Published on February 4th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Audi A3 TDI Named 2010 Green Car of the Year
To date this fuel efficient diesel car cannot be sold here in Malaysia as our diesel is not EURO5 compliant (we are EURO2M which is EURO….2…..Malaysia) and instead it is only EURO2M. Green and performance luxury needn’t be mutually exclusive concepts. That’s a core belief at Audi. That philosophy paid off with the all-new A3 TDI earning the prestigious title of 2010 Green Car of the Year®. The Audi A3 TDI was among five model finalists nominated for the award, which began in 2005.
The 2010 Audi A3 TDI is the latest example of the fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions benefits provided by the critically acclaimed TDI clean diesel product line, following the wildly popular Q7 TDI, which launched in June 2009. TDI clean diesel technology was first developed by Audi 20 years ago and has come to signify the brand’s commitment to trailblazing automotive performance executed in an environmentally responsible way. The groundbreaking TDI 2.0 engine available in the A3 delivers 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, yet achieves an EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway fuel economy. That means the Audi A3 TDI achieve 50% better fuel economy than a comparable petrol engine.
In addition to setting the new industry standard in fuel efficiency, the 2010 A3 TDI remains a stylistic pacesetter as well. All new A3 models now come standard with S line exterior equipment. In addition the wheels have been upgraded and standard Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are available on Premium Plus models. Indeed, the TDI technology in the A3 has a strong performance heritage. Audi was the first automaker to find success with diesel engines in motorsports, winning several times at the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring, among other competitions. That same fundamental technology is found in the A3 TDI, meaning motorists do not have to sacrifice performance for efficiency.