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EPA’s 5 Most Efficient Diesel Cars


Expert picks for the 2015 model year are out, and clean diesel vehicles are gaining momentum in sales volume and fuel efficiency. According to EPA data, more than a dozen diesel cars show ratings well above 35 mpg, with several reaching the 40 mpg threshold and beyond. The clear ‘winner’ is BMW’s 328d, posting a [...]

Audi Shocker: Plug-in Hybrids of All Models by 2020


Key officials for Audi revealed this week that the German vehicle manufacturer would offer hybrid versions of all its models by the end of the decade. This marks the first time in history that a major automaker has made hybrid vehicle development a top priority. Audi’s Ulrich Hackenberg, research and development chief, called the Sportback [...]

Breaking News: Audi Considering Multiple EVs


According to industry sources, Audi is planning to produce several all-electric vehicles in the near future. Industry insiders say Audi is currently working on several all-electric sedans and SUVs, at least one of which will be a high-performance model. By 2015, the German carmaker will also be selling its supercar, the R8, which will feature [...]

Audi A3 TDI Wows NY Auto Show


Audi used the New York Auto Show as the venue to announce its new A3 TDI (clean diesel) Sportback for the 2015 model year. The German carmaker has recently expanded its A3 family to include, with this hatchback addition, six cars in all. Audi spokespersons on site in New York noted that the A3 TDI [...]

Best Values in Luxury Cars: Clean Diesel Surprises


Automotive data company Vincentric released its top picks for the best value luxury cars, based upon cost of ownership. The company amasses an annual list of the best buys in each major vehicle category. This year’s luxury winners included a pair of clean diesel entries from Audi, a Lexus hybrid, and a BMW diesel. Overall, [...]

Finalists for World Car Awards at NY Auto Show


Finalists have been announced for all categories of the World Car Awards. Winners will be revealed at the upcoming New York Auto Show, with all eyes on the World Green Car segment. In that category, the three finalists are Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, BMW i3, and the Volkswagen XL1. Close Up: Audi A3 Sportback e-tron [...]

Audi Announces Major Commitment to Plug-ins


Audi announced this week that the company would produce plug-in hybrid versions of its larger cars in the near future. The German carmaker’s e-tron technology is already part of the popular A3, which will arrive in showrooms later this year as a plug-in. Chief engineer Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed Audi’s intentions to offer small, mid-size [...]

Audi Tech ‘Beats’ Stoplights, Saves Fuel


German carmaker Audi has developed a technical system that times traffic lights and allows drivers to pace themselves to avoid having to stop at red signals. Because the car’s computer knows the sequence and timing of a city’s traffic lights, Audi drivers are told exactly how fast to go in order to meet only green [...]

Consumer Reports’ Top Picks Stun Industry


Lexus, Acura, and Audi were at the top of the annual Consumer Reports picks for best all-around auto brands. CR uses its own safety testing, along with owner survey statistics and road tests to determine the rankings. Of the first eight places on the survey, seven of them were occupied by Japanese carmakers. Among individual [...]

‘World Green Car’ Finalists Are…


No one will know who the winner is until that fact is revealed at the New York International Auto Show on April 17, but the finalists for World Green Car 2014 were announced this week. The five vehicles are: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle) Honda Accord Hybrid BMW i3 Volkswagen XL1 Audi A3 Sportback [...]

NAIAS/Detroit Auto Show Sets Attendance Record


With a gate count of just under 107,000 paying attendees, the opening of NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show) has already bested last year’s day-one mark. Workers have just finished up a $300 million restoration of the venue, Cobo Center, where more than 500 cars and trucks are on display for the 2014 mega-event. Video Highlights: Detroit [...]

Super Bowl Sunday: It’s All About… Cars!


Ad slots for this year’s Super Bowl are expected to cost about $4 million for a half-minute of airtime. It is not known if any of the major automakers will feature an EV or a hybrid in their spots. The official list of advertisers is typically kept under wraps until just before game day, but [...]

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