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Audi A3 TDI Sportback makes US debut at New York Show

The Audi A3 TDI diesel Sportback is making its US debut at the New York International Auto Show. The A3 TDI Sportback will join the new A3 family being introduced over the next 18 months—the Audi A3 Sedan, Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel sedan, the high-performance S3 Sedan and the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline electric hybrid (PHEV). (Earlier post.)

A3 TDI Sportback. Click to enlarge.

The Audi A3 TDI Sportback will offer a 150 horsepower (110 kW) 2.0 TDI clean diesel mated to the standard 6-speed S tronic transmission.

Audi will thus have two Sportback options for the US—the A3 e-tron PHEV and the new A3 TDI—offering a choice for eco-conscious drivers facing a typical American commute or for those with longer daily hauls who require the range of the TDI.

Audi introduced TDI technology in the US in 2009. Since then, more than 37,500 Audi TDI vehicles have been sold in the US, delivering an average of 30% better fuel economy and range than their gasoline counterparts (based on EPA fuel economy estimates).

Audi has five 2014 TDI models available including the A6, A7, A8 L, Q5, and Q7. The new A3 TDI sedan arrives this year.



It seems as VW/Audi are determined to achieve a breakthrough for diesels in the USA. The key for success is if US customers are interested.

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