Saturday 5 September 2009

Audi A3 2.0 TDi pricing announced (U.S)

Diesel engined cars remain tough to sell in the North American market but German brands like Volkswagen, have sold clean-diesel cars sucuessfully. Volkswagen's luxury counterpart, Audi now wants to sell clean-diesels. It's introducing the new A3 TDI for the U.S market, for which the Ingolstadt-based automaker released pricing details.

Starting price for the A3 TDI with the S-tronic transmission and front-wheel drive is $29,950, excluding a delivery charge of $825.

Like the European model, the 2.0 litre TDI provides 140bhp and 236 lb-ft of torque (320 Nm). Combined fuel economy is 42 mpg U.S.

So why is it so hard for European carmakers to sell diesels in the U.S? This is to meet the stringent emissions standards that are set in each U.S state for diesel powered passenger cars. Those regulations are far more restrictive than they are for transport trucks. That coupled with the lack of availability of highly-refined (low-sulphur) diesel fuel also made selling diesels in all 50 states a challenge.

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