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  • Johan de Nysschen

    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 contribute a few facts and some actual data to the uproar. Electric cars? For "idiots" Two days ago, MSN Autos quoted Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen telling reporter Laurence Ulrich that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle was "a car for idiots." He based his argument on...

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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...

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    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

    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 at Le Mans with their 908 HDI TAP cars. The Audi R15 TDI, which had won last year, took third place in this year's contest. That's a clean sweep in the fastest, longest, most famous endurance race in the world. How did they do it? Better fuel economy! The higher gas mileage of the diesels meant they...

  • 2009 Audi Q5
    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?

  • 2010 Audi R8 Spy Shots
    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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    Audi A3 TwinDrive Hybrid Planned

    As part of the same program that will develop an electric Volkswagen Golf, Audi is planning an A3 electric. The program, called VW TwinDrive, has not released any firm release or sale dates, but Audi is hinting at fleet trial target of 2012. AutocarUK is reporting that the hybrid A3 will run on a...

  • 2009 Audi Q5
    Audi Q5 Hybrid On Schedule Release Expected in Late 2010

    Audi, considered a holdout in hybrid powertrain technology, is on schedule to release a hybrid version of the Q5 Crossover vehicle in late 2010 or the ealry part of 2011. Though Audi has developed a considerable amount of fuel efficient diesel engines, they have yet to develop a hybrid...

  • 2009 Audi Q5

    Audi has previous considered entering the hybrid market, and now has finally confirmed it will officially to do aiming to bring a hybrid version of its luxury SUV the Q5 to the US in 2010.. Wolfgang Hatz who is head of Audi's powertrain development said the automaker will build a hybrid to compete with the Lexus 400h and the upcoming BMW x6 hybrid, both luxury crossover hybrids. Originally Audi had planned to introduce its hybrid drivetrain into its larger Q7, but the weak dollar against the Euro made that financially unfeasible. Hatz believes diesel though is the better option noting  "If...

  • 2009 Honda Fit
    Small Cars: Is It the '80s All Over Again?

    Economic downturns and small hatchbacks seem to go hand-in-hand.

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    Audi Planning Eco-Friendly Car Lineup

    Audi E2   While BMW's Mini E is garnering all sorts of attention Audi is quietly planning a full line of alternative fuel vehicles ranging from a tiny city car to a speedy sportback. There are five potential vehicles in the works, currently referred to with ambiguous monikers E1 through E5...

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    Audi Scraps Hybrid Plans for Now

    Automaker Audi had previously announced intentions to build a hybrid version of the Q5. This would have been their first hybrid model. These plans have apparently been scrapped. A lack of safety of nickel-metal hydride batteries is cited as the reason for the cancellation. Apparently a senior Audi...

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