2014 Audi Clean Diesels Coming to USA: A8, A7, A6 and Q5

Audi introduced not one but four clean diesel models at the L.A. Auto Show on November 29th. The 2014 A8, A7, A6 and Q5 will all be offered in a TDI clean diesel model.

Each TDI vehicle will feature a 3.0 TDI V6 engine that delivers as much as 30 percent better fuel economy and 30 percent lower carbon dioxide emissions than gasoline engines. Audi says the new TDI engine generates 240 horsepower with 406 lb.-ft. of torque.

“Owners of Audi TDI engines have helped save over 4 million gallons of gasoline, or the equivalent of more than 240,000 barrels of foreign oil, since the introduction of Audi TDI to the U.S. in 2009,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “And, TDI technology delivers better fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance.”

2014 audi A8 TDI diesel
A8 TDI – Courtesy of Audi of America

Audi A8 TDI

The A8 TDI, Audi’s flagship full-size luxury sedan, will offer a manufacturer-estimated fuel efficiency of 24 MPG city and 36 MPG highway. For 2014, the A8’s engine options are dramatically expanded, moving from two variants (4.2 liter V8 and W12) to five: a 3.0T V6; a 4.0T V8; a new S8 4.0T V8; a 6.0 liter W12; and the new 3.0 TDI V6. The TDI engine powers the A8 from 0 to 60 in 6.4 seconds. It will arrive at dealerships in the spring of 2013.

2014 Audi A7 TDI diesel
A7 TDI – Courtesy of Audi of America

Audi A7 TDI

Not too many details were revealed about the Audi A7 TDI clean diesel 4-door coupe, other than it is “more fuel-efficient than ever” and that it will arrive in showrooms in the fall of 2013.

2014 Audi A6 TDI diesel
A6 TDI – Courtesy of Audi of America

Audi A6 TDI

Not much was revealed about the A6 TDI sedan either, except that it will also be available in the fall of 2013.

2014 Audi Q5 TDI diesel
Q5 TDI – Courtesy of Audi of America

Audi Q5 TDI

The new TDI clean diesel engine is the fourth engine option to be offered for the Q5, adding to the current four-cylinder 2.0T, the 3.0T V6, and the Q5 hybrid. The Q5 TDI will arrive in showrooms in the fall of 2013.

Audi Q7 TDI

The currently available 2013 Audi Q7 TDI SUV also sports the same new clean diesel engine and has increased its fuel efficiency to 19 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

Want to read more?

Car and Driver reviews the diesel version of the Audi A6 here. USA Today covers the new diesel models. And Autoblog covers the diesel introduction at the L.A. Auto Show.

See our post about the complete lineup of 2013 diesel cars for the US market.

We will keep you posted as more details become available.

2014 Mazda 6: first Japanese clean diesel car to hit the USA market

Mazda6 2014 Diesel
Courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

We’ve waited and waited for a Japanese car manufacturer to bring a clean diesel engine to the USA market, Mazda’s long-awaited clean diesel is finally coming. They announced Thursday at the L.A. Auto Show that the all-new 2014 Mazda6 will be offered with a SKYACTIVE-D 2.2-liter diesel engine. The diesel-equipped version will arrive at dealerships in the second half of 2013. There are no EPA fuel efficiency numbers available yet, but Mazda says they are targeted to be “class leading.” Mazda will be the first Asian manufacturer to offer the U.S. public a modern-technology clean-diesel engine.  The 2014 Mazda6 also will also feature Mazda’s new capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system called i-ELOOP.

“We’ve dangled the carrot long enough and we couldn’t be more excited to officially introduce North America to our latest next-generation product, the 2014 Mazda6…” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations.  He continues: “…our Los Angeles announcements are only tips of the iceberg.  The best is yet come.”