Audi shares spotlight with the stars at the Toronto International Film Festival

    -   Audi the "car of choice" for George Clooney and Brad Pitt premieres
    -   Audi's R8 makes its Canadian red carpet debut at the premiere of
        Warner Brothers' "Michael Clayton" film
    -   Audi the official car of the Best Buddies 13th Annual Gala

    AJAX, ON, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - The 32nd edition of the Toronto International
Film Festival opens tomorrow night and for the next 10 days, Toronto will be
the centre of the cinema universe. Famous directors, producers and actors will
be cruising Toronto streets, packing theatres and restaurants and enjoying the
GTA party scene.
    Numerous high-profile celebrities, including Jodie Foster, Kevin Bacon,
Jude Law, Michael Caine, Sean Penn, Jessica Alba, Marcia Gay Harden, Casey
Affleck and Alison Eastwood, have selected Audi as their preferred mode of
transportation. The high-profile presence of the sporty, progressive and
sophisticated new Audis will share the spotlight with many of Hollywood's
leading luminaries.
    Audi's new supercar, the bold Audi R8, will make its red carpet debut
when George Clooney arrives at the Roy Thompson Hall on Friday evening for the
premiere screening of his new Warner Brothers film "Michael Clayton".
    The spectacular Audi R8 is a marvel of advanced design, technology and
engineering that is sure to impress even the most jaded celebrity. Advanced
concept car styling, a 4.2-Litre, 420-bhp, FSI V8 engine, quattro permanent
all-wheel drive and an aluminium space-frame body, along with Audi's
acknowledged standards of perfection in quality and finish, endow the new Audi
R8 with a special ability to make people revise their list of dream cars.
    With a base price of $139,000 in Canada, the 2008 Audi R8 is positioned
very competitively considering its technological standards, road performance,
high quality and its extensive standard equipment. The first 2008 Audi R8's
will be delivered nationwide starting in late September.
    Celebrated actor Brad Pitt will be arriving at the premiere of his film,
"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford", in his "car of
choice" - an Audi Q7 SUV - on Saturday, September 8.
    Audi Canada's involvement during the ten days of the Toronto
International Film Festival commences with Robert Lantos' opening night film
"Fugitive Pieces" followed by an after party at the Liberty Grand. Audi is
also sponsoring a number of TIME Style & Design after parties throughout Film
Festival week including a party for the documentary film "TRUMBO" with Michael
Douglas, Liam Neeson, Joan Allen and Nathan Lane. Another Audi sponsored TIME
Style & Design after party will be staged for the Canadian film "Walk All Over
Me" starring Leelee Sobieski and Tricia Helfer.
    Audi has also been named as the official car of the Best Buddies 13th
Annual Gala which takes place during the Toronto International Film Festival
week (on Monday, September 10 at the Carlu). Best Buddies is a charitable
organization dedicated to enhancing the community through one-to-one
friendships between individuals with intellectual disabilities and students.
Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant,
international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more
than 1,300 middle school, high school, and college campuses across the country
and internationally.
    This year's Best Buddies Gala will be honouring legendary actor Burt
Reynolds, who has elected to arrive at the event in an Audi. The Best Buddies
Gala, hosted by e-Talk Daily's Tanya Kim, will feature a premiere film
screening and a dinner with a musical performance by Chantal Kreviazuk.
    Audi Canada will also showcase the exciting R8 in a unique manner with a
display for the Hello Magazine party at C-Lounge on Thursday, September 13th.
In addition, Audi products, including the R8, TT and RS 4, will be prominently
displayed at festival event venues such as the Boiler House and the Fermenting
Room in the Distillery District, Carlu and the Gardiner Museum.
    "The Audi brand resonates with the sporty, progressive and sophisticated
people that comprise the audience of such high-profile events and we at Audi
Canada are delighted to associate ourselves with some of the best actors and
actresses working today as well as partners like Time Style and Design, Warner
Brothers, Paramount and Best Buddies," said Diego Ramos, Executive Vice
President of Audi Canada.

    Audi's history in Canada dates to 1969, when the brand was first
introduced on the Canadian market. Today, a network of 37 Audi retailers
nationwide sell and service a range of premium vehicles that include the Audi
A3 sportback; the sporty A4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high
performance S4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high-revving RS 4 sports
sedan; the design-leading A6 sedan and Avant; the Audi Q7 performance SUV; the
all-aluminum Audi A8; the V10-powered S6 and S8 performance sedans; and the
all-new 2008 TT Coupe and Roadster models and the exciting new R8 super car.
    More information on Audi, its models and its history can be found at

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