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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 [...]

Audi Shows Plug-in Concept at NAIAS


At the Detroit Auto Show this week, Audi introduced its Allroad Shooting Brake Concept to the world. The two-door hybrid is an all-wheel-drive plug-in. On hand at the show, Audi of America President, Scott Keogh, pointed out that the market for cars like the Shooting Brake, “… is expected to grow by 400 percent in [...]

Audi Q1 Will Surface at NAIAS Next Week


Audi will show a version of its Q1 at next week’s Detroit Auto Show. Drawings provided by the carmaker (see above) are part sports coupe and part trendy crossover. The 2-door vehicle that will be on display may carry an “e-tron” plate, which might mean that Audi has either hybrid or electric plans for the [...]

Clean Diesel Sales Up, Emissions Down


A new study released by the Diesel Technology Forum has found that clean diesel engines on U.S. trucks have slashed most types of harmful tailpipe emissions by about 97 percent since 2010. The executive director of DTF, Allen Schaeffer, pointed out that the emission reductions far exceed what the EPA requires and means that truck [...]

Clean Diesel Vehicles Gaining Market Share


A study by the Fuels Institute, a non-profit research organization and think tank, has found that diesel vehicles will build considerable market share between now and the early 2020s. Though alternative fuels like electricity and E85 will also enjoy increased popularity, gasoline and diesel will likely dominate the choices for at least a decade. The [...]

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