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Plug-in Hybrid rounds off Q8 product line: the Audi Q8 TFSI E Quattro - The Avondhu Press
Electric range of up to 59 kilometres in the NEDC (47 kilometres in the WLTP cycle), a sporty character, and great everyday usability: Audi is presenting the Q8 with plug-in hybrid drive. The new model closes the last gap in the Q8 range and provides an innov…
Electric range of up to 59 kilometres in the NEDC (47 kilometres in the WLTP cycle), a sporty character, and great everyday usability: Audi is presenting the Q8 with plug-in hybrid drive. The new model closes the last gap in the Q8 range and provides an innovative combination of efficiency and power. The SUV Coupé is available in two performance versions. The Q8 55 TFSI e quattro achieves a system output of 381HP (280 kW)1. The Q8 60 TFSI e quattroeven achieves a system output of 462HP (340 kW)2. Audi is continuing its electrification offensive with the Q8 TFSI e quattro: The SUV Coupé is already the seventh model with plug-in hybrid drive that has been newly introduced on the market since mid-2019. Audi is putting this drive technology completely at the service of the customer: It provides customers with a confident electric driving experience, simple charging management, and a high level of everyday usability. The strengths of two worlds: a high-octane TFSI and a powerful electric motor Like every plug-in hybrid, the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro combines the power of two worlds. Its combustion engine, the 3.0 TFSI, outputs 340 HP (250 kW) and produces 450 Nm of torque 1.2. The V6 complies with the latest Euro 6 AP emissions standard. The electric motor is a permanently excited synchronous machine (PSM) with a peak output of 100 kW. The compact electric motor is integrated in the housing of the eight-speed tiptronic. Together with the coupling, which connects the 3.0 TFSI to the drivetrain, it forms what is known as the hybrid module. The lithium-ion battery is installed under the luggage compartment. It contains 104 pouch cells of the latest generation that are bundled into 13 modules. Each of these cells with flexible outer skin provides an electrical capacity of 48 Ah, and the battery system has an energy capacity of 17.8 kWh. This is 0.5 kWh more than the battery with which the Q7 TFSI e quattro** was first sold in 2019. The Q7 is now also fitted with the battery of the latest generation, which has an increased capacity and is also more compact and around 40 kilograms lighter. Liquid cooling, which forms its own low-temperature circuit, is an important factor for the energy capacity and performance of the battery. If necessary, it can be connected to the coolant circuit for the air conditioning system or coupled with the second low-temperature circuit, which controls the temperature of the electric engine and power electronics. It converts the direct current from the battery into three-phase current to power the electric motor. During recuperation, it feeds direct current back to the battery. The electric motor and the 3.0 TFSI transmit their forces to an eight-speed tiptronic that shifts quickly and comfortably. Its electric oil pump ensures the supply even when the V6 petrol engine is deactivated. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system uses a centre differential with purely mechanical regulation. During normal driving operation, it distributes 40% of the torque to the front axle and 60% to the rear; if needed, it can direct the larger share of power to the axle with better traction. Up to 85% can be distributed to the front axle and up to 70% to the rear axle. Two output levels: 462HP (340 kW) and 381HP (280 kW) Audi offers the SUV Coupé in two output levels that differ in terms of their boost strategy, for example. In purely electric operation, the more powerful variant, the Q8 60 TFSI e quattro, achieves a range of up to 56 kilometres in the NEDC and up to 45 kilometres in the WLTP measuring procedure, which determines to which tax category the vehicle is assigned. The Q8 55 TFSI e quattro achieves an electric range of up to 59 kilometres in the NEDC and up to 47 kilometres in the WLTP. Up to speeds of 135 km/h their electric motors can generate the drive alone. The Q8 60 TFSI e quattro achieves a system output of 462HP (340 kW) and a system torque of 700 Nm2. When both drives deliver their full performance, it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds. Top speed is electronically governed at 240 km/h. The Q8 55 TFSI e quattro delivers a system output of 381 HP (280 kW) and 600 Nm of system torque1. It sprints to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds, and its top speed is also 240 km/h. Intelligent and efficient: hybrid management and the predictive operating strategy The hybrid management of the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro** choses the optimum operating strategy for each journey automatically. The SUV Coupé starts in fully electric EV mode. At low speed, a loudspeaker located in the right front wheel arch outputs the legally prescribed warning sound (AVAS, Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System). The petrol engine is activated only when the driver depresses the right-hand pedal, known as the active accelerator pedal, beyond a specific level of resistance. If they want to drive on electric power as much as possible, they can select EV mode in the central MMI display. Hybrid mode, which is the main operating strategy of the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro, comprises three operating modes: Auto, Hold, and Charge. In Auto mode, the hybrid system selects the optimum drive type automatically: fully electric at low speeds, the TFSI engine at higher speeds, and often a combination of the two. Information from the immediate environment provided by the MMI is taken into account even when navigation is deactivated. The predictive operating strategy is activated when route guidance is started in the standard MMI navigation plus. Its task is to spread the battery charge over the driving route in an intelligent and efficient way. In addition, the predictive operating strategy can charge the battery in efficient engine run phases in order to be able to run on fully electric power during ineffective phases later on, such as traffic jams or city traffic. On the basis of the large amount of data it uses for this purpose, it develops a long-distance journey plan that is constantly updated using the navigation, environmental, and online traffic data. In Hold mode, the operating strategy pursues a different goal: It keeps the batterys existing state of charge at the current level with minor deviations. In Charge mode, the aim is to charge up the battery as far as possible while driving. This makes sense when the journey ends in an urban area and the last kilometres are to be covered on purely electric power. With the market introduction of the Q8 TFSI e quattro, its sister model, the Q7 TFSI e quattro** will also include this mode. Who brakes wins: up to 80 kW recuperation power The predictive efficiency assist is an important system in the Q8 with plug-in hybrid drive. When the driver takes their foot off the accelerator pedal, it is decided whether the car switches to freewheeling with deactivated TFSI (coasting) or whether it decelerates via the electric motor and thereby recuperates energy. It can regain up to 25 kW of power just by coasting. In addition, the electric motor performs all brake applications up to 0.3 g the vast majority in everyday driving. The hydraulic wheel brakes are activated in addition only in the case of heavier deceleration processes. The transition is virtually imperceptible; the brake pedal always provides excellent feedback and can be modulated precisely. The Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro** achieves up to 80 kW of recuperation power while braking. When the adaptive cruise assist system (optional) is activated, the predictive efficiency assist becomes active not only during deceleration but also during acceleration. If it is switched off, it provides the driver with prompts that indicate when it would be sensible to take their foot off the right-hand pedal: The driver feels an impulse in the active accelerator pedal and sees information displayed on the head-up display (optional) and the Audi virtual cockpit (standard). The Q8 TFSI e quattro can be equipped with many state-of-the-art driver assist systems. One of the most important of these systems is the adaptive cruise assist, which can take over the majority of the operations for accelerating, decelerating, and keeping in the lane for the driver over long distances without relieving them of their responsibility. A vehicle safety test performed by Europes most important committee, the NCAP consortium, focused on level-2 systems: The Q8 achieved the top score in this practical test. Up to seven driving profiles: the Audi drive select system The Audi drive select system also comes as standard in the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro**. It offers a choice of up to seven driving profiles: comfort, efficiency, auto, dynamic, individual, offroad, and allroad (with adaptive air suspension sport, standard in the top-of-the-line version). Audi drive select accesses the characteristics of the 3.0 TFSI, the tiptronic, the air suspension (optional with the Q8 55 TFSI e quattro**), and power steering, for example. Depending on the settings, the way in which the different suspension systems work together also changes. For example, if the dynamic profile and the S mode of the tiptronic are activated, the electric motor provides a powerful additional boost as soon as the driver accelerates. When decelerating, freewheeling is blocked in this setting, allowing the drive to always recuperate. Like all plug-in hybrids from Audi, the Audi Q8 55 TFSI e quattro** and the Q8 60 TFSI e quattro** impress with a high level of everyday usability. They offer a generous amount of space for five persons, and their luggage compartments with the even loading floor that is easy to load provide a volume of 505 litres even in the base configuration, which increases to 1,625 litres when the rear bench seat is folded down. Depending on the equipment, they can pull trailers weighing up to 3.5 metric tons (braked, 12% incline). Their quattro drive guarantees decisive advantages in terms of traction. Extremely convenient: charging at home and on the road The new plug-in hybrid models come with a charging cable for household and industrial power sockets as standard. With the maximum charging capacity of up to 7.4 kW, an empty battery can be fully charged in around two-and-a-half hours. With the myAudi app, customers can use customised services from Audi connect on their smartphones. These services allow them to check the battery and range status, start charging processes, program the charge timer, and view the charge and consumption statistics. The charging stations are listed in both the app and the MMI navigation plus. Another function of the myAudi app is the pre-entry climate control of the interior before starting the journey. Depending on the equipment, the steering wheel and seat heating as well as the seat ventilation can be activated. In addition to the cable for the garage, the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro** also includes a mode 3 cable for public charging terminals. Upon request, a charging service owned by Audi, the e-tron Charging Service, grants access to 150,000 AC charging points in Europe with just one card. The new A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e* will be available in Ireland from Q1 2021. Issued by Murray on behalf of Audi Ireland
- (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km*: 2.82.6; combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km*: 22.921.9; combined CO2emissions in g/km*: 6359
- (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km*: 2.82.7; combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km*: 22.922.6; combined CO2emissions in g/km*: 6362
Awareness campaign about psoriatic arthritis launched - The Avondhu Press
Sausage-like fingers or toes; a red scaly skin rash; pitted nails and stiff, painful, swollen joints – these are some of the symptoms of psoriatic art
Sausage-like fingers or toes; a red scaly skin rash; pitted nails and stiff, painful, swollen joints – these are some of the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis (PsA), which Arthritis Ireland is highlighting in a newly launched health awareness campaign. The patient organisation and research charity is looking to inform people about the autoimmune condition which affects thousands of people in Ireland. It is estimated that up to one-third of people with psoriasis may also develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis that can cause pain, swelling and sometimes damage to any joint in the body. It is not known exactly what causes the disease, although research has shown that genetic and environmental factors can play a role. It can affect people at any age. Psoriatic arthritis can cause permanent joint damage quickly when not treated. Once damage occurs, it is not reversible and can cause significant pain. ‘SYSTEMATIC CONDITION’ Dr Laura Durcan, consultant rheumatologist at Beaumont Hospital, has recorded an information talk about PsA, which is available online. Speaking on the condition, she said: “An early diagnosis is key to ensuring that patients have a normal life, like having a job, a family, that the person can play sport and socialise. In order to achieve this, it is vital that patients are seen sufficiently early, before irreversible damage sets in.” “This is a systemic condition, meaning that over time, inflammation can affect multiple joints and even organs. "However, research has confirmed that treating PsA early and aggressively often improves the long-term outcomes and significantly reduces damage,” stated Dr Durcan. SURVEY Arthritis Ireland is encouraging people to educate themselves about the symptoms of the condition and to be proactive self-managers if living with PsA. As part of the campaign, the charity is undertaking a major survey on the impact of the disease on people’s lives. “If you feel there is something going wrong in your body, seek medical advice,” said Brian Lynch, head of communications and advocacy at Arthritis Ireland. “Psoriatic arthritis is an usual condition because it can look very different from one person to the next. In some people, symptoms develop quickly and can be quite severe, while in others, they take weeks or months.” “We are asking people with psoriatic arthritis to share their experiences of the condition by completing the survey. "It takes 10 minutes to do and will give us very valuable information on the impact of the disease on people’s lives,” said Lynch. The survey can be undertaken on the Arthritis Ireland website – www.arthritisireland.ie
Elegant – Efficient – Evolutionary: the new Audi A3 Saloon - The Avondhu Newspaper - The Avondhu Press
The second generation of the Audi A3 Saloon has arrived. The compact four-door model is digitally and fully connected – from the infotainment through to the assist systems. Beneath the elegant body, new drives and refined suspension tuning ensure a driving ex…
The second generation of the Audi A3 Saloon has arrived. The compact four-door model is digitally and fully connected from the infotainment through to the assist systems. Beneath the elegant body, new drives and refined suspension tuning ensure a driving experience that is as efficient as it is dynamic. The A3 Saloon will be in Irish dealerships in Autumn 2020. The new A3 Saloon is presented in a sporty, elegant look. Compared with its predecessor, it is now 4 centimetres longer at 4.50 metres, while its wheelbase remains unchanged. Its width has increased by 2 centimetres to 1.82 metres and it is now 1 centimetre taller at 1.43 metres. This has yielded an increase in headroom a good 2 centimetres in the front thanks to the lower position of the driver seat and some additional elbow room. At 425 litres, the luggage capacity is exactly the same as in the predecessor model. Powerful and elegant: The exterior The front is dominated by a large Singleframe honeycomb grille that is flanked by striking headlights. On the outside, they form trapezoidal angles that are drawn downward. With the A3 Sportback, the body line running above the sill rises towards the rear lights before the rear wheel arch, thus accentuating the short rear end. The body line on the Saloon, by contrast, extends up to the rear bumper. This emphasises its length 15 centimetres longer than the Sportback and gives the flank an elegant appearance. The concave surface under the broad body shoulder further accentuates the quattro blisters and the sill, creating an intensive play of light and shadow. Audi A3 Sedan – Manhattan grey. The roof line slopes down from the B-pillar dynamically just like on a coupé and finishes in a striking spoiler on the tailgate. Optionally available in carbon, this provides a visual accent and, in so doing, emphasises the powerful appearance of the four-door model. Streamlined body The aerodynamics benefit from the higher rear end compared with the predecessor as well as the large diffuser. The controllable cooling-air inlet with two electrically actuated louver modules behind the Singleframe regulate the flow of air intelligently and according to the situation. Focused and digitalised: The cockpit The cockpit is entirely focused on the driver, beginning with the interior design and ending with the display and control elements. Thus, the instrument panel with the central MMI touch display is inclined slightly toward the driver. It has a 10.1-inch diagonal and is intuitive to operate. The 10.25-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel is digital even in the basic model. The Audi A3 Sedan interior. As the Audi virtual cockpit plus, it measures 12.3 inches and offers three different views, including sporty graphics with inclined digits and a particularly dynamic layout. The RPM and speed are shown here as bar diagrams with angular red graphical elements. Highly connected: From infotainment to driver assistance The top infotainment system in the new car is the MMI Navigation plus, which uses the third-generation modular infotainment platform (MIB 3). The MIB 3 boasts computing power ten times higher than in the predecessor model, connects the car via LTE Advanced speed, and connects the smartphones of the passengers to the Internet via Wi-Fi hotspot. The MMI Navigation plus offers a multitude of Audi connect services as standard, including online traffic information, news, and additional information such as photos, opening times, and user reviews relating to points of interest. If the car is switched off, the myAudi app continues navigation from the car on a smartphone. This way, customers reaches their destination seamlessly. The A3 Saloon is also connected to the smartphone via the standard Audi smartphone interface, which integrates iOS and Android cell phones with Apple Car Play and Android Auto in the MMI, as well as via the standard Audi phone box. The latter can charge it inductively. What is more, the A3 Saloon can be locked and unlocked as well as started via an Android smartphone with the optional Audi connect key. Personalisation allows up to six users to store their preferred settings in individual profiles, including those for the climate control and media. The DAB+ digital radio comes as standard. Options include online radio and the hybrid radio, which automatically switches between FM, DAB, and the online stream depending on a stations signal strength, thus ensuring optimum reception. The driver assist systems are also particularly effective thanks to the close networking. In the Audi pre sense front system, the camera behind the interior mirror works together with the front radar to prevent accidents, or at least reduce their severity. The standard collision avoidance assist also uses the data from this sensor system. Optional adaptive cruise assist, an innovation from the full-size class, supports drivers with longitudinal and lateral guidance. The efficiency assist notifies them when it would be sensible to take their foot off the accelerator. To do so, it evaluates information including the navigation data. Three engines at ramp-up: The drives The new A3 Saloon is available with a choice of two TFSI engines and one TDI engine at launch, high efficiency being a common theme across both. The 35 TFSI, a 1.5-litre direct injection engine, produces 150 PS and is available in two versions with a newly developed six-speed manual transmission1 and with a quick-shifting seven-speed S tronic2. Besides the cylinder on demand technology, the powertrain in conjunction with the S tronic dual-clutch transmission uses a 48-volt mild hybrid system. It recovers energy during deceleration, supports the engine with up to 50 Nm of torque when driving off and accelerating from low engine speeds and allows the A3 Saloon to coast with the engine switched off in many situations. In everyday driving, it reduces consumption by up to 0.4 litres (0.1 US gal) per 100 kilometres (62.1 mi). Pricing for the A3 Saloon in Ireland is expected to be unveiled during the Summer months. * Fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used as well as the selected equipment
- (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.0 4.7 (47.0 50.0 US mpg)*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 114 108 (183.5 173.8 g/mi)*)
- (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 4.9 4.7 (48.0 50.0 US mpg)*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 113 107 (181.9 172.2 g/mi)*).