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Audi adds four diesel models to US lineup

New V6 engine headed for A8, A7, A6, Q5 models

By AutoWeek Nov 20, 2012 12:07PM
2013 Audi A8 (© Audi of America)




Audi of America will begin offering 3.0-liter V6 diesel engines in the A8, A7 and A6 cars and the Q5 crossover beginning next year.


The four TDI diesel-equipped models will make their debuts next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Audi already offers a diesel powerplant in the Q7 crossover but the 2013 model features an updated engine. The A3 TDI has been dropped but will return with the launch of the redesigned A3 in early 2014.


Audi said the diesel models will have 30 percent improved fuel economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions than comparable gasoline engines.


"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," Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, said in a statement.


Audi plans to use social media, including Twitter and Facebook, to promote the expanded diesel-engine lineup.


The A8 diesel goes on sale this spring and the other three models will follow next fall.


The A8 TDI will have an estimated fuel economy rating of 24 mpg city/36 mpg highway.


The 2013 diesel Q7 went on sale in September and has a starting price of $52,895, including destination. The revised TDI clean diesel engine has an increased output of 15 hp to 240 hp, and torque remains the same at 406 lb-ft. It has an EPA mileage rating of 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway.


Pricing for the A8, A7, A6 and Q5 will be released closer to their showroom debuts. Technical information and mileage for those vehicles is not yet available.


-- Diana T. Kurylko


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Nov 20, 2012 12:31PM

That is great news!  Hopefully other auto manufacturers will follow suit.

Nov 23, 2012 9:11AM
"Hopefully other auto manufacturers will follow suit."

Hopefully. And also let us hope, that eventually the manual transmission models will also be available here too, like they are elsewhere in the world.
Nov 21, 2012 6:44AM
This is good news! I assume this is the same V6 3.0 liter that is in the VW Touareg. With an 8 speed transmission it is getting rave reviews from those owners for power, smoothness and fuel economy. The only question is whether it will result in a heavier front end compared to the alternative gas engines.
Dec 2, 2012 10:50AM
All for a ridiculous price. Audis are already overpriced to begin with. Have you priced the small Q5 lately? With options its over 45k and can run higher than 50K. And the glorified Q7 prices are out of control. I see more people selling these within a year of purchase than almost any other vehicle....why? Because the cost per mile and year for these cars are extremely high and the owners realize the vehicle was never worth the 65K they spent on a vehicle for kids.
Nov 27, 2012 3:00PM
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