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Audi Confirms Clean Diesel Option For 2013 A8 Luxury Sedan

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2011 Audi A8 L

2011 Audi A8 L

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For some time, German luxury automaker Audi has been one of the few automakers to offer clean diesel cars to the U.S. market.

But until Audi announced plans back in March last year to offer diesel-engined options for every new Audi sold in the U.S. by 2015, the only diesel Audis you could buy were the Audi Q7 TDI SUV, or the compact, VW Golf-based Audi A3 Hatchback. 

Not for much longer. 

At this week’s 2012 Detroit Auto Show, Audi bosses confirmed that the 2013 Audi A8 family would get its own clean-diesel option in the form of its 3.0-liter V-6 TDI turbodiesel engine. 

Most likely the same engine found in the 2012 Audi Q7 TDI, expect the oil-burning luxury sedan to generate around 225 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to the usual technology found in the rest of the Audi A8 range, the 2013 A8 TDI will come with start-stop technology as standard, cutting the engine at stop-lights to improve gas mileage and reduce fuel wastage. 

2012 Audi A8 Hybrid

2012 Audi A8 Hybrid

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Official mileage figures haven’t been released yet. We’d expect them to be published near launch, along with a comprehensive price and options list. 

Sadly, the TDI-engined A8 will be the only green Audi A8 on the market for now: Audi hasn't announcediwhen we can expect the Audi A8 Hybrid to get introduced to the U.S. market. 

We’re pleased to see Audi expand clean diesel options throughout its range, but have one little request of the ad agency responsible for advertising the new engine option for the luxury sedan. 

Please, don’t bring the notorious Superbowl XLIV Green Police back.

 

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  1. I am aware of the fact this website is US oriented. But I would really advise to drop the whole notion of 'clean diesel' soon. There is no such thing as 'clean diesel'; just as a very efficient gasoline engine, there is CO2 production. Its even worse, because 'clean diesels' still emit PM, especially when vehicles are firmly accelerating (which isn't measured in drive cycle tests, but happens a lot in reality)

    Clean diesels are diesels that don't run at all.
     
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  2. Sure thing, but nothing is 'clean' Jan...
    Certainly not hybrids or even all-electric.

    My clean-burning diesel is time tested and has no cause to require up to three times the amount of fossil fuel to create the battery power needed to drive an electric vehicle.

    They don't put that in print either...

    Lets look at the big picture please.
     
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  3. @Tom: Source for the idea that driving a mile on electricity could require "up to three times the amount of fossil fuel to create the battery power needed" as the same mile on diesel?

    I have not seen any analysis that supports that. In fact, the well-regarded EPRI-NRDC study of 2007 indicates that a mile driven on grid power in the U.S.--and that's even the dirtiest grids in WV and ND--has lower wells-to-wheels carbon impact than a mile in a 25-MPG car.

    You don't start to get edge cases for the very dirtiest state grids until you get to about 50 MPG. And in most states electric miles are cleaner til you get to 70-100 MPG. But I'd like to see your sources.
     
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