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Audi has thrilled the diesel fanatics among us this afternoon, by announcing its intentions to show a whopping five TDI diesel-empowered vehicles (four new) at the upcoming LA Auto Show. TDI versions of the Audi's A6, A7, A8 sedans and its Q5 crossover will be new additions to the automaker's US arsenal, while the Q7 TDI will continue as well. The news isn't completely unexpected, as we received confirmation previously that the A6, A8 and Q5 were all on the way with diesel, but the A7 receiving the engine is news, as is the reveal and on-sale timing. Our previous report indicated that the A4 would also be coming over with TDI motivation, but the Audi announcement makes no such promises.

All of the models in question will be making room for Audi's 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged diesel under their hoods. The powerplant makes some 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, and is estimated to return 24 miles per gallon city and 36 mpg highway when installed in the A8. The Q7 is good for 19/28 city/highway mpg.

The A8 TDI will be the first of the new diesels to become available in the 2014 model year, with that executive sedan being offered for sale in the spring of 2013. The A7, A6, and Q5 TDIs will roll into dealerships in the fall of next year, and the Q7 TDI is, of course, on sale right now for a stating price of $52,000.

Feel free to scroll down to read Audi's own press release for just a tiny bit more detail on the announcement, and stay tuned for our LA coverage, as well.
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Audi to introduce four new TDI® clean diesel models to the U.S. Market at the L.A. Auto Show

The Audi A8 TDI clean diesel achieves manufacturer estimated fuel efficiency of 24 city/ 36 highway

New 3.0 liter V6 TDI clean diesel models will include the Audi A8, A7, A6, Q5 and an updated Q7 TDI

Audi to use #FuelForThought at the LA Auto Show to create a social media experience at the display and online

Audi of America announces the arrival of the new TDI® clean diesel models for the Audi A8, A7, A6 and Q5 to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The addition of these four models marks the first time Audi will feature a full lineup of TDI clean diesel vehicles in the U.S. as they join the updated Q7 model. Each TDI vehicle delivers up to 30% better fuel economy and 30% lower carbon dioxide emissions than gasoline engines*, resulting in longer range and fewer trips to the fuel pump. By having more density than gasoline, diesel packs more energy content in the same amount of fuel, which helps maximize the miles per gallon when that energy is released during a more powerful combustion cycle.

The TDI clean diesel engine lineup adds to Audi's list of advanced technologies that help enhance fuel efficiency, including Audi ultra® lightweight technology, such as the use of aluminum, and the AFS® frame technology.

"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**," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. " And, TDI technology delivers better fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance."

In order to fuel the conversation surrounding the benefits of TDI technology in the U.S., Audi will use the hashtag, #FuelForThought and invite fans to join the conversation through a social experience at the display and online.

Audi A8 TDI
The flagship of the Audi brand, the A8 TDI, makes a powerful statement in achieving a manufacturer estimated fuel efficiency of 24 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway*. The A8 TDI clean diesel executive sedan embodies superior design and progressive advancements which sets new standards for luxury sedans in terms of uncompromising efficiency and performance. The new 2014 A8 sedans dramatically expand the flagship's engine offerings by moving from two variants (4.2 liter V8 and W12) to six, including: the entry level A8 3.0T V6; the 420 horsepower A8 4.0T V8; the new Audi S8 4.0T V8; the A8 6.0 liter W12; and the new A8 3.0 TDI V6. The new 3.0 liter TDI clean diesel engine generates an astonishing 240 horsepower with 406 lb.-ft. of torque and seamlessly goes 0-60 in 6.4 seconds.

Audi A7 TDI
The Audi A7 TDI clean diesel is the pinnacle of design and is now more fuel efficient than ever. Without compromising design or performance, every detail of the A7 TDI delivers a striking visual statement. The A7 was the first car in the world to feature available factory-installed Wi-Fi (for up to 8 passenger devices) with Audi connect™ and MMI® navigation plus with 3D Google Earth™ maps. From the groundbreaking available MMI touchpad and its gracefully integrated display screen, to the state-of-the-art head up display, the Audi A7 TDI is the perfect marriage of progressive design, efficiency and versatile space.

Audi A6 TDI
One of Audi's most innovative and technologically advanced models to date, the A6 TDI performance sedan sacrifices virtually nothing in performance, comfort or design. As with the successful A6 TFSI® gas engines, the A6 TDI clean diesel engine can make up to 2,000 decisions per second. Available driver assistance systems include night vision assistant, head-up display and Audi pre sense plus that helps detect imminent collisions and initiates protective measures when needed. Other available intelligent features include head-up display and a MMI Touch pad that recognizes handwriting, along with available Audi connect – the first factory-installed wireless internet connection that enables Google Earth maps, Google Local Search, and a WiFi hotspot for up to eight passenger devices.

Audi Q5 TDI
The Audi Q5 has proven itself an absolute success as one of the best-selling models in the Audi lineup. For the 2014 model year, the Q5 will receive the new TDI engine which will allow for better fuel economy along with increased torque. The Audi Q5 TDI combines the driving appeal of a sedan with high versatility of its interior space and many practical solutions for recreation and everyday driving. Audi has further sharpened the profile of its performance SUV in its design, technological advancements, driver assistance systems and fuel efficiencies. The new TDI clean diesel engine marks the fourth engine variant for the Audi Q5 model lineup, adding to the current four-cylinder 2.0T, the 3.0T V6, and the Q5 hybrid.

Audi Q7 TDI
The Audi Q7 continues to establish the standard in progressive design, sophisticated technology and fuel efficiency in premium sport utility vehicles. The benefits of TDI clean diesel technology are further enhanced through the revised V6 TDI engine that offers a 10 percent efficiency improvement compared to gasoline engines. The revised TDI clean diesel engine has an increased output of 240 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque that helps improve performance and offers impressive fuel economy with an EPA estimated 19 city/ 28 highway miles per gallon*. The incredibly efficient TDI clean diesel engine enables the Q7 TDI to achieve a range in excess of 700 miles per tank***.

2014 MY Availability
A8 TDI Spring 2013
A7 TDI Fall 2013
A6 TDI Fall 2013
Q5 TDI Fall 2013

Pricing for all 2014 MY vehicles to be announced at a later date

2013 MY Availability Starting MSRP
Q7 TDI Since September 2012 $52,000

* EPA estimates. Mileage will vary.
** Based on total A3 TDI and Q7 TDI vehicles sold, average nationwide gasoline fuel prices, and EPA estimated annual average miles driven.
*** Range based on 28-mpg highway EPA estimates and a 26.4-gallon fuel-tank. Mileage will vary.

Where stated, fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. All other fuel economy values are forecast manufacturer values for the USA; those EPA estimates were not available at time of release. Audi Connect and SiriusXM Traffic services may require additional subscriptions. MSRPs exclude taxes, title, transportation, options and dealer charges.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      36 MPG in a A8, who need a hybrid.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why no A4 TDI? But why no A4 avant TDI is a better question.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's impressive to watch how the diesel image and reputation is turning around. Three mechanical engineers in my family were surprised to see that my Jetta TDI does not produce soot on the bumper or tailpipe, and engine clatter is extremely subdued. Building awareness, including the formation of luxury brand associations with the TDI can't hurt. Perhaps Audi's lead will give other automakers confidence to bring us additional diesel choices, in non-luxury-themed brands.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Amazing what ULSD and 30yrs worth of technology will do eh?
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they bring over the A3 5-door manual TDI, then I'll start listening.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Seriously. That and the A4 are what's really missing here. I don't even care if it's a manual. I'd just like a diesel AWD vehicle that's not an SUV or $50k+.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why wouldn't the next logical choice be the A4? In the USA they probably sell as many A4 sedans as all the other models combined. I'm still waiting for an A4 wagon TDI with AWD and a manual transmission. I'm drooling just thinking of it!
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think Audi might be qualifying the 170 ps (circa 167 bhp) 2.0-liter turbodiesel from the Volkswagen Golf GTD for a US-market version of the A4. Because of its higher price, it will justify the cost of certifying this engine for the US market.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why doesn't VW offer more TDI in their lineup also? Like the CC?
        • 2 Years Ago
        VWofA has promised diesel in every model, but they sure are taking their sweet time about it. My understanding is the current Tiguan has no physcial space for a urea tank, which will be required due to vehicle weight. The next gen is supposed to offer diesel, but I may not wait. The Q5 is a beautiful rig, and may just replace my Tig next year.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've been lusting after the 3.0 TDI bi-turbo they get in Europe with 313 HP, but I'm glad we'll get the 240hp version. It makes more sense anyway for a DD. I'm definitely looking at one in fall '13.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really want an Audi A7 3.0 BiTDI with 305 HP!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait, 36mpg in an A8? Where you at S350...and finally they put it in the Q5, now that SUV is worth a closer look! Nicely done Audi!
      • 2 Years Ago
        • 2 Years Ago
        Can't speak specificly to Audi, but my 2011 Tiguan has only been to the dealer for scheduled service at 10,000 and 20,000 miles. It has been completely flawless, even better than my 2006 Jetta was. The Jetta was a significant step up from my 2002 Jetta, but even the 02 was fairly trouble-free until we got a load of bad gasoline in Western Washington in mid-2005.
        • 2 Years Ago
          • 2 Years Ago
          The Allroads were notoriously bad, just as the early Mk4 VW's were also. Good thing there's been a decade and about 3 generations of cars since then. Times change man, the VW/Audi of now is worlds ahead reliability-wise than they were in the late 90's/early 00's.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Diesel is jihad juice, just like gasoline. Who cares.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pssst..... Overpriced Volkswagens!
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