Autobytel, a leading automotive consumer research company dedicated to helping buyers find the information they need to purchase new and used cars and connect to dealers online, has recently dished out its 2012 Car and Truck of the Year awards. These prestigious awards are given out to the most deserving automobiles based on innovation, originality and advancements. And Audi was awarded with two of them. For the Autobytel 2012 Luxury Car of the Year, the Audi A7 was chosen above strong competition, while the 2012 Audi R8 Spyder was selected as the Autobytel 2012 Convertible of the Year.

The Audi A7 five-door coupe’s design is a look that cannot be replicated, and carries a timeless presence that turns heads everywhere it goes. It is both sporty and elegant. Perfectly, the technology of the Audi A7 matches its revolutionary looks, as it’s the first car in the world to feature factory-installed Wi-Fi with Audi connect and navigation with the 3D mapping of Google Earth. From the groundbreaking MMI touchpad and its gracefully integrated display screen, to the state-of-the-art head up display, the Audi A7 is the currently the epitome of progressive design and sophisticated engineering. The A7 also sets a high standard for performance, handling and efficiency with an all-aluminum Audi 3.0 liter TFSI V6 engine, featuring 310 hp and 440.6 Nm of torque. The engine itself is award winning, as it was featured in WardsAuto’s list of 10 Best engines for 2012. Appropriately and competitively priced, the 2012 A7 carries an MSRP of $68,600 in Canada.

The Audi R8 is really a vehicle that needs no introduction. Along with being the poster car of Truth in Engineering, it is recognized by enthusiasts of all ages, and is a benchmark for mid-engined performance cars. The curb appeal only increases with the folding of the roof, allowing for a refreshing, high octane drive that can allows for better clarity of the amazing engine sounds, and more enjoyment of the weather. Just as important, the open top R8 Spyder is a favorite with both the public and experts alike. The high-performance sports car from Audi, the R8 Spyder is a high-tech, high-output and highly desired work of art with the formidable power of its engine, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive and its lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF) body made of aluminum sculpted into a captivating shape that’s easy to spot from the rest of the pack. With the standard hydraulic motor, the soft top opens and closes within 19 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 50 kph. Best of all, the R8 Spyder backs up every ounce of its presence with fantastic power. Even the base R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI V8 quattro features a powerful 430 hp. But the herculean 5.2 FSI V10 quattro features a more incredible 525 hp, making it one of the quickest vehicles on the road. Those interested in the V8 model will find it to start at $148,000, while the more powerful V10 variant begins at $242,000.