VW has announced that all brands in the VW Group are getting the all-new common-rail 1.6-liter diesels across the range. This new engine, when installed into the Audi A3, manages to reduce both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. While the 1.9-liter TDIe managed to burn 4.1 l/100 km, the new 1.6-liter lowers it to 3.8 l/100 km (a drop of 57 to 62 mpg U.S.), and CO2 emissions go from 109 to 99 g/km. Besides the new engine, the car gets all the standard improvements to keep diesel consumption low: aerodynamic improvements, low-rolling resistance tires and a lowered body. If you don't like diesels and you prefer a frugal gasoline powerplant, Audi would like you to look at the 1.2-liter Turbo engine that produces 105hp and 175 Nm of torque (129 lb-ft). This engine, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, will replace the current base engine for Europe, the veteran 1.6-liter. Fuel consumption is a solid 5.5 l/100 km (43 mpg U.S.) but CO2 emissions remain at 127 g/km. Both models are going on sale in Germany during the first half of 2010, with prices starting at €23,550 and €20,500, respectively.

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