Audi Opts Against Bringing A8 Hybrid to the U.S. - They Have a Better Idea
What's another reason to choose Audi, beside the integrity of their fast, luxury sports cars? They don't try to pull the wool over your eyes. Rather, they have the utmost respect for you. As such, they're not going to develop and market a hybrid car just for the heck of it - not if they've found another, less expensive way to offer drivers better fuel economy without compromising power.
This is why Audi has officially squashed the idea to bring an Audi A8 hybrid sedan and Audi Q5 hybrid CUV to America. Audi has found that by using a traditional diesel powerplant in each of the aforementioned models, they're able to deliver drivers better fuel economy compared to both the current A8 and Q5 as well as their respective hybrid concept counterparts.
To shed even greater insight into the common misconception some automakers propagate about hybrid cars, Fred Lavery Company would like to share with you the 20/20 insight of Johan de Nyssschen, President, Audi of America. "Our current [Audi] A8 with the 4.2L gasoline V-8 gets the same fuel economy as hybrids from BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes," he explains, crediting the feat to the new A8's extensive use of lightweight aluminum. "Imagine now what happens when you put a diesel in the car. You have all of the drivability and driving enjoyment with even better fuel economy."1
What exactly is the difference in fuel economy, between the Audi A8 hybrid and Audi A8 diesel? Testing shows the hybrid variant delivers 36.8 mpg. While this is certainly nothing to scoff at, the diesel Audi A8 raises the bar even higher with a total of 39.2 mpg.
When will a diesel variant of the Audi A8 and Audi Q5 arrive to Fred Lavery Company? If you ask many drivers from Birmingham, MI, the answer is not soon enough. Audi, however, has not yet revealed exactly when they might bring such vehicles to market. Simply that they will not be offering an Audi A8 hybrid or Audi Q5 hybrid to drivers in Birmingham or elsewhere in the U.S. That said; we expect the luxury automaker to share specific plans surrounding the vehicles soon. In the meantime, remember you can always explore the conventional gas-powered 2012 Audi A8 and 2012 Audi Q5 online or at 34602 Woodward Avenue Birmingham, MI 48009.