile phone preparation - High with Audi connect’, an online portal which allows users to access an array of interactive features. These include text message and email alerts, flight and train information, up-to-date fuel station pricing and locations, Facebook and Twitter interaction and online news feeds, which can be individually tailored via a myAudi account configurable from the home page.

High mileage corporate drivers will also appreciate the fact that the A3 offers the no-cost option to combine the suppleness of standard suspension with the higher specification Sport and S line trim levels, and also now the opportunity to further boost long distance comfort without sacrificing handling composure by specifying Audi magnetic ride.

This adaptive suspension system uses dampers containing synthetic hydrocarbon oil with tiny magnetic particles. When a voltage is applied, a magnetic field is generated in which the particles realign perpendicular to the direction of flow of the oil, and allow the forces of the damper to be constantly adapted within milliseconds. In comfort mode, oil viscosity is high for a more cushioned and comfortable ride. In dynamic mode – when the oil is less viscous – the suspension tautens for a more engaging drive.

Another innovative driver aid is the new Progressive steering option. This variable ratio system reduces the driver’s steering effort whilst also providing a more precise feel, which is particularly useful when parking. In driving conditions where a quicker steering input is required, the weighting firms up for improved response and more communication with the driver.

The Audi A3 is currently available in three-door and five-door Sportback forms, and will be joined later in 2013 by the A3 Saloon, the Vorsprung durch Technik brand’s first ever compact class saloon.

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Gives you access to the UK's number-one safety camera and accident blackspot database as you drive. It is the world's first Connected safety camera and blackspot alert device which uses a built-in SIM card and GPRS/GSM technology to enable UK wide safety camera location updates every few minutes. The Road Angel Professional Connected is operated via remote control and has a full colour screen that can be customised to your taste. Includes a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 8 hours battery life

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Audi RS 4 Avant takes the title of Most Popular High Performance Car at this year’s Honest John Awards

  • 450 PS Audi Avant with 4.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 FSI and 430 Nm wins Most Popular High Performance Car
  • Performance credentials highlighted by a 4.7-second 0-62mph time and a governed 155mph top speed, which can be raised to 174mph
  • Available now, priced at £55,525 OTR

The formidable Audi RS 4 Avant has captured the imagination of readers to such an extent over the past year that it has been voted Most Popular High Performance Car in the 2013 Honest John Awards, based on sheer volume of page views.

Users of the leading consumer website - which logs around 1.5 million hits each month - registered the highest number of page views for the RS 4, measured between April 2012 and April 2013, resulting in a category win for the absorbing eight-cylinder super Avant.

Dan Harrison, Editor of, commented: “While crossovers and family hatchbacks may seem the obviously popular markets, performance and sports cars take a big share of views on – usually the more powerful the better.

“And it’s easy to see why the thunderously quick Audi RS 4 Avant has proved so popular. A Big V8 engine, 450hp and quattro all-wheel-drive along with estate car practicality make it unique. That combination certainly appeals to our users who clearly love it.”

Commenting on the award, Director of Audi UK, Martin Sander said: “We are very proud of the RS 4 Avant, and very pleased that it has proved to be such a hit with the knowledgeable and well informed readers of the respected Honest John website. The enthusiasm of audiences like these has of course been a key factor in the success of our RS range, and it’s something that we value highly.”

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