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  • Audi Travolution traffic system

    Most automakers are focusing their efforts solely on reducing tailpipe emissions of their vehicle lineups through conventional methods such as more efficient engines, advanced catalysts and lighter cars. Attacking vehicle emissions from a different angle, Audi is developing a new traffic management system it has designed with several partners to its arsenal. Called Travolution, the system promises to improve traffic flow and thereby reduce time spent idling uselessly, improving emissions. Using modeling and optimization in the network-wide control of traffic lights, as well as an advanced...

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    2011 Audi TTS Coupe: Arrives In the Fall With a Fresh Face Lift

    This Audi Gets Some Work Done And We Think It Looks Pretty Hot

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    Audi A1 Performance Variant Not Coming To U.S.

    Another Performance Model That Won’t See American Roads

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle announcement
    Audi and BMW Race To Sell EVs To Consumers

    If You Ask These Two Automakers, Electrification Is Where It’s At

  • Audi A1 e-tron design study live in Geneva. Photos © United Pictures, Int'l.
    Audi A1 e-tron With Wankel Rotary On Display In Geneva

    Audi Shows Their Third e-tron Concept In Under a Year

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    2010 Geneva Motor Show: New Green Production Cars

    No, sadly, we're not at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, underway this week in Switzerland. But we've been keeping close tabs on the introductions via our colleagues throughout the High Gear Media network. Here's our list of the green cars shown at Geneva that are headed for production. Most of them...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Touareg

    Last week, Volkswagen unveiled the all-new 2011 Touareg sport utility vehicle, including its first-ever hybrid-electric powertrain. It has new and crisper styling that updates what had become a somewhat outmoded SUV. Volkswagen sold about half a million of the first-generation Touareg, launched in 2004, and the new model retains the off-road abilities VW built into its first SUV. But it's lighter, more luxurious, and far more fuel efficient than its predecessor. V-6 engines only The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg to be sold in the States offers only V-6 engines, in gasoline and diesel. A 4.2-liter...

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    Audi e-Tron To Be Range of Electric Sports Cars, Not Just One

    You have to give Audi credit. When they decide to do something, they go all in. It was just last fall that they showed off the e-Tron, their electric supercar based on the R8 sports coupe. Now, we learn that there will be a range of e-Trons offered, though in small numbers. As we noted last week...

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    Audi To Sell e-Tron Electric Coupes, Hopes Name Has Quattro Clout

    After the rapturous reception for three successive models of its e-Tron electric coupe concept at the Frankfurt, Los Angeles, and Detroit auto shows, Audi announced it would build and sell a small number of the electric supercars. Now we know a few more details of Audi's plans. And it seems Audi...

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    Audi's Green Onslaught: A3 Sedan, A8 Hybrid, e-Tron Tesla-Fighter

    It's going to take Audi a long time to live down its U.S. chief's infamous quote that anyone who buys a Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle is an "idiot." But after sticking to diesel for a long time as its sole green strategy, Audi is now storming ahead into smaller, hybrid, and...

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    Audi Q5 Hybrid Scheduled For North American Release in 2011

    Audi's stance on alternative energy vehicles has changed quite often in the past few months.  The company is persistent that its diesel technology is the way of the future, but has not completely written off hybrids and electrics.  Though the E-tron electric vehicle will see limited production in...

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    Preview: 2011 Audi A1 Subcompact Sports Hatchback

    As luxury automakers focus more on how to extend their brand into smaller packages that maintain the prestige and performance of their larger models, Audi has a few advantages. Its new 2011 Audi A1 subcompact hatchback can draw on the full experience of its parent, Volkswagen Group, while selling...

  • Peugeot 307CC

    French automaker Peugeot will make its way to a hydrogen technology conference in France this week to display its latest fuel cell powered vehicle.  The vehicle, called the ER-EV 307CC combines several types of emerging technology into a single package, but the company is ahead of its time as it sees the vehicle as little more than a demonstrator of technology that may be feasible by 2020. The 307CC is a convertible vehicle that utilizes an extended range electric powertrain.  The EREV setup is similar to a Chevy Volt, with one distinction.  The vehicle uses a hydrogen fuel cell for range...

  • 2010 Audi A3 TDI named Green Car of the Year, 2009 LA Auto Show
    Green Car of the Year: 2010 Audi A3 TDI

    The 2010 Audi A3 TDI was awarded the 2010 Green Car of the Year Award today at the Los Angeles Auto Show by Green Car Journal, which has presented the award for five years. It follows last year's winner, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, to make two clean diesels in a row to win the award. The 2010...

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    2009 Los Angeles Auto Show: Preview

    Only a handful of U.S. auto shows count as important. Detroit, in January, is one; historically, New York in April has been another. But the up-and-comer is the Los Angeles Auto Show, which now occurs in late November or early December and focuses on green cars of all stripes: hybrids, electric...

  • Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid development prototype, October 2009
    2011 Volkswagen Touareg To Include Hybrid, Launch in January

    The completely redesigned 2011 Volkswagen Touareg sport utility vehicle, which will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this January, will include a hybrid model in the range from the start. The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid will be Volkswagen's first hybrid electric vehicle, and it will go on...

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    Hide the Children! Porsche Goes Green And Hybrid, Purists Blanch

    Europeans have been slow to the game with hybrids, having bet most of their green strategy on highly efficient clean diesels. But they are increasingly hedging their bets, learning to work with electric motors and battery packs. In the sports-car world, aside from startups Fisker and Tesla, no...

  • Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model
    Who Will Be Awarded the Next Green Car of the Year? We have the Finalists

    Will the Green Car of the Year be another TDI?

  • The 2010 Toyota Prius

    Every year the Green Car Journal presents an award to the top Green Car of the year.  The award is decided by votes from a long list of people that include Jay Leno, Matt Peterson of Global Green USA, and Carl Pop of Sierra Club.  Last year's winner was the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI.  The finalists for this year have been chosen. The 5 finalists include 3 hybrids and 2 diesels.  The hybrids making the list include the 2010 Toyota Prius, 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid, and the 2010 Honda Insight.  Non-hybrids include the Audi A3 TDI and Golf TDI. This year's winner will be announced at the...

  • Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid development prototype, October 2009
    Preview: 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

    Our editor Marty Padgett is spending the day with Volkswagen, driving new models, learning about advanced technologies, and quizzing executives. Here's his preview of VW's upcoming Touareg Hybrid sport utility vehicle. Volkswagen will launch a hybrid electric model of its Touareg sport utility...

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    Green Car of the Year Finalists: Three Hybrids, Two Diesels

    The five finalists for the 2010 Green Car of the Year Award include three hybrid models--two Japanese hatchbacks and one U.S. sedan--and a pair of German clean-diesel cars. The nominations were announced today by Green Car Journal, which has presented the award at the Los Angeles Auto Show for five...

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    Audi e-tron EV Supercar Scheduled For Production, U.S. Debut in 2 to 3 Years

    According to Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen, an electric vehicle based on the concept e-tron electric supercar will enter production and is expected to come to the U.S. in only 2 to 3 years.  As de Nysschen said, "I expect we will see running examples in the next 24 months." The...

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    Clean Diesels Cost More, But Will Americans Pay For Them?

    It's well known in the car industry that a diesel engine costs 10 to 20 percent more to build than a gasoline motor of equivalent output. That's because diesels have to be sturdier, and these days all US-bound diesels are fitted with turbochargers to boost their power. Now a European executive has...

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    Full Details: Audi e-Tron Electric Supercar, Competition for Tesla?

    Yesterday we brought you the first images of the Audi e-Tron concept car from the Frankfurt Auto Show. Now, we have all the technical details of this stunning supercar propelled purely by electrons. Until now, all we knew was that the e-Tron was based on the regular R8 sports car, with the side...

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