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Back in September, Audi first announced the addition of the new 1.6 TDI model to the A3 lineup over in Europe and now it's available to order in the UK. The newest A3 features the VW group's latest 1.6-liter common rail injected four cylinder diesel powerplant. In the A3, this engine combines with several other tweaks – including brake energy regeneration and automatic start-stop – to get a CO2 rating of just 99 g/km and mileage of 61.9 mpg (U.S.) on the EU combined cycle.

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As we approach the winter solstice and the time to replace our calendars again, everyone is weighing in again on their favorite vehicles of the past 12 months. The latest to publish their picks is the Detroit News, where Scott Burgess and team (being a Motown paper along with the Free Press, they actually have multiple full time reporters covering the industry) have gone small this year.

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2010 Audi A3 TDI - Click above for high-res image gallery

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2010 Audi A3 TDI - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Audi A3 TDI – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Audi A3 TDI – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 A3 TDI

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With Volkswagen having just debuted the Jetta TDI in the U.S. market, the question is what comes next? Volkswagen and Audi have already announced plans to launch diesel versions of the Touareg and Q7 early in 2009 with a 3.0L V6. The compact Audi A3 shares a platform with the Volkswagen Rabbit/Golf and Jetta and in Europe it's available with the same 2.0L diesel that's in the Jetta. Fourtitude reports that Audi North America is considering adding the TDI powerplant to the A3. The European A3 off

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Click above for new high-res gallery of the Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro

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While Audi's exhaustive press release accompanying the launch of the newly-revised-for-2009 A3 mentioned both the availability of new diesel engines along with a seven-speed version of the dual-clutch S tronic transmission, Audi's arm in the UK has decided it's worth mentioning them again. This time, though, statistics regarding the reduction of carbon emissions are given, so decided we'd share them too. For instance, the revised '09 2.0 TDI with 140 horsepower, which was rated at 52.3mpg (US) l

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