SOURCE: Audi of America

Audi of America

October 17, 2013 10:56 ET

2014 Audi A6 TDI® Selected as Green Car of the Year® Finalist

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwired - Oct 17, 2013) - The 2014 Audi A6 TDI® clean diesel sedan has been selected as a finalist for the Green Car Journal 2014 Green Car of the Year® award. As a finalist, the Audi A6 TDI will be honored as Green Car Journal's "Top 5 Green Cars for 2014" and earn the magazine's "Green Car Product of Excellence" honors. Since 2005, the Green Car of the Year® program honors new vehicles with superior efficiency and improved environmental impact. The Green Car of the Year winner will be announced at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

"Audi is honored to be named as a finalist for the Green Car of the Year award," said Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. "Audi has been a leader in clean diesel since the introduction of Audi TDI technology in the U.S. in 2009. With the debut of four all-new TDI models this year, Audi continues to set the bar for fuel efficiency and uncompromised luxury."

New for the 2014 Model Year, the Audi A6 TDI achieves an impressive EPA estimated fuel economy of 24 city/ 38 highway/ 29 combined MPG while at the same time delivering uncompromised performance, design and luxury. The A6 TDI delivers the best fuel economy among TDI competitors in its segment, with 30-percent more fuel efficiency than gasoline engines.

"Audi's new A6 TDI underscores that improved environmental performance needn't come at the expense of the joy of driving," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "This sedan seems to offer it all -- comfort, luxury, style, and advanced on-board electronics, while also attending to lower CO2 emissions and surprisingly high fuel efficiency for this class of vehicle. Offering a powerful and efficient TDI clean diesel option in the A6, and other Audi models, is important. The A6 TDI is a deserving nominee for 2014 Green Car of the Year®.

The Audi A6 TDI features a 3.0-liter 6-cyclinder clean diesel engine with 8-speed tiptronic® transmission and quattro® all-wheel drive that generates a powerful 240 hp and 428 lb-ft torque, seamlessly launching from 0-60 MPH in 5.5 seconds. The A6 employs Audi ultra® lightweight technology through aluminum body panels that reduce weight and enhance efficiency. The relatively light chassis provides the A6 driver with excellent ride quality, handling and driving dynamics.

Also continuing the brand's commitment to delivering impressive performance and improved efficiency, the A6 3.0T and A6 TDI are equipped standard with the convenient and fuel-saving start-stop efficiency system. When the driver presses the brake pedal at stoplights or in other prolonged idle situations, the engine shuts off. When the driver releases the brake pedal, the engine instantaneously starts up again.

Green Car of the Year® jurors include auto enthusiast and Tonight Show host Jay Leno, plus leaders of the nation's major environmental organizations including Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club; and Matt Petersen, board member of Global Green USA. Green Car Journal editors round out the 2014 Green Car of the Year® jury.

ABOUT AUDI
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products, facilities and technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

ABOUT Green Car of the Year®
The GCOY award is an important part of Green Car Journal's mission to showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. Since 1992, Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment. Today, the magazine is considered the premier source of information on high fuel efficiency, low emission, advanced technology, and alternative fuel vehicles. CarsOfChange.com presents 'green car' articles online along with a focus on infotainment and connectivity. Green Car of the Year® is a registered trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.