Nope, the diesel engine never really did go out of style for Audi. Now, the German automaker has released a video reminding the world of its persistence with the oil-burners and is commemorating the Silver Anniversary of Audi's first commitment to turbodiesels in 1989. And, yes, there are some road racers shown in the clip, so some of those bad boys actually move pretty well.

Audi engineers on camera admitted to some of the early TDI engines being "slow" but still valuable for their torque and, obviously, their fuel economy relative to gas-powered engines. A bunch of tinkering later, though, and Audi says its diesels can be a legitimate "part of a performance car" and has even overcome the issue of noisiness that's often associated with diesels.

The automaker made some news in these parts a few years back when its Audi A3 TDI won the 2010 Green Car of the Year at the annual LA Auto Show in late 2009, and the model even succeeded a fellow diesel (the Volkswagen Jetta TDI) to boot.

Granted, diesel sales aren't nearly as popular in the US as they are in Europe. Still, Audi last year boosted its diesel sales in the US by 40 percent to 10,076, which was about a tenth of what sister company Volkswagen sold in diesels last year in the States. And things have looked even rosier this year for Audi's TDI sales. Through June, Audi diesel sales have almost quadrupled from a year earlier to more than 8,100 units. Check out the 150-second video on Audi's 25-years of TDI production below.



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      Cavaron
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      Only few people know - Audi experimented with some plug-in hybrids in the 90s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audi_hybrid_vehicles#Audi_Duo So sad they went for their diesel-thing...
        in2dwww
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        @Cavaron
        Do you know what's really sad? Owning a plug-in-hybrid that would be rendered useless after a natural disaster.
          Ben Crockett
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          @in2dwww
          How so? You do realise that a hybrid can start on its Petrol or Diesel engine without the grid. And what about homes with off grid solar? In fact if it has a full battery it can power homes (as demonstrated with the Nissan Leaf) or move under its own electrical power if conventional supplies are down - so in fact it is the opposite to what you claim.