Archive for October, 2011
It was a perfect morning with temperatures in the 70’s as 19 Lamborghini’s roared from the parking lot of Lamborghini Dallas for their Fall Owners’ Rally. The route took the drivers 15 miles north on Central Expressway as on-looker’s snapped pictures with their cell phones. They exited at Fairview and headed northeast through New Hope and Blue Ridge, then south to Caddo Mills and Royce City before reaching their destination at Lake Ray Hubbard.
Somewhere along the way, part of the group made a wrong turn and had to create a new route through the back roads that didn’t show on their navigation systems. It was quite an adventure, but everyone had a great time exploring the open roads and new scenery.
When the participants arrived at The Harbor on the east shore of Lake Ray Hubbard, they were greeted by a live band playing at the annual “Rockin On The Docks” festival. Arts and crafts vendors along with many food tents lined the dock, as people enjoyed the beautiful weather along the lakefront.
Lamborghini clients enjoyed a terrific meal at Luna de Noche, as they shared stories about the drive and how much fun it was to be part of a group that shared a passion for these Italian supercars. Everyone was excited to spend the rest of the weekend watching the Rangers and the Cowboys defeat the teams from St. Louis, so they departed around 2pm and headed back towards Dallas.
The group is looking forward to their next gathering on November 12th for Boardwalk Auto Group’s Exotic Poker Run which will begin at Boardwalk Ferrari and end at Lamborghini Dallas. The best hand wins prizes and the drivers all celebrate the adventure with a sit down lunch at the conclusion.
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About Boardwalk Auto Group
Boardwalk Auto Group is one of the premier auto groups in the nation representing Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, and Volkswagen. Learn more about Boardwalk Auto Group at http://www.BoardwalkAutoGroup.com.
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Brian Ongaro joined Boardwalk in September 2010 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, on the heels of directing a Columbus, Ohio-based dealership group that included Lamborghini, among its nameplates. With 28 years in broadcast management, Ongaro brings a wealth of organizational management and innovative marketing experience to Boardwalk. Learn more about Brian Ongaro at http://www.BrianOngaro.com.
- The Audi A7 claims top honors in Luxury On-Road category
- The Audi Q7 tops all competitors in Family Vehicle category
- Winners judged by elite and recreational U.S. athletes
The Audi A7 and the Audi Q7 won their respective categories in the 2012 Active Lifestyle of the Year Awards, which stands as the only competition of its kind in the U.S. to combine the opinions of automotive journalists and elite athletes.
Both Audi models were among the 32 finalists for recognition in the eighth-annual ALV program. The Audi A7 won as the best Luxury On-Road vehicle, while the Audi Q7 won in the best Family vehicle category.
The competition, held this year in Chandler, Ariz., involved seven categories overall with each grouping of finalists assessed by a jury panel made up of at least 10 elite and local athletes and journalists. The juries assessed the cars in each category on overall design, engine power, fuel efficiency and cargo capability. The goal of the jurors is to reward cars best suited for the needs of a sports lifestyle, such as stowing bicycles, kayaks or golf clubs.
“While ALV is technically a car-of-the-year competition, it’s also an impromptu focus group,” explained program co-founder, Nina Russin. “Our objective is to widen the pipeline between the people who plan, design and engineer new cars and the consumers who ultimately buy and drive them. At previous programs athletes including professional football players, elite runners, swimmers and triathletes have interacted with vehicle designers and product specialists.”
ABOUT THE AUDI A7
Audi has broken new ground with the A7, combining the emotional appeal of a coupe with the prestige of a sedan and the functionality of a wagon. The innovative, five-door design of the newest Audi entry sits atop a sporty, lightweight chassis and is partnered with a highly efficient supercharged V6, latest generation quattro® all-wheel drive and the latest advanced driver assistance and multimedia systems to define a new benchmark for the premium segment. The all-new A7 features the acclaimed Audi 3.0 TFSI® V6, complete with belt-driven supercharger and direct fuel injection. The supercharged 90-degree V6 produces 310 horsepower and 325 lb-ft. of torque to blend seamless power delivery with enhanced fuel economy of 18 mpg city / 28 mpg hwy / 22 mpg combined.
ABOUT THE AUDI Q7 TDI
The seven-passenger 2012 Audi Q7 highlights the brand attention to details through a host of features that exceed driver and passenger expectations for functionality and comfort. The premier luxury SUV in the Audi lineup provides impressive carlike handling and functional utility for every day driving. The 3.0-liter common-rail injection V6 clean diesel engine in the Audi Q7 TDI generates 225 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. It achieves an EPA estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg city / 25 mpg hwy / 20 mpg combined.
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. During 2010 Audi was the top performing luxury brand in Europe, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Over the next few years, AUDI AG will invest nearly $16 billion on new products and technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com or http://www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.
Stuttgart/Leipzig. The Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Board of Management of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Wolfgang Porsche and Matthias Müller today joined numerous guests from the world of politics and business in laying the foundation stone for the second extension of the Leipzig site. It is an important milestone, which writes another chapter in the successful history of Porsche’s Saxony site. “We are investing another 500 million euro in the production facility to build the Cajun in Leipzig. This is not just a mark of confidence in the manufacturing skills of our Leipzig colleagues but also an important contribution to the economic development of the region.” said Matthias Müller on the morning of the festivities.
Porsche Board of Management member with responsibility for production Wolfgang Leimgruber added: “We want to expand the production of high-performance sports cars and off-road vehicles in Leipzig. At the same time the ambition is for the plant to achieve the highest standards with a forward-looking quality strategy.” More than 1,000 new jobs and a new 17 hectare production site are being created to handle the production of the Cajun. “The fact that the assembly plant is now to become a fully fledged factory with body assembly line and paint shop is an enormous motivation for me and my team,” explained Siegfried Bülow, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Leipzig GmbH, citing as a challenge the tough timetable governing the plant extension, with production of the Cajun scheduled to start as early as the end of 2013. “The acquisition and qualification of new staff is also an important item on our agenda. We are trusting in tried-and-tested processes, thus ensuring that the first Cajun from Leipzig is of outstanding “typical Porsche” quality, setting standards in its class,” Bülow said.
Porsche’s Leipzig plant is also setting environmental standards, being one of the world’s most efficient car factories. For example, the very efficient air recirculation and power cut-off technologies in the paint shop ensure particularly economical energy use. “Sustainability of the very highest order is enshrined in our environmental principles. Our use of ultra-modern equipment and facilities is a valuable contribution to frugal automotive engineering,” said Porsche Board of Management member with responsibility for production Wolfgang Leimgruber.
Leipzig Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung also emphasised the impressive development of the site: “Porsche’s decision in 1999 to build a plant in our city brought the industrial site to life with a kiss. Porsche was followed by many important business start-ups, putting Leipzig in the fast lane. 10 years and more than 420,000 “Made in Leipzig” Porsches later, this industrial site has finally come of age.”
Porsche’s site in Saxony has been producing the Cayenne since it opened in 2002. After a first extension, the four-seater Gran Turismo Panamera was produced here as well. It is assembled alongside the sporty off-road vehicle on the mixed-model assembly line. Porsche has invested approximately 280 million euro in the Leipzig site to date.
Porsche is expanding its globally very popular SUV segment with the efficient and agile “Cajun”. The light and handy, typically Porsche “Cajun” will inject fresh momentum alongside the new generation Cayenne, which has managed to consolidate its market position as one of the most successful off-road vehicles in the premium segment to a significant degree. As an attractive model, it is intended – alongside the Boxster as the market-leading, two-seater, mid-engine sports car – to provide new, even younger customers with an entrée to the world of Porsche.
- Audi teams up with Best Buddies to raise $1.7 million in total donations benefiting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- More than 1,200 people and celebrity guests to participate, up from 800 last year
- Audi’s president Johan de Nysschen, serving as the event’s Chairman, announces a renewed three year commitment to the organization
Audi is on a mission to help Best Buddies International raise a record-setting $1.7 million in total donations at the 2011 Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C, a charity walk, run and ride on October 22. Founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver in 1989, Best Buddies is dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
As the largest corporate team – raising close to $140,000 – and Title Sponsor of the Challenge, Audi aims to help Best Buddies exceed last year’s $1.2 million raised. 1,200 participants will race in the Challenge, chaired by Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. Additionally, the company has renewed its partnership with Best Buddies for another three years. During this time, Audi will continue to serve as the Title Sponsor of the D.C. Challenge, provide vehicles as the official car of Best Buddies, and support the launch of a formal job program in the D.C. area.
“I am deeply honored to serve as Honorary Chair of this year’s Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C.,” said de Nysschen. “I am particularly proud of the extended level of connection our company has established with Best Buddies since the inception of the partnership. This year, with close to 150 employees, dealers, partners and their friends and families joining the Audi team, our participation once again reflects this commitment.”
On Saturday, October 22, hundreds of cyclists will take to the starting line at the base of the Washington Monument on the National Mall for a 100K (62-mile) or 20-mile ride through the nation’s capital. The Challenge, which is open to participants of all ages and abilities and is designed to showcase the Best Buddies mission in action, also features the Carl Lewis Challenge, a 5K run/walk chaired and led by the Olympic gold-medalist himself, and the Celebrity-Student Fun Run, a 5K run/walk for high school and college students chaired and led by “Glee’s” Lauren Potter.
Several other celebrities, professional athletes and special guests are also expected to participate in the Challenge, including Honorary Co-Chairs Ted Leonsis, Owner, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics and Washington Wizards, and his buddy Ken Holden, Buddy Ambassador; American Cycling Legend Bobby Julich; American Olympic Cyclist Bobby Lea and his brother Syd Lea, a Special Olympics Cycling Gold-Medalist; Best Buddies International Founder and Chairman Anthony K. Shriver; Miss Teen USA Danielle Doty, Miss District of Columbia Heather Swann, Miss Teen District of Columbia Imani Bentham, Miss Maryland Allyn Rose, and Miss Teen Maryland Kristen Nicholson; Pop Artist Romero Britto; and Professional Tri-Athlete Omar Nour.
Additionally, US Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), US Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), US Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), US Senator Tom R. Harkin (D-IA), US Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS), US Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), US Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA), US Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), US Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (Democratic Leader), US Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), US Senator Marco A. Rubio (R-FL), and US Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) have also graciously agreed to join the Challenge’s Political Ambassador Committee to help promote not only the event, but also inclusion for individuals with IDD.
Since partnering with Best Buddies International in 2007, Audi has helped the organization raise over $44 million in total donations in its primary fundraising events, such as this one. Further, the company has actively engaged employees and dealers on various programs and levels, ranging from employees volunteering to become members of local Best Buddies boards to hiring a Best Buddies Jobs participant to work part-time at Audi‘s Virginia headquarters.
“I can proudly say on behalf of the Audi organization that this partnership has been tremendously rewarding for us, and it is with great excitement that we have announced our renewed partnership with Best Buddies for another three years,” said Johan de Nysschen. “We not only hope to help Best Buddies break its overall fund-raising record this year, but we also hope to inspire other local business to get involved to help us create employment opportunities for individuals with IDD and build a more formal job program in the future.”
This year, activities at the Challenge will also include special “Friendship Races,” where event participants join buddies on tandem bicycles. One of these races will be dedicated to the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver, great philanthropists who truly believed that the human spirit could overcome any obstacles.
“I am extremely grateful that Audi has agreed to be the title sponsor of the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C., not only for this year, but also for the next three years,” said Anthony K. Shriver, Founder and Chairman, Best Buddies International. “I am also delighted that Johan de Nysschen is Chairing the event, and that Team Audi will have such a strong presence there, both of which illustrate Audi’s company-wide commitment to the Best Buddies mission. But, Audi has truly gone above and beyond in its support for Best Buddies Jobs, as the company has hired a participant with an intellectual disability to work at its headquarters, and is helping to encourage other businesses in the D.C. area to do the same.”
The Challenge, which occurs in October to coincide with the Congress-designated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, will be capped off by a luncheon and private musical performance by Kool & The Gang.
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. During 2010 Audi was the top performing luxury brand in Europe, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Over the next few years, AUDI AG will invest nearly $16 billion on new products and technologies. Visit http://www.audiusa.com orwww.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.
ABOUT BEST BUDDIES
Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ seven formal programs –Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs and Ambassadors – engage participants in each of the 50 states and in 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of nearly 700,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. As a resultof their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit www.bestbuddies.org or www.bestbuddieschallenge.org.
- 5,700 kilometers (3,542 miles) through China, Audi’s biggest single market
- 20 Audi Q3 cars, 160 participants, 16 stages and fascinating routes
- The compact Audi Q3 also to be available in China starting in 2012
The Audi Q3 Trans China Tour 2011 starts tomorrow in Beijing. At the wheel of the new Audi Q3, the roughly 160 participants will get an intense experience of the country that has become the most important sales market for the Ingolstadt-based carmaker. During 16 stages and a route covering a total of about 5,700 kilometers, the participants will experience the dependability of the new Audi Q3 in every situation, from driving through the dynamic metropolitan centers to the off-road drives through spectacular mountain landscapes.
The Audi Q3 Trans China Tour presents the rich and fascinating world that is China. It leads through the booming megacities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well as through the surroundings of Shenzhen with its enormous concentration of large-scale industrial companies. It also leads time and again through the countryside, and often through singular landscapes like the Karst mountain range at Guilin. China has meanwhile become the most important sales market for the Audi brand; around 300,000 units are targeted for the current year.
Four groups of participants will divide the entire route among themselves, with each group driving for four days. The first group will drive south from Beijing to Shanghai, and the second will drive on from there to Shenzhen. The destination for the third group is the city of Guilin, and the fourth group will ultimately arrive at the final stop of the tour in Hong Kong.
The Audi Q3 is the perfect car for the great Trans China tour. Its sporty character, strong and efficient engine and outstanding comfort make even long drives a pleasure. Thanks to its off-road features, the compact Audi SUV also feels at home on rough terrain, and with its neat body it negotiates just as effortlessly through traffic in big city streets.
The Q3 is immediately recognizable as the youngest member of the large Audi family – with its coupe-like lines lending it a sporty character. Sharp edges frame the elegantly curved surfaces of its body panels, and distinctive lights accentuate the front and rear. The wedge-shaped headlights are optionally available with xenon plus units including LED daytime running lights, which Audi also combines with LED taillights.
The range of driver assistance systems redefines the compact SUV class. The park assist system maneuvers the vehicle into tight parking spots autonomously; all the driver has to do is accelerate and brake. The system also detects and warns of obstacles to the sides. Audi side assist helps when changing lanes by using radar to detect cars in the blind spot. Audi active lane assist helps drivers stay on course by warning if they appear to be inadvertently drifting out of lane. The speed limit display detects and presents important traffic signs in the display between the speedometer and the tachometer.
Audi offers a comprehensive range of modular infotainment components. Topping the range of options is the hard-drive navigation system MMI navigation plus, which displays high-resolution 3D graphics on a fold-out 7-inch color monitor. The Surround Sound System from Bose features 14 loudspeakers and a maximum output of 465 watts.
The technical sophistication of the Q3 is illustrated by its four-link rear suspension, electromechanical power steering and 16-inch to 19-inch diameter wheels. An electromechanical parking brake and hill hold assist are standard, and hill-descent assist will be available later. Audi drive select enables the driver to adjust the steering, gas pedal characteristic and optional active shock absorbers in four levels to suit his or her individual driving style.
Audi Q3 customers currently can choose from among one TDI engine and two TFSI units. The three four-cylinder engines combine direct fuel injection with turbocharging and a start-stop system. They feature power outputs ranging from 125 kW (170 hp) to 155 kW (211 hp) and are as efficient as they are powerful. In the version with the 103 kW (140 hp) 2.0 TDI and front-wheel drive, which is to follow shortly after the market launch, the Q3 uses an average of 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (45.23 mpg).
Audi has been present on the Chinese market since 1988, and produces the Audi A4 L, the Audi A6 L and the Audi Q5 in Changchun in a joint venture with its partner FAW. The Audi Q3 will also be built in Changchun in the future. Initially, though, the compact Audi SUV will be available starting in 2012 as an import.
Between January and September 2011, Audi delivered 223,631 cars in China, which amounts to an increase of 29 percent compared with the same period last year. This record result clearly confirms the brand’s position as market leader in the premium segment in China.
Amidst the hottest summer on record in northern Texas, Lamborghini Dallas cranked up the heat even more with the local presentation of the Aventador LP 700-4.
Approximately 400 clients and friends of Lamborghini Dallas were treated to an evening of luxury and performance, with exquisite food, live music and, of course, the unveiling of Lamborghini’s latest V12 masterpiece.
The event was held at Jet-10 Aviation in Addison, Texas. The Cover Down Band entertained the crowd, while A Fiore provided delicious food.
Lamborghini America COO Wolfgang Hoffmann spoke to the crowd about the design and performance achievements of the Aventador. Following this, the hangar doors opened to reveal two of the stunning vehicles. The rest of the evening was filled with photo opportunities and plenty of seat-swapping in the Aventador.