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Audi A6, A8, and Q5 to get TDI power

Audi is no stranger to diesel engines. In Europe and other world markets, Audi has a number of TDI options available for consumers for the many models in its lineup. In the United States, however, those looking for a diesel Audi can only choose from the tiny A3 TDI or the mammoth Q7 TDI.

Now, according to Fourtitude, Audi is looking to spread a bit more TDI lovin' to customers in the U.S. The company just announced today that it would bring its 3.0-liter TDI engine to the A6 sedan, A8 sedan, and Q5 small crossover vehicle.

Those still holding out for a TDI engine in the popular A4 sedan and Avant will have to wait a little longer. Audi officials say that since the current A4 is already in the "advanced stages" of its lifecycle, that U.S. customers will have to wait until the next generation A4 arrives in a few years. 

The 3.0-liter TDI coming to the A6, A8, and Q5 is already available in the Q7 TDI. It generates a respectable 225hp at 3,750 rpm and a gargantuan 406 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm in that application. The engine is capable of giving the 5,567-pound crossover EPA ratings of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. 

The three new TDI models are much lighter which should make the fuel economy gains even more impressive compared to their gasoline engine counterparts.

There were recent reports that General Motors is looking to bring a diesel engine to the U.S. market for its Cruze compact instead of going for a fully-fledged hybrid model.

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RE: Good.
By EJ257 on 3/8/2011 3:40:45 PM , Rating: 2
The SUV itself is the result of marketing. Those things started out as nothing more than station wagons on stilts. Now everything with 6 inches of ground clearance and a rear gate is an SUV. To call it what it is, a station wagon with high ground clearance doesn't sound "cool" enough so it won't sell hence we have the "sports utility vehicle".

RE: Good.
By Solandri on 3/8/2011 8:37:14 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, they started off as 2-door 4-wheel drive off-road vehicles. Basically a 4WD pickup truck with a shell permanently affixed over the bed. They were used primarily for hauling stuff and off-roading, which is where the "sport utility" part comes from.

The automakers added 2 more doors to make them a bit more practical when not off-road. Suddenly people who wanted the functionality of a station wagon, but didn't want a station wagon because their parents had one when they were kids, saw them as a perfect substitute. Even if they never took the things off-road and always drove them around in 2WD mode.

I agree marketing helped sustain the trend, but the start was almost an accident. I was actually looking to buy one about 2 years before the trend started. I wanted the 4WD to access some remote fishing holes, and the cargo space for carrying fishing gear (though I'd gotten remarkably adept at squeezing a 7 foot pole into a 1980s Accord). Problem was I had two buddies I usually fished with, so preferred to have doors going to the back seats. Toyota and Nissan announced they were going to have 4-door models in the following year, so I waited. And unwittingly got a front row seat to watching the whole trend unfold.

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