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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Audi TT

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

We’ve been talking a lot entry-level sports coupes recently here on Integrity Exports, primarily the recently facelifted Toyota GT86 and Scion FR-S. So, it seemed fitting today for us to do an auction find focused on one of the most popular sports coupes on the road – the Audi TT.

2013 Audi TT

Part coupe, part hot hatch, the Audi TT is impossible to ignore. This particular auction find is a 2013 Audi TT 1.8 TFSI, the base model for the TT lineup. But, don’t let its position in the trim line fool you – AutoExpress says the 1.8 TFSI is “the best TT in the range.” It’s starting price is the same as the Toyota GT 86 in most markets, and it gives you an arguably more premium sports car experience.

Starting outside, the TT has a distinct design among other coupes. It almost resembles a hatchback with its bulbous rear-end and all-around curvy aesthetic. Audi designed the fourth-gen TT specifically with the shooting-brake body style in mind, and we’d say they succeeded in applying the silhouette to the coupe form. This model is in a classic piano black with chrome accents around the grille.

2013 Audi TT rear

Under the hood, the 1.8 TFSI name tells you that this TT runs on a four-cylinder 1.8L EA888 Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection engine (which tells you where the ‘TFSI’ comes from). The car outputs a solid 160 horsepower which can propel the TT from 0 to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds. Fuel economy is 30 mpg, which makes this one of the cleanest non-hybrid coupes under $50K.

The interior is where this 2013 Audi TT really shines. Audi has used nothing but premium materials inside the cabin, and the overall layout is spacious and comfortable thanks to the higher-than-normal roofline. The styling is exactly what you’d expect from a European sports car – minimalist and classy. It has a simple dashboard with a stunning color LCD nav system just below the air vents, positioned at the same level as the steering wheel for easy reach.

2013 Audi TT interior

Speaking of, even the baseline 1.8 TFSI TT comes with a flat-bottomed steering wheel and paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic transmission, as you can see in the image above. The rear seats can be folded down for additional trunk space, which is probably how they’ll be used for 9 out of 10 TT drivers.

According to KBB’s review of the 2013 Audi TT, you’ll like this car because of it offers a “fine balance of performance and style – especially style. If it catches your eye, there’s really nothing else quite like it.”

If you’d like more details on this particular model, you can get a translation of the auction sheet below:

2013 Audi TT auction sheet

“Interior A, exterior A, first registered November 2013, two wheel drive, 1.8T FSI model, FAT, AAC, official dealer right-hand drive import, power steering, power windows, original alloy wheels, airbag, ABS, original navigation system, original TV, official dealer right-hand drive import, 2014 model, first time in auction, minor scratches, marks as per map”

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Normally, today we’d showcase an Acura ILX Japanese car auction find, since Acura just released a new teaser for the 2016MY yesterday. However, since the whole reason that Honda is refreshing their entry-level sedan is because of underperformance, it didn’t seem right to showcase a lackluster car. So, instead we have a fantastic auction find for a model with which you can’t go wrong – the Audi A4.

To be more specific, today we have a 2013 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro, seen here in a modern metallic black:

2013 Audi A4

When you’re looking at a model in such good condition as this one, it’s easy to see why the Audi A4 mid-size sedan continues to set the bar for luxury sedans. Even though the 2.0 TFSI Quattro isn’t an entry-level model like the ILX, it’s a car that demands to be recognized. The semi-new sedan version of the Audi A3 is probably a better comparison to the ILX, but come on… How could you not write about this car?!

First let’s cover the powertrain. As we said, this is a 2.0 TFSI Quattro model, which means that the car runs on a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine. The Quattro nomenclature delineates four-wheel drive, but what’s really cool is that Audi tuned up the 2.0 TFSI engine for the Quattro model. You’ll get a full 208hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, compared to the 178hp and 236 lb-ft in the normal front-wheel drive model. The engine is paired up with Audi’s advanced dual S-Tronic clutch.

2013 Audi A4 rear

Of course, you can have all the power in the world, but it’s meaningless without the handling to back it up. Fortunately, driving dynamics have always been Audi’s strong suit, and the A4 is no different. They’ve made excellent use of the AWD with a nice and stiff chassis, which gives you plenty of traction and a firm ride. The steering is responsive, but deliberate, which is perfect for an engine with this much oomph.

As we already emphasized, the car’s design speaks for itself. The A4’s overall aesthetic is simple, but the boldly chrome-outlined grille gives the car a definite sense of strength. You’ll see on the auction sheet at the bottom of this post that this find is in particularly good shape, with only a handful of A1 minor scratches on the entire exterior.

2013 Audi A4 interior

Inside, the Audi A4 2.0 TFSI continues to impress. You’ll enjoy an LCD navigation/entertainment display that’s operated by a dial at the driver’s side instead of a touchscreen. You might think that a dial is a step backwards in technology, but it requires much less focus to operate while driving. There’s plenty of interior space for all passengers, although if you really intend to cram five people into a sedan, the middle backseat is an unavoidably tight squeeze (true in every mid-size sedan).

Today’s Audi A4 auction find boasts an A-grade interior and an overall rating of 5, so everything is in tip-top shape. Keep reading below the auction sheet for a full rundown on this car’s specs:

2013 Audi A4 auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered November 2013, A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro model, FAT, AC, service book, official dealer right-hand drive import, 2014 model, one owner, S Line exterior package, original HDD navigation system and TV, spare key, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, DBA emissions code, scratches and dents, marks as per map”

Import Car Sales in Japan Up 31% in May

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

While Japanese manufacturers saw their domestic sales drop 33.4% in May 2011, sales of non-Japanese import cars rose by 7.9%, with the remaining increase of 31%  the result of greater imports of domestic Japanese brands from their overseas production facilities.

The major winners among the top 10 import car brands are as follows:

  1. Volvo – up 69.7%
  2. Renault – up 45.4%
  3. Fiat – up 40.3%
  4. Porsche – up 29%
  5. Audi – up 21.3%

(Figures are as compared with the same period in 2010.)

The numbers of cars from non-Japanese makers, as well as imports from overseas manufacturing facilities of Japanese makers has now reached an unprecedented level. For example, in April 2011 about 1 in 4 (23.5%) of regular passenger cars sold in Tokyo were of foreign origin, and this level continued the following month with the May figure reaching 21%.

One of the major factors in this increase in overall foreign-origin car imports to Japan has been Nissan’s March manufacturing base in Thailand coming online recently. May 2011 saw Nissan import 3,274 vehicles, as compared with just 4 imported in May 2011.

Although Nissan has recently made a commitment to continue large-scale production in Japan for the Japanese market, it remains to be seen how many other makers will be following their lead in establishing offshore production facilities to service Japanese consumers. As I noted in my previous blog post, premium foreign makers are also seeing an opportunity to grab market share from brands such as Lexus, which could see these marques increasingly infiltrating Japan’s new car market.

Sources: JAIA, Tokyo Shinbun (both Japanese-language)

Foreign Brands Take Lexus Market Share in Japan

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Foreign brands such as BMW and Audi have been responsible for the recent significant drop in Lexus market share. While Lexus new car sales dropped 45% in April, BMW experienced growth of 56% during the same period.

While Lexus has been struggling to return production levels to normal, customers have been shopping around other premium brands such as BMW and Audi. In one BMW showroom, the number of new visitors has increased by 30% recently, often sporting Lexus-branded bags picked up at the nearby Lexus dealership. These new visitors often have considered buying a non-Japanese car, but the lack of availability of Lexus models due to production difficulties are what have caused them to pursue this interest further, with about half of these actually resulting in sales for BMW.

As Mr Kubota, BMW Japan’s top salesman, says: “In some ways it may be considered wrong somehow, but on the other hand it is a chance for us to increase market share.”

Beyond the immediate benefit of these individual sales, the longer-term effect is that aversion to non-Japanese brands is being broken down more quickly among the Japanese buying public, which will no doubt translate into increased market share in the future as these new customers become repeat customers over the years.

Source: Bloomberg (Japanese-language)

Audi Leads Import Car Sales Growth in Japan

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Despite the doom and gloom of the new car sales figures in the Japanese market, there is another more positive story developing and that is the increasing growth of the non-Japanese car brands in the Japanese market.

The leaders are the German marques, Audi, BMW and VW. In fact, Audi has had its best March ever in Japan with growth of 1.9% in sales, at the same time that other major makers have been reeling from the effects of the earthquake and tsunami disaster. New models in the A8 range launched in December 2010 and the A1 range in January this year have been the major driving forces in this growth.

Whereas sales of cars such as the Prius have been artificially buoyed by the Japanese government’s EcoCar incentive program, foreign marques were not able to take advantage of this as most of their cars failed to meet this scheme’s requirements. On the other hand, they have also not suffered the collapse in sales that occurred when this scheme ended.

Overall, sales of foreign brand cars are up 9.7% over the last year in Japan with a total number of cars sold reaching 182,829. On the other hand, to put this in perspective, this is still about 100,000 units less than the sales of Japan’s most popular model, the Toyota Prius.

Sources: TBS News, Response, Response (all Japanese-language)