First, Audi announced that it would be offering both its Q7 large SUV and Q5 midsize SUV with optional hybrid powertrains. All summer long, it seemed that the German automaker went back and forth with its Q7, ultimately deciding to focus in on diesel technology in lieu of the hybrid. We were still expecting the Q5 to be offered with a hybrid option, but that now seems to unlikely. Autocar reports that Audi isn't happy with the crash-test performance of its nickel metal hydride batteries, though that's a rather lame excuse given that so many other automakers seem to have tacked that little problem. We just have to wonder if the sinking price of fuel has anything to do with this decision.
Still, Audi will get other fuel-saving technology such as stop/start systems. Like longtime rival BMW, Audi will introduce technology that will incrementally increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Also on the docket are more diesel engines and an increased use of aluminum to reduce overall vehicle weight.