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

    Good news: Audi's off-again, on-again electric supercar--the R8 e-tron--is now confirmed for production. Bad news: You won't be able to buy one, as the company has decided to make just ten vehicles, all for research purposes only. The company confirmed to Autocar that it has produced ten R8 e-tron models, but none will be offered to customers. Instead, the ten will be used for internal testing and development only. In a recent press release, the company stated, "Through the R8 e-tron, Audi has acquired extensive expertise that will benefit its electrified production models." Those production...

  • 2012 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.0L TDI Premium Grille
    Audi Startled By Tesla Sales Success? Deleted Press Release Seems To Say So

    It may be that short sellers and naysayers aren't the only ones a bit surprised these days at the positive press received by electric-car maker Tesla. Yesterday, Germany luxury-car maker Audi issued a rather unusual press release in which it pointed out that it sells more cars than Tesla Motors...

  • Audi's signature LEDs on the 2013 S7
    Audi LED Lights Actually Save Fuel, Cut Emissions, EU Says

    Many people imagine that fuel efficiency stops and starts with engine technology and driving technique, but there's a little more to it than that. Making a fuel-efficient vehicle involves a holistic approach that examines every aspect of a car's design and tries to reduce its impact on fuel...

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    2015 Audi A3 TDI Diesel Sedan Unveiled At NY Auto Show

    The Volkswagen Audi Group is a master at filling niches, and another one is heading our way from early 2014. For the customer who wants the VW Jetta's sedan bodystyle and 2.0-liter diesel engine--but prefers the Audi A3's more upmarket image--Audi presents the 2015 A3 TDI Sedan. Unveiled at the...

  • 2013 Audi A4
    Audi's Diesel Range Expands: A4 TDI Due In 2014

    Audi's A4 sedan, rival to the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C Class, is the company's best-selling model in the U.S. When the next-generation model arrives in the States in 2014, it could also be offered with a diesel engine, says Audi. According to Automotive News, the German automaker wants to...

  • 2014 Audi A3 g-tron
    Audi A3 g-tron: Natural Gas Compact Debuts At Geneva Show

    No, that's not a misprint--Audi really is launching an A3 g-tron next to its A3 e-tron at the Geneva Motor Show. While the e-tron is a plug-in hybrid using Audi's in-development electric vehicle technology, the g-tron uses a different alternative fuel--natural gas. The 2014 Audi A3 g-tron is set to...

  • 2014 Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid

    The Geneva Motor Show always provides us with some spectacular green vehicles, but this year looks like being the best yet. Audi has now revealed its most production-ready electric vehicle yet, in the form of the Audi A3 e-tron. We've driven a prototype of the all-electric e-tron before, but the latest model introduces a plug-in hybrid drivetrain for the first time. Performance and efficiency have both been priorities with the A3 e-tron. The headline figure is 156.81 mpg, or just 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km on the European cycle. The electric motor is suitable for speeds of up to 80 mph...

  • 2013 Audi A8 TDI
    2014 Audi A8 TDI Pricing & EPA Fuel Economy

    Audi's A8 L may be a big vehicle, but with one of Audi's famed TDI engines under the hood, you know it's unlikely to drink fuel like a big vehicle. That TDI engine is a 3.0-liter V-6, developing 240 horsepower and a chunky 406 pounds-feet of torque. Despite the performance on offer--60 mph will...

  • 2013 Audi R8 e-tron with 8:09.099 Nürburgring lap time
    Audi R8 e-Tron Electric Car Back On Again: Report

    As some manufacturers toy with bringing electric small cars and sedans to market, Audi is exploring the alternative side of electric propulsion with the R8 e-tron supercar. The project was put on hold back in October 2012, pending "a complete review of the program". Now, it appears that plans are...

  • Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept
    VW: Plug-In Hybrids 'A Long-Term Trend', Steps Up For 2013

    If 2012 was the year that several companies realised the importance of hybrid and electric vehicles, 2013 will be the year that we see the fruits of their labor. Volkswagen, initially reluctant to dabble in the plug-in market, is set to launch at least two new high-volume plug-in hybrids over the...

  • 2012 Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 race car
    More Details Emerge On Upcoming Audi Diesel-Hybrid Supercar

    A few more details have leaked out on Audi's future diesel-hybrid supercar, which will transfer elements of its Le Mans-winning R18 diesel hybrid powertrain into a roadgoing car. Still in development and not even named, the unusual through-the-road hybrid would have a combined power output of at...

  • 2014 Audi R8 first drive
    Audi Planning Diesel Hybrid Supercar With Le Mans Tech

    Audi is said to be interested in developing a diesel-electric hypercar to compete with upcoming rivals from McLaren, Porsche and Ferrari. The new model would sit above the current R8 supercar in Audi's range, giving the company a road-going platform on which to extol the virtues of its Le...

  • Audi A2 Concept, Frankfurt Motor Show, September 2011

    In mainland Europe, where gas mileage is measured in liters used per 100 kilometers (l/100km), a 'three liter car' doesn't usually refer to engine capacity. Instead, it means 3L/100km, or around 78 MPG. And now Audi wants to make a one-liter car--the equivalent of 235 MPG. Revealed by What Car, the new Audi would be more mainstream than the Volkswagen group's previous 1-liter vehicles, such as the original cigar-shaped 1L and L1 concepts, as well as the more recent XL1 concept. While the XL1 is actually set for limited production and has been spied testing, Audi's car would be more...

  • 2013 Audi A6 TDI
    Audi To Launch Four TDI Diesel Models At LA Auto Show

    Audi has been promising more diesel models in its U.S. lineup for a while now, and it fulfils that promise at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Joining the existing Q7 TDI, which gets an update, Audi will introduce diesel versions of the A8, A7, A6 and Q5. The company claims each model will deliver...

  • 2013 Audi R8 e-tron with 8:09.099 Nürburgring lap time
    Audi R8 e-Tron All-Electric Supercar On Hold: Report

    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...

  • 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

    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. So it’s no surprise that Audi has decided to describe its latest concept car as a ‘coasting hybrid’. Enter Audi’s Intelligent Hybrid Vehicle (iHEV)concept, based on a 2012 Audi A7. While it is undoubtedly a car designed to improve gas mileage, its claim on the word 'hybrid'...

  • 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
    Audi A1 e-Tron Plug-In Hybrid Lives Once More, Sans Rotary

    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...

  • 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...

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