Audi News

  • Audi e-tron

    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 e-tron concept was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.  The vehicle features four motor, one at each axle, a range of 154 miles from the 53 kWh lithium-ion battery, and an astounding 3,319, lb.-ft of torque.  The vehicle can reach 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 124 mph. The...

  • Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model
    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...

  • 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...

  • Johan de Nysschen
    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...

  • Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model
    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...

  • 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI V-10
    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

    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 feet long bumper to bumper, and the engine sat sideways, driving the front wheels. A coupe at age 50 Fifty years to the day later, much of the world knows the iconic Mini brand, now owned by Germany's BMW and most often sold in its high-performance rollerskate persona, the 2010 Mini Cooper. To...

  • 2009 Audi A3
  • 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...

  • 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

    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 true. Both Auto Motor und Sport and L'Automobile reported that a battery powered R8 concept would be displayed next to the upcoming Spyder convertible in Frankfurt. The Spyder is still expected to be there. This isn't much of a revelation, but it is disappointing. The EV supercar market could use...

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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
    2011 Audi Q5 Hybrid Expected to Launch Next Year in the USA

    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...

  • 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...

  • audi-q7-hybrid

    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 official said "Audi won’t produce a petrol-electric hybrid until we can make nickel metal hydride batteries safer in crash situations, and hybrid technology more efficient overall. Until then we will concentrate on producing more efficient diesel engines and aluminum chassis.” This reasoning...

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