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Audi is using the Leipzig Motor Show to showcase quite a few facelifts for the 2011 model year. Besides the already revealed 2011 Q7 and the 2011 TT, the company also opted to slightly refresh the looks of its hatchback model, the 2011 A3.

The facelift is available across the range, from the Sportback to the cabriolet or the S3 performance edition. The main highlights include a glossy black finish on the B pillars and grille, as well as chrome accents on the air intakes, door handles or side mirrors. A redesigned rear diffuser, as well as tinted lenses for the taillights were also added.

Customers have more options now, including new exterior color, among which being the Scuba Blue pictured above. New 17- and 18-inch wheels are also added to the options list, while refreshed leather inserts, glossy black or aluminum accents will be found on the inside.

While not a major facelift, the refreshed looks will hopefully keep the A3 alive before the next generation arrives in the future.


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Audi didn’t waste any time, and just before the AMI Leipzig Motor Show opened its doors, it has already formally unveiled the 2011 TT model, with a mid-cycle facelift for both for the coupe and the roadster versions.

So, what’s so new about the 2011 Audi TT? Well, as you can see above, the car has received a very slight refresh to its looks, with bigger air intakes, LED daytime running lights and a gloss black grille finish in the front. For the back, a new rear diffuser has been added, while the taillights are just slightly restyled. New colors are available with the 2011MY, Scuba Blue, Oolong Gray, Volcano Red and Dakota Gray. The interior received new color options, as well as special leather, capable of resisting solar heat.

But while its looks are all fine and dandy, most of you are probably interested in the new performance boost the 2011 TT received. The petite sportscar now packs an upgraded 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine, which outputs 211 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque, improving on the 2010 model. Don’t go thinking the increase in power means a loss in the fuel average, as Audi boasts 36 MPG on the combined European cycle.

The new engine will be able to propel the quattro-equipped TT from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 5.6 seconds. The six-speed S Tronic dual-clutch gearbox will be mated to the 2.0-liter TFSI engine, and will be only option for the North American market.

Check out the new 2011 Audi TT facelift below and then share your thoughts about the new Ingolstadt roadster below.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Audi TT


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The AMI Leipzig Motor Show is preparing to open its doors in a couple of days, but already Audi has decided to showcase the new features it will be releasing for the 2011 Q7 SUV, in both Europe and all over the world.

Those with a craving for more power will be extremely happy to hear that the supercharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6 gasoline engine, formerly found on the S4, is now arriving, in two variants, under the bonnet of the Q7. You can either opt for a base 272 HP 295 lb-ft of torque, or an upgraded 333 HP and 325 lb-ft of torque. This unit is going to arrive both in Europe, this fall, and in North America, around November.

Diesel fans are going to be treated to a revised 3.0-liter TDI V6, which packs 240 HP and 406 lb-ft of torque. The new unit, which develops more power and weighs less will be available only for European customers, as the US-spec Q7 will retain the 225 HP and 406 lb-ft TDI engine.

Last but not least, all of the current engines available for the Q7 will now be mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox. It boasts both higher ratios and Tiptronic, as well as a regular and a Sport operating mode. The gearbox will premiere in North America this September.


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Sad that you won’t be going to the upcoming New York Auto Show starting today? Don’t worry, on April 9 the Leipzig Motor Show will open its doors.

What will you see there? Well besides the 2011 5 Series Touring wagon variant and the newly revealed Ford Focus RS500, Audi promises you’ll be the first to check out the facelifted TT model, both in coupe and roadster form.

No other details were given by the Ingolstadt manufacturer (the above picture is that of the recent TT-S), but expect the usual fair of restyled front and rear fascias, as well a few other tweaks. Besides the new models, you’ll also get to admire already revealed four-ringed vehicles like the A1, A8, RS5 or the e-tron roadster and A1 e-tron electric vehicles.


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Well here’s a refreshing piece of news which doesn’t involve the Geneva Motor Show or the New York Auto Show, BMW will premiere the 2011 5 Series Touring variant at the Auto Mobil International (AMI) convention in Leipzig, this April.

The company already revealed the new 2011 5 Series F10 sedan at the end of last year, and will no doubt display it in Geneva, but it seems it wants to keep something for Leipzig, and will unveil the Touring edition at that location.

Bear in mind that these estate models are extremely popular in Europe, and guarantee big sales with every new generation. With the recent launch of the 5 Series GT though, many voices revealed that it spelled the end for the traditional hatchback.

This is only partly true it seems, as the presence of the 5 GT means that the already dwindling market for such cars in North America is too small to justify the launch of the F10 Touring in that region. As such, only Europeans will get to taste this edition of the 2011 BMW 5 Series.

No official pictures were released, so you’ll have to do with the back of the current 5 Series Touring.


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At the Leipzig Auto Show in Germany, Opel unveiled a special edition of the Opel Corsa. So, what’s so special about this edition? Well, it was created by 120 young Opel trainees. At the beginning, Opel’s intention was only to create a show off prototype for the German show, but Hans Demant, Opel’s chairman, was very impressed with the project’s result that he agreed to produce the car in a 1,000 units limited run.

The special edition features a new bodykit, which includes front and rear lip spoilers, side skirts, roof spoiler and chromed exhaust finished in Casablanca white and black rooftop, mirrors, grille and 17 inch alloy wheels. The interior is also colored in black and blue and, under the hood, the Opel Corsa Limited Edition will be powered either by an 80 hp 1.2-liter engine, a 90 hp 1.4-liter or a 90 1.3-liter diesel unit.

The Opel Corsa Limited Edition will be available starting June 2008 and will be priced starting at €15,850.


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