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New Audi A3 exploits connected tech (pictures)

Audi doubles down on the tech in its new A3 model, completely revised in sedan form for the US market.

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LOS ANGELES -- The new A3 is a compact sedan with premium car appointments.
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Audi positions the A3 as an entry-level car to its brand.
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Base models will be front-wheel drive, although Audi Quattro will be available.
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The new A3 can be had with an impressive array of connected cabin tech.
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Audi refined its MMI controller, changing the buttons somewhat and including a touch pad on the dial.
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As in its other cars, the A3 uses Google Earth imagery in the navigation system.
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Combining an Nvidia processor and a 4G data connection, the navigation system renders quickly.
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The navigation system even shows Google Street View imagery.
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An Internet Radio feature brings in more than 7,000 Internet-based radio stations.
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Audi's standard elliptical menu structure includes an icon for connected services.
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Audi includes weather, fuel prices, news, and information on local landmarks, with data brought in over the car's mobile connection.
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Audi adds Facebook and Twitter integration in the A3.
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A new smartphone app will release later in 2014, which integrates new features into the car.

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