• Jun 25, 2009
In conjunction with the launch of its diesel engines in the U.S., Audi has created a Facebook Causes page to benefit the Nature Conservancy. For every person that joins the cause, Audi has committed to donating a dollar to the Tensas River basin project where the Nature Conservancy is conducting a carbon offset program. The Tensas project involves reforestation of private lands and restoring natural habitats that have been shrinking due to human activity.
Audi has committed to donating up to $25,000 to the program. The project will buy land, plant trees and then monitor the carbon effects of all the work. The Tensas River Basin is in the lower Mississippi valley. Just head over to www.causes.com/natureconservancy to trigger another donation.

[Source: Audi]


Audi TDI partners with The Nature Conservancy to reduce carbon emissions
- Audi launches Facebook Cause campaign to benefit The Nature Conservancy's Tensas River Basin project to reduce carbon emissions
- Up to $25,000 will be donated to the voluntary carbon offset program, $1 for every Facebook user who joins at www.causes.com/natureconservancy
- The Audi TDI clean diesel engine reduces carbon emissions by 20 more fuel-efficient

HERNDON, Va., Jun 24, 2009 - Audi has committed to supporting The Nature Conservancy to help reduce carbon emissions as part of its public awareness campaign for Audi TDI clean diesel engines, which reduce carbon emissions by 20 over gasoline and is 30% more fuel-efficient. The Audi donation to The Nature Conservancy augments a broad public awareness campaign in the U.S. to highlight the ways in which TDI clean diesel can help America reduce carbon emissions and achieve energy independence.

"Our engineers are always innovating to reduce our vehicles' carbon emissions, and we've taken a giant leap forward with the introduction of the Audi Q7 TDI clean diesel this year," said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. "But our commitment doesn't stop with our products; we want to promote reduced emissions through support of organizations like The Nature Conservancy, and also to spread the word about the benefits of reduced emissions."


To join the Cause and trigger a $1 donation to The Nature Conservancy, courtesy of Audi, visit www.causes.com/natureconservancy.

To learn more about the broader TDI clean diesel campaign, check out audiusa.com/tdi to learn the truths about diesel and watch the TV spot. Also check out our "Truth in Diesel" video at www.youtube.com/audiofamerica.

ABOUT AUDI
Audi of America Inc. and its 270 dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. The Audi lineup is one of the freshest in the industry with 23 models, including 12 models launched during model years 2008 and 2009. Audi is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. In selling one million vehicles worldwide in 2008, AUDI AG recorded its 13th consecutive record year for sales growth. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.

ABOUT THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 18 million acres in the United States and have helped preserve more than 117 million acres in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 6 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      Surprise surprise, a story about diesels and downtoearth appears with some tiresome comparison between diesels and hybrids.

      We get it - you like hybrids and you don't like diesels. This wouldn't be so bad but you constantly push this drivel into every story about diesels even when it's completely irrelevant, and attempt to pass off your ridiculous bias with meaningless facts you've found on the internet.

      What you miss time and time again is that diesels have very favourable driving characteristics and are more efficient at highway speeds when a hybrid's ability to drive solely on electricity cannot be used.

      You also forget that much of the average hybrid's fuel efficiency is simply the result of more aerodynamic shapes. The RX has a drag coefficient of 0.31, the Touareg you mention is 0.38 at best, 0.41 at worst. This is a significant difference and will come into play in everything apart from town driving, where the RX also has it's electric motor to play with.

      Stick a modern diesel into a slippery body and it would easily beat a hybrid of similar performance in everything but city driving. In fact, many petrol engines would come close to hybrid figures in the same type of driving.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 TDI diesel return the real life 20 mpg combined (estimated by EPA [1] and confirmed by Touareg TDI drivers [2]) and requires 19.7 barrels of crude oil to cover 15,000 miles. Audi Q7 TDI will require about the same.

      Ordinary gasoline Lexus RX350 needs 17.1 barrels of crude oil to cover the same distance [3]. That's 13% less than the diesel and, remember, it's not a hybrid.

      The hybrid Lexus RX400h returns real life 25 mpg [4] and requires some 14 barrels of crude [5]. That's nearly 30% higher efficiency than the Volkswagen/Audi diesel SUV.

      The new Lexus RX450h uses some 12 barrels of crude oil [6]. This is 40% higher efficiency.

      Both Lexus RX hybrids are noticeably faster (0-60) than Touareg and Q7 TDI diesels.


      This is the CRUSHING ADVANTAGE of hybrids over inefficient German diesels. That's why Audi has to launch dirty propaganda Facebook site, cheating and misleading American customers. They cannot admit hybrid cars from their competitors are some 40% more efficient and require 40% less crude oil to run and than even ordinary gasoline vehicles offered by their competition kill their inefficient fuel-guzzling diesels.


      [1] http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/2008car1tablef.jsp?id=26557
      [2] 11,91 l/100km = 19,7mpg US http://www.spritmonitor.de/de/uebersicht/50-Volkswagen/458-Touareg.html?fueltype=1&power_s=160&power_e=180
      [3] http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/compx2008f.jsp?year=2010&make=Lexus&model=RX%20350%20AWD&hiddenField=Findacar
      [4] 9,75 l/100km = 24 mpg US tinyurl.com/prnnv7
      [5] tinyurl.com/kn6yoo
      [6] tinyurl.com/mpjnob
        • 5 Years Ago
        wxman:

        > Why don't you at least compare SUVs in the class?

        VW Touareg and Lexus RX are in the perfectly the same class.

        > The only hybrid vehicles in the same class as the Q7
        > are the Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon/Cadillac Escalade hybrids.
        > The "combined" mileage is 20 mpg, same as the Q7 [1].
        > Not seeing the "CRUSHING ADVANTAGE" you claim.

        In this case, indeed, the advantage is not that crushing. But the Escalade hybrid and the related ones still remains 12% more efficient than the Audi Q7 3.0 TDI [1]

        All this despite being powered by enormous 6.2 liter V8 gasoline engines from a dinosaur. So, hey, you merge a two-mode hybrid component with one of the least efficient monster V8s and it kills the state of the art German direct-injected diesel with half the capacity in terms of efficiency.

        [1] http://www.eia.doe.gov/basics/conversion_basics.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        Audi simply pretends they are trying to conserve anything natural and build a misleading, falsified association between their TDI diesel cars and environmental friendliness.

        The truth is though that their TDI diesel SUVs ruin natural fossil resources at a rate about 13% higher than gasoline Lexus SUVs and 30-40% higher than hybrid Lexus SUVs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Downtoearth...

        >VW Touareg and Lexus RX are in the perfectly the same class.<

        According to Kelly Blue Book, the Lexus RX line is comparable to the Mercury MKX. The Audi Q7 is comparable to such vehicles as the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade (Cadillac version of the Tahoe/Yukon).

        At the very least, you’re trying to compare the Q7 TDI to the RX which is much lighter, has a lower and narrower profile, and has a better Cd. [1]. As I’m sure you know if you’re an engineer, weight and effective frontal area are the main factors that determine fuel mileage. An RX SUV with a 3.0 TDI would get significantly better mileage than the Q7 too.

        Furthermore, the RX SUVs’ tow ratings are abysmal (2000 pounds). A Jetta SportWagen TDI can tow that much. What good is a SUV that can’t tow hardly anything? Not something I’d be interested in.


        >All this despite being powered by enormous 6.2 liter V8 gasoline engines from a dinosaur. So, hey, you merge a two-mode hybrid component with one of the least efficient monster V8s and it kills the state of the art German direct-injected diesel with half the capacity in terms of efficiency.<

        Not according to Edmunds, a source which you have approvingly cited on several occasions. They achieved better mileage with a MB GL320 CDI with equal performance. [2] And the Audi Q7 gets the same mileage as the GL320 CDI per fueleconomy.gov. The Edmunds article mentions that the 6.0 V8 in the Tahoe hybrid runs on the Atkinson cycle.

        This in conjunction with a recent blog post here on ABG, in which a diesel version got slightly better mileage than a gas-hybrid version of the SAME VEHICLE [3], it’s a leap to claim that gas-hybrid technology is clearly superior to diesel technology (overall appears about equal; advantage of each technology generally depending on type of driving conditions encountered – “city” or “highway”).


        [1] http://www.cars.com/go/compare/trimCompare.jsp?acodes=USB90AUS011D0,USB90LES122A0,USC00LES142A0
        [2] http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=125645
        [3] http://www.autobloggreen.com/2009/06/17/is-the-mercedes-s400-hybrid-17k-better-than-the-s350-cdi/

        • 5 Years Ago
        Why don't you at least compare SUVs in the class? The only hybrid vehicles in the same class as the Q7 are the Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon/Cadillac Escalade hybrids. The "combined" mileage is 20 mpg, same as the Q7 [1]. Not seeing the "CRUSHING ADVANTAGE" you claim.

        [1] http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/2008car2tablef.jsp?remove=2&table=3