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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

As I got ready to retire to my hotel room on the last night of my stint on the Audi Mileage Marathon last night, I happened to share the elevator with a young man. He spotted my Audi-provided name tag and asked if I worked for the automaker. I said no, that I write for this here site and, after I explained what we do - I was shocked, just shocked I tell you, that he didn't already know - he said, "oh, I have a Prius." I explained that we were driving some TDIs across the country and he responde

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Over at Carlist.com, Lou Ann Hammond is continuing to roll out some of the video interviews that she did during the wave 1 of the Audi Mileage Marathon. In the latest installment, she chats with Audi of America Executive VP Johan de Nysschen about diesel vehicles and some of Audi's partners in the marathon. As expected, de Nysschen is a big cheerleader for diesel and feels that the technology is a core competency for his company. He talks about how Audi sees racing as a proving ground for the te

Over dinner in Amarillo, Texas on Saturday night, we sat at a table with Audi of America EVP Johan de Nysschen and discussed a range of topics. Among them was his impressions of other manufacturers backing off on diesel plans for the U.S. market. During the course of this drive, Toyota confirmed the cancellation of its plans to add a diesel engine to its full-size trucks. Chrysler has also apparently lost confidence in US demand for diesel in light of high fuel prices.

The Audi A4 TDI that started off running on GTL

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Denise McCluggage and Kate McLeod pulling into Cleveland

Washington DC Shell Hydrogen Station

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And we're off and crawling through the streets of mid-town Manhattan. After getting waved off by actress/model Molly Sims (who?) and Audi ALMS driver Emanuelle Pirro shortly after 9 a.m. from the Tavern on the Green in Central Park, we're now slowly making our way toward the George Washington bridge to get out of town. This is not exactly the ideal operating environment for a big SUV, or any other motor vehicle for that matter. Driving through Manhattan, you quickly realize why most New Yorkers

At 9AM Eastern on Monday morning, a fleet of 23 diesel-powered Audis will roll out from Manhattan's Tavern on the Green on a trans-continental trek to demonstrate diesel efficiency. I'm in Manhattan this afternoon preparing to spend the next week in an Audi Q7 TDI on the way to Denver and will be checking in regularly from the road as we pass through Washington, Cleveland, Chicago, Memphis, Dallas and Amarillo along the way. Audi plans to launch its fifty-state-legal Q7 TDI in the US market next

The Audi Mileage Marathon that we first told you about a couple of weeks ago kicks off tomorrow morning in Manhattan. A fleet of 23 new diesel-powered Audis including the Q7, Q5, A4 and A3 will leave from Tavern on the Green at 9 am Monday on a two week journey that ends in Los Angelos to demonstrate the capabilities of modern diesels. Nearly 200 international journalists will be taking part in 4 waves that go from New York, to Chicago to Denver to Las Vegas and on to LA. AutoblogGreen and Autob

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