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    Exclusive: Audi: Natural gas G-tron project exists "to have a future for the combustion engine"
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    Audi has been quite vocal about what it considers the benefits of the natural gas-burning A3 Sportback G-Tron and, more importantly, the company's synthetic methane (E-Gas) fuel project. On the one hand, it's a very cool idea to take CO2 that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere and turn it ...

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    Report: Volkswagen Golf plug-in hybrid now due in 2014
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    Good news travels fast, and in the case of Volkswagen and its the Golf plug-in hybrid, a little faster than we thought. Europe's biggest automaker, which was previously thought to be debuting the Golf PHEV in 2015, is apparently bumping that timetable up to next year, UK's Autocar reports. The ...

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    Report: Audi to produce e-gas, its own synthetic fuel using wind, solar and captured CO2
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    Audi is constructing a huge synthetic natural gas plant in Germany that demonstrates its commitment to renewable energy just as it provides some valuable R&D to help prove e-gas is economically and environmentally possible. The 44,000-square-foot plant is in Werlite, a small town in ...

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    Official: Audi R8 E-Tron "may still be continued" in "very small volume"
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    We knew the all-electric Audi R8 E-Tron will never go into widespread production, but reports of its total demise were apparently premature. Last October, word was that the R8 E-Tron project was being put on hold, pending an internal review by Audi's new research and development head, ahead of a ...

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    Official: Audi building e-gas plant to make climate-friendly vehicle fuel
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    On December 13, Audi celebrated its synthetic methane (e-gas) vehicle fuel plant, which is under construction in Werlte, Germany. Audi says that it is the world's first industrial plant for generating e-gas from CO2 and renewable electricity. Its end product will be hydrogen and synthetic Audi ...

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    Report: VW will expand PHEV offerings from Porsche in 2014
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    Volkswagen is two-pronging its approach to alt-fuel vehicles by expanding its stable of plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs) starting in 2014 while continuing to boost its push for more sales of its clean-diesel vehicles. Europe's largest automaker is adding PHEV versions of the Porsche ...

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    Official: German automakers renew push for clean-diesel sales in US
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    Germany's largest automakers are renewing their pitch for their clean-diesel vehicles in the US as a way for consumers to combat high gas prices without having to resort to the (often) even pricier hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, Porsche and ...

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    Official: Electric Audi F12 Supercar keeps R8 E-Tron spirit alive
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    Why send all that electric power to two wheels when you can do it to four? That's the question Audi is asking – and answering – with its F12 super-electric vehicle.
    Audi says the car, which is akin to the R8 E-Tron that had been slated to go on sale later this year until the ...

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    Report: Audi R8 e-tron will have big Model S-like touch screen
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    Ah, analog, where have you gone? Those analog gauges of the all-electric Audi R8 e-tron that we saw earlier this year in a video of a run around Nürburgring's track are being replaced by an all-digital set-up similar to that of the Tesla Model S, Plug In Cars reports. As can be seen in a ...

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    Official: Audi A7 'coasting' hybrid knows when to be quiet [w/video]
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    It looks like Audi is the latest automaker to equip a car with technology that makes humans look plain ol' dumb by comparison. In this case, the German automaker is developing a so-called "coasting" hybrid, which is a variation of the stop-start feature being included in an expanding stable of ...

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    Official: Audi testing A1 e-tron Dual-Mode Hybrid concept [w/video]
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    Small car, many motors. Audi, which has been testing its A1 e-tron extended-range plug-in around Munich, has started doing the same with a version that has a conventional engine and two electric motors. Audi's Dual-Mode Hybrid A1 e-tron concept car has multiple drivetrain modes that let the ...

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    Video: New Infiniti boss de Nysschen turns over new leaf, doesn't think plug-ins are for 'idiots'
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    This summer, Audi CEO Johan de Nysschen made a surprising shift when he moved to join Nissan as the Senior Vice President of Nissan Motor Company in charge of the Infiniti division. His title and home base are not all that's different about the man who used to tout diesel powertrains above all ...

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    Official: Audi bringing digital rearview mirror from racing to production
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    Audi's digital rearview mirror is officially going from the Le Mans clobbering, race-only Audi R18 to the road-going R8 e-tron (click the image above to enlarge). Lacking a rear window put the R8 e-tron in the same rear-view challenged category as its racing brethren, and so has been provided the ...

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    Video: Watch Audi's R8 E-Tron quickly and quietly round the 'Ring in 8:09
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    Silent but deadly fast. The Audi R8 E-Tron may set the record for a production EV on the Nurbürgring in June, but the video of Marcus Winkelhock won't win any awards for its sound track. During the eight minutes, nine seconds of driving, the car offers hardly any sound. Gone is the thunder ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Audi A8 Hybrid
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    Diesel Versus Electrons Debate Continues When it comes to the hybrid market, we assume – as most of you probably do as well – that the United States is at the top of the list to get whatever hybrid models an automaker builds. That vision is apparently altering for the Germans, ...

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    Official: Audi R8 e-tron sets new electric record* with 8:09.099 time at Nürburgring
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    It's not a new fastest EV ever record, but Audi has just set a new "series production electric car" speed record with a 8:09.099 minute-time at Nürburgring in the R8 e-tron. We bet you're thinking the same thing we did when we saw the news: wait, so the R8 e-tron is a production vehicle ...

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    Video: Watch a night lap at Le Mans in an Audi R18 e-tron
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    If you have a hard time fathoming what it must be like to drive in a 24-hour endurance race, you're going to want to watch the video below. You'll see an Audi R18 e-tron quattro – the fastest cars on the race track at Le Mans, by a smidge, over the similarly hybrid-powered Toyota TS 030 ...

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    Le Mans starting grid set, Audi hybrid takes pole but Toyotas break up the pack
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    There were times during the past days of qualifying when it looked like Audi might own the first two rows of the starting grid for this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans. The R18 e-tron quattro hybrid cars were running the quickest lap times, with the two diesel R18 Ultras following close behind. The ...

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    Video: Audi flashes us the hybrid R18 e-tron Quattro
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    It's fast. That's what viewers of a two-minute, 21-second video Audi recently posted about its R18 e-tron Quattro racecar will be able to discern. The German automaker, which titled the video "The evolution of racing," included interviews with Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, head of Audi Motorsport, as ...

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    Video: Audi spells out A3 e-tron pilot project in Colorado
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    Pikes Peak Challenge, this is not. Audi has posted a video detailing its so-called e-tron pilot project, in which a handful of drivers get to test the battery-electric version of the A3 hatchback. The two-minute video shows the test-drivers – based in Golden, CO – testing the car ...

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