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  • 2010 Audi Q5 quattro 4-door 3.2L Premium Angular Front Exterior View

    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 2012, the Q5 Hybrid is likely to see considerably higher production numbers. The Q5 crossover SUV will be Audi's first hybrid for sale in North America when it hits the market sometime in 2011.  This hybrid will be part of a bigger plan for Audi who has committed to investing some $12.5 billion...

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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...

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    Peugeot To Display ER-EV 307CC Fuel Cell Vehicle At Hydrogen Technology Conference This Week

    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...

  • 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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    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 European maker is doing more than Porsche. It plans a hybrid version of its Cayenne sport utility vehicle, a hybrid Panamera four-door sedan, and perhaps even a smaller SUV hybrid as well. Hybrid pioneer: Porsche And why not? The world's very first hybrid is widely acknowledged to be the Lohner-Porsche...

  • 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?

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    2010 Green Car of the Year Finalists Announced, List Includes 3 Hybrids

    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...

  • 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...

  • Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model

    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 come right out and said it: Americans are going to have to pay more for diesels. And that's where we pause, because we're not convinced US buyers will pay the premium--especially for brands just launching diesel for the first time. Europe: Much cheaper diesel In Europe, where diesels take half the...

  • 2009 Audi R8 e-Tron Concept
    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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    Volt Buyers 'Idiots'? Audi President Is The One Who's Wrong

    We were going to let it slide, really. Just because the U.S. president of a major automaker calls the buyers of another carmaker's product "idiots" is no reason for us to sink to name calling. But the hoohah has continued, and the misunderstandings seem to be growing. We thought it was time to...

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    2010 Audi A3 TDI Priced at $30K, $8K Over 2010 VW Golf TDI

    As of November, you'll have two choices if you want a compact five-door hatchback with a clean diesel engine. One is the brand-new 2010 Audi A3 TDI, which was just given a base price of $30,775 today by Audi. It'll start arriving in dealerships in November. Longstanding diesel champ: Golf TDI The...

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    VIDEO: Audi's Electrifying New Microsite Revives R8 EV Rumors

    In late May, we reported on rumors that an electric version of Audi's R8 supercar would be at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Nary a day later, Edmunds Inside Line crushed our hopesand put the rumors to rest, citing an Audi representative who refuted the blogosphere's claims. We're not ready to say "we...

  • 2009 Mini Coupe Concept
    Mini Coupe Concept Celebrates 50 Years of Minis, Targets Audi TT

    On Wednesday, August 26, 1959, a new type of small car was unveiled in Austin and Morris dealerships across Britain. Many buyers didn't know quite what to make of the Morris Mini-Minor and Austin 7even (yep, that's what they called it--for a very short while). It had seats for four, it was just 10...

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  • Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model
    Diesel's Not A Dirty Word, Say New Audi TDI Ads

    European automakers may be taking tentative steps into hybrids, but much of their green-car strategy still depends on clean diesels, adapted from engines that power half the new cars in Europe. Six weeks ago, Volkswagen launched its "TDI Truth and Dares" publicity effort to convince the US public...

  • Peugeot 908 HDI at Le Mans 2009
    Racing Goes Green As Diesels Romp At Le Mans

    We were once told by an auto writer that "real car people" didn't want green cars. They wanted noise, and roaring engines, and squealing tires. Well, the triumph of diesel-powered race cars at the famed 24 Heures du Mans shows you can have both. The French carmaker Peugeot placed first and second...

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    Audi Q5 Hybrid Back On

    "We have to do hybrids in order to show people that we are able to do them," said Wolfgang Hatz, head of powertrain development for the Volkswagen Group, back in January at the Detroit Auto Show. Maybe that explains why Audi has been waffling in their decision to make a hybrid version of the Q5...

  • Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model
    First Drive: Audi A3 TDI Clean Diesel Hatchback

    A splendid gearbox and neutral roadholding make the A3 TDI appealing to drive, but will buyers go for Audi's small, pricey, diesel hatchback?

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    Factmill: Electric Audi R8 Concept Will Not Be At Frankfurt Motor Show

    Contrary to blogosphere speculation, Edmunds has confirmed that there will be no electric Audi R8 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. An Audi spokesperson who wished to remain anonymous told Edmunds that rumors starting in the European automotive press (and perpetuated by yours truly) are not...

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