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Audi has put the Q7 on a massive diet, trimming over 700 pounds.

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With the racing pedigree provided by the Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the German king of Le Mans is capitalizing on the connection between its road cars and race cars at every opportunity. Maybe there's an entire range of Le Mans Editions for the automakers diesel-hybrid offerings, with perhaps Tom Kristensen acting as the brand's spokesperson for the technology in Europe. You'd be wrong, though, because despite the R18's overwhelming successes in endurance racing

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New York Auto Show, Ram Runner, Ward's 10 Best Interiors

Episode #376 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Chris Paukert and Brandon Turkus talk about the New York Auto Show, internet criticism of the Ram Runner, and the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Th

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2011 Audi Q7 – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Audi Q7 – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen - click above for high-res image gallery

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

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

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

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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

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Click above for high-res gallery from day 1 of the mileage marathon

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click the Mileage Marathon vehicles for a high res gallery

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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

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