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Debut in Detroit: The Audi
Detroit - Audi is unveiling the
Sportback concept show car at the 2009 North American
International Automobile Show. With systematic refinements to
the brand’s characteristic design elements, the five-door model
offers a glimpse at the Audi's future design vocabulary.
With its pronounced coupé-like
silhouette and large rear hatch, the 4.95 m long (16.24 ft),
1.93 m wide (6.33 ft) and only 1.40 m high (4.59 ft) vehicle is
boldly progressive for the luxury class. The technology of the
Audi Sportback concept is markedly futuristic. Power is provided
by the world’s cleanest diesel technology: the 3.0-liter V6 TDI
clean diesel almost completely eliminates nitrogen oxides. This
engine already meets the emissions limits of all 50 U.S. states
and the EU6 standard scheduled to take effect in 2014.
And numerous measures to ensure
top efficiency mean that the Audi Sportback concept is expected
to achieve impressive fuel consumption figures of 5.9 liters of
diesel per 100 kilometers (39.87 US mpg).
(Jan. 11, 2009)