Audi's Ingolstadt brand, which is providing the chauffeur service at the World Economic Forum (WEF), is running part of its Audi A8 fleet on emissions-friendly SynFuel diesel fuel. SynFuel, which is produced synthetically from natural gas, is crystal-clear and free of sulphur and aromatics. Particulates are reduced by 35 percent over regular diesel and carbon monoxide emissions are virtually erased via a massive 93 percent reduction. Nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are also slightly reduced.

SynFuel is a direct substitute for diesel and is being used in ten of the 80 Audi long-wheelbase quattro A8 TDI vehicles being used to chauffeur WEF participants around in. Remarkable for such huge cars, they use just 9.4 litres of diesel fuel per 100 kilometres / 25 mpg.

Audi has already stress-tested SynFuel at the Le Mans 24 Hour race last year when its all-conquering Audi R10 diesel racecar was filled with a special diesel fuel which consisted largely of SynFuel. This was the first time a diesel-powered racing car had won this significant motor-racing event.

Analysis: A diesel car running SynFuel is a remarkably low-emissions vehicle while still providing the power and performance that consumers demand in a modern motor. I'd be more than happy to drive around an A8 running it.

Full press release after the jump.

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Premiere for eco-friendly diesel fuel in Davos

Audi drives with SynFuel at World Economic Forum
  • Ingolstadt brand to provide chauffeur service at WEF
  • Ten Audi A8 models with TDI engines to run exclusively on SynFuel
  • Diesel fuel from natural gas is virtually free of sulphur and aromatics Diesel fleet of 80 Audi A8 4.2 TDI models available for first time
  • 172 vehicles including twelve armour-plated A8 and 51 Q7 models
Audi has unveiled a premiere at the "World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2007" which runs from 23rd to 28th January in Davos, Switzerland. The Ingolstadt brand, which is providing the chauffeur service at the WEF, is running part of its Audi A8 fleet on eco-friendly "SynFuel" diesel fuel. "Not only do we develop innovative premium-standard vehicles, we also work to ensure that they can be operated in an eco-friendly manner. Our highly efficient TDI and TFSI power units are proof of this. The fact that part of our A8 diesel fleet in Davos is using SynFuel represents a further step towards sustained mobility," commented the Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG, Michael Dick.

SynFuel is produced synthetically from natural gas through a chemical reaction, is crystal-clear and free of sulphur and aromatics. It does not generate any sulphur dioxide emissions; the amount of soot produced is reduced by 35 percent and carbon monoxide emissions by no less than 93 percent. Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are cut by up to nine percent, while carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions go down by around five percent. And most notably of all, the fuel can be used for all diesel-engined Audi models without any retrofitting measures.

Audi has already tested SynFuel under extreme conditions. And with great success: at the Le Mans 24 Hours of 2006, the race-winning Audi R10 with TDI engine was filled with a special diesel fuel which consisted largely of SynFuel. This was the first time a diesel-powered racing car had won this significant motor-racing event.

The chauffeur service for participants at the WEF features an 80-strong fleet of silver Audi A8 models, all of them long-wheelbase versions featuring quattro permanent four-wheel drive. Another first is that these 80 luxury saloons are all fitted with a 4.2 TDI diesel engine. This 8-cylinder unit generates 326 PS, yet requires an average of just 9.4 litres of diesel fuel per 100 kilometres. Ten vehicles in the fleet are filled exclusively with SynFuel. The fuel is delivered by the oil company Shell. The fleet provided by Audi for the WEF comprises a total of 172 vehicles. On top of the 80 A8 models for the actual shuttle service, there are – for instance – twelve armour-plated Audi A8 models for transporting very important passengers, and 51 Audi Q7 vehicles. In addition, a selection of further A8 models and Audi A6 Avant cars are being used. These vehicles will support the organisers of the WEF, the police in Davos, the canton police and Zurich Airport.

Audi has provided this service in Davos on an exclusive basis since 1987. The annual meeting of economics experts and politicians in Switzerland has become something of a tradition for the Audi chauffeur service. Monarchs, heads of government, ministers, business leaders and other VIPs from all over the world have been chauffeured in comfort in an Audi A8 at this event.


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