Audi TDI(R) Models Smash Fuel Economy Ratings During Cross-Country Efficiency Drive
HERNDON, VA, Sep 10, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
-- Eight drivers complete 'Truth in 48' coast-to-coast challenge in 46
hours, 9 minutes, demonstrating clean diesel capabilities
-- Audi A6 TDI achieves 43.561 mpg, or 50% better than EPA combined fuel
economy rating; Audi A7 TDI achieves 42.653 mpg, or 47% more than EPA
-- Journey covers more than 2,850 miles on just four fueling stops
Three new Audi TDI clean diesel models far exceeded their federally
published fuel economy ratings in completing the "Truth in 48"
cross-country efficiency drive that covered more than 2,850 miles
between Southern California and New York.
The challenge taken on by eight drivers over the weekend involved a
non-stop drive from Audi Pacific in Torrance, Calif. to Audi
Manhattan in New York City. From beginning to end, the drivers could
stop no more than four times to fill up with clean diesel fuel
provided by Shell Oil Co. They had to reach their destination within
48 hours, traveling at normal highway speeds in the newest Audi TDI
models -- the 2014 Audi A6 TDI, 2014 Audi A7 TDI and 2014 Audi Q5
The challenge and the results
"Crossing the United States in fewer than 48 hours is a hurdle few
have ever contemplated let alone completed," said Wayne Gerdes, one
of the nation's leading high-mileage driving experts and owner of
CleanMPG.com. "To complete that journey while also beating an
automobile's EPA highway fuel economy rating seemed even more
The driving teams made up of other hypermilers and journalists split
into a team driving the Audi A6 TDI and a team for the Audi A7 TDI.
The Audi Q5 TDI served as a support vehicle carrying spare tires,
supplies and luggage.
-- A6 TDI: 43.561 mpg at an average speed of 62.44 mph. That's 15% better
than the EPA highway mileage and 50% better than the EPA combined
rating. The EPA rates the A6 TDI at 24 mpg city / 38 mpg highway / 29
mpg combined driving).
-- A7 TDI: 42.653 mpg at an average speed of 62.17 mph. That's 12% better
than the EPA highway mileage and a whopping 47% better than the EPA
combined rating. (The EPA rates the A7 TDI at 24 mpg city / 38 mpg
highway / 29 mpg combined driving).
-- Q5 TDI: 38.623 mpg at an average speed of 61.90 mph. That's 24.5%
better than the EPA highway mileage and 43% better than the EPA
combined (The EPA rated the Q5 TDI at 24 mpg city / 31 mpg highway /
27 mpg combined driving).
Overall the leading A6 TDI consumed just 66.08 gallons of clean diesel
fuel driving from coast to coast.
Impressions from drivers
Wayne Gerdes (#Truthin48 organizer and owner of CleanMPG.com): "The
A6 TDI, A7 TDI, and Q5 TDI don't just represent the epitome of luxury
and performance, they now represent class leading fuel efficiency."
Sebastian Blanco (Editor, Autoblog Green): "Spending 48 hours --
actually 46 -- in the A7 TDI going from LA to NYC proves that the
official fuel economy rating is less than accurate. Either the EPA
doesn't know how to test diesels or Audi know how to build them well.
Or maybe both."
Jill Ciminillo (Writer for Chicago Now, other outlets): "I was a bit
skeptical that we could drive through mountains and still reach EPA
estimates -- while going the speed limit. But we did it! And in less
than 48 hours. It just really goes to show how impressive the TDI
engines are in the 2014 Audis. I tend to be a bit of a speed demon,
and I was amazed that I didn't have to drive slowly to achieve the
fuel economy numbers. It's the best of both worlds -- driving at
speed and being fuel efficient. Kind of makes spending 46 hours
straight in a car with 3 other unshowered people worth it."
Christian Moe (Contributor Road & Track Online): It takes an
immensely impressive powertrain to deliver these economy numbers at
the speeds we were traveling, but the most amazing part is just how
easy it was. I just pointed the A6 and went. It did all the hard
Multimedia content from 'Truth in 48'
Photos of the "Truth in 48" Audi TDI cross-country efficiency
challenge can we found here. Video of a high-intensity refueling stop
can be found here. Video of the drivers at the end of the journey can
be found here. Running footage of the Audi TDI clean diesel models
that participated in this event can be found here.
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.
SOURCE: Audi of America
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