Audi has announced its new plans with regard to the United States market place. The auto maker giant plans to launch diesel models of A6, A8, and Q5. As you already know, TDI engine variants of A3 and Q7 are now available. The new move will add on to this line up. However, the company has no plans to offer a diesel version of A4. But the redesigned model of the same is released in the year 2014 or 2015.
The financial crisis has changed people’s habits regarding cars that are more fuel efficient, so knowing what’s the green car of the year 2010 has a bigger impact than ever — but enough with the intro as I’m sure you already know that Audi A3 TDI has secured that title. Announced by the Green Car Journal, the “luxury car features an impressive EPA estimated 42 mpg on the highway – a 50 percent highway fuel efficiency improvement over the standard gasoline engine A3. Plus, this Audi’s quiet, clean diesel engine delivers loads of low-end torque and a fun-to-drive experience, all with the functionality of a 5-passenger hatchback,” says Ron Cogan.
In the US, the Audi A3 TDI is sold with a 2-liter engine, has an S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission and costs $29,950.
The award was given by a six member jury that include International Council on Clean Transportation president Dr. Alan Lloyd, Global Green USA president Matt Peterson, and Sierra Club excutive director Carl Pope. Also on the panel is automotive enthusiast and talk show host Jay Leno, car designer Carroll Shelby, and Jean-Michel Cousteau, the founder of the Ocean Futures Society and son of oceanic explorer Jacques Cousteau.
The Frankfurt Motor Show will be a heck of an event with a number of stunning cars to be unveiled next month. And one of the much craved for is the Audi RS3 — a hardcore version of the Audi A3 Hatchback. If not a production ready model, we might see an Audi RS3 Concept being showcased at the event. The RS3 is speculated to have a powerful 350 to 400 hp 4.2L FSI engine which will make the car faster than the R8. Rumors have it that it might be the Audi TT-RS 2.5L- 5 Cylinder turbocharged option that will help achieve these amazing numbers. But we’ll know more in a few weeks. [via EGM]
Long rivals BMW and Mercedes should fear now that the new Audi A3 has become realty. Although we’re expecting a press release with all the juicy details, we managed to find out that the new A3 combines the best of a coupe styled vehicle and a Jetta, all mixed into one gorgeous design. With engines ranging from the 105hp 1.2-litre TSI, an 140hp 1.4-litre TSI and an 170hp 1.8 TSI to real monsters like the 280hp engine on the S3 quattro and a 335hp on the new Audi RS 3. Expected to launch in the US from 2011,the new Audi A3 sure looks like a hit already even though it’s not hitting the production lines right now. [via autocar]