Anne Curtis’ career just keeps on getting better. 2014 was a stellar year for the young actress–a major concert, an international movie release, a hit local movie, and an iconic title role in a television series: and from the looks of it, her luster is showing no signs of fading. In fact, her career continues seems to remain on track, leading all the way to the top.
Capping Anne’s big year was when she drove off with a drop dead gorgeous Misano Red Audi A3 1.8 TFSI. Christmas came early for the Audi brand ambassadress, when she dropped by the Audi Global showroom for a visit, with Audi Philippines head Benedicto Coyiuto handing her the keys to the new Audi. Anne was thrilled to get the red A3. Apparently, according to 50 Shades of Gray fan Anne, this is the same car Christian Grey gives to his ladies because it’s “the safest car,” and this is the same shade of red that the main character in the book, Anastasia, got.
“I’m thrilled to be driving this car,” Anne said, “Not only is this ‘the safest car,’ it’s also been dubbed the 2014 World Car of the Year!” She adds, “So happy it’s red, too!”
Like its new owner, the car is a head turner, not just because it matches Anne’s favorite red lipstick, but this sporty premium compact sedan is a strong presence on the road. Its design is a cross between the classic three-box concept and the coupé philosophy. The “tornado line” design element forms a distinct light-refracting edge that runs over the entire side. The four-door sedan also expresses independent lines in the contour of its hood, in the bumpers, air intakes and its implementation of the single frame grille. At the rear, the spoiler is integrated in the trunk lid and the lights emphasize the car’s horizontal lines with their broad and low cuts.
With its powerful engine, this compact sedan packs quite a punch. “This is a car that changes everything,” Audi Philippines Head Benedicto Coyuito said at its launch. “The A3 has an efficient turbocharged engine, a luxurious interior, and a beautiful look that all helped it earn the World Car of the Year… the Audi A3 delivers a consummate blend of sporty handling qualities, dynamic acceleration, low emissions while being a miserly consumer of fuel.”
The A3 comes with an engine lineup consisting of the 1.8 TSFI and the 2.0 TDI. Completely redesigned, the engines bring together efficiency technologies from Audi—direct fuel injection, turbocharging, innovative thermal management.
Anne’s car is the A3 with the 1.8 TSFI engine that has dual injection for maximized power and efficiency, one into the combustion chamber and one into the intake manifold. It will give Anne a smooth sporty ride, letting her accelerate to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 242 km/h (if she wants to). And even with that kind of power, its combined fuel consumption is only at 5.6 liters per 100 km, an excellent quality, especially for Anne whose busy schedule takes her all over the place.
All in all, the A3 makes for a beautiful drive, as recognized by the World Car Award jurors, “Audi should be complimented for making this A3 ride like no other A3. All the old shimmer over rough surfaces has gone, replaced by a silky smooth ride that approaches limousine quality.” No wonder it is the World Car of the Year.