Its that time of the year again when we see lots of concept renderings in time for the Geneva Motor Show 2011, but we weren’t expecting this, an A3 saloon concept? Audi A3s here on the road in the UK are a well recognised hatchback face but to take it into saloon territory? As always though, the teaser sketch does make the concept extremely attractive to behold.
CNET takes the new 2010 Audi A3 TDI, the smallest yet one of the most eco-friendly Audi vehicles for a quick spin.
Unlike the Volkswagen Up Lite concept which is equally very eco-friendly, Audi’s new diesel A3 is in fact a production car and realistic! Audi first announced the addition of the new 1.6 TDI model to the A3 lineup over in Europe during September and now it’s available to order in the UK. The newest A3 features the VW group’s latest 1.6 liter common rail injected four cylinder diesel powerplant. In the A3, this engine combines with several other tweaks – including brake energy regeneration and automatic start-stop. As a result, this new technology gives the new A3 TDI a CO2 rating of just 99 g/km and mileage of 61.9 mpg combined.