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Audi A3 2.0 TDI: Recognized as 2009 Ward’s 10 Best Engine

Audi A3 2.0 TDI
The upcoming Audi A3 2.0 TDI clean diesel for the US has already been recognized as 2009 Ward’s 10 Best Engine.

Audi’s technologically advanced 2.0 Liter turbodiesel was recognized as a 2009 10 Best Engine by Ward’s Automotive Group. The all-new 2.0L clean diesel TDI engine features common rail injection and is the first of a new generation of dynamic and efficient diesel engines from the Volkswagen Group.

“We’re pleased that Ward’s has recognized our advanced 2.0-liter clean diesel engine as one of their 2009 10 Best Engines,” said Stefan Jacoby, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “The all-new 2.0L turbodiesel engine is not only the first of its kind to be emissions-compliant in all 50 states, but perhaps the most technically refined powerplant of its kind in the world.”

As the pioneering entry in the new era of clean diesel in North America, the new TDI engine technology, currently in the Volkswagen Jetta and soon-to-come in the Audi A3, meets the United States most stringent emissions control standard — California’s Tier II/Bin 5 — without the use of urea injection. Additionally, the technology enables 20- to 40-percent better fuel efficiency than gasoline engines with comparable acceleration and significantly better torque.

When compared with gasoline/electric hybrid applications, the new clean diesel TDI enables comparable fuel efficiency with better performance and proven long-term durability. In terms of cost, the clean diesel TDI-equipped Jetta sedan — which went on sale in September of 2008 in the U.S. — has a starting price that’s significantly less than the most popular similar-sized gas/electric hybrids sold, and there are no batteries to replace over the life of the vehicle.

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