"Nice ons." "Fuel cut." "Surf drafting." There are certain phrases that, when you hear them, you know you've not at your average automotive event. In fact, the drive we're setting out on today is something that has never been done before: taking three 2014 Audi TDI vehicles – a Q5, an A7 and an A6 – from Los Angeles to New York in 48 hours while attempting to beat the vehicles' official EPA fuel economy numbers. It's going to be an interesting combination of careful green driving and non-stop movement.

Two years ago, we had our first serious lesson on hypermiling with world record holder Wayne Gerdes and the CleanMPG crew. That endeavor saw a heavily packed Ford F-150 get 30+ mpg coast to coast. This time around, there will be more people, more vehicles and more speed. Even our bathroom and refueling breaks will be timed because this is a big country and 48 hours is not a lot of time. This is why Gerdes, during his pre-drive pep talk last night, ran us through the items listed above, as well as how to use the paddle shifters to improve our fuel economy and a bunch of other tips.

For the record, the EPA says the three vehicles are capable of the following:
  • 2014 A6 Quattro: 29 combined, 24 city and 38 highway
  • 2014 A7 Quattro: 29 combined, 24 city and 38 highway (yes, the same as the A6)
  • 2014 Q5: 27 combined, 24 city and 31 highway
We'll see what we get between here and New York. You can follow along on Twitter (both through the AutoblogGreen account and from other participants using the TruthIn48 hashtag) and on the CleanMPG site. Eleven guys and one gal in three cars for 2,800 miles without so much as an extended meal break? It's gonna be a cramped, smelly weekend. Oh, and a lot of fun.
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Newest Audi TDI® Models Powering "Truth in 48" Challenge to Drive From L.A. to N.Y. in 48 Hours on Four Tanks of Clean Diesel Fuel

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwired - Sep 6, 2013) -
  • Coast-to-coast attempt will be accomplished with the 2014 Audi A6 TDI and Audi A7 TDI and a 2014 Audi Q5 TDI crossover as the support vehicle
  • Teams of eight noted hypermilers and four journalists to depart from Audi Pacific dealership at 9 a.m. PDT Saturday, Sept. 7
  • Each TDI vehicle delivers up to 30% better fuel economy than gasoline engines
A team of 12 drivers will embark this weekend on "Truth in 48," a bid to drive 2,800-plus miles from the Los Angeles area to New York in 48 hours or less. The team will be driving the 2014 Audi A6 TDI and 2014 Audi A7 TDI sedans, with the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI as a support vehicle in a challenge to demonstrate the extended range and fuel economy provided by Audi clean diesel technology.

The rally, led by Wayne Gerdes of CleanMPG.com, will make only four refueling stops. They will depart from the Audi Pacific dealership in Torrance, CA the morning of the Saturday, Sept. 7, with plans to conclude the drive at the Audi Manhattan dealership the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 9.

Throughout the drive, the CleanMPG team will swap seats with members of the media, including Christian Moe of Road & Track, Damon Bell of Consumer Guide Automotive, Jill Ciminillo of Chicago Tribune and Sebastian Blanco of Autoblog Green.

Each Audi TDI clean diesel 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 in the same amount of fuel which helps maximize the miles per gallon. The 2014 Audi A6, A7 and Q5 TDI clean diesel engine vehicles adds to Audi's list of advanced technologies that help enhance fuel efficiency, including Audi ultra® lightweight technology, Audi quattro and Audi e-tron.

To follow along the "Truth in 48" cross-country drive challenge visit Audi's Twitter and Facebook pages utilizing the hashtag #audiTDI.

ABOUT WAYNES GERDES AND CLEANMPG
Wayne Gerdes launched the website, CleanMPG in February of 2006 in order to train drivers to achieve better fuel economy no matter what they own and drive. In addition, he keeps members and visitors alike abreast of the very latest in fuel efficient automobile technology and vehicles.

ABOUT AUDI
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products, facilities and technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.


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      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok, comments are disappearing left and right. Is it just me or is it happening to everybody??
      RS1800
      • 1 Year Ago
      Typical Audi owners. Doesn't matter who, where...look at the picture in article, then check this http://selfishparker.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/brkzttnccaas5hf.jpg
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RS1800
        I guess you see this as proof of your faulty premise. I have see people in Mustangs and Camaros do this.
        Inespugnabile
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RS1800
        This kind of things happens only in Europe. And yes, audi owners are the most arrogant and selfish, another reason to avoid to buy ugly overpriced VW/Seat/Skoda.
          Georg
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Inespugnabile
          u are a unhappy Toyota worker forced to post negative comments about other car brands?
          Jim
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Inespugnabile
          Only in Europe? You must be joking. Most ******* parking images i've seen are based in the U.S and usually involve a big SUV.
        Trevor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RS1800
        Dude shut the F up, I have seen photo's like that for mercedes, BMW, lexus etc etc etc etc
      recharged95
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like the same stunt Tesla is doing. Makes sense as Telsa are in the same segment for choice with the A6/A8 series of Audis. And I'm sure Audi owners are looking at Teslas.
        ferps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @recharged95
        I have been weighing the A7 TDI vs the Tesla Model S 60.
      Axl Straforini
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lexus GS450h 35: 29 City, 34 Highway, 31 Combined....with 340hp Lexus RX450h : 32 city, 28 Highway, 30 Combined...with 300hp
        FIDTRO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Axl Straforini
        Why are you posting in this article under two accounts? Lexus is just an ugly Toyota by the way.
        Jane
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Axl Straforini
        I thought all Lexus hybrids needed premium fuel. Is that still the case?
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice "ons?" what the hell are "ons?"
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's ironic because the new Audi A4 and A6 look like an old Camry
      Stephen
      • 1 Year Ago
      I find it interesting how gas owners always compare their vehicles to diesel vehicles with the same number of cylinders. My experience is that you need to add 2 cylinders to the gas equivalent model to get the same drive feel. Compare 1997 Jetta GL to TDI, both are 4 cylinder & 5 speed manual. 115HP vs 90HP 24/31MPG vs 40/49MPG (EPA rating) I've driven both and it isn't until you move to the V6 engine in the GLX did the drive feel the same or better. Modern gas direct injection motors are starting to approach the drive feel and economy of the TDI engine.
        montoym
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Stephen
        Another way to look at it is that diesel drivers often say you need to compare the mileage and performance to vehicles with similar torque figures rather than horsepower. That usually ends up similarly to what you stated, but I've never really heard it that way. Either way, we're talking about largely the same thing.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Truth?? these are heavy inefficient fossil fuel burner. Planet killers. How can you be naive enough to go on this time wasting and life risking trip Sebastian??
        nocommie11
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Go live in a mud hut and wipe your rear with a pine cone, you eco-terrorist.
      juliajluiee
      • 1 Year Ago
      my buddy's step-mother makes $81 hourly on the computer. She has been laid off for 9 months but last month her paycheck was $18356 just working on the computer for a few hours. visit this website....WWW.Rush64.ℂℴm
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      still being dependant on gas so how is this anything special
        nocommie11
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        I like Tesla, but it's technically a coal powered car. That's what the vast majority of power plants burn to give you the faux-green energy.
          nocommie11
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nocommie11
          @knightrider_6, since electrical energy cannot be stored in the grid, any excess produces is wasted anyway, day or night. Also, the generation of power is adjusted based on load, with minimal excess, a lot less is produced at night.
          knightrider_6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nocommie11
          @commie Except that Tesla is using the electricity that was going waste at night. So unlike "clean" diesel, Tesla doesn't add more carcinogens to the air.
          Tweaker
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nocommie11
          Bullsh*t. Less than 40% of electricity in the US is coal generated. And dropping every year.
          knightrider_6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nocommie11
          @commie I have an idea- You should get your electricity disconnected and use a diesel generator everything in your house.
          TMoody
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nocommie11
          Wrong.
          Jim1961
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nocommie11
          Hey nocommie, Ditto what tweaker said and... 1. Electric motors are three time as efficient as ICEs. Because of this efficiency, a Tesla Model S is cleaner than a Prius when using the average mix of electricity in the US. 2. A car is something that will have a long service life of 10-15 years. Over the lifetime of the car the grid will get cleaner. 3. According to a poll, 40% of EV owners have invested in solar panels. A solar powered EV much lower emissions than an 85 MPG scooter. I'm not surprised a guy who calls himself "nocommie" is willfully ignorant.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      The name makes it sound like their cars get 48mpg, too bad they fall far short of that number.
        montoym
        • 2 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Actually, it's a take on the "Truth in 24" films they had regarding the 24Hrs of Le Mans races.
      Inespugnabile
      • 1 Year Ago
      And what about reliability, driving pleasure (yes, driving pleasure) and resale value? Sorry Audi, Lexus has surpassed your POS rebadged VW/Seat/Skoda by far...
        Rampant
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Inespugnabile
        Enjoy your re-badged Toyota - unarguably the dullest manufacturer in the market today.
        ferps
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Inespugnabile
        Lol. Lexus is the company that tried to copy Audi's grille and ended up making all their cars look like the predator.
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