Audi confirms four new diesel models for the United States market

Article by Anita Panait, on November 20, 2012

Audi of America will start offering 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines in its A8, A7 and A6 cars as well as in the Q5 crossover in 2013. Audi is set to unveil these four models equipped with the TDI diesel engines next week. Audi is already offering a diesel engine in the Q7 crossover, but its 2013 model will be powered by an updated engine.

Audi has dropped a plan to offer a TDI engine on the A3, but it will unveil a redesigned model in early 2014. The German carmaker disclosed that the aforementioned diesel models will feature 30-percent improved fuel economy as well as lower carbon dioxide emissions than comparable gasoline engines. In a statement, Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, said that owners of Audi TDI engines have saved over 4 million gallons of gasoline, or the equivalent of more than 240,000 barrels of foreign oil, since the Audi TDI was introduced in the U.S. in 2009.

Audi is planning to employ social media, including Twitter and Facebook, to promote the expanded diesel-engine lineup. Audi will start selling the A8 diesel this spring and the other three models next fall. The A8 TDI will have an estimated fuel economy rating of 24 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. Audi commenced selling the 2013 diesel Q7 in September, having a starting price of $52,895, including destination.

The enhanced TDI clean diesel engine boasts of an increased output of 15 hp to 240 hp, while torque remains at 406 pounds-feet. It featured an EPA mileage rating of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Audi will release the pricing details for the A8, A7, A6 and Q5 at a date or dates near their showroom debuts.

"Owners of Audi TDI engines have helped save over 4 million gallons of gasoline, or the equivalent of more than 240,000 barrels of foreign oil, since the introduction of Audi TDI to the U.S. in 2009," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. " And, TDI technology delivers better fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance."

Audi has modified the Audi A6 Hybrid, the brand’s frontrunner in the executive car category. Built with an athletic chassis, a lightweight body, and the latest range of multimedia and assistance systems, the full-sized sedan features only the most innovative solutions in all aspects of car technology. The selection of drivetrains and engines is also as extensive as it is innovative. Matched with the efficiency and power of the four-cylinder engine and the V6, the soon-to-be-launched Audi A6 Hybrid will certainly be the one catching attention in Audi’s lineup.

The car’s body is mostly made up of modern steels and aluminum, making it exceptionally lightweight, safe and rigid. Cutting-edge materials and design processes guarantee minimized levels of interior noise. Exceptional vibrational comfort is also achieved by precision tuning all of its components and with the organized hydraulic damping of its drivetrain bearings and axle.

The updated design of the latest Audi A6 represents grace and athleticism. The attractive and sporty proportions of the sedan are unmatched by its competitors, with a length of 4.92m (16.14ft), width of 1.87m (6.14), and height of 1.46m (4.79ft). The lowered roofline, the elongated engine hood, and the dominant flank lines also enhance the car’s overall dynamic appearance. Available as an upgrade, LED headlights also accentuate the front’s stunning expression.

Audi A6’s spacious interior complements its muscular exteriors. The “wrap-around”, the inlay that encircles the front passenger and the driver, surely is the striking element. The elegant curve of the dash panel also places the driver in the center of the interior.

All details of the car’s interior are solid proof of Audi’s expertise and commitment in quality car-making. The materials used, such as the innovative layered-wood veneer, are handpicked and created with superior diligence and care. Front seats can also be upgraded with massage and ventilation functionalities. Lastly, the elegant ambient lighting package diffuses light in all corners of the interior.

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