• Jun 25, 2011
German automaker Audi has launched a revised version of its A1 1.6 TDI with CO2 emissions of 99 grams per kilometer. Its 104-horsepower 1.6-liter diesel-burning engine, which is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, has undergone a slew of revisions that help slash the A1's CO2 emissions from 105 g/km down to just 99 g/km, meaning that this vehicle is now exempt from London's congestion charge.

The diesel-sipping A1, though not likely to win any drag races, is capable of scooting from 0 to 62 miles per hour in a reasonable 10.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 118 mph. Better still, the 1.6-liter TDI engine is available on all three A1 trim levels: SE, Sport and S Line. Standard equipment for the A1 includes stop-start technology, alloy wheels, remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front windows and mirrors and a six-speaker audio system linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display. Pricing for the A1 starts at £14,480 ($23,339 U.S. at the current exchange rate) in SE guise and rises to £17,865 ($28,795 U.S.) for the S Line.

Unfortunately, this is another one of them diesel-sipping models that's unlikely to appear in showrooms here in the States.

[Source: Autocar, Audi]
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NEW 99G/KM AUDI A1 CLEANS UP EVEN MORE THOROUGHLY

Latest version of frugal A1 TDI becomes even more efficient and eliminates road tax and congestion charge in the process

A1 1.6 TDI with 74.3mpg capability and 99g/km output now available to order in SE, Sport and S line specification priced from £14,480 OTR to £17,865 OTR

0-62mph in 10.5 seconds, top speed 118mph

Zero rate VED from year 2 onwards, no London congestion charge

Standard features include engine start-stop function, energy recuperation, alloy wheels, air conditioning, single CD audio system with MP3 compatibility, ESP with latest differential lock system

The price of progress in the Audi A1 1.6 TDI falls even further from this week as an even more fuel efficient version of the frugal premium sub-compact hatchback shrugs off road tax and the London congestion charge through a lower 99g/km CO2 output. Improved 74.3mpg economy potential, and unchanged OTR prices for the SE, Sport and S line models ranging from £14,480 to £17,865, also help to make the thriftiest A1 an even more desirable proposition.

Further optimisation of the fuel system and engine management unit has reduced the CO2 output of the A1 1.6 TDI from 105g/km to 99g/km, and boosted its official combined economy figure from 70.6mpg to 74.3mpg. As before, the achievement of these outstanding figures is aided by engine start-stop and energy recuperation systems.

The performance delivered by the turbo charged and directly injected common rail unit also remains as keen as ever. The A1 1.6 TDI with five-speed manual transmission sprints from rest to 62mph in 10.5 seconds, and where conditions allow can reach a top speed of 118mph.

The advantage held by the revised 1.6 TDI won't only be felt at the filling station. With CO2 dipping below the 100g/km mark it is exempt from the London congestion charge, and also from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) from year 2 onwards as the duty bandings currently stand. The majority of A1 models, including the 1.6 TDI, are already duty-free in the first year of ownership.

The A1 1.6 TDI with 99g output can be ordered in all three UK A1 trim levels - SE, Sport and S line. Features common to all include alloy wheels, remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front windows and mirrors and a six-speaker single CD audio system with auxiliary iPod connection linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display.

This efficiency standard bearer is far from the exception to the rule for Audi. The Vorsprung durch Technik brand offers an exceptional range of models that champion the cause, the most notable being the three-door A3 1.6 TDI which can also offer 99g/km and 74.3mpg capability, the A4 TDI Saloon with 120g/km and 61.4mpg, the new A6 2.0 TDI saloon with 129g/km and 57.6mpg and the TT TDI quattro with 53.3mpg and 139g/km. Later in 2011, another highlight will be launched in the shape of the front-wheel-drive A8 3.0 TDI luxury saloon, combining 204PS with the potential to cover up to 47.1mpg while emitting just 159g/km of CO2.


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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      not green. at all. if all the cars in the world were this it would not fix the global warming contirbution from cars, only make it even worse and it wouldn't avoid the peak oil crunch either. it's a very conventionally heavy fossil fuel burner. try not to be so easily fooled by incrementalism
        tantareanujellob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Why don't you do your part for global warming and kill yourself.
          reconfreya
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tantareanujellob
          I second that notion.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tantareanujellob
          Are trolls 'alive' in the true sense, or merely exist as a mutant aberrations ?
        Peter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Remember that Dan is not a troll in the conventional sense. He appears to want the same lower footprint transportation as most of the rest of us. He just has higher hopes (and expectations) for transformational change in the automobile industry (and presumably in the car buying public). The rest of us may lack his fervour, but lets not get put off by what may be predictable cynicism.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Peter
          Actually, Peter DF is a troll. He has no 'higher hopes' than the ridiculousness of his own egotistical fantasies. Any form of future EV transport will be achieved by hard work, investment, innovation and realism. DF, has no praise for any realistic achievements, instead he abuses and vilifies every achievement by any pioneer, in the name of his absurd fantasies. He makes outrageous claims, none of which are feasible, and indulges in the worst kind of character assassinations. When he can name any realistic achievement to further the future of EV transport, others may consider him with more tolerance. So far his only achievement is to register a series of web nom-de-plumes to seem as if he has a modicum of support.
        Brody
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I agree with Dan. I want to hear about cars that are greener than the current art. 34 MPG diesels like the Jetta TDI are not green. Prius or better please.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's pretty good for a Diesel. But a Prius does 88 and it's larger and faster.
      Chu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh yes, yet another outdated, soot-belching diesel from the germans. They desperately insist on their highly polluting inferior technologies. No thanks, hybrids are the way to go.
        wxman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chu
        For about the two-dozenth time, please provide the data upon which you base the claim that diesel is any more polluting than hybrids or any other automotive technology.
          Tesla
          • 3 Years Ago
          @wxman
          How about to come up with a proof that diesel is less polluting than hybrids?
          wxman
          • 3 Years Ago
          @wxman
          So let me get this straight...you guys post wild rants about how dirty and polluting diesel is in virtually every blog post on this site about diesel without offering a shred of evidence to back up your claims, I challenge it, and I'm the one who has prove diesels aren't more polluting than gassers or even hybrids? How does that work? OK, fine, I'll start with this... There are at least two studies which have shown that particle emissions from DPF-equipped diesel engines are LOWER than what's contained in the HEPA-filtered dilution tunnel air (http://www.dieselnet.com/papers/0209czerwinski/ ; http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/pdfs/deer_2003/session9/2003_deer_storey.pdf , slide #10). So they already are serving as air filters; how much cleaner do they need to get before the "there's no such thing as clean diesel" or "clean diesel is an oxymoron" or "highly polluting inferior technology" rhetoric goes away?
      Mr.Electric
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow what an efficient ride. Wish I could buy one here in the states. Im looking for a new car now and diesel would be a good option if it were available to buy.
        Kai F. Lahmann
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mr.Electric
        99g CO2 aren't a sensation for a subcompact. In class this gives a 12th place, together with the Ford Fiesta. There are now at least (I hope, I didn't miss one) 26 models with this or less CO2. With the Skoda Octavia there's now even a mid-size sedan in this list.
      GeorgeS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Downsize it to 900 cc and add some Li batteries. offer it as a plug in or just a pure hybrid. Bingo Prius beater.
        tantareanujellob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GeorgeS
        Except the prius is a midsize car and this is a subcompact. FAIL
          GeorgeS
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tantareanujellob
          without a doubt. The Prius is an VERY hard car to beat. Right now my avg MPG for this tank is 55....and it's a Gen2.
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