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  • 2013 Audi R8 e-tron with 8:09.099 Nürburgring lap time

    One of the earlier all-electric concept cars from a major maker was the Audi R8 e-tron, first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009. Audi has consistently said it will build up to 1,000 of the battery-electric supercar and sell them--for a high price--to buyers who want a high-performance electric supercar. Until now, that is. Car and Driver (via Motor Authority) reports that work on the project has been halted, with the possibility that the program could be ended. The magazine says that Wolfgang Dürheimer, Audi's new R&D chief, plans a complete review of the...

  • Audi Crosslane coupe concept
    Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept Heralds New Q2 Crossover

    Audi is previewing the future of the compact crossover with a Paris Auto Show concept it calls the Crosslane Coupe. The Crosslane Coupe features lightweight construction and a fuel-saving, dual-mode hybrid drivetrain, which could potentially make it into the production version, reportedly called...

  • Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept live photos, 2012 Paris Auto Show
    VW, Audi, Porsche Lay Out Plug-In Hybrid Plans: Paris Auto Show

    After a brisk run-through of new models from all of its many brands, Volkswagen Group closed last night's preview event before the Paris Auto Show with a few words on its plans for plug-in hybrids. "Many companies are reducing their plans for electric vehicles," said VW Group chief Martin...

  • The digital instrument display from the Audi R8 e-tron
    Audi R8 E-Tron's All-Digital Cluster And Console: Looks Like Tesla To Us...

    Audi’s R8 e-tron is set to impress attendees of the upcoming Paris Auto Show with its electronics, such as the previously heralded digital rear view mirror. From what we can see in a newly-released video, recently filmed at a German technology event, the R8 e-tron will debut with a...

  • Audi's 'Coasting Hybrid' iHEV system
    Audi Builds ‘Coasting Hybrid’, Saves Gas With Gravity

    Over the past few years, using the term ‘hybrid’ when describing a car makes it appear instantly greener to an increasingly gas-mileage obsessed public. In fact, in some situations, using that particular word can even make a high-performance luxury car seem more desirable, even sexier...

  • Audi engine with conventional turbocharger and electric compressor
    Next Step In Audi's Turbocharging Tech? Electric Assistance

    Turbochargers always used to be about performance, but in recent years they've become very popular as a way of improving the efficiency of regular engines. Forced induction by turbocharging is still a good way of developing power, and many performance cars take just such a route. But using the same...

  • Audi A1 e-tron Dual-Mode Hybrid

    Remember the Audi A1 e-tron? Audi canned it earlier this year, citing its lack of viability as a production model. Well, it's back, only this time shorn of its unusual Wankel rotary engine sitting under the trunk floor. Instead, the latest version of the concept uses a more conventional--though still efficient--1.5-liter, 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine, putting out 130 horsepower. That helps supply the two electric motors with power, once the 50-mile all-electric range has been depleted. One of the electric motors, paired with the engine, is mainly used as a starter and generator...

  • 2013 Audi Q5
    2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid To Be Pricey 'Performance Hybrid'?

    The 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid crossover has had a long gestation, but reports say it will finally reach the U.S. market this fall. On sale in Europe for a year now, the hybrid Q5 was originally launched at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Technical details had emerged even before that. Now a report in...

  • 2011 Audi Q7 TDI test drive, Catskill Mountains, Nov 2011
    2013 Audi Q7 TDI SUV Gets All-New, More Powerful Diesel

    Diesel engines make a lot of sense in SUVs, mitigating the gas-guzzling effects of big, heavy bodies, poor aerodynamics and large engines. The Audi Q7 TDI is a good example of this, and Audi has made further improvements for the 2013 model year car, touting 12 percent better efficiency. Audi is...

  • 2013 Audi R8 e-tron with 8:09.099 Nürburgring lap time
    Audi R8 e-tron Sets New Production Electric Car Record At Nürburgring

    “To us, electric mobility means dynamics and driving pleasure” So explained Audi AG board member for technical development, Michael Dick, after racing driver Marcus Winkelhock set a new production lap record for electric cars, at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany...

  • Fassler, Lotterer, Treluyer celebrate their second straight Le Mans win - Anne Proffit photo
    Audi's Hybrid Race Car Wins Famous Le Mans 24-Hour Endurance Race

    Audi has taken an historic first victory for a hybrid vehicle at the Le Mans 24-Hour race, held at Circuit de la Sarthe in northern France. On the 80th running of the famous race, Audi took its 11th victory with the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, an all-wheel drive, hybrid race car showcasing the best of...

  • 2011 Audi A2 Concept
    Reports Of Pruned EV Plans At Audi Off The Mark, Says Exec

    Earlier this week a report from the UK’s CAR suggested that Audi had nixed production plans for an electric city car based on its A2 concept. In addition to this, the report went on to claim that plans for a production version of the smaller A1 e-tron concept were also being putting on the...

  • 2009 Audi R8 E-Tron Concept

    Later this year Audi will start selling its first model to bear an “e-tron” badge, the eagerly anticipated R8 e-tron all-electric supercar. A prototype of the car was recently spotted at the Nürburgring race track in Germany and our sister site Motor Authority has just posted a video of it. Audi is in the final stages of development of the car and performance appears to be scintillating. What’s most interesting is the near silent drivetrain, though obviously at high speeds wind and tire noise make the R8 e-tron just as loud as any other car. Audi is heavily committed to...

  • Audi A2 Concept, Frankfurt Motor Show, September 2011
    Audi Cans Electric A2 City Car, A1 E-Tron: Report

    Audi has demonstrated a vote of little confidence in electric cars by revealing it has canceled plans to produce the all-electric Audi A2, and the range-extended A1 e-tron. CAR cites Audi's concerns that the projected 40,000 Euro price tag--just under $50,000--would make the project unviable for...

  • Audi's electric bike ridden by Julien Dupont. Image captured from Youtube video
    Audi Urban Electric Bike Teased Before Official Launch

    Smart's eBike electric bicycle has been attracting a lot of attention recently, but it's not the only electric bike to emerge from Germany. Audi has teased its own electric bike in a short video, featuring French freestyle trials rider Julien Dupont. Where Smart's bike is very much a commuting...

  • 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid
    Audi Gives More Details On 2013 Q5 Hybrid Quattro SUV

    Ever since Audi unveiled the A5 Hybrid Quattro SUV at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, we have to admit to being a little excited about seeing it reach the U.S. market. Now, Audi has given us a little more insight into the model, due to hit the U.S. some time this year as a 2013 year model...

  • 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid
    2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid Coming To The U.S. Soon: Report

    Audi will reportedly export its 2013 Q5 Hybrid to the United States in the not-too-distant future.

  • New Audi A3 Hatchback live photos, 2012 Geneva Motor Show
    Next Audi A3 To Offer Diesel, Hybrid, CNG Options Globally

    Audi's next A3 will offer buyers a wider range of drivetrain options, at least in Europe.

  • Audi R18 TDI Le Mans car

    Many automakers claim that their exploits in the world of motorsport go towards improving their road cars. It's a tenuous connection sometimes, but Audi could lay fair claim to motorsport -derived technology in its road cars, from its Le Mans program. With maiden wins for its TFSI technology in 2001 and TDI diesel in 2006, Audi will this year field a diesel-hybrid Le Mans Prototype at the famous 24 hour race in France. The hybrid racer will provide a compelling rival for Toyota's gasoline-electric TS030, also set to debut at Le Mans this year. With several wins for diesel technology under its...

  • 2011 Audi A8 L
    Audi Confirms Clean Diesel Option For 2013 A8 Luxury Sedan

    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...

  • 2011 Audi Q7 TDI test drive, Catskill Mountains, Nov 2011
    2011 Audi Q7 TDI Clean-Diesel SUV: Quick Drive

    We tend to prefer smaller cars here at Green Car Reports. Since far more than half of U.S. car journeys are made by a single occupant, smaller could often suffice--and cost less, and pollute less. But some buyers simply need larger vehicles--or at least want them--and seven-seat sport-utility...

  • Audi Urban Concept launch, 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Audi To Sell Electric Urban Concept, Join The Not-Quite-Car Parade?

    If one is a fluke and two is coincidence, then three makes a trend for sure. Audi is close to approving plans to build a limited number of the all-electric two-seat Urban Concept vehicle that it launched at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, according to CAR magazine in England, If built for sale...

  • 20 Audi A1 e-tron electric cars will be used in the pilot program
    Audi Launches Pilot Project In Munich With A1 E-tron Electric Car

    Earlier today, Audi launched the latest part of its plug-in electric vehicle program, commencing a public trail of its A1 e-tron range-extended electric car in Munich. Announced in September 2010 after Audi unveiled the A1 E-Tron concept car at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the 20-strong test car...

  • 2010 Audi e-tron Spyder Concept
    Audi e-Tron Spyder Frolics In Malibu: Video

    Until Audi unveiled its concept e-Tron Spyder plug-in hybrid car at the 2010 Paris Auto show, the words diesel and sexy didn’t go well together. Now the company has proven otherwise with the release of a short video showing the Audi e-Tron Spyder concept driving around sunny Malibu...

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