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  • 2012 Audi A6 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

    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 number of U.S. buyers, particularly the affluent ones who buy imported luxury cars like Audis. It's coming, trust us So while other media have reported that the A6 Hybrid won't be coming to the States, we don't believe it for a second. And now Car and Driver has confirmed it, citing unnamed sources...

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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
    Audi e-tron Spyder Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Turns Up At Le Mans

    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...

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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...

  • 2010 Audi A3 TDI
    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

    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 with a plug. One of these is the R8 e-tron supercar from Audi, due in late 2012--the automaker’s first electric car and the first from its newly established e-tron division. Given the infancy of the electric car industry--in terms of the mainstream auto industry at least--Audi, like most of its...

  • 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
    Redesigned Audi A3 Getting New Sedan Model, Six Different Power Sources

    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...

  • 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...

  • 1999 Audi A2, Frankfurt Auto Show

    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 down the track there will even be a successor to the all-aluminum A2 hatchback and this time around it will reportedly be offered with advanced electric and plug-in hybrid drivetrains. Like the previous generation of the car, sold in Europe between 1999 and 2005, the new A2 is thought to be a...

  • 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...

  • 2010 Audi e-tron Spyder Concept
    Audi CEO: No "Euphoria For Electric Cars" Despite E-Tron

    Strange as it may seem from the CEO of a company now embarking the electric car bandwagon, Audi's boss Rupert Stadler still seems apathetic at best about EVs. Of course, the aim of any big business is to grow and make money, so perhaps Rupert is thinking of the lack of short-term financial gains to...

  • 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid
    Technical Details Revealed: 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid Crossover

    Sometimes you just never know where you'll dredge up technical details on vehicles that carmakers haven't yet launched. Technology conferences can be a good source. Take, for instance, the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) held last week in Pasadena, California. A battery systems...

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    Audi Toys With New Electric Car, Pedals Future in Nuremburg

    After initially appearing skeptical about the electric car, Audi has been busy over the past few years with a selection of plugin hybrid and fully electric-powered concepts, showing them off at prestigious events such as the Le Mans 24 hour race. But unlike the R8 e-tron, R4 e-tron spyder and A1...

  • 2012 Audi A6 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    2011 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Audi A6 Hybrid

    Audi loves clean diesels, but the German automaker certainly hasn't stacked its entire deck with them. In addition to the upcoming 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid and the brand's e-Tron electric sports cars in the pipeline, it's now taking hybrids and electric cars seriously, too. And one of Audi's best...

  • Audi A1 e-tron Concept

    We've loved the concept of the Audi A1 e-Tron concept since its launch at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show last March. It's a range-extended electric vehicle (like the 2011 Chevy Volt) that uses a tiny Wankel rotary engine to run a generator that produces electricity to power the car once its lithium-ion battery is depleted. But now reports out of Germany says that Volkswagen, Audi's parent company, is not so pleased. Volkswagen has its own schedule of electric cars on the way, including the 2013 Golf Blue E-motion, an electric conversion of its next-generation Golf compact hatchback. Not...

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    Green Advice: You Filled A Diesel Car With Gasoline; Now What?

    Unless you're Argonne Laboratories, putting gasoline into a diesel fueled car is a bad problem. Maybe it was brain fade. Perhaps you rented or borrowed an unfamiliar car. Or you simply didn't realize that nice Volkswagen or Mercedes-Benz was a new, clean-diesel car. (It also happens to particularly...

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    Audi Using Solar Panels To Power Future e-tron Cars

    Audi is demonstrating the use of solar energy for future mobility by converting the roof of one of its factories in Ingolstadt, Germany to solar panels. Here, Audi e-tron models will in future have their batteries charged with current obtained directly from the photovoltaic equipment installed on...

  • Audi R8 e-tron concept to run 2010 Silvretta EV rally
    Audi Establishes New Research Center For EV Development

    Electric vehicle development is quickly proving to be a worldwide effort, with companies and research institutes from across the globe and in varying industries and fields forming partnerships and alliances in order to accelerate the roll out of zero-emission electric vehicles. Audi is one of the...

  • 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid
    First Video: 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid Details

    Audi has aggressively pushed its clean diesel models in the U.S., including the Audi Q7 TDI luxury sport-utility vehicle. But even the company that wins Le Mans Series races with its turbodiesel race cars is hedging its bets with hybrids. Today Audi released the first video of its upcoming 2012...

  • 2011 Audi A4 TDI
    53-MPG Clean-Diesel Audi A4 TDI Coming To U.S...In Four Years

    German automakers have spent time and money on ad campaigns promoting clean diesels as the better way to improve fuel economy, so far with limited results. But that could change when Audi brings a TDI diesel version of its best-selling A4 model to the U.S. So far, its only TDI offerings are the Q7...

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