The TDI has again demonstrated its superiority as an engine concept that combines efficiency, low emissions and dynamic performance. In the Michelin Challenge Bibendum, the world’s leading test and showcase event for sustainable mobility, the Audi A5 3.0 TDI with ultra low emission system finished first in the prototype vehicles category – ahead of a strong field of competitors, many of them vehicles with hybrid drive or powered by fuel cells. The three vehicles entered by Audi scooped a total of nine awards.
The Challenge Bibendum Rally, which this year was staged in the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai, was the context in which consumption, emissions, driving safety and handling characteristics were all assessed. After all its qualities had been taken into account, the Audi A5 3.0 TDI emerged ahead of its challengers. It came out on top in the categories Handling, Acceleration and Emissions. This achievement was squarely attributable to the technology that makes the TDI the cleanest diesel in the world – its ultra low emission system. Though the Audi A5 was entered in the Prototypes category in Shanghai, this system is virtually ready to go into production: the Audi A4 and Audi Q7 will be the first car lines to feature the 3.0 TDI with ultra low emission system, due to go on sale in 2008 in Europe and the USA.