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Published on January 31st, 2009 | by Jerry James Stone

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Audi’s Clean Diesel A3 TDI Coming To The US

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At the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, Audi announced that their Clean Diesel A3 TDI would be available in US by early 2010.

The Audi A3 is by far one of Europe’s cleanest and most fuel-efficient cars, and Audi is hoping the car will kick some major Prius butt. Pitching the car as a hybrid-fighter, Audi is pairing it off against both the Prius and the Honda Insight.

Did ya catch this article on VW’s New Roadster That Gets 54 MPG?

The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine spits out 140 hp and 236 pound-feet of torque. Last Fall, at the Audi Mileage Marathon, the A3 averaged about 45 mpg over a 4,000 mile journey.

Though some say it is in better competition with the Mini Cooper, or the BMW 1 series.

Personally, I much prefer a diesel car to a hybrid. Though, a diesel-hybrid would be a win-win. Are you listening Volkswagen??

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is a web developer, part-time blogger, and a full-time environmentalist. His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. His passions include cooking, green tech, eco politics, and smart green design. And while he doesn't own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper. Jerry currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his cat Lola. You can stalk him on Twitter @jerryjamesstone.



  • http://www.evographics.com Sticker Boy

    About time! The Europeans are spoilt for choice when it comes to fuel-efficient diesels.

  • http://www.evographics.com Sticker Boy

    About time! The Europeans are spoilt for choice when it comes to fuel-efficient diesels.

  • Андрей

    seems to me efficient technology has been around for a while.

  • Андрей

    seems to me efficient technology has been around for a while.

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  • http://erbfarm.com/wam Bob Erb

    If only it were affordable. Honda Insight $30k; TDI A3 >$35?

  • http://erbfarm.com/wam Bob Erb

    If only it were affordable. Honda Insight $30k; TDI A3 >$35?

  • Uncle B

    Now that the (GRD) great republican depression has softened up the American psyche enough to accept them, the Eurofolk are sending some better stuff over. They are saving the carbon fiber bodied, ultra fast tandem seated turbo Biodiesel/electric super-commuter for last and best markets, the suburbanites with huge mortgages and worn out, planned obsolete Big Three garbage cars, looking for an economical miracle to save their situation, and willing, now, with their asses at the blades of high finance trickery, to settle for less than a bedroom on wheels with a V-8 engine! Estimates for these commuter cars are 80 to 100 mpg at 80 mph – a mortgage busting savings in fuel for the daily commute if you ask me!

  • Uncle B

    Now that the (GRD) great republican depression has softened up the American psyche enough to accept them, the Eurofolk are sending some better stuff over. They are saving the carbon fiber bodied, ultra fast tandem seated turbo Biodiesel/electric super-commuter for last and best markets, the suburbanites with huge mortgages and worn out, planned obsolete Big Three garbage cars, looking for an economical miracle to save their situation, and willing, now, with their asses at the blades of high finance trickery, to settle for less than a bedroom on wheels with a V-8 engine! Estimates for these commuter cars are 80 to 100 mpg at 80 mph – a mortgage busting savings in fuel for the daily commute if you ask me!

  • TRC

    I had the ECU remapped on my VW Golf Mk5 1.9 TDi and it regularly exceeds 50mpg and has 144BHP and 230 lb/ft of torque. My current 400 mile average is 45 mgp due to mostly urban driving in the last few weeks.

    Cost of the remap was £400 ($650-700).

  • TRC

    I had the ECU remapped on my VW Golf Mk5 1.9 TDi and it regularly exceeds 50mpg and has 144BHP and 230 lb/ft of torque. My current 400 mile average is 45 mgp due to mostly urban driving in the last few weeks.

    Cost of the remap was £400 ($650-700).

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