The Audi Q8 combines the best of two worlds – the elegance of a four-door luxury coupe and the convenient versatility of a large SUV. The generously dimensioned interior with variable luggage compartment, state-of-the-art operating and suspension technologies as well as intelligent assistance systems make the Audi Q8 a convincing companion for business and leisure.
New presence for the Q family: the exterior design
With the imposing Singleframe in octagonal design, the Audi Q8 is the new face of the Q family. The brawny radiator grille stands upright and, together with the spoiler that has been drawn toward the front and the large, highly contoured air inlets, emphasizes the self-confident look.
Standard LED headlights illuminate the road, with HD Matrix LED technology available as an option. Here both the three-dimensional signature of the daytime running lights and the taillights have a digital character. A light strip connects the units at the rear.
Clarity is the new premium: the interior
Easy-to-understand symbols stand for the digital precision from Audi and for the high level of integration of architecture and operation. The central element is the top MMI touch response display. With its black-panel look, it almost dissolves into a large, black surface when switched off. All elements refer logically to one another, from the flat air vent strip to the wide console on the center tunnel bearing the tiptronic selector lever.
With the MMI touch response operating concept of the new Audi Q8, nearly every function can be accessed via two large displays. The upper 10.1-inch display is used for controlling the infotainment and the navigation system. The driver uses the 8.6-inch display below that for heating and air conditioning, convenience functions, and text input, the latter with his or her wrist resting comfortably and ergonomically on the selector lever.
The instruments are shown in the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit. Its high-resolution 12.3-inch display can be switched between two views via the multifunction steering wheel. The head-up display also projects important information onto the windshield, including detailed lane guidance for navigation.
The Audi Q8 is top-notch with respect to sound quality thanks to the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System. It delivers fascinating 3D sound with height information to all five seats. The music unfolds exactly how it was recorded in the concert hall.
Sporty driving experience: suspension and drive
Audi is quattro and quattro is Audi – of course, this applies in particular to the Q8, the top SUV of the brand. The purely mechanical center differential, plus as much 254 millimeters (10.0 in) of ground clearance, short overhangs, and hill descent control means the Audi Q8 can keep going even after the pavement ends.
All drive systems are particularly efficient thanks to the new mild hybrid technology (MHEV). The 48-volt primary electrical system incorporates two important technology modules: a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter. During braking, it can recover up to 12 kW of power and feed it back into the battery. The MHEV technology enables long coasting phases with the engine deactivated and a start-stop range that begins at 22 km/h (13.7 mph).
As part of the opening celebration of the country’s first state-of-the-art Audi showroom, an open day was organized on Sunday the 26th of January 2020.
We thank all customers and well wishes who visited us throughout the entire day.
The new Audi Colombo Showroom was unveiled on the 25th of January 2020 with the participation of His Excellency Jörn Rohde; The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in the presence of Audi representatives and other distinguished guests.
The counties first state-of-the-art showroom comprises of 3 floors and has been built according to Audi global standards using materials sourced directly from Audi-approved suppliers. Created with careful attention to detail from the layout to the ambience, the facility is aimed at providing a unique experience to all Audi enthusiasts.
Drive One’s 2020 vision for Audi in Sri Lanka
Drive One (Pvt) Ltd, the authorised dealer for Audi vehicles in Sri Lanka, recently declared open a brand new showroom in the presence of Audi representatives and other distinguished guests. The new Audi Colombo showroom is located at No 431, Nawala Road Nawala.
The celebration reviewed the brand’s momentous journey in Sri Lanka over the past 70 years since its introduction to the island through its predecessor DKW and Auto Union. Certain models such as the DKW 3=6 Sonderklasse Coupe and Auto Union 1000s Coupe are still preserved by rare car enthusiasts to-date. Since this introduction, Audi brand models such as the Audi A4 and Audi A6 have been well- appreciated in the recent past, while the Audi Q7 and the Audi Q2 are best sellers in the local market today.
At a media gathering held following the opening of the new showroom, Drive One officials detailed the company’s vision for 2020 and the new strategic direction for Audi, the most progressive premium automobile brand in the world. Keeping true to its philosophy, Audi prides itself on its eye-catching designs and customizations, while offering premium luxurious features and innovations that boost the level of comfort and convenience to its loyal clientele.
Drive One (Pvt) Ltd aims to be the most customer-centric automobile company in Sri Lanka in reflection of the aforementioned principles of Audi. Since its commencement, the company has offered the latest product range in accordance with the local fuel, climate and road conditions. The company has invested heavily on recruitment, training and development, and new infrastructure to meet the needs of its clients.
The new state-of-the-art showroom facility at Nawala comprises 3 floors and has been built according to Audi global standards using materials sourced from Audi-approved suppliers. Created with careful attention to detail from the layout to the ambience, the facility is aimed at providing a unique experience to all Audi enthusiasts. The soon-to-be opened 100,000sq.ft workshop facility at Wattala is also built in line with Audi global standards and will raise the bar in automotive servicing industry in Sri Lanka.
Looking to the future, Drive One revealed plans to unveil the new Audi Q3, Audi A6 and Audi Q7 to the local market in 2020. Following the success of the Audi Q2 (a compact SUV), considered a best seller in Sri Lanka, the Audi Q3 is a subcompact luxury crossover SUV that checks most boxes with its many desirable standard features. The eight-generation Audi A6 is also set to arrive on our shores in 2020, complete with added innovations in terms of digitisation, comfort and sportiness; in addition to the new Audi Q7 with updated exterior styling, more technology features and a fuel-efficient engine.
The brand, which is known for its continuous innovation, has led the way in recent years in the fields of autonomous driving technology, electric mobility, digital connectivity and sustainability. The flagship Audi A8 is the first production car to reach level 3 autonomous driving, while Audi has been at the forefront of reshaping the future with electric mobility. The Audi e-tron is the first fully-electric series production model by the brand. The sporty SUV combines the space and comfort of a typical luxury class automobile with a range exceeding 400km on a single charge. Since making its debut in March 2019, the Audi e-tron has sold over 18,000 units globally and the company plans to introduce 30 fully-electric and plug-in hybrids models by 2025. Audi has also been prioritizing sustainability by aiming to reducing the CO₂ footprint of all Audi models by 30% over its entire lifecycle by 2025, and to become completely CO₂-neutral by 2050.
Driven by this strategy and with the new investments taking form in 2020, such as the new showroom and the soon-to-be unveiled workshop facility, Drives One is geared to cater to the changing needs of local automobile enthusiasts in 2020 and beyond. We invite our loyal customers to partner us as we look forward to a successful 2020.
The Audi range was showcased at the Ceylon Motor Show 2019 which was held at the BMICH from 15th to 17th March 2019, giving our customers a stunning experience. We saw huge crowd gathering at the stall during the course of the event.
A big thank you to everyone who visited us!
The closing night of the fifteenth edition of Colombo Fashion Week began with emerging design talent and ended with Tarun Tahiliani’s captivating presentation on the marriage between colonial and Asian styles. The combination of the functionality and neatness of Western dress and the easy, versatile, comfort of Indian drapes. The superstar designer brought a thoughtful, considered, introspection to end a glamourous evening. An evening which had aspiring creativity, and showcased outstanding the elegance of one of India’s finest, most popular designers.
It is this combination of styles, and easy classiness of the evening that made the fifteenth anniversary of CFW a fitting moment for Audi Sri Lanka to support the event as the Official Automobile Partner of Colombo Fashion Week. Both brands are focused on quality, elegance and functionality. With a focus on the environment, socially conscious design and accessibility. The combination was inevitable. It was no coincidence therefore, that that Audi’s flagship models the Q5, the Q7 and the TT convertible mingled effortlessly with the exclusive gathering present at the shows at the Colombo Hilton.
No doubt the superstar designers Bibi Russel, Prasad Bidapa, Eymeric Francois , Hemant Trivedi and Tarun Tahiliani would have would have enjoyed their ‘Celebrate Colombo’ experience much more in the comfort of their sponsored Audi A6, built for Sri Lankan roads and conditions. Just as much as Audi believe in ‘advancement through technology’ the designers have moved fashion into a technology and design driven industry, which retains the glamour without the waste.
Audi’s tie up with the glamorous CFW event, is part of Drive One’s initiative to position the brand alongside partners with similar values in the progressive, sophisticated manner in which the dealership plans to take Audi forward. The newly appointed exclusive dealership revolves around the philosophy of providing an unparalleled customer services experience to its valuable customers.
Drive One aims to open its state-of- the-art, 100,000 square-foot service and maintenance facility in the near further that will provide unmatched services to its customers. The after sales facility is completely designed by Audi ensuring that even including the smallest details adhere to the automaker’s strict design and quality guidelines. The company boasts exclusive access to Audi AG’s top diagnostic information systems, servers and after-sales support.
Currently located in Duplication Road, in the heart of Colombo, Drive One (Pvt) Ltd showcases a range of the Audi AG portfolio including the A3, A4, A5, A6, A8, Q2, Q3, Q5, and the Q7; manufactured specifically for Sri Lankan roads and driving conditions, quality of fuel and other local standards. Drive One (Pvt) Ltd’s emergence into the center stage represents the dawn of an entirely new customer-centric concept that will help reshape the Audi experience in Sri Lanka.
Drive One geared to steer Audi to unparalleled heights in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka (August 23, 2018): Since taking over the dealership of Audi in October last year, Drive One (Pvt) Ltd has taken steps to catapult the Audi brand to unparalleled heights in Sri Lanka. The company was appointed the official representative for Audi AG Germany for sales, after-sales, and genuine parts and accessories of Audi automobiles.
Managing Director of Drive One (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Hiran de Silva said, “Drive One is thrilled at the opportunity to represent the prestigious Audi brand in Sri Lanka. Our primary focus is our clients and we are working towards creating long lasting relationships with them by offering the best possible service and attention to detail. Drive One is determined to make Audi the most sought after automobile brand in the country by 2020.”
Drive One is in a unique position to provide unmatched after sales services to its clients. The company has access to Audi AG’s top diagnostic information systems including after-sales support and technical assistance. This means that Drive One’s technical team will have exclusive access to vehicle history, workshop manuals and technical information to perform services, software upgrades and maintenance tasks on automobiles purchased through their dealership.
Since taking over the Audi dealership last October, Drive One has transformed the brand through a number of innovative measures and investments within a short time span. This includes construction of a state-of-the-art workshop geared to provide efficient after sales service; establishing a 24 X 7 roadside assistance service; investing in employee training and expanding the workforce to ensure expert services to clients.
Drive One is on track to complete construction of an Audi AG approved 100,000 square-foot, four-storey service and maintenance facility in Wattala. The state-of-the-art facility will allow customers to receive a guaranteed after sales service in keeping with the automaker’s standards related to design and quality.
In addition, since taking over the dealership, Drive One successfully handles regular shipments of Audi automobiles and ensures that smooth deliveries are made to clients. Through these milestones, Drive One has gained the trust and loyalty of its fast-growing clientele.
“We are proud of what we have achieved within such a brief period, in terms of revamping the Audi brand. Drive One (Pvt) Ltd showcases a wide range of the Audi brand portfolio that is manufactured specifically for Sri Lankan roads and driving conditions, fuel quality and emission standards.” stated Chief Operating Officer of Drive One, Mr. Anushka Polonowita. “We offer genuine products with the manufacturer’s warranty and after-sales service, which means that when our clients purchase an Audi automobile from us, they can be sure of an authentic and hassle-free experience” added Mr. Polonowita.
Drive One (Pvt) Ltd’s mission is to provide a customer-centric concept that will help reshape the Audi experience in Sri Lanka.