Auto News for Aug. 19

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Audi has released some teaser drawings of an all-electric SUV that it hopes to have on the market in 2018. It is said to have a range of 310 miles and a low coefficient of drag of just 0.25 – something Audi said is a record for any sport utility. Size wise it will be somewhere between the current Q5 and the Q7 according to some reports and will be displayed in some form at the Frankfurt Auto Show in mid-September. Audi said a large lithium-ion battery will be located between the axles and below the passenger compartment and three electric motors – one on the front axle and two on the rear axle – will drive the vehicle. A challenge to Tesla? Sounds like it!

A Toyota official has told Bloomberg that the next generation Prius will be displayed to the press on Sept. 8 in Las Vegas. The hybrid has not been updated since 2009.

There will be a delay in the introduction of the incredible Acura NSX. It was expected to hit the market by the end of the year, but now may not appear until next spring. Acura cited a change to a more powerful engine and the design alterations that came with it as the reasons for the delay.

Women tend to believe in the technology and safety potential of connected vehicles and autonomous driving much more so than men, according to a survey of more a thousand people conducted by Jabian Automotive. A total of 38 percent of women believe driverless cars are the wave of the future, compared to only 21 percent of men. More than half of the women surveyed would pay for an app that allows their car to communicate what’s wrong with it prior to service, compared to only 38 percent of men. Jabian said women want to use technology for convenience and empowerment, while men tend to favor its use for efficiency and entertainment. One quarter of the women in the study said they would get rid of their car in favor of public or alternative transportation if it was available, compared to only 15 percent of men.

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