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42Clarkson on the Audi Q7 V12 TDI: It's crap and it's brilliant!

Audi Q7 V12 TDI - Click above for a high res gallery

AddClarkson on the Audi Q7 V12 TDI: It's crap and it's brilliant!

Audi Q7 V12 TDI - click above for a high res gallery

232009 Audi Q7 TDI priced at $50,900

2009 Audi Q7 TDI – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddAudi prices Q7 TDI, qualifies for $1,150 tax credit

Audi has just announced the price for its new Q7 TDI SUV here in America. The 2009 Audi Q7 TDI Premium will carry a base price of $50,900, plus a destination charge of $825, taxes, title and dealer charges. That's a pretty hefty sum, but it might be made (very) slightly more palatable by a $1,150 Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit, which the IRS has granted the machine due to its fuel savings over a comparable gas-powered model. For what it's worth, the standard Q7 comes with a 3.6L gasoline V6 an

AddThe Last Days of the Audi Mileage Marathon: Vegas to LA

Along with Autoblog lensman Drew Phillips, we did the last leg of the Audi Mileage Marathon in Car #5: an Audi Q7 fitted with a 3.0-liter TDI. Our route lasted four days and took us from Las Vegas to Mammoth Lakes, CA, to Monterey for the final ALMS race at Laguna Seca, and then to Los Angeles. Unlike almost every other group there, we weren't trying to set any mileage records, we wanted to see how the Q would do when driven like we normally drive. After four days of drinking the oil-burning Koo

AddAudi to kick off diesel push with cross country Mileage Marathon

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AddAudi will intro Q7 hybrid in late '08 in Europe, no U.S. plans at the moment

Ok here's the deal. Audi is building a hybrid Q7. It will be launched in late 2008. After our last report on the subject, I contacted Audi US spokesman Christian Bokich to get clarification on the on-again, off-again hybrid SUV. Chris verified that Audi AG will indeed build a Q7 hybrid and that no plans for U.S. availability have been announced. The only new Q7 variant that has been announced for the U.S. is the 3.0L TDI diesel. Our European friends will, however, have access to the gas electric

4Audi exec reveals more future plans

Winding Road recently talked face to face with Audi of America's executive veep, Johan de Nysschen, who was surprisingly forthcoming with details about the automaker from Ingolstadt's future product plans. For one, Audi does intend to sell a four-door coupe like the Mercedes-Benz CLS, but not until around 2012. de Nysschen indicated a concept previewing the production version would appear at some time, but gave no indication when that would be.

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