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  • poster from Audi Urban Future conference, Frankfurt, September 2011

    Put a group of urban planners, architects, and sociologists on a panel to discuss transportation in the cities of the future, and you may find they don’t spend much time talking about cars. Instead, you get statements like, “The megacity of the future desires to be a generous knowledge partner to all elements of the transportation matrix.” OK, then. Tomorrow’s megacities But despite some dense jargon, the Audi Urban Future Initiative seminar—held the day before last week’s Frankfurt Motor Show—highlighted issues that all car companies will face as...

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    Audi Urban Concept: Live Photos Of Electric Two-Seater Launch

    The 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show officially opens to the press tomorrow, but already the private parties and launch events have started. Sunday night, Audi officially unveiled its pair of two-seat electric concept cars, known jointly as the Urban Concept vehicles. One is a coupe, with a hatch over the...

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    2011 Frankfurt Auto Show: Full Electric Car Preview

    We thought the 2011 Geneva Motor Show was one of the best ever for electric cars and green vehicles, but the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, starting in less than a week, is shaping up to be even better. We'll be covering the show in-depth next week, but in the meantime we've rounded up all the electric...

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    Audi A2 Concept Electric Car Due At 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    With the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show less than two weeks away the German auto industry is starting to really crank out the concept cars. Latest in the onslaught of new German metal is the Audi A2 concept. If you think the name sounds familiar then you aren't wrong. Audi launched a production A2...

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    Audi Reveals More Urban Concept Pics Ahead Of Frankfurt Show

    It seems that Audi just can't contain itself with its latest concept cars, the two-seater Urban Concepts. Three weeks ago some spy videos trickled onto the internet showing the camoflaged electric car being driven around in the center of Berlin. The very next day Audi revealed its first sketches of...

  • 2012 Audi A8 Hybrid
    Audi A8 Hybrid: For Europe In 2012, For U.S. Sometime Later, Maybe

    Historically, German automakers were slow to move into hybrid-electric vehicles, relying exclusively on diesel engines to boost fuel efficiency. That's in the past, though, and the Volkswagen Group is aggressively spreading its hybrid powertrain across models from many of its brands. But while VW...

  • 2011 Audi Urban Spyder Concept

    The 2011 Audi Urban Spyder Concept features carbon fiber construction and is a preview of what's to come from Audi.

  • Screenshot from Audi Urban Concept promotional video, prior to 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show
    Audi Trickles Out Urban Concept Info: Now, Content-Free Video

    If you're going to shoot a teaser video of a radical new concept car, maybe it's not such a good idea to do it in a gigantic plaza in the middle of a large European city. Audi has now released the official teaser video (view it at the bottom of this story) for the e-tron Urban Concept vehicle it...

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    2011 Frankfurt Auto Show: Audi Gives More Details on Electric Urban Concept

    Yesterday we brought you news of a highly camouflaged all-electric minicar spotted in the center of Berlin and wearing the unmistakable linked ring Audi badge. At the time, we postulated that the tiny electric runabout was probably Audi’s e-tron city concept car. Now Audi has confirmed that...

  • New 1.8 TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder for the Audi A5
    Audi's Latest Engine Blends Performance With Fuel Economy

    Audi's new 1.8-liter TFSI engine produces 170 horsepower and 236 ft-lb. of torque while returning fuel economy over 41 mpg.

  • 2012 Audi A6 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    2012 Audi A6 To Offer High-MPG Hybrid, Clean-Diesel Models

    Despite lack of an official confirmation from Audi of America, we'd bet significant money on the arrival of the Audi A6 Hybrid in the U.S. market. Why? Because the U.S. has the highest hybrid penetration of any market in the world except Japan, and "hybrid" means "high gas mileage" to a large...

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    Endurance Racing Sans Gasoline: Biodiesel Runs At Nurburgring

    The VLN is a race series held in Germany each year where the cars speed around the grueling Nurburgring-Nordschleife, a track often nicknamed the ‘Green Hell’ because it’s surrounded by pristine green hills but is also one of the toughest and most intensive of its kind anywhere in...

  • 2010 Audi e-tron Spyder Concept live photos

    In recent years at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race there is an event called the Le Mans vers le Futur that takes place before the actual race in which a number of vehicles showcasing future automotive technology takes to the famous Circuit de la Sarthe for a couple of demonstration laps. Last year we saw the R8 e-tron supercar take to the track and this year another Audi e-tron has made its presence felt at Le Mans, the seductively stylish e-tron Spyder concept car first revealed at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. As its name suggests, there’s an electrified drivetrain under the pretty...

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    Audi A2 e-tron Electric Car Concept Headed To Frankfurt Auto Show: Report

    The last we heard Audi was working on a new generation of its slow selling but technologically advanced A2 hatchback for launch in 2015. According to latest reports, a concept version of this new A2 could be revealed as early as the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show this September, and it’s expected...

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    Adding Urea To Clean Diesel Cars: Can I Just Pee In The Tank?

    We get punchy around High Gear Media occasionally, and sometimes we BS back and forth about topics less salubrious than, say, fuel efficiency and lowering our oil dependency. Which is how the following question came up: If the urea runs low in my new clean-diesel car, can I just pee in the tank to...

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    Five Reasons Small Diesels Won't Dominate the U.S. Car Market

    There's nothing like a rant from an old friend to focus the mind. We recently read a profanity-laced note from a high school pal excoriating all the major automakers for not selling small, high-mileage diesel cars and trucks in the U.S. We referred him to an article about why we can't buy small...

  • Audi e-tron Neckarsulm Development Center
    Behind The Scenes At Audi e-tron Electric Car Development Center

    As we reportedly recently, the next-generation of super sports cars won’t be nitrous-snorting, quad-turbocharged, gas swilling beasts, but rather they will offer ultra-high mileage and in some cases no emissions whatsoever. Yes, they will still be stupendously fast, but almost all will come...

  • 2011 Audi A3 Sedan e-tron Concept
    Audi A3 e-tron Concept Packs Plug-In Hybrid Drivetrain

    After sticking to diesel for a long time as its sole green strategy, Audi is now storming ahead into smaller, hybrid, and electric cars with a fierce vengeance, seemingly determined to make up for lost time. Today the automaker’s green onslaught has gone up another notch with the unveiling of...

  • 2013 Audi A3 leaked official sketches

    Audi is currently working on a new generation of its A3, a preview of which we got at last month’s 2011 Geneva Motor Show in the form of the Audi A3 Sedan concept. Since then we’ve received these official sketches showing the design of the production version due early next year. While the sketches don’t vary too much from the design shown on the A3 Sedan concept, they do confirm that for the latest generation of the A3, both a sedan and conventional hatchback body will be offered. The big news, however, is that customers won’t just have two different bodystyles to pick...

  • 2011 Audi A3 e-tron prototype
    Audi Presents Battery-Powered A3 e-tron Prototype

    The growth of Audi’s ever-expanding family of ‘e-tron’ electrified concept cars and prototypes shows no signs of slowing with two more additions joining the fold this month alone, the latest being the battery-powered A3 e-tron revealed this week. The newest addition brings the...

  • 2011 Audi A5 e-tron quattro hybrid prototype
    New A5 e-tron quattro Plug-In Packs Audi’s Latest Hybrid Tech

    Audi has taken the wraps off a sophisticated plug-in hybrid prototype that combines a number of leading green car technologies all in a single platform. Utilizing the shell of the luxurious A5 Coupe, Audi’s new A5 e-tron quattro prototype not only features a conventional power-split hybrid...

  • 2010 Audi A3 TDI
    Audi Powers Onward With Clean-Diesel Lineup For U.S. Buyers

    While Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz are the long-term diesel stalwarts in the States, relative newcomer Audi has ambitious plans. During a lengthy teleconference yesterday, Audi confirmed that it would add TDI clean-diesel models to every car it offers in the U.S. market by 2015. Audi has frequently...

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    2015 Audi A2 Getting Electric And Plug-In Hybrid Options

    It’s no secret that Audi has ambitious goals to become the world’s leading luxury auto brand within the decade and is planning to boost its lineup to 42 different models by 2015. Later this year we will see a new Q3 compact SUV, as well as the recently revealed 2012 Audi A6, but further...

  • 2012 Ford Focus To Be Featured In Super Bowl Ad:
    SUPER BOWL Ad Watch: Small Cars That Appeared During the Game

    The Super Bowl has historically had a lot of automotive industry ads and this year is no exception. Maybe it is the millions of viewers at one time or the tradition of actually watching the ads as opposed to running to the kitchen for a snack. This year Super Bowl XLV had ads from many...

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