Audi St. Catharines Hosts Prestigious 2017 Audi quattro Cup in Niagara Falls
Audi St. Catharines has managed and hosted the prestigious 2017 Audi quattro Cup in Niagara Falls as part of the competition's Canada-wide run.
The golf tournament was held on Thursday, July 20 at the executive Legends on the Niagara golf course, and saw participation from hundreds of amateur players from across the region. The entire event was organised by Audi St. Catharines, and saw the dealership put up vehicle displays throughout the golf course.
The team showcased nearly every vehicle from Audi's lineup, including a Gotland Green Audi A4 Allroad quattro, a Tango Red Audi A5 Coupe S Line Sport, a Monsoon Grey Audi A5 Sportback, a Glacier White Audi TT Roadster, a Florett Silver Audi Q5 SUV, a Misano Red Audi RS 7 Performance, a Monsoon Grey Audi S8 Plus, and a Mythos Black Audi R8 supercar.
The vehicles received immense attention from all participants, and helped showcase the dealership's and Performance Auto Group's commitment to support community events.
Audi St. Catharines also arranged a first-class dinner at the coveted Legends on the Niagara lakeside clubhouse for all attendees, and also awarded the tournament's winners with exclusive TaylorMade golf clubs and bags.
The Audi quattro Cup is the largest amateur golf event in the world, with more than 800 tournaments held around the globe. Almost 100,000 people partake in the competition annually for a chance to represent their country at the Audi quattro Cup World Final, which is hosted at a world-famous golf course every year.
Audi St. Catharines' organization of the 2017 Audi quattro Cup is a part of Performance Auto Group's 'Drive Change' initiative, which ensures that our organization gives back visibly to the communities which we serve.
Performance Auto Group Sponsors 2017 Niagara Business Achievement Awards
Performance Auto Group has sponsored and participated in the 2017 Niagara Business Achievement Awards, and has helped honour and recognize businesses that have positively impacted Niagara's communities.
The awards were presented during a prestigious Gala Awards Dinner at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in St. Catharines on June 22. The event was attended by over 100 people representing 34 different businesses from across the Niagara region.
Performance Auto Group Director of Marketing Drew Delaware handed out the Excellence in Business - 51+ Employees award at the event, and spoke about the inspiration that comes from our community's business leaders, and expressed gratitude for the enthusiastic commitment to a prosperous Niagara. The award went to Convergys CMG Canada Ltd., a leading customer management firm, and was accepted on the company's behalf by Convergys Site Leader Lisa Serba.
Performance Auto Group Community Ambassador Bill Anderson said that the group is very proud to sponsor this year's business achievement awards. "At this year's Niagara Business Achievement Awards, we showed our commitment to recognize businesses that support growth and advancement in communities. Our participation shows that we appreciate businesses that positively impact the society, and that we're dedicated to making a positive difference everywhere we operate," said Bill.
The Awards also had a special vehicle display by Audi St. Catharines, with the dealership placing a brand new 2017 S6 sedan at the venue's entrance. The display attracted a lot of attention, and effectively showcased Performance Auto Group's participation in the event.
Performance Auto Group's sponsorship of the 2017 Niagara Business Achievement Awards is a part of the group's 'Drive Change' initiative, which ensures that our organization gives back visibly to the communities which we serve.
Audi St. Catharines Unveils All-New 2018 Q5, SQ5 and S5 at Exclusive Q5 Launch Event
Audi St. Catharines has unveiled the all-new Q5, SQ5 and S5 at an exclusive Q5 launch event at the brand new Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The event was held on April 27, 2017, and was hosted by Audi St. Catharines General Manager Vince Lepiane. Over 200 Audi enthusiasts attended the ceremony, and were treated to an up-close and personal review of the 2018 Q5 and SQ5. They also had the opportunity to explore the completely redesigned 2018 S5 Sportback, and enjoyed test driving the new vehicles on a custom outdoor track at the winery.
Guests were then welcomed inside for the official launch ceremony by a live performance from well-known jazz musicians John Neudorf Trio. The event was made extra-special by the fact that it was the first corporate ceremony to be held at the newly-built world-class Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vince Lepiane said the new Q5 marks the beginning of a new chapter for both Audi and the luxury automotive sector. "With its comfort, style and dynamics, the Audi Q5 is the new benchmark - pioneering technology, expressive styling and a powerful driving experience, all in one. Its design symbolizes Audi's new body language focused around athletic appeal, while its stylish interior offers segment-leading finesse and comfort. It truly sets a new standard for the luxury automotive sector," he said.
He also drew parallels between Audi's and Performance Auto Group's commitment to excellence, and said that the group is proud to be representing Audi. "In December, Audi St. Catharines became a part of the Performance Auto Group family of fine automotive dealerships. Performance's heritage in the luxury automotive market dates back to 1964 - a heritage built on an unwavering commitment to superior customer service, which is why all of us are enormously proud to be representing the Audi brand today," he said.
Vince then thanked everyone for attending the launch ceremony, especially Audi Canada President Daniel Weissland, to whom he presented a bottle of fine malt whiskey. "In our invitation, we made reference to Wayne Gretzky being heralded as "The Great One" for the NHL, and likened the Audi Q5 to the new great one. The staff at Audi St. Catharines chose this location with great care, and so we are pleased to present you with a bottle of fine malt whiskey made here at Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery. Thank you for making this an exceptionally great evening!" said Vince.
Performance Auto Group President Glen Alizadeh, CEO Steve Alizadeh, Vice President of Sales Dimitri Dariviris, and Director of Finance and Insurance Raymond Rabbani were also present at the event.
2018 Q5 and SQ5 features
The 2018 Q5 has a dramatic new front-end, with a Q7-inspired grille, LED headlights, and swollen front fenders that flow into the hood. The new model has lost almost 198 pounds compared to the outgoing model, in spite of a half-inch increase in wheelbase and 1.3 inches more overall length. Rear-seat legroom has grown by 0.4 inch, and the SUV now offers up to 10 more litres of luggage space.
The 2018 Q5 comes with an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder delivering 252 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque. Power is channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to all four wheels via Audi's latest Quattro AWD system with Ultra technology. This setup allows the Q5 to disengage drive to the rear wheels when it isn't needed, reducing drag and saving fuel.
The SQ5, on the other hand, features aggressive new bumpers, a unique S-range trapezoidal grille, sporty air intakes and a front spoiler. In the rear, the S brings twin exhaust tailpipes with an aluminum diffuser clasp, and features LED lights in the front and rear.
The 2018 SQ5 now features a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 pushing 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, and achieves an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters delivers torque to the AWD system, which biases power towards the rear axle for a sportier driving experience.