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Audi may claim that it's "not against hybrids," but it's certainly not hugely in favor of them, either. Any potential buyer of a hybrid version of the A6 or the A8, for example, had better get ready to wait a bit, because Audi wants to "minimize lineup complexity." So much for all this. The upcoming new A6 diesel is also getting a delay to early 2013.

Despite some forays into vehicle electrification, Audi is going to depend on its diesel focus in 2012. This means oil-burning versions of the Q5 and the A8 are still coming next year, and there's a chance we'll see a diesel A7, too. A diesel A6 had once been talked about for 2012, but Ward's Auto says this model will likely be moved back. The exact reasons for all these delays was not given, unless you think "minimizing lineup complexity" is a coherent statement.


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      uncle_sam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh what a suprise. Hybrids SUCK and we will never make them. Again they showed a concept that will be delayed and delayed.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Months Ago
        @uncle_sam
        They're delaying bringing them to the US. They will be available elsewhere, so your comment "we will never make them" is incorrect. They will be bringing in a hybrid Q5.
      skierpage
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi hasn't licensed Toyota's e-CVT and the old two-mode hybrid system wasn't competitive. I assume they are relying on hybrid parts from component suppliers like Bosch & Getrag & ZF, but they have the same problem. This new system with an electric motor in place of the torque converter is unlikely to be much better, Car & Driver was underwhelmed. So Audi's hybrid models probably won't get better overall mpg than Audi's 2.0 TDI diesel (which in Europe comes as a micro-hybrid system with stop-start!), so they will indeed be a tough sell for Audi.
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      More fuel efficient diesels would be nice. Hybrids too. ;)
      Brody
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they can get a Audi to burn about the same crude oil as a Prius with a diesel , then bravo, but I doubt it will happen with out electrification (hybrid).
        skierpage
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Brody
        Audi already can, in Europe: Audi A3 1.6 TDIe - 3.8 litre/100km Prius - 3.9 litre/100km But the Audi is smaller, it only has 105 horsepower, emits more CO2 (99 g/km vs. 89 g/km) and has stop-start, i.e. it's a micro-hybrid.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh they're so full of Sh---T. It's just one more attempt to greenwash the brand by making nice statements and promising all kinds of Hybrids, Diesels and EVs. All pure nonsense.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      2013.. just in time for hybrids to start looking outdated.. plug-in hybrids, EVs, and hydrogen cars to take the stage. Good job Audi! ;)
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        "...just in time for hybrids to start looking outdated..." I disagree. I think hybrids will become more and more mainstream in the next few years. Sure, the bleeding edge will be in PHEVs, BEVs, and FCVs, but nonetheless, "regular" hybrids will continue to gain mainstream marketshare. I don't understand why you knock people for building the kind of cars you ostensibly support.
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another reason to avoid German auto makers...constantly lying about what they promise to do....they are the grossest polluters of them all...Benz leading the way.
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is not a word true in what this journalist states. He is grossly misinformed.