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Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...

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Audi Q2 puts quality over size

March 21 2018

Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km


Sick thieves target Leven fatal accident victim’s house

November 4 2017

Sick thieves have ransacked the home of a woman killed in a collision with a car last weekend. Linda Dunn’s Methil home was broken into in the days after her tragic death and a television and iPad were stolen. Ms Dunn, 68, died after being struck by a car near Leven retail park on Sunday afternoon. Two people have since appeared in court in connection with her death. Police confirmed officers are investigating the break-in at the house in Kinnarchie Crescent, which happened sometime between Monday and Friday. Levenmouth police temporary inspector Karen Muirhead said: “This is a horrendous set of circumstances. “A bereaved family already affected by the death of a loved one are now faced with the house being broken into and personal possessions stolen. “We are appealing to members of the public for information to assist us in identifying those responsible and hopefully recovering the property stolen.” Anyone with any information is asked to call officers at Methil on 101 quoting reference PS 20171103-1192. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. For more on this shocking story, see Monday's Courier.

This student took his Tinder profile to the next level by turning it into a PowerPoint presentation

February 21 2018

Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.


Dalgety Bay man in court twice in 24 hours

December 19 2014

A Dalgety Bay man sentenced to 10 months’ detention on Wednesday had another nine months added to his sentence when he returned to Dunfermline Sheriff Court just 24 hours later. Callum Campbell-Dunn, 19, of Barnhill Road, was back in the same dock and admitted charges relating to an incident in Harbour Drive, Dalgety Bay, on September 11, when he was found slumped over the steering wheel by police. He admitted that he was in charge of a car having consumed excess alcohol (58 mic). The legal limit is 35 mic. He further admitted assaulting PC Lynn Law, grabbing her body and twisting her wrist, to her injury and also assaulting PC Angela Dryburgh by pushing her on the body. Depute fiscal Sam Johnston said the officers were on a routine mobile patrol at around 2am when they came across a car with both windows open and Campbell-Dunn slumped over the wheel with the keys in the ignition and the dashboard lit up. He had been sick and there was a smell of alcohol, the depute fiscal added. At first Campbell-Dunn “pretended to be sleeping” but then started “rambling”. When the officers tried to take him out of the vehicle, he started struggling and managed at one point to break free, twisting the wrist of PC Law. Defence agent Barbara Collie said: “The state my client was in, he wasn’t thinking straight.” Sheriff Craig McSherry, looking at Campbell-Dunn’s record, said: “You’ve not only got a problem with alcohol but also with the police.” He sentenced Campbell-Dunn to nine months’ detention, which will follow on from his existing sentence.


The Beer Kitchen is spreading the joy in Dundee

March 31 2016

A new Dundee bar has created a beer-flavoured marmalade to boost its appeal to punters. Independent brewer Innis & Gunn has opened its new premises, The Beer Kitchen, on South Tay Street. It is the company’s second bar-restaurant and it marked the opening by creating a new twist on an old Dundee favourite. Innis & Gunn founder Dougal Sharp said: “Launching in this great city has provided us with an opportunity to do what we do best: push the boundaries of what’s possible with beer through innovation and experimentation. “That’s why we’ve been hard at work brewing a marmalade IPA and even creating spreadable beer for adventurous foodies. “We’re proud to be setting up shop in such an innovative and vibrant city. We can’t wait to share our passion for great beer with Dundonians.”

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Join the queue for littlest Audi Q

November 9 2016

Audi’s relentless release of new models continues with the launch of its smallest SUV. The Q2 goes on sale in the UK next week with prices starting at £22,380. There’s an extensive selection of petrol and diesel power trains as well as the option of front or Quattro four-wheel drive. More models will be added to the range later on, including powerful SQ2 and RSQ2 versions. Aimed squarely at a younger audience, the Q2 has bolder, sharper lines and a different shape to Audi’s bigger SUVs, the Q3, Q5 and Q7. Although it’s clearly meant more for buzzing around cities than growling across farmland, cladding and skid plates lend it an aura of ruggedness. Audi is also offering a range of vibrant colours to deepen the Q2’s appeal to youthful buyers. The interior is as plush as you’d expect from Audi, justifying its price hike over similarly sized SUVs like the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V. The materials are high quality – softtouch plastics, leather on higher spec cars and brushed aluminium trim elements all blended into a smart-looking package. As standard, drivers get a seven-inch infotainment screen on top of the dashboard. It’s operated through Audi’s rotary dial system that’s far more intuitive and easier to use when on the move than rivals’ touchscreen systems. Among the many options is Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit - a 12.3in screen that replaces the manual instruments behind the steering wheel. Overall, the Q2 is 4.7in shorter than the A3 hatchback, but Audi says there’s enough leg and headroom for two adult passengers in the back. Boot space comes in at 405 litres – 50 more than you’ll find in the A3 hatchback and rival Nissan Juke, although it trails the Mini Countryman by the same amount. To begin with, the only diesel option is a 1.6 litre with 114bhp, although a more powerful 184bhp 2.0 litre unit will be added to the range soon. Similarly, the petrol engine range is limited for now but will be expanded by the end of the year. The 1.4 litre, 148bhp unit offered now will be joined by 1.0 litre, 114bhp three cylinder turbo and 2.0 litre, 187bhp options – the latter coming with an S-Tronic automatic gearbox. When it arrives the 1.0 litre petrol version will be the cheapest model in the range with a price tag of £20,230. Courier Motoring has yet to get its hands on the car but early reviews have been very positive and Audi looks to have yet another winner on its hands. jmckeown@thecourier.co.uk


Bingo hall groper waits to hear if payback order can be cut

November 7 2015

A bingo hall groper will learn his final fate next month. Despite making good progress on a community payback order (CPO), David Dunn will have to wait another month for his case to be concluded. It follows his conviction for sexually assaulting two women in Dundee. He grabbed one woman and said she had “beautiful eyes”. After that assault he went outside where he grabbed another woman’s bottom, telling her: “Just because you think you’re beautiful, you b***h.” Dunn, of Milnbank Road, Dundee was previously convicted after trial of two offences in July 2014. The trial heard the offences had been alcohol related and Dunn had stopped drinking. Dunn, who was placed on the sex offenders register and ordered to be of good behaviour for six months, appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court where his agent said the 46-year-old had successfully completed an unpaid work element of the CPO and the hope was that the order could be discharged early. “This was more to do with the accused’s alcohol intake on that particular day,” said his solicitor. “The social work department said that they had no concerns about this type of offending from this man.” The court also heard that the accused had not come to the attention of the police during the deferral period. However, the case was continued until December 3 for the sheriff who covered the trial to deal with the case, and submissions to be made by Dunn’s solicitor over the sex offender registration matter.


Dundee teenager appears in court charged with raping four women

December 12 2017

A teenager has appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court charged with raping four women at addresses across the region over the course of the last two years. The alleged offences are said to have taken place at various locations in Tayside and Fife, all between 2015 and 2017. Jordan Dunn, 19, of Auchinblae Place in Dundee, appeared in private before Sheriff George Way on a petition alleging that he assaulted one woman, seized her by the body and raped her on various occasions over three months in 2015 at three different locations in Perthshire. Dunn is accused of assaulting another woman at addresses in Fife, Angus and Dundee on various occasions between 2016 and this year. He is also accused of pinning the woman to a sofa, removing her clothing and raping her. A third charge alleges that on April 29, at another address in Dundee, he assaulted another woman, pinned her to a sofa, removed her clothing and raped her. He is also alleged to have assaulted a fourth woman, removed her clothing and raped her on November 7 2017, again at an address in Dundee. During Dunn’s brief appearance on Monday he made no plea and was remanded in custody by the sheriff. Solicitor Ross Donnelly made no motion for bail. Dunn is expected to appear again next week.

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Form an orderly Q for Audi SUV

August 10 2016

First there was the Q7. Then the Q5 and Q3. All have been a phenomenal success for Audi. I’d be surprised if that script changes when the Q2 arrives in November. Audi’s baby SUV is available to order now with prices starting at £22,380. Can’t quite stretch to that? Don’t worry, an entry level three-cylinder 1.0 litre version will be available later this year with a cover tag of £20,230. From launch, there are three trim levels available for the Q2 called SE, Sport and S Line. The range-topping Edition #1 model will be available to order from next month priced from £31,170. While the entry-level 113bhp 1.0-litre unit isn’t available right away, engines you can order now include a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel and 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit, both with manual or S tronic automatic transmissions. Also joining the Q2 line-up from September is the 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 148bhp or 187bhp. This unit comes with optional Quattro all-wheel drive. A 2.0 litre petrol with Quattro and S tronic joins the range next year. Standard equipment for the new Audi Q2 includes a multimedia infotainment system with rotary/push-button controls, supported with sat-nav. Audi’s smartphone-friendly interface, 16in alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and heated and electric mirrors are all also standard for the Audi. Along with the optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the Audi Q2 also come from the larger Audi models – including the Audi pre sense front with pedestrian recognition that is standard. The system recognises critical situations with other vehicles as well as pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle, and if necessary it can initiate hard braking – to a standstill at low speeds. Other systems in the line-up include adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, the lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic assist.