Audi to Bring More Diesel Models to the U.S. Market

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Diesel variants of Audi's A8, A7, A6 and Q5 models are expected to go on sale for the 2014 model year. With a full lineup of new diesel vehicles joining the recently upgraded Q7 TDI, Audi hopes to continue making an efficient, green footprint in the United States. 

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"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. 

By Robby DeGraff | November 27, 2012 | Comments (3)

Sales of Diesels Continue to Rise

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Cheap gas prices aren't the only thing on drivers' minds this year. U.S. sales of diesel-powered vehicles are on a roll. According to research firm Baum and Associates, sales of diesel vehicles during the first six months of 2012 are up 27.5%. 

Through June of this year, 61,214 diesel-powered vehicles have been sold in the U.S., which doesn't look like much, but sales are on a steady climb. U.S. sales of clean-diesel vehicles increased 22.3% in June, compared with last June. Similarly, they increased 14.4% in May and 28.2% in April compared with those months in 2011.

By Jennifer Geiger | August 1, 2012 | Comments (1)

Are Americans Starting to Embrace Diesel?

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According to a new study, diesel-powered vehicles sales are up, indicating that Americans might finally be warming to them. A joint report from Hybridcars.com and research company Baum and Associates show sales have been steadily trending upward for the last several months.

Sales were up in January, February and March of this year. Compared to last year's numbers, January sales were up 21.2%, February saw a 42.9% increase and March sales increased 39.6%.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 18, 2012 | Comments (56)

Audi Sales Held Back by Slim Inventory

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You would think setting sales records month after month would be a good thing, but it’s also had a negative side effect for luxury brand Audi. There aren't enough cars on lots for all the shoppers walking in the door to buy.

Audi’s 227 dealerships collectively have about 10,000 cars on their lots, which is equivalent to a 27-day supply for the entire lineup. A 60-day supply is considered healthy, according to Ward’s Auto.

That situation is somewhat of a mixed-blessing, said Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi America. At least people want Audi vehicles, but the situation is causing some shoppers to desert the brand. Audi cannot satisfy demand for its A4, A5, Q5 and Q7 crossovers, or the redesigned A8 flagship; all these models have less than a 20-day supply.

Such short supply means the desired vehicle — right trim, powertrain and color — often aren’t available without custom ordering it from the factory and waiting for delivery. Audi says preorders make up 31% of sales currently. That’s not a good thing because many car shoppers don’t like purchasing a vehicle in this manner. “[It’s] unsustainable because we’re losing business … and some of our dealers are unprofitable,” de Nysschen told Wards Auto. He also added that his company could be selling twice as many diesel Q7 crossovers if they were available.

Audi hopes the rollout of the 2012 Audi A6 and A7 will take pressure on some off of its more constrained models. The 2012 Audi A7 went on sale earlier this month, and the A6 goes on sale later this summer. However, we don't see how that will please Q5 fans who might be prefer to buy a new BMW X3 or Volvo XC60 rather than waiting for a Q5.

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By Colin Bird | April 29, 2011 | Comments (8)

Cars.com Reviews the 2010 Audi Q7 TDI

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We reviewed the Audi Q7 TDI in 2009. Significant upgrades to the 2010 model, including a pair of awesome LED running lights, provoked us to get behind the wheel again. This three-row SUV isn’t without a few flaws, including third-row space and options that easily rack up price, according to Cars.com editor Joe Bruzek. Read his full review to find out whether all those luxurious amenities, including an earth-shattering Bang & Olufsen stereo, are worth the price tag. 

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By Colin Bird | July 9, 2010 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Reviews the 2009 Audi Q7

09Q7 The Audi Q7 has been a second tier player in a crowded segment of luxury crossovers, but according to Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson the diesel version of the Q7 manages to distinguish itself with a sure-footed, muscular ride that gives any driver a reason to smile. Yet the Audi has a few marks against it, one of which is a deal-breaker for Jackson. To find out what that is and if it will keep you from even test-driving a Q7, read his full review.

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By Stephen Markley | October 14, 2009 | Comments (0)

Audi Promotes Diesel Engines Over Hybrids

Q7tdi While all the hype may surround hybrids, plug-ins and electric vehicles, Audi has chosen to push clean-diesel engines as an efficient alternative to standard gasoline-powered cars. You’ve probably already seen the ads for the diesel Q7 SUV that the automaker introduced earlier this year, and Audi will also roll out a diesel A3 wagon in late 2009. In campaigns for both cars, the automaker wants to emphasize that diesel vehicles cut oil use substantially.

According to Audi, if a third of Americans drove diesel cars, daily imported oil use would fall by 1.5 million barrels, because diesel engines are 30% more fuel-efficient than gas-powered models. It also points out that roughly half of Europe’s cars are diesels. Right now, diesels make up 3% of U.S. sales, while hybrids account for 2.4%, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

While both types of cars certainly have a lot of room to grow, there are some key issues Audi will not bring up in its drive to sell diesel cars. For instance, while it’s true that some clean-diesel vehicles qualify for tax credits, so do some hybrids. Audi’s point is that the technology for diesel vehicles is here right now, but again, the same can be said of your standard hybrid.

By Stephen Markley | June 25, 2009 | Comments (8)

Audi Announces Pricing for 2009 Q7 TDI

09AudiQ7TDI Audi announced that its 2009 Q7 TDI will start at $51,900. The Q7 TDI has a clean-diesel engine that complies with emissions regulations in all 50 states and gets 17/25 mpg city/highway. That’s a 30% improvement over gasoline engines of a similar size. The Q7 also qualifies for an Alternative Motor Vehicle tax credit of $1,150.

The 2009 Audi Q7 TDI will go on sale later this month.

By Stephen Markley | April 13, 2009 | Comments (2)

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