Motor City Minute: Kate Middleton Edition

Kate Middleton & Prince William

By now the whole world has heard of Kate Middleton. The stunning young woman who is now engaged to Prince William and poised to one day be queen. You have seen footage of her in fashionable attire, the 20 ct. sapphire engagement ring, and heard comparisons to the former Princess Diana. But to be honest we don’t care about all the fluff. We just have one question: What does she drive?

Yes, by definition Kate Middleton is hot and trendy. The future princess has set the media ablaze. They will be scrutinizing her every move and outfit. But as car guys we just don’t care about what pumps she is wearing. Just tell us what does she like cars, and if so what does she drive?

Kate Middleton 2007 Audi A3 HatchbackWell like Princess Diana, when Kate Middleton steps out of the club she steps in to a waiting Audi. It is after all the perfect car both the polo fields and the London’s Chelsea night life. It was also the preferred brand of the late Princess Diana. So, when Kate went car shopping with William in the 2007 he helped broker a deal to replace her VW Golf with an Audi A3 Hatchback Coupe for£23,000.  And she has been driving one ever since. The prince picked up an Audi A4 4.2 litre V8 Saloon at the same time.

The A3 just happens to be the car of choice for William’s younger brother Harry. It sports a 2.0 Turbo Diesel engine that cranks out 261 horsepower and propels the car to 0-62 (0-100 km/h) is a mere 5.7 seconds.

While Kate has had some random parking citations (who hasn’t), most of it is tabloid fodder. Sadly most of the images of her and cars are either the tickets or of her legs, getting in and out. The only image of the VW Golf we could find is of a parking ticket, but we offset it by a photo of Kate checking out a hot Volvo and the polo grounds. All in all she seems to be a car gal.

Princess Diana sparked sales increases of the Quartto and Cabriolet versions she owned in 1980’s and ’90’s. We assume Ms. Middleton, soon to be Mrs Windsor, will do the same. Perhaps she will up grade to the A5 Cabriolet after the wedding?

Photo Credits: (Audi, Daily Mail UK, Hollywood Grind)


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